Mood changes are a common symptom of menopause and can be managed with counseling and support from professionals, family, friends, and online resources. Antidepressants, such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and selective norepinephrine inhibitors (SNRIs) also have been shown to help with mood changes and can be prescribed by your doctor. Studies also have shown that SSRI’s and the medication gabapentin have provided women with some relief from hot flashes.
There are many non-pharmacological steps women can take to manage the symptoms of hot flashes as well. These include: a) keep the core body temperature as cool as possible by dressing in layers, using a fan, sleeping in a cool room and drinking ice water b) refrain from smoking c) exercise regularly to maintain a healthy weight and promote restorative sleep d) practice relaxation techniques, such as taking a walk, reading a book, listening to music or light yoga and e) avoid things that may trigger hot flashes, such as hot drinks, spicy foods, alcohol, and emotional triggers.