The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
Last Modified: December 13, 2011
Can you recommend non-hormonal treatments for hot flashes/symptoms of menopause?
Kevin Fox, MD, Medical Oncologist at Penn , responds:
The non-hormonal treatments, which have been shown conclusively to help with hot flashes, include low doses of antidepressants (venlafaxine is the one we prescribe the most) or gabapentin. They are probably equally effective; though we have more experience with venlafaxine.
This question and answer was part of the OncoLink Brown Bag Chat. Series, View the Life After Breast Cancer transcript.
Feb 16, 2012 - Women who develop problematic hot flashes after breast cancer treatment, where hormone replacement therapy is contraindicated, see significant improvement in quality of life after receiving behavioral therapy, according to a study published online Feb. 15 in The Lancet Oncology.
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