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Trazodone: a non-hormonal alternative for neurovegetative climacteric symptoms

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1 Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Ferrara, Italy
Clin. Exp. Obstet. Gynecol. 1995, 22(4), 341–344;
Published: 10 December 1995

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is the treatment of choice for neurovegeta­tive climacteric symptoms. In some women, however, HRT may either be contraindicated, or the patients themselves may prefer a non-hormonal form of treatment. Trazodone is a drug that acts as a weak, but specific, inhibitor of the uptake of 3H-serotonin and is generally used for its an­tidepressant effects. In this study we have observed the efficacy of oral Trazodone (75 mg/day) in the treatment of the climacteric symptoms in 25 menopausal patients recruited at the Menopause Clinic of Ferrara University Hospital. The symptoms were scored from 0 to 3 according to pre­sence and intensity. The patients were all complaining of climacteric neurovegetative symptoms (average symptom score 2.43). Symptoms scores were recorded before starting treatment and then again after 3 months. The drug appeared to be particularly effective on the intensity of anxiety (OR: 0.08, CI: 0-0.080), insomnia (OR: 0.15, CI: 0.02-0.71), and irritability (OR: 0.29, CI: 0.04-1.48). The intensity of hot flushes appeared reduced but was not statistically significant (OR: 0.52, CI: 0.08-1.87). However, the average total score of symptoms appearing in the Kupperman scale was reduced (-14%) after treatment. Trazodone should be kept in mind. as possible alternative to HRT: This drug can be particularly useful for those patients whose climacteric symptoms have a marked connotation of anxiety rather than for hot flushes or when HRT are contraindicated.

Climacteric syndrome
Non-hormonal treatment
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