More antidepressants prescribed "off label" to treat hot flashes

10/9/2007 | NYTimes.com

Antidepressants have become a more popular treatment for hot flashes in menopausal women as physicians look for alternatives to hormone therapy, which has been linked to stroke and breast cancer. Studies have yet to prove the safety and effectiveness of antidepressants in managing menopause and none of them are specifically approved for treating the condition. Women in the early stages of menopause seem to benefit most from antidepressants, but some trials showed that patients had more hot flashes while taking the drugs.

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