Vitamins, black cohosh for hot flashes?


Question from Debbie: My oncologist suggested 800 IU Vitamin E, 500 mg Vitamin C, B-complex and black cohosh for hot flashes and night sweats. Is there any validity to this?
Answers - Gary Deng This is a combination of several supplements that in some clinical studies has shown some efficacy in reduction of hot flashes. On the other hand, there are also studies of the same agents that did not show efficacy. So at this point, we don't know for sure that they're going to help you. But if the hot flashes are causing a major problem in your quality of life, you can try them. At this dose, they are generally safe. One thing you may want to keep in mind is for people with heart problems, taking more than 400 I.U. of Vitamin E for a prolonged period of time has been associated with some problems with peoples' hearts.

On Wednesday, July 18, 2007, our Ask-the-Expert Online Conference was called Vitamins and Herbal Supplements. Gary Deng, M.D., Ph.D. and moderator Beth Baughman DuPree, M.D., F.A.C.S. answered your questions about how to safely and sensibly incorporate vitamins and supplements into your diet.

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