Monthly Archives: September 2009

Pregabalin (Lyrica) for the Treatment of Hot Flashes

Although estrogen is highly effective for the treatment of hot flushes, many women are reluctant to use hormone therapy to manage these symptoms, given recent concerns that estrogen may carry certain risks.  Several studies have demonstrated that gabapentin (Neurontin) and certain antidepressants, including paroxetine (Paxil) and venlafaxine (Effexor), may be useful non-hormonal treatments for the management of hot flashes.  Data presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology indicate that pregabalin (Lyrica), an anticonvulsant drug similar to gabapentin, may also be helpful for alleviating hot flashes.

By |2015-08-12T15:19:18-04:00September 21st, 2009|Menopausal Symptoms|3 Comments

New Research:  Treatment Decisions by Pregnant Women with Bipolar Disorder 

Choosing whether to maintain or discontinue mood stabilizer treatment during pregnancy requires weighing the risks of teratogenic outcomes associated with exposure to a particular drug against the risks of recurrence of untreated affective illness.   However, [...]

Hot Flashes or Depression: Which Comes First?

Hot flashes and depression are both common symptoms of the menopause transition.  Several studies have found a relationship between depression and hot flashes: depressed women are more likely to experience hot flashes and women with hot flashes are more likely to have depression.  Other studies have found no association between hot flashes and depression. 

By |2015-08-12T15:09:09-04:00September 14th, 2009|Menopausal Symptoms|0 Comments