A handful of antidepressants are prescribed “off-label” for treatment of hot flashes. (“Off-label” means that the drug has been approved by the FDA for treating a disorder, like depression, but not the one affecting you.)
These antidepressants have proven benefits for treating mood disorders and anxiety, but most have not been subjected to the same rigorous hot flash studies as hormone products. They may reduce the flashing, but they won’t help a dry vagina, skin, or bone health.
Furthermore, if you are a breast cancer survivor on Tamoxifen or taking Tamoxifen to reduce your risk of breast cancer, you should not take Paxil (paroxetine) to treat hot flashes as this SSRI has been shown to reduce Tamoxifen levels in some women by affecting the liver metabolism.
Effexor XR has an active isomer, desvenlafaxine, that is being studied in trials for depression as well in trials of menopausal women who are not depressed but have disruptive hot flashes. And as I mentioned in a previous post, under the brand name of Pristiq, it’s likely to become the first nonhormonal medication approved by the FDA for the treatment of hot flashes.
Have you used antidepressants “off label” for hot flashes? What’s your experience?
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