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Date:3/1/2013

take hormones at the lowest dose and for the shortest time possible.

For women who cannot or do not want to take hormones, there are other options. Gass noted that some antidepressants have been found to help relieve hot flashes. Certain blood pressure drugs and anti-seizure medications also are sometimes prescribed.

If your menopause symptoms are milder, some lifestyle changes may be enough, including turning down the thermostat at night or dressing in layers so you can remove some when you feel a hot flash coming on, Gass said.

If you need more relief, though, Gass recommended talking to your doctor about your options.

Curtis said it's also important to be sure your hot flashes are the result of menopause, since other conditions -- most commonly an overactive thyroid gland -- can cause the symptoms too.

Study funder Pfizer markets drugs used to treat menopause symptoms and depression.

More information

Learn more about menopause from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

SOURCES: Margery Gass, M.D., executive director, North American Menopause Society, Mayfield Heights, Ohio; Michele Curtis, M.D., obstetrician/gynecologist, Houston; Feb. 11, 2013, Menopause, online


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