• Hot flashes; has anyone tried gel pillows?

    Asked by Steph921 on Thursday, April 24, 2014

    Hot flashes; has anyone tried gel pillows?

    I've been having a lot of hot flashes and am taking Effexor, which seems to help but I'm not too crazy about the side effects (weird dreams, etc.) I was just wondering if anyone had tried those gel pillows and if you've had any luck with them? Or any other ideas anyone else has would be helpful. Thanks,

    14 Answers from the Community

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    • Heather3's Avatar

      Yes. I bought them and the cool touch pajamas. I also had a fan blowing on me at night. They helped a little but not as much as the Effexor. I will take weird dreams over no sleep. I was waking up every hour with a hot flash and was nearly out of my mind with them. Best of luck to you!

      over 5 years ago
    • lilymadeline's Avatar

      There are other antidepressants that stop the hot flashes if you aren't tolerating Effexor well, if I were you I would ask to try something else...but if you do, it is very important to slowly taper off Effexor or you will have horrible and I seriously mean horrible withdrawals. Good luck and best wishes!

      over 5 years ago
    • MarnieC's Avatar

      Yes, a gel pillow does seem to help a bit. The hot flashes will also subside over time, depending on what else you're being given. Tamoxifen seems to make them worse, I chose not to take it. I use a combination of certain herbs, nutritionals and diet to keep them under control. Feel free to contact me to find out what they are.

      over 5 years ago
    • ChildOfGod4570's Avatar

      Hmmm, I never heard of gel pillows or cooling pajamas. I know I have been having hot flashes since last summer when I was on chemo, and since starting Tamoxifen, I've added heat rashes to the mix whenever I sweat. My nurse said some people do get heat rashes on Tamoxifen, so hat's something I have to work around. What I've been doing is consuming copious amounts of ice water, using fans, even taking a water bottle and battery driven fan to church! I also make sure to wear loose fitting and comfortable clothes or pajamas. I work out with a fan blowing on me and work out in a pool when available. I really don't want to pop any more pills unless I have to; Tamoxifen and my vitamins are plenty for now. HUGS and God bless!

      over 5 years ago
    • DorothyV's Avatar

      I love my gel pillow! I bought it at Kohls. It's their own brand, home classics. It has memory foam and a gel pad on each side. Don't buy the Chillow (as seen on tv)! You have to fill it with water and it kept slipping off of my pillow. The gel pillow works great. Good luck to you and God bless:)

      over 5 years ago
    • tuwood's Avatar

      My daughter has a bed fan -- it's a fan that blows between the sheets. Search for "amazing bed fan" on the internet and you'll find it.

      over 5 years ago
    • JudyW's Avatar

      I have two, and they both work fairly well. One I got online at Macys.com and it seems to be a little better than the other one. I don't remember the brand or anything, but a simple search in pillows should allow you to find it. The other one is from HSN and is a Joy Mangano product. It has two sides, one cool and one warm, snd is made of memory foam. The thing I like about this one is that it's a modified wedge shape that allows back/side sleeping or stomach sleeping. I do not like the water-filled Chillow. I have pets and that makes me very nervous.

      over 5 years ago
    • PinkPickle's Avatar

      My Chillow works well and cost was low. It is water filled so you do have to keep pets off of it. I have cats with claws so I keep it under my regular pillow and haven't had a problem. I also take Magnesium every day. You should check with your Doc before adding any suppliments but it brought my hot flashes down to a manageable level.

      over 5 years ago
    • cartertd's Avatar

      Hi. I read the comments above; I haven't heard of the gel pillow but I have been taking magnesium 800mg in the morning and 400 mg before bed also try to stay away from caffeine especially close to going to bed. It seem to help some however, being on Tamoxifen it is something you really have to accept. It does seem to ease up a little after awhile; Just don't know how it is going to be like this coming summer UGH! I think I might get this gel pillow and if you find out anything else that might help, please post. Good luck to you.

      over 5 years ago
    • carter4's Avatar

      horrible hot flashes for 2 years - day and night - fan at night by my bed - mornings I sweat through my work clothes before I get out the door - but lucky to be alive!! hate going to social events because of them - hot flashes can put a damper on things for sure - hang in there!

      over 5 years ago
    • barryboomer's Avatar

      Large Fans blowing directly on us from multiple angles.

      over 5 years ago
    • musicmomjv's Avatar

      I am on tamoxifen and the hot can be very intense at times.
      My oncologist has me on 300 mg of gabapentin to help me sleep.
      I bought the chill ow and absolutely love it!
      I have not had any problems with it.
      Just placing it under my neck and head stops the hot flashes.
      I would recommend trying one
      Good luck to you

      over 5 years ago
    • lorilaa's Avatar

      I tried Tamoxifen but had too many side effects from it so I quit taking it. I did buy a gel pillow at Sam's Club and it helped a lot. I even kept using it after my hot flashes are gone. They make bandanas that have a gel filling inside them and when you make them wet they give off a cooling effect and then you can wrap around your neck to cool things down. They help some. Like everyone else says a fan at night helps a lot. I bought light weight tank top and shorts for pj's because everything else made the night sweats even worse. Hope this helps. I'm only 43 and had problems with cysts on my ovaries when I was 39 and ended up with two surgeries and went through hormone patches and ended up with breast cancer (I feel was related to the hormone therapy). And went through hot flashes for about 3 -4 yrs on and off. But I learned to cope. Any questions feel free to message me. Hope this helps.

      over 5 years ago
    • hvnlvd's Avatar

      I couldn't tolerate the Effexor at all. Terrible dreams and sleepy all day. I tried 5-HTP which helped with sleep a little. What has been miraculous for night sweats has been half of a Xanax before bed and Celexa. Sleeping about 4 hrs straight and the getting a total of about 6 1/2 a night. I'm taking the Tam... Have seen too many people with recurrences lately. I'll figure it out. The research is there. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs helped in the beginning . Now I have infrequent ones at night. Occasional episodes during the day, but layering and a fan seem to do the trick.

      over 5 years ago

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