Mine have decreased from 7-12 episodes in 24 hrs to 1-3 in 24 hrs. PLUS the ones I have are of shorter duration & less intense. I've been taking the generic version of Zyrtec (has the same active ingredient) for 2 months. No side effects. I'm sleeping much better & never drench the sheet or my clothes anymore. I tried black cohash & other natural "remedies"- no relief. I had to stop taking Pristiq (antidepressant) due to the side effect: excessive sweating!! I was researching online when I found an article about a small clinical trial in 2003 using Zyrtec for hot flashes:
I decided to try it, my physician agreed & my pharmacist recommended using the generic version which really reduced the cost