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Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie 45 (2003) 3, 161 - 165

Case report

The use of antidepressants for hot flashes in women with a history of breast cancer. A case study

M. Bannink, A.R. van Gool, M. Bontenbal, C. Seynaeve

summary Hot flashes are common peri- or post-menopausal symptoms for women. These symptoms may be caused or worsened by the systemic treatment administrered in breast cancer patients. The most effective treatment for these symptoms, hormonal therapy, is (relatively) contra-indicated for (ex-)breast cancer patients. Antidepressants may lower the frequency and severity of the hot flashes.
Antidepressants should be prescribed by a physician experienced in the use of this drug, while the frequency of the hot flashes should be registered adequately.


keywords antidepressants, breast cancer, hot flashes