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Antiseizure Drug May Treat Hot Flashes

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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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