Depression drug may help hot flashes

January 18, 2011 8:08:19 PM PST
A drug used to treat depression is being shown to bring some relief to menopausal women.

A study out of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine focused on the anti-depressant ecitalopram. Women who took the drug for eight weeks reported fewer hot flashes, down from nine per day to five per day. The subjects also reported their hot flashes were less severe.

The study notes that some of the researchers received funding from forest laboratories which sells the drug under the brand name Lexapro.