Antidepressant Lexapro may help hot flashes

January 18, 2011 2:55:07 PM PST
An alternative treatment for one of the more uncomfortable side effects of menopause .Many menopausal women now avoid hormone replacement therapy because of increased risk of breast cancer, heart attack and stroke.

Antidepressants can offer some relief, according to some studies that show drugs in antidepressants can alleviate hot flashes. Now a study in the journal of the American Medical Association focuses on a specific antidepressant known by the brand name Lexapro.

More than 200 women were given the medication or a placebo. Those taking the real thing reported having a little more than one less hot flash a day.

Some of the study's authors have consulted for and received funding from the company that makes Lexapro.