Non-Hormone Treatments Can Relieve Ho...

Non-Hormone Treatments Can Relieve Hot Flashes In Women With Breast Cancer

There are 1 comment on the MediLexicon story from Sep 8, 2010, titled Non-Hormone Treatments Can Relieve Hot Flashes In Women With Breast Cancer. In it, MediLexicon reports that:

Many women enduring hot flashes experience the heat, sweat and reddened upper body as an uncomfortable inconvenience.

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Gail Perry

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#1 Sep 8, 2010
Other studies have shown that these drugs don't work, and they are drugs that can have significant side effects.

I would urge women to not set their hopes on these drugs but to have a frank talk with their doctor about the pros and cons of using these drugs for hot flashes.

Here are some non-drug interventions that can really, really work:

Not everyone likes water beds, but you can get them with battens in them now that really control the motion of the water. The advantage of water beds is that they have temperature control. When I went through menopause we had a water bed, and dialing down the temp on my bed just a couple of degrees really helped.

If you look on line under "cooling scarves" you'll find these thin neck scarves. You soak them in water (I use ice water) for a few minutes and put them around your neck. I kept PLENTY around while I was on Femara. I had hot flashes enough to heat all of Cleveland in January and these REALLY helped. If I was outdoors and really hot I would use two at a time -- one around my neck, and one around my head. Hey, I was already outdoors and my hair was already a mess.

You can even make those scarves yourself so they look good with whatever else you're wearing.

I'm not some "say no to all drugs kook" who thinks that everything the pharmaceutical company comes up with is poison. They've saved my life. But the drugs mentioned in the article don't work well AND can have significant side effects. I think we have to be sensible about our medication choices.

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