Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience and a medical advice columnist for Newsmax Magazine. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. He is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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What Can I Take to Ease My Hot Flashes?

Thursday, 25 Jul 2013 03:27 PM

By Peter Hibberd, M.D.

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Question: I am a breast cancer survivor with menopausal hot flashes, so I can’t take estrogen therapy. Is there anything I can take for the hot flashes that doesn’t involve hormones?

Dr. Hibberd’s answer:
 
Hot flashes related to menopause are one of the most common complaints menopausal women have. Often they are exacerbated by the sudden loss of hormones that come with age, all that is needed is a more gradual hormone reduction regimen with supplemental estrogen.
 
Some women prefer to use phytoestrogen from tofu or other vegetable sources, but this is still estrogen supplementation, and should generally be used short term and not for a long time.
 
Some patients respond well to other agents, such as the blood pressure medication, clonidine. It can be titrated and is available in a patch formulation. But I would recommend consulting your physician to be sure that the hot flashes you are experiencing are menopausal, and not related to some other condition.
 

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