When to see your doctor about hot flushes
What’s in the doctor’s bag for hot flushes?
There are drug treatments available for relieving hot flushes. It might be worth discussing these with your GP.
- Clonidine – a high-blood pressure medication used for anxiety disorders and hot flushes. The Royal College of Gynaecology say patches are more effective than tablets.
- Gabapentin – an anti-epilepsy medication prescribed for hot flushes. It may cause tiredness, but at least the flushes would stop
Big news about a ‘game-changing’ treatment for Hot Flushes
Exciting findings from Imperial College’s early stage research trials of the compound MLE4901, which targets receptors in the brain to block the effects of neurokinin, a hormone that causes hot flushes. The study originally published in The Lancet (April 2017) with updates shared in March 2018, found a reduction in the frequency and intensity of hot flushes in 73% of the women who took part in the study, in just 3 days! The lead scientist on the study called this a ‘game-changer’ for women experiencing more than 7 hot flushes a day. We couldn't agree more! A similar compund is now under development in the USA and it's hoped that a prescription drug may be available in in the next 3 years, so maybe 2021. It’s hoped that in future, it can be prescribed for women who can’t take HRT or those who are taking it but still experience hot flushes and those who prefer not to take it because of safety concerns. Watch this space.
And then there’s always HRT…
Depending on the severity and frequency of your hot flushes, you may want to consider HRT. The usual caveat here is that this is something to be discussed with your GP. There are pros and cons to taking HRT.
If you want to understand more about the various options of HRT see our Hot Flush YouTube vlog, What is HRT? and our conversation with our gynaecologist, Dr Karen Morton Talking HRT with Hot Flush. We don’t take a view. Read the Hot flush Faqs About Hormone Replacement therapy (HRT). It’s for you to decide whether it’s for you or not.