Have you been prescribed antidepressants to treat hot flushes or hot flashes even though you may not feel depressed? Antidepressants are another option to treat hot flushes.
Antidepressants for Hot Flushes
Can antidepressants be prescribed to treat hot flushes or hot flashes?
On page two in Menopause: What Can You Do To Help With the Menopause? the (Australian) Jean Hailes for Women’s Health (JH) explain:
- “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 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)”.
SSRIs and SNRIs
What are Selective Serotonin-Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) and Serotonin-Noradrenaline Reuptake Inhibitors (SNRIs)?
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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