Hot Flashes Keeping You Awake? - From Our Pharmacist - Raley’s Family of Fine Stores


From Our Pharmacist:  Hot Flashes Keeping You Awake?

Doctors used to prescribe hormone replacement therapy to relieve postmenopausal symptoms. Today, because of new research, doctors still recommend these treatments - but mostly for short-term relief. Women who have taken hormones for five or more years may want to stop and consider these alternatives:
  • Taper off treatment over one to two months to avoid uncomfortable symptoms. Either decrease the daily dose or the number of days per week until you discontinue the medication entirely.
  • Try herbs or soy products. In addition to helping with hot flashes, the phytoestrogens in soy protein exert a weak, estrogen-like effect in the body and also help prevent osteoporosis.
You can find a quality product by checking www.consumerlab.com. This site lists products that have been tested for content and purity by an independent laboratory.
Symptom/Condition Lifestyle Changes Non-Prescription Therapy Prescription Therapy
Hot flashes, night sweatsAvoid alcohol, hot beverages and spicy foods, and layer clothingBlack cohosh or soy products (Remifemin, Healthy Woman)Black cohosh or soy products (Remifemin, Healthy Woman)
Vaginal dryness, urinary incontinenceVaginal moisturizers and lubricants(Replens, K-Y Jelly) Vaginal estrogen in creams or inserts (Premarin Vag Cream, Estring)
OsteoporosisEngage in weight-bearing activities, avoid smoking and limit alcohol1200 to 1500 mg of calcium and 400 IU of vitamin D each day in diet or supplementsBiphosphonates (Actonel, Fosamax), SERM's (Evista), Calcitonin (Miacalcin Nasal Spray)
Heart attack /stroke Avoid smoking, follow a low-fat, low-salt, high-fiber diet, maintain ideal body weight, reduce stress Aspirin Antihypertensives, lipid-lowering agents, anti-diabetes agents, anti-platelet medication
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