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Besides hormone replacement therapy, how can I treat hot flashes?

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Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) relieves hot flashes for many women, but there are other drug treatments that may help. These include both over-the-counter and prescription therapies. Over-the-counter therapies include various vitamins, ibuprofen products, and soy protein found in foods.

Prescription treatments include:

  • HRT
  • Low-dose depression drugs fluoxetine (Prozac), paroxetine (Paxil), or venlafaxine (Effexor)
  • Clonidine, blood pressure medication
  • Gabapentin, anti-seizure drug
  • Brisdelle, a paroxetine formula specifically for hot flashes
  • Duavee, a conjugated estrogens/bazedoxifene formula designed to treat hot flashes

SOURCES:
The Women's Health Center at The Cleveland Clinic.
WebMD Medical Reference provided in collaboration with The Cleveland Clinic: "Hot Flashes." WebMD Medical Reference provided in collaboration with The Cleveland Clinic: "Is Hormone Therapy Helpful at All?"
The National Institutes of Health: Women's Health Institute.
News release, FDA.
 

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on May 29, 2020

SOURCES:
The Women's Health Center at The Cleveland Clinic.
WebMD Medical Reference provided in collaboration with The Cleveland Clinic: "Hot Flashes." WebMD Medical Reference provided in collaboration with The Cleveland Clinic: "Is Hormone Therapy Helpful at All?"
The National Institutes of Health: Women's Health Institute.
News release, FDA.
 

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on May 29, 2020

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