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Menopause

What medical conditions other than menopause can cause hot flashes?

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  • ABrandon Riggan, MD, Obstetrics & Gynecology, answered on behalf of TriStar Hendersonville Medical Center
    Hot flashes and sweating can be related to other diseases apart from menopause such as thyroid abnormalities, leukemias, pancreatic tumors, carcinoid and a rare cancer called pheochromocytoma. Your doctor should test hormone levels to determine if menopause is the cause of these symptoms.
     
  • AJulia Schlam Edelman, Obstetrics & Gynecology, answered
    Causes for hot flashes that are not related to postmenopause include certain prescription medications, some over-the-counter supplements, as well as common medical conditions, including thyroid disease, high blood pressure, and hepatitis.

    Niacin, which is given to reduce cholesterol, and Lupron, an injection given to shrink fibroids or control endometriosis, also cause hot flashes. Tamoxifen, given to reduce the risk of breast cancer (or the risk of recurrent breast cancer), and Evista, given to build bones, are prescription medications that can be associated with hot flashes. More unusual medical conditions that cause hot flashes include tuberculosis and sarcoid, a lung disease. With a medical history, exam, and lab tests, your doctor can identify why you are experiencing hot flashes.
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