Hot flashes are the most common hormonal related symptom that women seek treatment for when menopause comes around. They are caused by temperature regulation problems that occur when the hormones estrogen and progesterone decrease. The most effective way to treat them is with hormone replacement therapy. However, replacing these hormones does come with some risks. We now know that women that take hormone replacement for prolonged time are at increased risk for heart disease and some cancers. Therefore we only use them for short durations of time and only for severe hot flashes and symptoms of osteoporosis. Recently, there have been reports that a class of medicines known as the SSRIs can help with hot flashes. Examples of these medicines include Prozac, Celexa, and Zoloft. You should discuss this possibility with your doctor. Unfortunately, there are no vitamins that have been shown to help with hot flashes, though it is always a good idea to make sure that you take in adequate amounts of all them. Your next best move is for you to schedule an appointment with your primary care physician
or internal medicine doctor
). He or she can discuss all the non-hormonal options for hot flashes along with the risks and benefits of short courses of hormone replacement therapy. Good luck.