Here we go again with another “drug” to treat a woman’s hormonal changes. It’s interesting how the pharmaceutical companies have found a way to “market” one of the most natural transitions of aging. I suppose it’s directed to all those baby boomers that are in denial of aging (and always will be).
So first we needed a pill to help stop women from being so bitchy during that time of the month. You know…that PMS time. Instead of looking at the root of the problem such as nutritional deficiencies, inability to get rid of toxins, leaky gut (allergies, yeast, low fiber, etc), and way too much stress; it seems we need to give women a pill so they can function better and not miss a step in getting the laundry done in addition to working full time with a smile on her face during “that time of the month”. That pill is called Sarafem”. It’s a pretty name for Prozac, because that’s exactly what it is.
Now, a new “pill” is being tested in clinical trials to help menopausal women get rid of those hot flushes. Not only is it supposed to help hot flushes and sleep, but it is meant to help women’s moods. This new pill is called “Pristiq”. Again another sexy name for an antidepressant known as Effexor.
I don’t want to be too critical of societies need to “treat” a woman’s natural changes in life, but we need to support these natural changes instead of treating them like medical diseases. Some women have severe symptoms and may need antidepressants, but the pharmaceutical companies make it too easy for women (and their doctors) to use a medication instead of also looking at some of the underlying issues that surface during this time of a woman’s life.
We’ll see if this new drug will come to market, but in the mean time….don’t forget to take care of yourself and try to make some lifestyle changes first.
An experimental treatment for menopause-related hot flashes and night sweats that doesn’t use hormones generally works well, researchers report….