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

Hormone replacement

  • Angeliq
    (drospirenone / estradiol)
    Prescription only

    Angeliq (Drospirenone / Estradiol) helps relieve menopausal symptoms. There can be many side effects, so it's important to think through the benefits and potential hassles of this drug before using it.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill

Antidepressant

  • 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.

    • 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.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Oral solution
  • 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.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Extended release
  • 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.

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

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

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Extended release
  • 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.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Delayed release capsule
    • Liquid

Antihypertensive

  • 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.

    Was it worth it?
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    46%
    Women

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    • 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

Anticonvulsant

Medication side effects for Hot flashes

These are some of the most common side effects from clinical trials for diarrhea.

  • Angeliq: 2%
  • Paxil: 19%
0 of 100

At this end, no one is expected to have diarrhea

100 of 100

At this end, almost everyone is expected to have diarrhea

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