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Other than menopause, what causes hot flashes?

Other than menopause, what causes hot flashes?

Medicines: Hot flashes are a symptom, could be side effect of medicne or symptom of hyperthyroidism. Get checked by your doctor if concerned. ...Read more

Dr. Janet Greenhut
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Menopause (Definition)

The absence of menstrual periods for 12 months. During menopause, the ovaries stop producing estrogen and progesterone. After the complete transition into menopause, women can no longer get pregnant. The average age for menopause is 51 years old. Symptoms include dry vaginal tissue, irregular periods, hot flashes, mood ...Read more


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What could cause hot flashes other than the menopause?

What could cause hot flashes other than the menopause?

Many things: Hot flashes can be due to certain medications, thyroid or other endocrine problems, or to certain types of cancer, like lymphoma. Sometimes women experience hot flashes due to hormone swings in the 40s when the periods are still fairly normal. See your doctor for an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can certain medications cause hot flashes? I am not anywhere close to menopause. Could any medications be responsible for my recent hot flashes? .

Can certain medications cause hot flashes? I am not anywhere close to menopause. Could any medications be responsible for my recent hot flashes? .

Yes other causes: There are other causes including medications. Hot flashes can be a side effect of food additive mono-sodium glutamate (msg), or of Nifedipine (procardia, adalat), Niacin (numerous brand names), antibiotics: vancomycin, gemifloxacin and lomefloxacin.
Calcitonin and headache medicines topiramate and maxalt (rizatriptan). Thyroid disease, hidden infection (like tb) and some cancers can also cause hot flashes. ...Read more

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Which antidepressant is effective on hot flashes caused by menopause?

Which antidepressant is effective on hot flashes caused by menopause?

SSRI's: Many ssri's are. There are some good articles about effectiveness of Lexapro (escitalopram) for this purpose. ...Read more

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Can anyone tell me what causes hot flashes, other than menopause and hormone imbalance?

Can anyone tell me what causes hot flashes, other than menopause and hormone imbalance?

Many other causes: Hot flashes have lots of possible causes. The most common cause for a woman in her mid 40's is perimenopause (although I don't now if you are a female). Other causes include: medications, especially SSRI antidepressants and niacin, Obesity, excessive eating, alcohol intake, smoking, stress, tumors, infections, thyroid and other hormone problems, and inflammatory illnesses. ...Read more

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I have a problem with terrible hot flashes at night. I am not menopausal, according to my obgyn. Could lithium or levothyroxine cause this trouble?

Hot flashes: If your levothyroxine dose is correct, it should not cause hot flashes, but if the dose is excessive, it may. Women may start developing hot flashes up to 8 years before actual menopause, but prior to writing off your symptoms on that, other conditions that can cause hot flashes at night need to be ruled out. ...Read more

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Hot flashes with menopause, what will help?

Hot flashes with menopause, what will help?

Botanicals can help: Botanical medicine can be helpful for menopausal hot flashes. A couple possibilities include black cohosh (cimicifuga racemosa): http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/22157510 and sage (salvia officinalis): http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/21630133 classical homeopathy with an experienced homeopath is also useful. Traditional chinese medicine & acupuncture as well. ...Read more

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Need suggestions for menopausal hot flashes.

Need suggestions for menopausal hot flashes.

Additional helps: Botanical medicine can be helpful for menopausal hot flashes. A couple possibilities include black cohosh (cimicifuga racemosa): http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/22157510 and sage (salvia officinalis): http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/21630133. ...Read more

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I am wondering what helps hot flashes from menopause?

Paced breathing +: Most women can manage their hot flashes with measures such as dressing in layers, sipping ice water, avoiding trigger foods such as alcohol & spicy food. Paced breathing has been shown in research studies to reduce intensity and duration of hot flashes: http://www. Cascadewomenshealth. Org/download/pdfs/healtheducation/menopausal%20management/paced-breathing. Pdf

medications can be used too. ...Read more

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How do you get hot flashes when you are peri menopause?

Hot flashes.: Hot flashes can result from issues with estrogen or cortisol. It is not just a low estrogen phenomena. Hormonal balance is about as important as the actual levels. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if I'm having menopause and hot flashes?

Menopause: A common problem Please see your primary care doctor or, better still, a gynecologist. Taking care of this is almost always very helpful. ...Read more

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Is it normal to get hot flashes during menopause? What do hot flashes feel like?

Many women do: Some women don't, but hot flashes are very common in menopause (though there are many things that can cause hot flashes, that are not hormonal). They feel like a sudden spreading heat sensation, along the skin surface, usually involving the head, neck, chest, ears, and often the skin flushes (turns red). ...Read more

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Is it normal to have extreme hot flashes during your menopause? I mean drenching.

