Dr. Charles L. Loprinzi of the Mayo Clinic was the senior author for a poster presentation at the American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting this spring. The findings of a meta-analysis (study of studies) showed that Paxil, Effexor, Prosac, Zoloft and Neurontin all were between 26-38% more effective than placebo for relieving hot flashes. Synthetic estrogens are even more effective, but increase the risk of cancer and heart disease. Keep in mind that all of these drugs have been listed by the FDA as leaders in causing serious side effects and/or death. Also noteworthy is that Dr. Loprinzi and several coauthors listed financial ties to pharmaceutical companies. My experience is that bio-identical hormones, especially estriol and natural progesterone are safer and more effective for these very significant symptoms. The FDA is currently trying to ban estriol, even though they admit that no serious side effects have been reported. There are bills before both the US Senate and House of Representatives to prohibit the FDA ban.
Action Plan: Please contact your US senators and representative urging them to vote for these bills.