Menopause Drugs and Medications

Treating Hot Flashes, Bone Loss, and Vaginal Dryness

Written by Daniel J. Toft MD, PhD
Reviewed by Brigid Gregg MD

There are a number of prescription and over-the-counter medications available to treat the symptoms of menopause. This article focuses on treatments for the 3 most common symptoms and complications: hot flashes, bone loss, and vaginal dryness.

Hot Flashes
Drugs and medications that treat hot flashes include:

If you cannot take hormone therapy to manage your hot flashes, there are non-hormonal prescription medications available that may help. While they may relieve your discomfort, none of the below treatments are FDA-approved to treat hot flashes:

Bone Loss
Menopause puts women at risk for developing osteoporosis, so your doctor may prescribe a medication to help prevent bone loss. Medications that may reduce your risk for developing osteoporosis are:

To learn more about preventing bone loss after menopause, read our article about osteoporosis prevention.

Vaginal Dryness
The treatments below relieve vaginal dryness:

Though the symptoms of menopause are a completely normal part of the transition, that doesn't mean you have to endure them. Fortunately, there are a variety of prescription and over-the-counter medications available to help treat your symptoms. Talk with your doctor to explore the best treatment plan for you.