I had a kidney transplant a little over a year ago and all has been well.
However, I've recently begun having horrible hot flashes, day & night. The night hot flashes are keeping me awake all hours and I'm feeling really run down. This has been going on for several months now.
Because of the increased risk of developing cancer, I do not want to take HRT (hormone replacement therapy), especially while on immunosuppressants.
I called my transplant center to ask about taking rhubarb extract which is just an herb but has helped a lot of women with hot flash symptoms. They said to ask my gynecologist and then have her call the tx center pharmacy with what she thinks (why they couldn't just ask the pharmacist herself, I have no idea). Anyway, gynecologist wanted to do the synthetic hormone and seemed to snub her nose at plant based menopause symptoms treatment. She didn't say they were dangerous. I asked what could I do then and she said "take Lexapro".
I have zero interest in taking an antidepressant for anything. I've tried them before for different off label reasons and every one was a nightmare and terrible to wean off of.
So ladies - what have you used post tx for hot flashes? I truly can't see how taking rhubarb supplements could hurt, they are not nephrotoxic. I hate that drs always push pharmaceuticals and never consider natural treatments :(