Have heard this drug can help with hot flashes as well as depression.
Rita; Yes it is used a lot for hot flashes and seems to be pretty effective, But if you just started it don't look for any help right off you need to take it every day about the same time and it should be working fair in 4 weeks and great if it is going to work in 6 to 8 weeks. But we are all different so you could feel better soon.
I take Gabapentin (Neurontin) for hot flashes. Works quite well for me. I still have them, but not as often or as severe. Also not noticing any side effects from it. You don't have to wait for it to work, but since it is short acting, you would probably have to take it more than once a day.
Being a male I can tell you this drug has given me the opposite effect. It makes me feel very warm and sweat all the time. So from my experience no it would definitely not help with any hot flashes. It could actually worsen them. Also you do not want to start taking a drug such as Effexor for hot flashes as the side effects and withdrawal are much worse.
Best of luck!
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