Xanax is usually prescribed to treat anxiety, and may only treat the symptom. The most common treatment for menopause is hormone replacement therapy, or HRT. This treatment used estrogen and
progesterone to reduce the symptoms of menopause in women who still have their uterus. Estrogen is used by itself for women who have had a hysterectomy. While xanax may have a short-term calming effect, it doesn't get to the root of the problem, and can lead to increased irritability. Anti-depressants are often prescribed to help with mood swings and trouble sleeping, and medications such as clonidine and gabapentin can help with the hot flashes. There are also many alternative remedies that can be tried as well, just as relaxation exercises, meditation, acupuncture, and herbal supplements.