It's a good thing I don't have hot flashes anymore, because articles like this one in Boston.com make my blood boil. Seriously----read the article, and then scroll to the bottom and you will see I have commented on it. A couple of my favourite passages:
"He also recommends the herbal remedy black cohosh, which some women swear provides hot flash relief even though studies haven't found this to be the case. "Neither is terribly effective," he admits." If it's not effective, why is he recommending it?
"Some prescription drugs like the antidepressant Paxil and the pain reliever/anti-seizure drug Neurontin also appear to help alleviate hot flashes, though neither is approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for that purpose and both have side effects." I'm not a fan of the FDA, so I am not too concerned that they have not approved Neurontin or antidepressants for hot flash relief. However, Neurontin and antidpressants have numerous side effects, including weight gain, insomnia, loss of libido, lethargy. Don't those sound like the same side effects of menopause? C'mon, I'm not a doctor and even I can figure out that women have a hormone deficiency that needs to be addressed, not a pharmaceutical deficiency.