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What Should I Take for Hot Flashes?

By    |   Thursday, 14 May 2015 04:27 PM

Question: I recently went on Medicare, was taking Premarin and it is not covered on Medicare. I have a new doctor and she told me I should not be still taking this medication. I stopped. Now I am experiencing hot flashes. What's going on with my body to cause this?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:

Menopause has traditionally been viewed as a time when estrogen levels drop and most patients used to be placed on Premarin to help with their hot flashes.

The current consensus is that Premarin therapy may not be the safest thing to offer menopausal women. In fact, some women have episodically elevated levels of estrogen with peaks and troughs until eventually the estrogen levels settle.

So, the hot flashes are not always caused by estrogen deficiency, but by an imbalance of estrogen and progesterone.

Your doctor needs to evaluate your menopausal status by measuring your hormone levels. Only then can your hot flashes be treated effectively without placing you at undue risk for malignancy and other disorders.

We find that some people simply need a temporary progesterone supplement (often a cream will suffice) to relieve their flashes.

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