- Question from Brenda-2: What supplements do you recommend for menopause symptoms? Arimidex is really giving me a hard time with hot flashes, vaginal dryness, etc. What do you think about Revival Soy Protein shakes? They contain 160 mg of soy isoflavones. Or something else?
- Answers - Beth Baughman DuPree, M.D., F.A.C.S. For women having menopausal symptoms, Effexor can be effective in treating the hot flashes. Also, acupuncture has been shown to be effective in treating hot flashes. In a controlled trial, 85% of women who received acupuncture who had been treated for breast cancer and were on an anti-estrogen medication had significant relief of their hot flashes. As for vaginal dryness, there are over-the-counter personal lubricants such as Astroglide that can help with the day-to-day soreness that comes as a side effect of the anti-estrogen. A decision as to whether or not the vaginal dryness is severe enough to warrant topical or localized estrogen therapy to the vagina is something you should discuss specifically with your breast surgeon, oncologist, and gynecologist.
The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Vitamins and Herbal Supplements featured Gary Deng, M.D., Ph.D. and moderator Beth Baughman DuPree, M.D., F.A.C.S. answering your questions about how to safely and sensibly incorporate vitamins and supplements into your diet.
Editor's Note: This conference took place in July 2007.
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