Is there any OTC remedies that really work for hot flashes?

There is no treatment that is available over the counter to combat hot flashes. Hot flashes are among the most common symptoms of menopause, basically caused by the decrease and irregularity, and eventual stop, in the production of the hormone estrogen. Sometimes younger women can also experience hot flashes - this can also be due to fluctuations in the levels of estrogen, typically experienced just before and during their menstrual periods. The only medical treatment available for hot flashes is hormone replacement therapy, which involves estrogen supplements that help to compensate for the decrease in production of the hormone and to keep the levels of the hormone relatively stable.

It is generally recommended that hormone replacement therapy be used only as a last resort, as it is accompanied by many serious risks, including cancer and strokes. Dietary modifications are completely safe and should be attempted before anything else. Cut down your intake of coffee and alcohol, as well as foods that are very spicy, particularly when you have a hot flash. At these times you should also eat and drink products that are cooling, such as chilled juices and yogurt. In addition, avoid stress, make sure that your environment is cool, and wear natural fibers that do not retain heat.

answered by M W

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