Got Hot Flashes? Take Drugs…

Holy Hormones Journal: Say what?  The FDA has approved the first ‘non-hormonal’ SSRI? And this is posted in the Endocrinology section of MedPage Today?  Oh dear I feel a hot flash coming on – and it ain’t due to menopause.  So let’s paint the real picture here: L-O-B-O-T-O-M-Y – that’s right lobotomy.

Women are put on synthetic hormones – birth control – at a younger and younger age – and then of course hormone replacement therapy HRT is making a comeback for women entering menopause. But wait it does not stop there!  New mothers are being prescribed Xanax and Prozac – to help them be ‘better mommies‘ – when in fact they are experiencing postpartum depression… and now we are targeting women entering menopause?  By the time women reach menopause they are also endocrinally whacked out and nutritionally depleted.

But now we can take drugs… why not – get rid of your anxiety, and depression AND your hot flashes all with one tiny pill.


Maybe I missed it but did the FDA approve an antidepressant for andropause?  No, of course not. Men’s midlife changes are acceptable.  The young babe, new sports car – ditching the wife of 30 years… in fact, I even think there is a scientific study about why men go after younger women when their wives enter menopause.  Part of evolution – I think they called it.

Has anyone noticed this is not our reality?

Antidepressant Gets FDA OK for Hot Flashes

MedPage Today
Published: Jun 28, 2013
By Kristina Fiore, Staff Writer, MedPage Today

I am still hotThe FDA has approved paroxetine (Brisdelle), a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), to treat moderate to severe hot flashes associated with menopause.

“Today’s approval provides women with the first FDA-approved, nonhormonal therapeutic option to help ease the hot flashes that are so common in menopause,” said Hylton Joffe, MD, director of the division of bone, reproductive, and urologic products at the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.

The safety and efficacy of the drug in this condition was established in two randomized, double-blind, controlled studies in 1,175 postmenopausal women with moderate to severe hot flashes.

Women in the study had a minimum of seven to eight hot flashes per day or 50 to 60 per week.

Treatment lasted 12 weeks in one study and 24 weeks in another, and both trials showed that paroxetine reduced hot flashes better than placebo.

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.