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Antidepressant Might Minimize Hot Flashes

Escitalopram, an antidepressant medication marketed as Lexapro, is known to minimize the severity and frequency of hot flashes in older women. This was revealed in a new research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, which was funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health.

At the start of the study, women participants experienced nearly 10 hot flashes each day. The frequency was cut down to an average of mere 5 hot flashes each day in participants receiving the antidepressant when compared with 6.5 hot flashes in women receiving a placebo per day.

According to Ellen Freeman, the study’s lead author and research professor in the department of gynecology and obstetrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, this is a suitable alternative for those women who don’t want to experience the potential risks of hormone therapy.

Hormone therapy is usually the effective treatment for hot flashes.The research revealed that women had fewer hot flashes after eight weeks of treatment with the antidepressant, escitalopram.

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