Treating Hot Flashes Caused by Hormone Therapy

hi I’m dr. Scholl’s a common question we get at the piece your is how do you manage hot flashes from hormonal therapy hot flashes from hormone therapy hormone therapy being the most commonly used systemic medicine for prostate cancer are a very common problem they’re not universal though about a third of men that are on these hormonal medicines don’t get hot flashes about a third get a mild low-grade issue that doesn’t really concern them much and about a third get full-blown hot flashes we’re talking about waking up at night sweating these things can sometimes cycle every 15 to 20 minutes and be really intrusive one thing to realize is that they’re not dangerous although a hot flashes often accompanied by a sensation if something’s really wrong and it can really throw people off kilter they’re not dangerous even though they feel that they are so when we try and treat hot flashes we’re just treating symptoms to improve quality of life and there’s no perfect fix for them but there are some effective therapies and it’s always a balance between are the side effects of the treatment worse than the hot flashes so we’ll just go through and cover some of the common things that are used to counteract hot flashes the most effective medicine that I’ve come across for counteracting hot flashes is estrogen estrogen will dramatically reduce the symptoms and over 80% of men estrogen has a few issues though you can’t take estrogen pills because they cause blood clots but interestingly transdermal estrogen in the form of a patch does not predispose men to blood clots however estrogen can cause breast enlargement when these estrogen patches are used by bell dodd is the most popular brand the dose selected should be the smallest possible dose and most men will not develop a problem with breast enlargement if breast enlargement is a major concern it is possible to undergo a brief course of radiation therapy to the nipples three or four treatments to prevent that from happening in most cases I just tailed men to be on the lookout for these things and if this problem develops then to stop the medicine and reconsider the therapy there are other options so what are those other options there’s basically two medicines one is a antidepressant medicine called effects or used in very small doses say 37 and a half milligrams once a day or neurontin a medicine that was originally approved to help reduce the incidence of seizures but in low doses has also been used to help people with numbness in there or tingling in their hands or feet but it also can reduce hot flashes just like effects or the effect is not as universal as it is with estrogen maybe 50% of men respond to these medications both neurontin and nfx ER can make people feel a little drowsy sometimes and taking them at nighttime is probably the best way to go there are studies showing that acupuncture can control hot flashes as well acupuncture is not something I’m expert in but the studies showing its effectiveness are pretty convincing finding people that really know what they’re doing of course is part of the protocol for getting a good result and it’s not going to work on everybody but the evidence is strong that acupuncture can counteract hot flashes historically progesterone has been a popular treatment for counteracting hot flashes more recently though doctors are getting concerned because progesterone is a precursor to testosterone and there has been some evidence that progesterone can enhance or stimulate the growth of prostate cancer though historically progesterone was a popular and effective way to counteract hot flashes at this point we aren’t recommending it lastly in terms of reducing side effects from hormone therapy hot flashes included sometimes people overlook a milder medicine called Casa Dix generic name is by glutamate this is a pill rather than a shot and the side effects from this medication are quite a bit less including a lower incidence of hot flashes Casa Dex is not always an appropriate thing to substitute because it’s not quite as strong and it its anti-cancer effects are not as potent as Lou prawns but in certain situations people can compromise the effectiveness and achieve a better quality of life hot flashes with hormonal therapy are common there are things to reduce them thankfully they’re not always so serious that they even require therapy but if therapy is needed effective treatment is available and thankfully there are other new medicines that are in development they may be helpful as well [Music] [Applause] [Music] you

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