Antidepressant Dressed Up for Menopause

Posted on December 19, 2013

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One pharmaceutical company can now brag about a nonhormonal option to treat hot flashes during menopause.

Noven Therapeutics knows that's welcome news to scores of women who've developed a fear of hormone therapy following the increased risk of heart disease and breast cancer seen in the Women's Health Initiative (WHI).

But Brisdelle is just an old medication dressed up in a new feminine name and packaging – it's the antidepressant paroxetine, better known by its brand name, Paxil.