Is anyone on medications to treat Hot flashes?

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   Posted 5/19/2012 8:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I have incredibly terrible hot and cold flashes all the time. Unless im not moving and laying in bed I am semi ok. I am drenched every night and then just freeze to death. Its so miserable. I cant excercise cause its worse. Summer is making it even worse now. I never remember the hot flashes being this bad with my Lupus. Is there anyone one here that has had similar experience or been treated by a medication for this. Im 36 and have an IUD and dont think its hormonal. I do have a blood clotting disorder so the IUD is the only birth control I can take. I cant have any hormones or anything...

Diagnosed SLE since 1995, Lupus anticoagulant, Class 4 Kidney disease, depression, seizures & a stroke.

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   Posted 5/19/2012 9:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't know what medication you are taking, but there are meds out there that can cause your symptoms. I had similar symptoms when taking some meds for fibro. My mother took isoflavones (Novasoy) to help with her hot flashes when she was going through is natural and made from soy. She also tried zoloft...she claimed that it helped with the hot flashes...I noticed that her mood was better as well. As always, ask your doctor before you try anything. The OB-GYN might be the one to talk to for meds that don't include hormones. I can't take hormones either because my Lupus flares so bad.

I hope that you find something that works for you. I know that hot flashes are the worst...especially when you freeze after!

Best of luck~


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   Posted 5/23/2012 12:51 PM (GMT -6)   
yep, same thing happened to me! I used a patch behind my ear called Transderm Scop (or Scopalamine) that is used for nausea from sea or motion sickness and one of the side effects is that it stops sweating! (Who knew??? The docs didnt, I can tell u that ..but Im not suggesting it to you...just saying it worked for me! Good luck!
age 41, Mom of 2 great kids (10 & 8), Diagnosed in 2007
MCTD(LUPUS), RAYNAUDS, FIBROMYALGIA, L4L5 disc herniation, fracture in L3 fro EPIDURAL in childbirth
Meds: Pred taper, Nifedipine, estrogen, Cymbalta, hydrocod (NO MORE!), fentanyl patch (NO MORE!), methotrexate - MTX (on hold), clonaxepam (sleep...maybe off soon!), vit D, PRILOSEC, Vit B12 shots.

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   Posted 6/2/2012 10:41 PM (GMT -6)   

I am new to this particular forum. I was just diagnosed with Lupus. I had a 2 level fusion in L4, L5, SI. I have been in chronic pain ever since. I have had a round house of things that I have been going through. Not that this is related, at least I never thought it was, but I have terrible and I mean terrible head sweats to where my hair is just dripping wet. I can have a couple of these a day or some days none at all. Of late, it seems to be getting worse.

I was hosing my patio the other day and by the time I was through I was sopping wet from head sweating and my face was almost purple.

I guess this is called a Lupus flare up????

Looking at all the Lupus sites is very confusing to me. Especially all the unknown symptoms one can have.


Fusion L4,L5,SI. Chronic pain. On Nuycenta, oxycotin, celebrex, wellbutrin, prozac, synthroid, 5 mg. prednsoine, medication that I cannot pronounce for Lupus, long name. Flexeril, Ambien Ativan

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   Posted 6/4/2012 11:05 AM (GMT -6)   
I see you're on flexeril.... Flexeril makes me have head sweats something terrible. It's a side effect of the medicine.

I also suffer from Degenerative disk disease. My L5-S1 joint is bone on bone rubbing with L4 not looking much better. I'm staying away from fusion unless I get much worse.

Lupus flares are different for everyone. It's usually when your symptoms suddenly get worse for you. My flares involve increased joint pains all over, itching, and extreme fatigue.
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