Breast cancer and hot flashes: Are there non-estrogen options that work?

Some breast cancer treatments, particularly chemotherapy, can wipe out the ovaries, forcing some women into premature menopause. When that happens, estrogen levels drop suddenly and hot flashes can be severe.

Hormone therapy isn’t always appropriate for women with breast cancer or women taking the anti-breast cancer drug Tamoxifen (which has some estrogen-like effects) or aromatase inhibitors such as Aromasin (exemestane), Arimidex (anastrozole), and Femara (letrozole). This is when non-estrogen alternatives for treating menopause symptoms are important. For example, low doses of Effexor XR (venlafaxine), an antidepressant, are often prescribed for hot flashes, as are some other nonprescription treatments.

Pristiq (desvenlafaxine) has been the first non-hormonal treatment for menopausal hot flashes specifically studied for rigorous hot flash reduction. Pristiq, approved as an antidepressant, has also shown particular benefit in treating hot flashes in women who are not depressed but who need hot flash control without the hormones.

Pristiq also has been shown to improve sleep in women—a big plus!

Do you use non-hormone remedies for hot flash relief?

5 Proven Remedies to Reduce Hot Flashes During Menopause

Where may we email your FREE report and handy tips?

Rest assured, we don't send spam and your info is never shared with 3rd parties.

Posted in menopause.

Related posts:

  1. Would you still want to stop hot flashes if you knew they were associated with a lower risk of breast cancer?
  2. hormonal night sweats: is breast tenderness related to an increased risk of breast cancer?
  3. menopause symptoms: hot flashes and hormonal night sweats may reduce breast cancer risk
  4. hormonal night sweats: new research suggests that estrogen replacement is safe for all
  5. Vaginal estrogen therapy: Estring provides low-dose estrogen option for women with certain health risks

add your responses

One Response

  1. Haralee Haralee says

    Thanks Holly for giving some ideas of drugs that don’t carry the estrogen component and may help women get over the hump of side effects from menopause.

    0 like

You must be logged in to post a comment.

Subscribe without commenting