All women experiencing hot flashes and mood swings want to learn how to cope with menopause. To many, medication is the most obvious answer.
However, what seems the simplest solution is not always the most effective or safest.
Find out more about the different types of medications prescribed to menopausal women, how they work and how safe and effective they are before deciding whether they are for you.
Hormone replacement drugs contain estrogen and sometimes progesterone depending on the type of therapy prescribed to the patient.
These are considered the most effect for relieving the symptoms of menopause.
They help reduce the number and severity of hot flashes as well as vaginal dryness.
They improve the overall wellbeing of the woman.
There are certain side effects to be considered with drugs which supply estrogen and progesterone to the body.
These include monthly bleeding, irregular spotting, headaches and dizziness.
One of the more serious side effects is the formation of blood clots, which may cause stroke.
In general, these medications are not recommended for women who have or have had breast cancer, endometrial cancer, liver disease and abnormal vaginal bleeding.
Hypertension medications may also be prescribed to women in menopause for the treatment of hot flashes and bladder incontinence.
Clonidine, in particular, works by reducing the sensitivity of the blood vessels.
That is the way it prevents the release of heat and the bladder stimulation which is associated with blood vessel dilation.
Clonidine works well, but it has several side effects such as drowsiness, dizziness and constipation.
Antidepressants can also be used in the treatment of menopause symptoms.
One study shows that the reducing of symptoms which is attributed to such medications may be 15 per cent or less.
Their effectiveness for reducing hot flashes has not been fully confirmed.
Still, antidepressants are effective for depression, anxiety and moods swings which are also common in menopausal women.
Since these make hot flashes worse, the drugs may have a more positive effect on some patients than others.
Antidepressants may work, but they are generally associated with various side effects, the main ones being nausea, sleepiness and dryness of the mouth.
These drugs can also cause mood changes and even aggression.
Anti-epileptic medications can also be used for the treatment of menopause symptoms and hot flashes in particular.
Some studies have shown that such drugs can reduce hot flashes by as much as 50 per cent.
Side effects include headaches, dizziness and skin rashes.
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