"Treat the disease, you win some, you lose some. Treat the patient, you always win."
~Patch Adams~

Friday, March 8, 2013

F.D.A. Panel Advises Against Two Medicines to Treat Hot Flashes

There have been a number of articles all over the media this week about the FDA's decision to advise against two drugs that have recently been developed for hot flashes-----one is a form of Neurontin (originally used for epilepsy) and another called Sefelsa.  Check out this story from the New York Times.

Several interesting points in the story:

  • Hot flashes are caused by a hormone deficiency. Suffering from hot flashes is not indicative of a Neurontin or a Sefelsa deficiency.

  • In paragraph seven, the article discusses the 2002 Women's Health Initiative Study.  As I have detailed in other posts, that study (which has now been largely debunked for a variety of reasons) used SYNTHETIC hormones (Premarin and Prempro) which are not hormones at all, they are drugs-----made from horse urine.  The bioidentical hormones used in bioidentical hormone replacement therapy are synthesized in a lab, but are made from plant sources and have the IDENTICAL molecular structure of the hormones that we have in our bodies that we lose when we age.  

  • Paragraph nine sums it up nicely----a doctor is quoted as saying that women are "begging for alternatives" and if there are no effective drugs available "they will get help on their own without us".  I have news for that doctor, a lot of women, me included, are already getting help without relying on mainstream/conventional medicine.  We seek out doctors who are experts in bioidentical hormones, who know that balancing our hormones is a far healthier, safer option than filling us with daily handfuls of toxic, expensive medications.  

  • Both of the drugs not approved had only "marginal effectiveness".  I was having 10-20 moderate to severe hot flashes daily before I started on the bioidentical hormones (progesterone specifically).  Three days after I started the progesterone cream, I no longer had ANY hot flashes, and that was 6 1/2 years ago.  From 20 hot flashes a day to 0 in 6 1/2 years to me indicates far more than the marginal effectiveness the drugs provide.  Oh, and check out the side effects of Neurontin, they are frightening.  
At the end of the article, there is a mention about a drug for vaginal dryness called Osphena, and that will be the subject of a separate post.  

Have a great weekend, everyone, I am off to the gym, and then heading down to the quilt show today!