Women's Heart Advisor July 2014 Issue

Antidepressant Officially Labeled for Menopause Relief

The FDAs approval of the antidepressant paroxetine (Brisdelle) brings forward a nonhormonal option to offer relief, but there are limitations.

Hot flashes are the most common symptom of menopause and often the most bothersome. While some women may never experience the vasomotor symptoms hot flashes cause, for those who do their impact can be life altering. In a pursuit for relief, many turn to hormone replacement therapy. Yet, for those who cant take estrogen or choose not to due to the fear of an increased risk of heart disease and breast cancer, there may be another answer.

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