Menopause by definition is the absence of a menstrual cycle for 1 year or more. Many women will become symptomatic during this time period from the lowering doses of estrogen. Hot flushes occur in 3 out of 4 women. They will typically last a few minutes and cause flushing of the face, neck and chest. Women may also sweat (perspire) during a flush. The number of hot flushes can vary from occasional to 15 or more daily. Hot flushes tend to start occurring just prior to menopause and usually persist for 2-3 years. The exact physiological mechanism of hot flushes is not known; although it is thought to be related to either adrenergic or serotonergic neurotransmission. Effexor works on both of these neurotransmission pathways.
Effexor (Venlafaxine) is a serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI). Along with improving depressive symptoms, it has also been demonstrated to alleviate vasomotor symptoms – such as hot flushes. Effexor has been found to effectively decrease the number and frequency of hot flushes in peri-menopausal and menopausal women. It can safely be used as a non-hormonal treatment to alleviate symptoms in women with contraindications to estrogen containing preparations. This group of women includes survivors of certain types of cancers and women with a history of blood clots. Typically patients will notice symptom improvement almost immediately with Effexor use.
The providers at Hermann Wellness offer a variety of non-hormonal modalities to effectively treat menopausal symptoms. Please contact the office at 813-902-9559 for more information or to schedule an appointment.