Hot flushes cooled by antidepressants

A trial of 205 healthy peri- and postmenopausal US women found that escitalopram at 10–20mg/day reduced insomnia symptoms and improved subjective sleep quality at eight weeks of follow-up.

Researchers had expected the drug to have an adverse affect on sleep, as insomnia is a frequently reported adverse effect of treatment with SSRIs and SNRIs.

But in an editorial in Menopause reviewers said previous studies on the drugs’ sleep effects showed the agents “do