Other treatments are available to reduce more severe hot flashes.
“Treatment is based on the patient’s severity of hot flashes, medical history, personal choice and coexistence of other menopausal symptoms, such as irritability or mood swings,” Miller says.
She notes that a class of anti-depressants has been shown to produce a 75 percent reduction in hot flashes with minimal side effects. Estrogen therapy is another option, though it must be weighed against potential side effects.
“Treatment is not one size fits all,” Miller says. “It’s very patient dependent.”