Have you been prescribed antidepressants to treat hot flushes or hot flashes even though you may not feel depressed?
Antidepressants for Hot Flushes
Can antidepressants be prescribed to treat hot flushes or hot flashes?
Yes. In Menopause FAQS: Hot Flashes – Q. Are there treatments for hot flashes? the North American Menopause Society elaborate on:
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: What Can I Do? Medications: Non-Hormone Options for Treating Hot Flashes the (United States) National Institute on Aging elaborate on:
Revised Global Consensus Statement
What is one of the points of consensus about the use of SSRIs and SNRIs?
One of the points of consensus in the Revised Global Consensus Statement on Menopausal Hormone Therapy: Section A: Benefits/Risk Profile of MHT – endorsed by seven menopause-related organizations – published online 20 June 2016, is:
- “If MHT is contraindicated or not desired for treatment of VMS, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and serotoninnorepinephrine reuptake inhibitors such as paroxetine, escitalopram, venlafaxine and desvenlafaxine, which have been shown to be effective in randomized controlled trials (RCTs), may be considered”.
Which antidepressant has been approved by the (United States) Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat hot flushes?
In Hot Flashes: Diagnosis & Treatment – Treatment: Antidepressants the (United States) Mayo Clinic explain:
Which antidepressants may be prescribed to treat hot flashes?
- Venlafaxine (Effexor XR, Pristiq)
- Paroxetine (Paxil, Pexeva)
- Fluoxetine (Prozac, Sarafem, Others)
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, dizziness, weight gain, dry mouth or sexual dysfunction”.
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