In her commentary, Grady also noted that the search for a safe alternative to hormone replacement therapy continues, with some menopausal women finding their symptoms are relieved by the class of antidepressants known as SSRIs. Other researchers have recommended yoga and other relaxation techniques as complementary therapies.
"Perhaps effort should be directed away from the hope of a one-size-fits all therapy for menopausal symptoms toward using existing treatments to target the symptoms that disturb patients most," Grady and her co-author concluded in the journal.
To learn more about alternative options for menopausal symptoms, visit the U.S. National Institutes of Health.
SOURCES: Deborah Grady, M.D., M.P.H., professor of medicine and epidemiology, University of California, San Francisco and San Francisco VA Medical Center; Silvina Levis, M.D., professor of medicine, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and investigator, Miami VA Healthcare System; Aug. 22, 2011, Archives of Internal Medicine
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