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Posted by shutah on January 20, 2011

Lexapro, a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) for depression, has been shown to be effective in reducing the frequency and severity of hot flashes experienced by menopausal women.

Women who take an SSRI for hot flashes may notice an improvement almost immediately or within a week, reports CNN. The FDA hasn’t approved SSRIs for treating hot flashes, but some doctors prescribe them off-label.

A recent government-funded study, reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association, reveals that women who took Lexapro for eight weeks rated their hot flashes 24 percent less severe than before. They also experienced about 5.25 hot flashes a day, compared to 10 a day before taking Lexapro. When the women stopped taking Lexapro, their hot flashes returned to previous levels.

Manufacturer = Forest Pharmaceuticals


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