DEAR DOCTOR K: I have terrible hot flashes. My doctor no longer recommends hormone replacement therapy because he says it has heart risks. Is there anything else I can take?
DEAR READER: Hot flashes are a common symptom of menopause. They probably result from changing hormone levels. My patients describe them as a sudden, intensely uncomfortable onslaught of heat. They are often accompanied by a rapid heartbeat, headache, nausea or dizziness.