Revealed — the solution for hot flashes and night sweats

May 28, 2014 5:47 PM

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Researchers have compared low-dose oral estrogen and low-dose non-hormonal venlafaxine hydrochloride extended release (XR) to placebo were both found effective in reducing the number of hot flashes and night sweats reported by menopausal women. Hadine Joffe, MD, MSc, director of the Women’s Hormone and Aging Research Program at BWH, and lead author of the paper, said since the publication of the Women’s Health Initiative findings, which demonstrated risks associated with ET and led to our current recommendations – that ET be used only at the lowest possible dosage for the shortest possible duration – there has been increased interest in non-hormonal treatments. (Read: Want to curb those hot flashes ladies? Exercise)

In total, 339 perimenopausal and postmenopausal women with bothersome VMS were recruited from the community to Menopause Strategies: Finding Lasting Answers for Symptoms and Health (MsFLASH), National Institutes of Health (NIH)-sponsored clinical trial network sites between December 5, 2011 and Octo...

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