Antiseizure Drug May Treat Hot Flashes
Although most of the patients in whom he tried the drug for hot flash relief
are women, the drug also worked for a man taking hormone treatment for prostate
cancer. He experienced about 15 hot flashes a day, most of them at night, says
Guttoso. Taking gabapentin before bed "completely eliminated the nighttime
hot flashes," he says.
Currently, the most effective treatment for hot flashes is hormone therapy,
but "women with present cancers or with a family history of breast cancer
want to avoid hormones," says Margery Gass, MD, director of the menopause
and osteoporosis center at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center and
associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at University of Cincinnati
School of Medicine.
"There is a great interest in and a great need for nonhormonal
approaches to treating hot flashes," Gass tells WebMD. She says she
welcomes Guttoso's efforts and looks forward to the results of his new study,
which he says he hopes to have ready for publication in a year.
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