Doctors often prescribe gabapentin (Neurlrontin), a drug that treats nerve pain, to reduce menopausal hot flashes. Side effects can include weight gain, confusion and fatigue.

Recent study: Women who took pregabalin (Lyrica), a similar drug, experienced 20% more relief in terms of hot flash severity and frequency than those who took a placebo.

Comparison: Pregabalin users who took two pills per day had as much relief with fewer side effects than gabapentin users typically had when taking the standard three-pill dose.

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