Yes: Hot flashes are the most common symptom of menopause. If your symptoms are extreme, speak with your doc about hormone replacment to help you through this period. Women who are healthy and just entering menopause are good candidates for hrt. Your doc can also check to make sure there are no other causes of hot flashes at this time. ...Read more

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I've heard about hot flashes and menopause. Are there any other indications of it?

I've heard about hot flashes and menopause. Are there any other indications of it?

Menopause: Hot flashes are a frequent symptom of menopause as is stopping of the menstrual periods for one year. During peri-menopause mainly other symptoms may occur e.g. Decreased sexual desire, foggy thinking, fatigue, insomnia and sometimes depression. ...Read more

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MY BOY IS 18 GETS HOT FLASHES ALL THE TIME. CAN HE TAKE MEDS THAT WOMEN TAKE FOR MENOPAUSE?

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MY BOY IS 18 GETS HOT FLASHES ALL THE TIME. CAN HE TAKE MEDS THAT WOMEN TAKE FOR MENOPAUSE?

See details: The differential diagnosis of hot flashes in boys and men is long and complicated. He should be evaluated by his PCP and get referral to specialist if needed. It may be not a good idea to give him meds for menopausal women. ...Read more

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I've been having frequent hot flashes,  it's definitely not menopause as I'm only 25. What could it be?  

I've been having frequent hot flashes,  it's definitely not menopause as I'm only 25. What could it be?  

Consult your Doctor: Although hot flashes mostly occur in Menopausal women. But can occur even at 24.Most of the time it is related to low level of estrogen.Low estrogen level can occur from certain medications. It seems you are not taking any of those meds as you did not mention it.
Need to check your Thyroid gland and estrogen level, Also Carcinoid syndrome in which there is increase production of serotonin. ...Read more

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I'm a teen. I have been having mild hot flashes lately. Can this be a sign of menopause? If not what can be causing them?

Hot flashes: If hot flashes occur at other times in a young woman's menstrual cycle, then it might be a symptom of a problem with the pituitary gland and seeing a doctor is highly recommended. Hormonal changes, not just in menopause can be causative. Thyroid disorders may be indicative as well, Get the eval. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Dear, What would your advice be, to manage hot flashes, menopause already going on for 6 years, in individual working on night (and day) shifts. Thank?

Dear, What would your advice be, to manage hot flashes, menopause already going on for 6 years, in individual working on night (and day) shifts. Thank?

GYN evaluation: You made need HRT (hormone replacement therapy) using pills, creams or patches. You should get a current pelvic exam, female hormone levels, thyroid studies and a PAP. I suggest a thorough GYN exam ...Read more

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In the last year and a half I have gained about 70 pounds... no eating change and increased activity, do have menopause symptoms. Severe hot flashes, ?

In the last year and a half I have gained about 70 pounds... no eating change and increased activity, do have menopause symptoms. Severe hot flashes, ?

15 is average: 15-20 pounds is average during menopause. You weight is above the normal range and you should seek out an explanation from a health professional. That kind of weight gain can lead to diabetes, high blood pressure. Consult with your health professional and best of health to you ...Read more

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What can I do to treat menopause and hot flashes?

Hot flashes: The only appropriate way to take care of this is to see your PCP or gynecologist. Do not get "fancy" pills from fancy stores. ...Read more

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How do you get hot flashes for when you are post menopause?

Common: Most women have hot flashes for 6 months to 2 years, but it may be more like 3-5 years. Some women have them 10 or more years. And it's not uncommon to have a recurrence of hot flashes more than 10 years after menopause. ...Read more

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Can there be any other reason to have hot flashes other than menopause?

Yes: A classic cause of hot flashes is hyperthyroidism. Some people experience hot flashes with certain foods like spices and caffeine. Some medications have been associated with hot flashes. ...Read more

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Will I still have hot flashes after menopause? When I'm through menopause, will I still experience hot flashes, or will they stop? .

Possible: Most symptoms of menopause (hot flushes etc) are clustered around the time you actually stop cycles, although 40% of women may still have hot flushes well into their sixties. ...Read more

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I have discovered that Tramal which I take occasionnaly for pain lessens hot flashes of menopause and makes me feel better. Can I take it regularly?

I have discovered that Tramal which I take occasionnaly for pain lessens hot flashes of menopause and makes me feel better. Can I take it regularly?

