Hot flashes are among the most common symptoms of menopause. It is typical among women who are going through their early menopausal stage. Although it is known to be a menopausal symptom, hot flashes are not only experienced by women but can also be experienced by some men due to certain medications or other reasons.
So what happens when one experiences a hot flash? One may be experiencing a hot flash when the one feels a sudden gust of heat or burning sensation coming from the upper body going to the head. As a result, sweating occurs along with severe discomfort.
This kind of sensation that one may experience usually happens at night, but can also be experienced during daytime. Hot flashes usually last for about two minutes.
Hot flashes are not just something that happens without a reason. It has been studied that this sensation is linked to the drop of estrogen levels in the body, which can be results of periodical menstruation. The study also shows that hot flashes can be the effect of the changes or disorders in the temperature regulator or the hypothalamus gland. In some cases, hot flashes can be a result of other things like the environment, ingestion of certain harmful substances and medication.
Because of the discomfort menopausal symptoms like hot flashes bring, many people turn to antidepressants to treat such symptoms. Certain antidepressants are effective in treating hot flashes. In fact, come doctors are already prescribing antidepressants for the treatment of severe hot flashes. However, it has been determined that hot flashes may return after discontinuing the use such medication.
Looking through Antidepressants
It was already established that hot flashes may recur once treatment with antidepressants stop. What scientific facts are support this statement? Here are some scientific realities related to hot flashes and antidepressants.
- Antidepressants only mask the symptoms of menopausal such as hot flashes. They do not treat the cause of the symptoms which is the hormonal imbalance that occurs to menopausal women.
- Scientific studies have been carried out to prove the proposition that selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors or SSRIs have the capacity to eliminate menopausal signs but results were negative. After three weeks of complete discontinuation of the antidepressant treatment, a large percent of the sample population experienced the same symptoms the way they did before they started treatment.
- Those who did not benefit from the SSRIs are more likely to relapse than those who did.
- Drugs that eliminate insomnia may hamper the potency of SSRIs.
- Antidepressant medication have long term side effects and addictive properties so it should be avoided (as much as possible) as remedies for hot flashes.
With all of these scientific facts in mind, it is up to you to pursue treatment with antidepressants or not. Also, it is up to your doctor to determine the best treatment for your particular case. Antidepressants can really alleviate the symptoms of menopause but the effects are only temporary. It’s still better to delve into other options as much as possible to get away of the bad effects this treatment can bring.