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How is Effexor used to treat hot flashes associated with menopause?

Effexor (venlafaxine), a prescription medication commonly used to treat depression, can be an effective treatment for hot flashes during menopause. Studies show that for some women, taking Effexor every day reduces hot flashes by two-thirds.

Because long-term use of hormone replacement therapy to relieve hot flashes may increase the risk of breast cancer and other health problems, Effexor has been studied as an alternative -- especially for women who have had breast cancer. If you're having trouble with hot flashes, ask your doctor if Effexor may be right for you.

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