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I have been using a few OTC suppliments for hotflashes but still no luck have you found one that works really well and is OTC

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  1. Diane Madel wrote on :

    I started taking Lecithin (found in the health food store or Whole Foods) in November after a friend told me how great it worked for her. I take one in the morning. She takes one in the a.m. and one in the p.m. I would get hot flashes constantly; every hour or two throughout the day/night. I am now down to maybe 2-3 a day and not waking up during the night now either. I am not sure if after 7 years (I started at 50 yrs old) they are just subsiding or if the Lecithin is really working but I’m not ready to stop just yet.

    As of January, I started Weight Watchers. I have made major changes in my diet and with exercise and I believe this may have something to do with the diminishing hot flashes as well.
    Good Luck!

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  2. Nancy Ortiz wrote on :

    Save your money on the dietary supplements – research has not shown them to be beneficial. Go with a healthy diet – the best is the Mediterranean Diet. Avoid caffeine, hot (temperature) foods, alcohol and spicy foods.

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  3. Teri Newman wrote on :

    I gave up. I’d rather sweat than go through chemo and supplements are not tested or approved by the FDA–you are the guinea pig and they are making a fortunes–anything that’s labeled a nutritional supplement doesn’t have to be tested or approved. 90% of the drugs today came from plant sources and over the counter medicine is REAL medicine.

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    • Loraine Alcorn wrote on :

      I’m having more than a little sweating problem my moods have changed and I am up most of the nigh changing clothes about every 2 hours ,I’m getting hardly any sleep this is a huge problem that I just cant ignore . the only option I have are supplements and at this point I would rather be a guinea pig than have no help at all . I need my sleep to function and work so doing something is better than doing nothing . some women do not have as much trouble with this as I am having ,my friends say whats a few hot flash , well I have a hot flash every 2 hours around the clock and wake up like I just got out of the shower with hair soaking wet and clothing sopping wet . it not a little problem but a really big one for me

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    • Teri Newman wrote on :

      I was like that too, but it did pass. I did HRT for about 6 months and stopped for about a year and when the symptoms got bad I did HRT for a month or two and stopped again but every time I stop my symptoms are less severe and I am hopeful it will stop altogether soon. With the breast cancer history in my family, I don’t want to take hormones if I can avoid it–I hate taking any kind of meds! However, I don’t trust untested “nutritional supplements” because they are real drugs–and not tested or approved by the FDA and the drug companies that market them don’t care about anything but profits. I’d rather sweat and have sleepless nights than die being a guinea pig for these greedy drug companies that are marketing nutritional supplements to desperate women without appropriate testing and sanctions. 90% of all the drugs known to man are plant based so the all-natural plant based nutritional supplements are again UNtested drugs. It was a big problem for me too, but I made a choice–your choice may be different and that’s fine, but you should know the facts and risks because INFORMED choice is the way to go!
      Good luck and I hope you feel better soon hon!

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    • Nancy Ortiz wrote on :

      So true, the DSHEA (Dietary Supplement, Health and Education Act) 1994, pushed through by Sen. Hatch, spearheaded that poorly written law. I wrote a “movie” talking about that issue here: http://www.xtranormal.com/watch/11717814/the-dietitian-meets-the-mis-guided-health-food-clerk

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  4. Staness Jonekos wrote on :

    The most common menopause-related discomfort is the hot flash! The good news is they typically stop on their own over time and may not require any treatment. The best treatments depend on how severe the hot flashes are, how much they interfere with your quality of life, your personal philosophy and preferences, and your health profile.

    Often lifestyle changes (daily exercise and healthy eating), and stress reduction can bring relief. Recent research has confirmed that acupuncture can reduce hot flashes. Another nonprescription remedy used for hot flash relief includes adding isoflavones commonly found in soy foods, although it may take weeks to have an effect and breast cancer survivors should discuss this option with their healthcare provider.

    Although some women report that various over-the-counter remedies help relieve their hot flashes,
    scientific studies are lacking to support their use. In some studies the dietary supplement pill containing the herb black cohosh can decrease hot flashes for some.

    Remifemin is a product with good quality control of the manufacturing process. Women taking 20mg tablet twice a day for 8-12 weeks reported improvement.

    When purchasing supplements, it is preferable to choose specific brands that have been tested in clinical trails. You may wish to discuss hormone therapy with your clinician. Multiple studies have documents that prescription hormone therapy with estrogen that is “systemic” is the most effective treatment for hot flashes available. There are also nonhormonal drugs available, such as, antidepressants, gabapentin and drugs used to treat high blood pressure.

    Remifemin may be a good product to consider, please discuss with your healthcare provider – we are all different.

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    • Loraine Alcorn wrote on :

      well I’m now up to 4 remifemins a day with estroven at night and one a day menopause formula in the morning . I really need something better thanks for answering 🙂

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    • Staness Jonekos wrote on :

      Are you a good candidate for hormone therapy? A low dose initiated for a short period of time (3-5 years) around the menopause years is considered safe per recent studies. Perhaps a nonhormonal prescription remedy or acupuncture. It often takes combining nutrition, exercise, emotional health, with additional support (mentioned above).
      It can be discouraging, sending you healing thoughts. Let us know if you find a good solution that honors your personal preferences.

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    • Staness Jonekos wrote on :

      A portion of my reply was not included, so here it is: Managing menopause often takes looking at all areas: health, nutrition, fitness, beauty, emotions, relationships, spirituality and happiness. I wish there was a magic pill. It took taking control of all areas of my life to manage menopause. I tried all the OTC products without relief. Once I started HT, and updated my diet and added daily exercise, I conquered those irriatating hot flashes. Again, best of luck and keep us posted.

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    • Loraine Alcorn wrote on :

      no unfortunately I cant take HRT all all so I’m stuck with OTC remedies thanks for trying 🙂

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    • Joan Ross wrote on :

      heck out recommendations from web Md
      http://www.webmd.com/menopause/guide/8-natural-ways-to-ease-menopause-symptoms.
      Perhaps a combination of exercise, diet, behavior modification can help as Staness Jonekos wrote above.
      Personally even in my mid 60’s I still get hot flushes from time to time and a Md once told me, woman’s hormones keep fluctuation till the day they die!

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  5. Dralene "Red" Hughes wrote on :

    I gave up on the suppliments and tried this: a mixture of flax seed and soy nuts to munch on -or- sprinkle on food. I did add wasabi peas to the mixture for just munching that adds alittle spice. This has been working for me – no more Hot Flashes! Flax seed & Soy Nuts are recommended. Try it – no side effects either

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