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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