Have you been prescribed antidepressants to treat hot flushes or hot flashes even though you do not feel depressed? Antidepressants can be another treatment option for hot flushes.
Antidepressants for Hot Flushes
Can antidepressants be prescribed to treat hot flushes or hot flashes?
On page two in Menopause Management Options: Non-Hormonal Options – Antidepressants the (Australian) Jean Hailes for Women’s Health (JH) explain:
Note: Paroxetine and fluoxetine can reduce the effectiveness of some cancer treatment medications”.
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”.
Hot Flushes + Depression
Do antidepressants used to help manage hot flushes also treat depression?
In Hot Flashes: What Can I Do? Non-Hormonal Medications To Treat Hot Flashes the (United States) National Institute on Aging note:
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What if I would like to try an antidepressant to treat my hot flushes or hot flashes?
In Hot Flashes: What Can I Do? Non-Hormonal Medications To Treat Hot Flashes the (United States) National Institute of Aging explain:
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