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You can access this
clinical trial
if you have
Hot Flashes, Hot Flushes or Vasomotor Symptoms
and you are
between 40 and 70
years old
This is a second phase trial assessing
efficacy and side effects of the new treatment.
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The purpose

Hot flashes and night sweats (vasomotor symptoms, VMS) affect 80% of women during the menopausal transition (MT). VMS are associated with decreased quality of life, increased depressive and anxiety symptoms, memory complaints, sleep disturbance, and reduced work productivity. Hormone therapy (HT) is highly effective in reducing VMS, but the use of HT declined 75% to 80% in the U.S. after the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) raised safety concerns about HT. In 2013, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved paroxetine, a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI; 7.5 mg), as the first non-hormonal treatment for VMS. SSRIs are an important treatment option for many women, but their use in treating VMS is limited by lower effectiveness when compared to HT, side effects, and relapse of symptoms following treatment discontinuation. Identifying safe and effective non-hormonal treatments for VMS remains a priority in women's health research. Stellate ganglion blockade (SGB), used for decades in pain management, is a potential new approach to VMS treatment. Located in the cervical spine region, the stellate ganglia are part of the sympathetic nervous system. Although SGB is commonly performed to treat neuropathic pain, hyperhidrosis or vascular insufficiency, anatomic studies reveal connections between this ganglion and thermoregulatory regions of the brain, specifically the insular cortex. In this clinical trial, we aim to assess whether stellate ganglion block (SGB) with bupivacaine, a local anesthetic, is an effective and safe non-hormonal intervention for women seeking relief from vasomotor symptoms (VMS), and identify the physiologic mechanisms underlying SGB effects. Outcomes will include frequency and intensity of hot flashes, objectively-measured VMS, mood, quality of life, sleep, and memory performance in 160 postmenopausal women with 50 or more moderate to very severe hot flashes per week as measured by self-report for six months. They will be reassessed at 3 and 6 months following the SGB or a sham intervention for objective hot flashes and quality of life measures. Mechanistic outcomes (neuroimaging) will be obtained at baseline and 3 months following the intervention. Ambulatory monitoring of sympathetic nervous system function (SKNA) will be performed at baseline before the procedure, during the procedure and 1 hour following the procedure. This will be repeated at 2 and four weeks following the SGB or sham procedure for 1 hour recordings.

Provided treatments

  • Drug: Stellate Ganglion Block Injection with Bupivicaine
  • Drug: Saline injection
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Tris trial is registered with FDA with number: NCT02907983. The sponsor of the trial is David Walega and it is looking for 160 volunteers for the current phase.
Official trial title:
Stellate Ganglion Blockade for the Management of Vasomotor Symptoms