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Hot flashes

Also known as Hot Flushes

Hot flashes (also known as hot flushes) are a symptom which may have several other causes, but which is often caused by the changing hormone levels that are characteristic of menopause.

Source: Wikipedia

What causes it?

The most common causes of hot flashes are menopause, high blood pressure, and breast cancer. Other possible causes, such as hormone disorder, are more rare.


What might my doctor prescribe?

Common Tests and Procedures

Patients with hot flashes often receive hematologic tests, pelvis exam, examination of breast, mammography, complete physical skin exam performed (ml), rectal examination, ultrasonography and lipid panel .

Common Medications

The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with hot flashes include estrogens, conjugated (usp) (premarin), ergocalciferol, tamoxifen, estradiol, progesterone, anastrozole (arimidex), verapamil (univer), valacyclovir (valtrex), black cohosh extract (black cohosh), estrogens, conjugated (usp) / medroxyprogesterone, thyroid (usp) (armour thyroid), mefenamic acid and amlodipine / olmesartan .

Who is at risk?

Groups of people at highest risk for hot flashes include sex == female age 45-59 years. On the other hand, sex == male, age 1-4 years, and age < 1 years almost never get hot flashes.

Age

< 1 years
0.0x
1-4 years
0.0x
5-14 years
0.1x
15-29 years
0.4x
30-44 years
0.7x
45-59 years
2.9x
60-74 years
1.0x
75+ years
0.4x

Sex

Male
0.0x
Female
1.7x

Race/Ethnicity

Black
1.0x
Hispanic
0.7x
White
1.1x
Other
1.2x
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