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For immediate release-13 May 2005

Prescribed drug alternatives to HRT – can they help?

Women going through the menopause can experience severe distressing symptoms like hot flushes and night sweats. But not all can, or want to, take HRT. So what else can health professionals prescribe? And how effective are these drugs in managing menopausal symptoms? And which is best for women being treated for breast cancer?

The Spring 2005 issue of The Menopause Exchange newsletter takes a look at the prescribed drug alternatives to HRT. In her article, Consultant Surgeon Dr Jo Marsden assesses the published evidence for low-dose progestogens, gabapentin, clonidine, methyldopa and antidepressants, looking at their effectiveness and safety.

“Women don’t often realise that there are drug alternatives to HRT, although the effectiveness of these does vary. Not all women can take HRT or find that their symptoms improve with simple lifestyle measures or complementary therapies. This article is essential reading for health professionals with an interest in the management of the menopause,” says Norma Goldman, founder and director of The Menopause Exchange.

The Menopause Exchange covers a wide range of subjects like menopausal symptoms, HRT and its alternatives, nutrition and lifestyle and medical conditions (e.g. osteoporosis). It is completely independent – it is not sponsored by any companies and is funded purely by subscriptions. Other articles in the Spring 2005 issue include anxiety and the menopause, fad diets of the stars and all about breasts (including non-cancerous conditions). The Menopause Exchange has an Ask the Experts panel and fact sheets specifically for members.

For more information on The Menopause Exchange, write to The Menopause Exchange at PO Box 205, Bushey, Herts WD23 1ZS, call 020 8420 7245, fax 020 8954 2783 or send an e-mail to


1. The Menopause Exchange Newsletter was launched in June 1999.
2. The founder and director of The Menopause Exchange is Norma Goldman, a pharmacist with a Master’s degree in health promotion. She gives talks on the menopause at health clubs, organisations/workplaces, pharmacies and other venues. Her daughter, Victoria, the editor of the newsletter, is an experienced health journalist with a BSc. degree in Biomedical Science and a Master’s degree in Science Communication.
3. The aim of The Menopause Exchange is to raise the awareness of the menopause among women, healthcare professionals (e.g. nurses and pharmacists) and complementary practitioners.
4. Topics covered in previous issues of the newsletter include: HRT questions you forget to ask your doctor; HRT benefits and risks; sexuality after the menopause; complementary therapies at the menopause; heart disease; memory problems; anti-ageing beauty secrets; weight control; and phytoestrogens in your diet.
5. UK annual membership (4 issues of the newsletter and regular fact sheets) costs £18 for individuals; £22 for local organisations; £30 for companies/national organisations; corporate (over 10 copies) and overseas memberships are available on request.
6. All press enquiries to Norma Goldman on 020 8420 7245.

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