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Naproxen Sodium to help treat hot flashes and night sweats?

Hi everyone,  I broke my arm 2 weeks ago. I started taking Naproxen for pain and noticed my hot flashes and night sweats have almost completely disappeared. Have suffered with night sweats and hot flashes for over 5 years with menopause. Has anybody else had this same experience?

Thank you, Ann

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Hi Ann,

Here's a previous discussion on this topic:

healthunlocked.com/cllsuppo...

In summary, you are not alone in finding welcome relief, so enjoy the break (pun not intended).

Hopefully you'll be through menopause soon and then if the hot flushes/sweats do return, you'll know that it is most likely CLL related and can take it up with your specialist.  If you do want to continue taking the Naproxen for the relief it provides, just discuss it with your doctor, who may be prepared to keep you on it, ideally with the occasional blood test to check your liver is handling it OK:

livertox.nlm.nih.gov/Naprox...

You may already have the serum aminotransferase levels checked as part of your CLL monitoring blood tests, if not, it's a simple matter to add them to your CLL monitoring test request and save yourself additional trips for blood tests.

Neil

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Thank you so much for such kind and informative thoughts. Never wrote on a board or page before your answers were thoughtful and appreciated. Sincerely, Ann

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Hi Ann,  

I have no experience of taking  Naproxen so can't help you there.  But I noticed that this is your first post, and you only joined the group a few days ago.  So, welcome to the site!    Glad you found us, and I hope your arm soon recovers...  Do feel free to ask any more questions.  

Best wishes, 

Paula

P.S. I can't get either of the Neil's links to work.  Is it just me? 

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Neither work for me either Paula.

Sue

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Please try now; the second link had an extra http:/ in front and when I corrected that, the first link also started working.  Weird!

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Got the second link to work now still trouble on the first but that might just be me. Thank you for your warm greetings. 😊

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Same with me.  Second link now works, but not the first one!  

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I've tried a different computer and the first link worked perfectly for me.  I've repeated it here:

healthunlocked.com/cllsuppo...

and you can also get to the post by selecting the bottom post of the member who asked the question here:

healthunlocked.com/user/jwy...

The link to the earlier question is a long one with punctuation stripped out that was in the original post. Perhaps that's what's causing the difficulty...

PaulaS, can you now open this link either way?

Thanks,

Neil

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Working fine now.😊 Thank you for your perseverance in getting it to work for me.

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Sorry Neil - the first link still doesn't work for me.   In a way it doesn't matter, because I've never taken Naproxen so it wasn't something I was particularly interested in.   So I don't want you to spend more time on this.   But it's strange that my computer (Windows 7) wouldn't open it.   

Best wishes, 

Paula

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I don't mean to be negative to what appears to be a relief option for hot flashes and night sweats, but I have recently read that NSAIDs (Naproxen, Aleve, Ibuprofen and others in this category) raise the risk of dementia. With long-term use (500 strength daily for 2 years) studies are pointing to an effect on the brain. The study I read about was done with ages 65+. medpagetoday.com/psychiatry...

The other side effect (which makes it unusable for me, is stomach bleeding, similar to aspirin.

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I've just noticed this post and it's of particular interest to me because I'm having to take Naproxen at the moment for a finger fracture and severe shoulder tear which is causing extreme pain especially at night. I'm always resisted it because a nephrologist advised some years ago that anti-inflammatories wouldn't do my kidneys any favours (and of course there's the liver concerns to factor in).

Whilst the naproxen gives some relief in terms of its anti inflammatory effects, it's had no beneficial effect on nocturnal heat. However, unlike Ann-Marie's, mine are not menopausal in nature. I feel I can lay them completely at the CLL door!

The link with dementia is yet another concern but I would be unhappy with long term use anyway. Trouble is they are amazingly effective for the relief of inflammatory pain and as with all medication, pros and cons have to be carefully weighed and effects on organs monitored.

Welcome Anne-Marie, hope your arm is now well on its way to being healed now.

Newdawn

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New here I am being tested for CLL after 3 blood test that showed blood counts were off. I started with just night sweats but has turned into anytime sweats. Does it get better?

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Twest43, your posting is at the bottom of a year old posting with replies.

AND, thank you for your question--WELCOME to our family of CLLers from over the world. This IS the place to ask questions and to share your situation as we learn so much from each other and gain strength from the support.

Please re-post to let everyone be able to respond and to welcome you.

You might get faster replies if you repost on your own. Give it a heading of "Being tested for CLL"----and it will be looked at by more people today.

In the right upper corner there is a green box "write a post" click on that to begin your post.

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If you restrict your post to community only you are likely to get more responses, also. Sweats are a common issue, so I hope you repost your question in a post of your own. Hopefully your tests will be negative for CLL - maybe an infection that isn't resolving - but if you do join the CLL family you will find a lot of support and information here.

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I too have daytime sweats. Dripping down my face, my hair soaking wet. I’ve taken to carrying a small fan around with me. When I don’t have my purse, I carry a pocket fan that slips unnoticed in my pocket. Just fanning the back of my neck really helps.

I have a wall mounted makeup mirror in my bathroom. On Amazon, I found a small USB fan the clips to my mirror. It will run for up to 4 hours on one charge. I have to turn it to medium because it is so powerful.

Hope this helps.

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Ann,

I went online to research ibuprofen just a bit ago and saw your post! I started my search on ibuprofen because I too have hot flashes and found by accident that ibuprofen seems to halt the hot flashes I am getting so frequently.

I find it very interesting that you too have found this type of medication helps. Both medications are anti inflammatories. Im surprised its not talked about more out there.

It is interesting because these medications bring down body temperature in the case of fevers. With hot flashes, it certainly feels like the temperature control mechanism is not working properly.

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I have been getting severe/extreme/frequent, body drenching hot flashes for the past year, and have figured its just that time of my life. Reducing stress seems to be helpful. Nothing else has seemed to work, except just today I noticed I have only had 2 hot flashes. Both fairly mild. I started taking a brand name naproxin product 400mg every 4 hours because of a surgery i had yesterday. I am back to work and otherwise all is the same today as any other day. I am surprised others have found some relief w naproxin as well. I wish I had stumbled upon this long ago, tho I can agree that long term use isnt optimal.

On a different note, i stumbled onto this page based on a search of hot flashes and my product that seems to help. What is CLL?

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Replying to myself... i clicked around and found the spell out :-)

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Hi

My palliative doctor actually prescribed me naproxen sodium for controlling my excessive night sweats which were being caused by cancer drugs and I must say it has worked wonders. I haven’t had any night sweats in about 4 months now. Fingers crossed

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