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What are the symptoms of hot flashes?

  • Hot flashes are typically brief, lasting from about 30 seconds to a few minutes.
  • Redness of the skin, known as flushing, may accompany hot flashes.
  • Excessive perspiration (sweating) can also occur; when hot flashes occur during sleep they may be accompanied by night sweats.

The timing of the onset of hot flashes in women approaching menopause is variable.

  • While not all women will experience hot flashes, many normally menstruating women will begin experiencing hot flashes even several years prior to the cessation of menstrual periods.
  • It is impossible to predict if a woman will experience hot flashes, and if she does, when they will begin.
  • About 40% to 85% of women experience hot flashes at some point in the menopausal transition.
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Comment from: Pear, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 18

For at least 5 years I have been having maddening hot flashes. I am getting heat rash from my hot flashes. I cannot believe this is normal. My previous doctor had suspected an abnormality in my adrenaline gland. Unfortunately, he decided life was not worth living. I have not been able to get another doctor to take this seriously. I have been told to give it more time, but I cannot wear short sleeves because the rash covers my arms, yet clothing seems to lock the heat in. I'm not sure what to do next.

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Comment from: missyh32, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 10

I have severe hot flashes that started 3 months ago. I tried over the counter menopausal supplements but didn't get any relief. My doctor prescribed Effexor which worked immediately, I could only take half of the pill because it made me feel dazed and numb. I did gain weight and very quickly, 25 lb. just in 3 months. I stopped taking it and he put me on Brisdelle. I have been on it 5 weeks and it has made no difference whatsoever. I have the flashes approximately every 30 minutes or so during the day and I don't know about at night except that I wake up burning up, wet with sweat, then I'm freezing a few minutes later. I have continued taking black cohosh and vitamin E along with the other treatments but that hasn't worked either.

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