Hot flashes are a common complaint in menopause and the time before menopause, which can start as early as 40 years of age. Hot flashes are random and sudden feelings of warmth which typically begins in the chest and ascends to the face. Your skin might redden, as if you're blushing, or you can start sweating. They can last anywhere from 30 seconds to a few minutes, or a cluster of flashes. And, these can continue in a women’s life for up to 10 years!
The treatments for hot flashes range from hormonal medications, other medications, complementary and alternative treatments. Some women are not candidates for hormonal medications, or do not want to take hormones. There are several alternative options for treatment. These include: gabapentin, clonidine, and paroxetine. Gabapentin
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