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How do you treat Hot Flashes?

There are several ways to treat hot flashes. Some are prescription medications, some are over the counter medications, and some are just life-style changes. Every doctor is going to have you start with life-style changes first. What is that? Well, layering your clothing to start. Some women like to keep a little fan on their desk at work, or in their pocketbook – just a personal fan to cool them off. Some women like to put their head in a freezer for a minute of two. Sometimes at work, I’ll walk in and see my nurse putting her head in the freezer and I’ll ask her what she is looking for. She will say, “Nothing, I’m just cooling my head off.” That works very well. There are several medications that you can use. The standard therapy is estrogen replacement therapy. Women are pretty educated now to know that there is a risk of blood clots: blood clots that can travel to your lungs causing a pulmonary embolus, your head causing a stroke, or your heart causing a heart attack. There is also a definite association with breast cancer. There is a lot of women who can’t or won’t take that risk – and that’s OK. You have got to talk to your doctor about it. We want you on the lowest dose of estrogen for the shortest amount of time. For those women who can’t take estrogen, there are other medications. There is a new Swedish pollen extract called, Relizen. This is sold over the counter and has had clinical trials which show that it helps hot flashes. There are also some other medications that we use “off-label.” They are not made for hot flashes, but we have found, over time, that women who are on these medications get better. One of those medications is gabapentin, which is also called Neurontin®; another one is pre-gabapentin which is called Lyrica®, and Clonidine®, which is a blood pressure medication. Physicians for some time, have known that low-dose anti-depressants can also help with the hot flashes. Very recently, a new anti-depressant called, Brisdelle®, which is a low dose of Paxil® or paroxetine, has been approved by the FDA to treat hot flashes. Sometimes all of these medications are used alone or in combinations until we can get the hot flashes under control. You have to talk to your doctor about what is right for you.
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A hot flash, sometimes called a hot flush, is a quick feeling of heat and usually causes a red, flushed face and sweating of the face and scalp. The exact cause of hot flashes is not known, but may be related to changes in circulation. Hot flashes happen when the blood vessels near the skin’s surface dilate to cool. Some women have a rapid heart rate, anxiety, and eventually chills.
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Dr. Pamela Dee Gaudry is America's most loved Romance-Menopause doctor. Dr. Pamela Dee, known throughout the celebrity community, helps thousands of marriages throughout the country with her thorough understanding of how to help women experiencing menopause.
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