- Irregular menstrual periods
- Hot flashes and night sweats
- Disturbed sleep patterns, which may progress to insomnia
- Mood changes, which may include irritability, anxiety or depression
- Vaginal dryness and pain with sexual intercourse
- Dry skin
- Decreased interest in sex
- Frequent urination or leaking of urine
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Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)
- Combinations of estrogen and progesterone
- Low amounts of male hormones
Limit Caffeine and Alcohol
Nonhormonal Medications for Hot Flashes
Medication may be prescribed to reduce symptoms of hot flashes including:
- Certain blood pressure medications
- Antiseizure medications
- Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs)
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- Update Date: 11/04/2013 -
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