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    kaydeeo posted:
    Thank you webmd for providing this forum! It helps to know I am not the only one struggling in menopause. I am 53 and have been menopausal for almost 2 years. Recently my symptoms have increased: night sweats, heart racing, anxiety, hot flashes and mood swings. I apply a cold cloth to my neck which helps with the symptoms. I started doing research on it and have a variety of solutions which have me confused: soy milk , herb teas, remifemin, estradiol, aspirin....etc??? What HELPED you?
    Mary Jane Minkin, MD responded:
    Dear Kaydeeo,
    You'll hear lots from lots of our members. As you can read in previous posts, for over the counter remedies, the best data exists for black cohosh (such as Remifemin) and for soy, both in the diet and in pill form, such as I cool. If those, and life style remedies do not help, then you have a choice: estrogen therapy (and there are many forms) and non hormonal therapy-namely SSRI/SNRI antidepressants and gabapentin. A new very low dose form of SSRI therapy has been recently FDA approved-that is called Brisdelle, and is available with a prescription-it has good efficacy for hot flashes, and minimal side effects. A good basic source of information is the website of the North American Menopause Society, menopause. org.
    Good luck, and welcome,
    Mary Jane

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