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What causes hot flashes along with severe anxiety and mood swings?

Since starting leflunomide to treat RA I ve experienced severe hot flashes accompanied by high anxiety and uncontrollable moodiness. My doctor tells me those are not side effects of the drug. My menopausal hot flashes finally ended about one year ago. These are something entirely different and much worse. I ve been taking leflunomide for nearly 3 months. Is what I m experiencing possibly caused from the drug or a drug interaction with something else I ve been prescribed?
Sat, 10 Feb 2018
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Hello,my name is dr.Dorina Gurabardhi.I understand your concern.
Your symptoms seem to be related with the menopause period.
Also it can be due to anxiety,stress etc.
They are not related with leflunomide medication.
Hope my answer was helpful.If you have any other question Ill be glad to help.
Regards,     
dr.Dorina Gurabardhi
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