FDA approves an antidepressant for hot flashes

June 28, 2013 9:44 PM

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FDA approves an antidepressant for hot flashes

For many menopausal women, hot flashes are just depressing. And depression, which affects at least one in four women ages 40 to 59, can intensify the misery of hot flashes, as well. No surprise, then, that a pharmaceutical company came up with the idea to market an antidepressant for treatment of vasomotor symptoms, a.k.a. hot flashes.

And on Friday, bucking the recommendation of its advisory committee on reproductive health drugs, the Food & Drug Administration approved the idea. The agency gave its blessing to Noven, a subsidiary of the Japanese pharmaceutical company Hisamitsu, to market Brisdelle, a low-dose version of the ant...

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