Women's health

Hot flashes

(Vasomotor symptoms)

Top Medications for Hot flashes according to our users

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All Medications for Hot flashes

  • Antidepressant > Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI)

    • Paxil
      (Paroxetine)
      Prescription only

      Paxil (Paroxetine) is good for treating depression and anxiety but it causes more weight gain, sleepiness, and withdrawal symptoms than other antidepressants.Will Paxil work for you?

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Extended release tablet
      • Liquid
    • Celexa
      (Citalopram)
      Prescription only

      Celexa (Citalopram) is good for treating depression and anxiety. Might be less likely to cause side effects than some antidepressants, but not the best choice for people with heart or liver problems.Will Celexa work for you?

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Oral solution
    • Lexapro
      (Escitalopram)
      Prescription only

      Lexapro (Escitalopram) is good for treating depression and anxiety. Might be less likely to cause side effects than some antidepressants, but not the best choice for people with heart or liver problems.Will Lexapro work for you?

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Liquid
    • Prozac
      (Fluoxetine)
      Prescription only

      Prozac (Fluoxetine) is good for treating depression and anxiety. It's more energizing than other antidepressants, but may not be the best choice for people who have trouble sleeping.Will Prozac work for you?

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Delayed release capsule
      • Liquid
  • Antidepressant > Serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI)

    • Effexor
      (Venlafaxine)
      Prescription only

      Effexor (Venlafaxine) is good for treating depression and anxiety. May work when other antidepressants haven't, it's but more likely to cause side effects and withdrawal symptoms than other antidepressants.Will Effexor work for you?

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Extended release
    • Pristiq
      (Desvenlafaxine)
      Prescription only

      Pristiq (Desvenlafaxine) is basically the same medication as Effexor, which is cheaper because it's available as a generic.Will Pristiq work for you?

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Extended release
  • Antihypertensive > Alpha agonist

    • Catapres
      (Clonidine)
      Prescription only

      Catapres (Clonidine) is a good addition if you need more than one medicine to control your blood pressure, but it has a lot of side effects. You can't miss doses.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Extended release
      • Patch
    • Kapvay
      (Clonidine)
      Prescription only

      Clonidine is a non-stimulant option to manage ADHD symptoms and behaviors, but it can lower your blood pressure.

      Was it worth it?
      • Available dosage forms:
      • Extended release

Tips, success stories, and coping strategies for Hot flashes

What tip would you give someone like me who was just diagnosed?
  • I HAVE BEEN TAKING EFFEXOR FOR OVER 5 YEARS I WENT THROUGH A 14 MONTH STUDY WITH CLOSE MONITORING EVERY MONTH WITH PROFESSIONAL DR.'S AND NURSES AND THE DRUG STUDY PERSON. IT IS VERY MUCH WORTH THE TIME AND EFFORTS I WENT THROUGH FOR THE RESULTS. DO NOT JUST STOP TAKING THE MEDICATION ON YOUR OWN!!!!! YOU MUST BE EASED OFF THE EFFEXOR GENTLY AND NOT ALL AT ONCE. I CAN'T STRESS THIS ENOUGH IT WOULD BE KINDA LIKE DT'S FROM ALCOHOL ABUSE. I HAVE VERY FEW HOT FLASHES AND A MUCH BETTER ATTITUDE ON EVERYTHING. AS HOT FLASHES WORSEN WITH AGE THE MEDACINE MAY NEED TO BE INCREASED. YES IT IS COVERED BY MOST INSURANCE.
What’s your best coping strategy?
  • ALSO BE SURE TO TAKE MED. ABOUT THE SAME TIME EACH DAY IF YOU MISS YOUR TIME DO NOT JUST TAKE ANY TIME. SKIP THAT DAY AND GET BACK ON YOUR REGIMENT THE NEXT DAY. YOU WILL SEE A DIFFERENCE, DO NOT GO OVER 1 HOUR OR 1 1/2 HOURS OVER IF SO SKIP TO NEXT DAY.
Besides medications, what else has worked for you?
  • NOTHING