In cases of debilitating hot flashes, your doctor may suggest trying a few remedies, starting with non-estrogen treatments.
For example, a low-level dose of an antidepressant marketed under the brand name Brisdelle (paroxetine, also known by the brand name Paxil) helps many women, says Bustillo. “It’s a lower dose than that used to treat depression and it affects the central nervous system, which works to reduce hot flashes,” he notes.
In addition, acupuncture can quell hot flashes both in frequency and severity among breast cancer survivors, according to a study by Penn State researchers.
Another study showed that acupuncture reduced the severity and frequency of hot flashes in women going through natural menopause. Its effects lasted for up to three months. Surprisingly, treatment effects appeared beneficial regardless of the number of doses, sessions or duration of treatment received.
To keep hot flashes at bay, stay within a healthy body weight, cut out foods that trigger hot flashes and check with your doctor if symptoms become severe enough to disrupt your life. “It’s important that women educate themselves on menopause and treatment options,” says Ross.