Dear Orneville: I have two recommendations. One is to check out www.chemocare.com. On this site, click on managing side effects, scroll down to menopause and chemotherapy. Hot Flashes is a part of this. Also, I have attached a recent article we have written.
The exact mechanism as to what leads to a hot flash event is not entirely known, so finding the best way of treating this symptom has proven to be challenging. The most effective way known to manage hot flashes is through the use of hormone replacement therapy. However, in women with a personal history of breast cancer the use of hormone replacement is not recommended.
Several non-hormonal treatments for hot flashes have been tried. These include non-pharmacologic therapies such as relaxation, acupuncture, diet, exercise, herbal preparations, and vitamins. Several prescription drugs have also been studied, for example anti-depressant medications such as venlafaxine (Effexor
I was in your place back in January during my chemo. The night sweats were interfering so much with my sleep that I could barely function! I started with 1200 mg of Vit E but it only helped for a short while. When I started Rads my oncologist made me stop the Vit E anyway. I was very very reluctant to take a prescription drug but finally gave in and I am so glad I did! I am taking 30 mg of Celexa each day and it has almost eliminated the hot flashes. I can sleep through the night with little trouble now and I really don't feel any different from taking this med. I have experienced no side effects. I have heard that Celexa has less side effects than the more popular Effexor. I keep thanking this wonderful doctor who convinced me to at least give it a try because I have a MUCH better quality of life now. I will keep taking it with Tamoxifen until I feel I don't need it anymore. It is so worth it to me. Good Luck.