Hot flashes are a phenomenon that affects some women much worse than others.
In the case of my wife, doctors often had few suggestions other than hormone therapies, or psychotropic drugs that in small doses seem to relieve the symptoms. The problem with these drugs is that they are addictive and getting off of them can be brutal.
There of course are other options such as acupuncture and many herbs but many of these approaches are hit or miss.
The FDA has just approved a new drug that may be an effective remedy for the condition.
Veozah is the first to target a neuron in the brain that becomes unbalanced as estrogen levels fall. These promising results are good news for those with moderate to severe symptoms related to menopause.
Check out the recent NY Times article regarding the drug.
F.D.A. Approves New Drug to Treat Hot Flashes
By Christina Jewett Published May 12, 2023
The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved the first nonhormonal medication to treat hot flashes in menopausal women, offering a potential remedy for the symptoms of overheating of the upper body and sweating that can be disruptive to daily life for years.
The drug, to be marketed as Veozah, is the first to target a neuron in the brain that becomes unbalanced as estrogen levels fall. It would typically be prescribed for women in their 50s during the menopausal phase estimated to last seven years, according to Marci English, a vice president of Astellas Pharma, the maker of the medication.