I have a family history of breast cancer, so hormones are out. First I tried gabbapentin, but it caused edema. Gary's MO suggested venlafaxin, and I take a mid-level dose. Gary takes a low dose to counter the blues, as it is also a mild anti depressant. I still heat up when I drink coffee, alcohol, or get stressed. But it used to be hourly and I would be dripping wet. Literally stick my head in the freezer.
I have been having them for at least five years now. I thought they eventually went away. I would love to add sweaters back into my wardrobe someday.