Since menopause is a kind of natural process, it does not need medical treatment. However, in those cases where the physical, mental, and emotional effects of menopause are strong enough that they significantly disrupt your life, you may need medical therapy to help you to get relief:
- Hormone therapy. Estrogen therapy is the most effective treatment option for relieving menopausal hot flashes.
- Vaginal estrogen. To relieve vaginal dryness, estrogen can be administered directly to the vagina using a vaginal cream, tablet or ring.
- Low-dose antidepressants. Certain antidepressants related to the class of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) may decrease menopausal hot flashes.
- Gabapentin (Neurontin, Gralise, others). Gabapentin is approved to treat seizures, but it has also been shown to help reduce hot flashes.
- Clonidine (Catapres, Kapvay, others). Clonidine, a pill or patch typically used to treat high blood pressure, might provide some relief from hot flashes.
- Medications to prevent or treat osteoporosis. Depending on individual needs, doctors may recommend medication to prevent or treat osteoporosis.