Replacement for hormone therapy for hot flashes - not really viable

A new study published this week in JAMA examines the possibility of using antidepressants or antihypertensive drugs to reduce the frequency of menopausal hot flashes that many women suffer from. The study finds that they do have a small effect, but their long term use is highly questionable. For most women, it would probably be better to use hormones in small doses, unless they have increased risk for cardiovascular disease, blood clots, or breast cancer.

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