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?
In Non-Hormonal Treatment Options for Menopausal Symptoms the Australasian Menopause Society elaborate on:
Serotonin-Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs)
What are 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”.
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:
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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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