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Treatment of Menopause Symptoms

Are There Any Treatments for Symptoms of Menopause? continued...

If you are unable or do not want to take hormones, there are other medications that your doctor can prescribe to alleviate some of the symptoms of menopause. Medications originally used as antidepressants may help relieve hot flashes. These include low doses of fluoxetine (Prozac), paroxetine (Paxil), and venlafaxine (Effexor). Other medications such as clonidine and gabapentin may help to reduce hot flashes related to menopause. These medications may also be used in addition to HRT in some cases. Also, the drugs Brisdelle (paroxetine) and Duavee (conjugated estrogens/bazedoxifene) are formulated specifically to treat hot flashes. Talk with your doctor about what is best for you.

Click here to learn more about hormone replacement therapy.

Alternative therapies. There are many unproven methods for alleviating menopausal symptoms, some of which may be more effective than others. Acupuncture, meditation, and relaxation techniques are all harmless ways to reduce the stress of menopause, and some people report great benefit from these practices. Many women also try herbal -- or natural -- remedies, like Remifemin (black cohosh), dong quai, and ginseng, although more research is needed to check their effectiveness and safety. Talk to your doctor before taking any of these therapies.

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Reviewed by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS on June 11, 2012

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