Yes you can: Tramal is a rather unique analgesic drug that is indicated for moderate to moderately severe pain. Although it binds to mu receptors, tramadol is not technically classified as an opioid analgesic. Instead, it is classified as a centrally acting synthetic analgesic compound and therefore is not a scheduled narcotic drug. Consult with your PCP for more information. ...Read more

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How does venlafaxine help with menopause/hot flashes?

How does venlafaxine help with menopause/hot flashes?

Unkown: The mechanism of action is unknown. Studies however do show a significant reduction in frequency of hot flushes (55%) while there is very little effect on severity. ...Read more

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Pre menopause what can I do to stop the headaches and hot flashes without taking pills

Pre menopause what can I do to stop the headaches and hot flashes without taking pills

Botanicals may help: Botanical medicine can be helpful for menopausal hot flashes. A couple possibilities include black cohosh (cimicifuga racemosa): http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/22157510 and sage (salvia officinalis): http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/21630133 classical homeopathy with an experienced homeopath is also useful. Traditional chinese medicine & acupuncture as well. ...Read more

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I have hot flashes. I wake up and soaked in sweat. I have a discharge. Could this be menopause?

I have hot flashes. I wake up and soaked in sweat. I have a discharge. Could this be menopause?

Possibly: This depends upon your age and hormonal history. These are typical menopausal symptoms and rarely in the 35-50 year old age group are other conditions the cause. If persistent or bothersome, see your OB -gyn to discuss and decide upon treatment. ...Read more

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Is black cohosh a good remedy for hot flashes due to menopause? Any concerns? Does it increase weight?

Is black cohosh a good remedy for hot flashes due to menopause? Any concerns? Does it increase weight?

Debatable: Black cohosh is used by some to combat hot flashes and insomnia related to menopausal decline. It's mechanism of action is unknown. It was once thought that it had estrogenic effects, but that has since been shown not to be the case. Estrogenic effects could lead to weight gain, but since it doesn't act this way weight gain should not be an issue. ...Read more

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Should HRT elimate all menopause symptoms? Or is it normal to still have some hot flashes after 6 weeks on it?

Unlikely: No pills can replace the natural rhythm of the body. While hrt can raise your level back to normal, it cannot "adjust" quickly so it's possible some symptoms can remain. ...Read more

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How long does it take black cohosh to start working? I'm trying to relieve the hot flashes and sweats associated with menopause.

Black cohosh: I disagree with my colleague's opinion about black cohosh, which is not just a "pop" remedy. It does have research supporting its use. A recent example: http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/22157510 and also http://tinyurl. Com/lnovtea you should see some results in a few weeks of consistent dosing. 20 mg of a standardized extract twice daily. If no help, work w/an integrative ob-gyn. ...Read more

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I even taking daily injections of forteo. I'm 65, I've started to get sever hot flashes, possibly related to injectable? I'm 10 years past menopause,

Forteo: Probably not the cause of your symptoms. No harm will happen if you don't take Forteo for two weeks. If still in trouble don't re-start Forteo but do see your doctor. ...Read more

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After surgical menopause how long will the severe hot flashes last? Also down below has all shrivelled & even my clitoris has almost disappeared. Will this get better?

After surgical menopause how long will the severe hot flashes last? Also down below has all shrivelled & even my clitoris has almost disappeared. Will this get better?

Talk to your doctor: Menopausal symptoms can be teated successfully. Hormones are safe but other alternatives treatments are available. ...Read more

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How long does night sweats and hot flashes last? I'm in menopause

How long does night sweats and hot flashes last? I'm in menopause

Night sweats.: Too long! Please make an appointment to see your gynecologist as soon as you can. You will be well looked after. Gynecologists know what neds to be done. ...Read more

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I m 55 years old with a FSH of 6 (4 weeks ago) but I am getting hot flashes daily now. Am I anyway near menopause?

Yes: Just the fact that you are 55 means you are likely very near menopause. Fsh levels may not be elevated if you are still getting your period. An fsh level can be normal one month and high the next, especially if you miss your period. ...Read more

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I'm having a tough time with menopause, over three years of hot flashes and night sweats. Is the degree of discomfort something that is hereditary?

Not necessarily.: If you handle menopause the same way as your family you may get the same result. Your endocrine (hormone), immune, and nervous systems are intimately related. If one is out of balance it can affect the others. Your hormones won't work well, despite adequate hormone replacement, if your adrenals and neurotransmitter (chemical messengers in the brain) levels are abnormal. ...Read more

Dr. Ron Eaker
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Hot Flashes (Definition)

Hot flashes are feelings of warmth that are most intense in the head, neck, and chest areas. They can result in extreme perspiration, which can lead to chills. Hot flashes are generally linked to menopause but might also be a result ...Read more