Antidepressant may tame hot flashes
A widely prescribed antidepressant may provide some relief for women with hot flashes. Hormone replacement therapy is the only treatment approved by the Food and Drug Administration for menopausal symptoms, but many think its risks outweigh its benefits. A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association was a randomized, double-blinded trial of escitalopram (Lexapro) in which 97 menopausal women took the drug for eight weeks while a matched group took a placebo. Women taking escitalopram averaged 1.41 fewer hot flashes a day than others and there were no serious side effects. Lead author Ellen W. Freeman, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Pennsylvania, stressed that the drug's off-label use is not approved by the FDA.
Guerrier honored in Pinellas
Dr. Frederic Guerrier recently was honored as the Pinellas County Medical Association's physician of the year. A family physician in private practice, he has treated hundreds of Haitian patients during medical mission trips. He has volunteered one day each month for almost 30 years at the St. Petersburg Free Clinic. Guerrier, 56, came to the United States at age 16. He recently served on the board at Edward White Hospital and formerly was the chairman of family medicine at Bayfront Medical Center.
Staff, wire reports