Have you been prescribed antidepressants to treat hot flushes or hot flashes even though you may not feel depressed? Antidepressants is another option to treat hot flushes.
Antidepressants for Hot Flushes
Can antidepressants be prescribed to treat hot flushes or hot flashes?
In Non-Hormonal Treatment Options for Menopausal Symptoms the Australasian Menopause Society elaborate on:
- Venlaxafine (a Serotonin-Noradrenaline Reuptake Inhibitor or SRNI)
- Escitalopram and Paroxetine (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors or SSRIs)”.
Selective Serotonin-Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs)
What are Selective Serotonin-Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs)?
On page two in Menopause: What Can You Do To Help With the Menopause? the (Australian) Jean Hailes for Women’s Health (JH) explain about Menopausal Hormone Therapy (MHT):
- “If you cannot take MHT, other medications such as antidepressants – selective serotonin (SSRIs) or norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) – and a chronic pain medicine can reduce hot flushes”.
In Hot Flashes: Diagnosis & Treatment – Treatment: Antidepressants the (United States) Mayo Clinic elaborate on:
- Venlafaxine (Effexor XR)
- Paroxetine (Paxil, Pexeva)
- Citalopram (Celexa)
- Escitalopram (Lexapro)
These medications aren’t as effective as hormone therapy for severe hot flashes, but they can be helpful to women who can’t use hormones. Possible side effects include nausea, difficulty sleeping or drowsiness, weight gain, dry mouth or sexual dysfunction”.
Which antidepressant has been approved by the (United States) Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat hot flushes?
In Hot Flashes: What Can I Do? Non-Hormonal Medications To Treat Hot Flashes the (United States) National Institute on Aging (NIA) elaborate on:
Hot Flushes + Depression
Do antidepressants to treat hot flushes also treat depression?
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What if I would like to try an antidepressant to treat my hot flushes or hot flashes?
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