Night Sweats (Causes, Remedies, and Treatments in Women and Men)
Table of Contents
- Night sweats definition and facts
- What are night sweats?
- What are the causes of night sweats in women, men, and children?
- What other signs and symptoms accompany night sweats?
- Permimenopause and Menopause
- Hormone disorders
- Idiopathic hyperhidrosis
- Other medications
- Neurologic conditions
- Night sweats treatment
- Which types of doctors treat night sweats?
Taking certain medications can lead to night sweats. In cases without other physical symptoms or signs of tumor or infection, medications are often determined to be the cause of night sweats.
Antidepressant medications are a common type of medication that can lead to night sweats. All types of antidepressants including tricyclic antidepressants, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), and the newer agents,venlafaxine (Effexor) andbupropion (Wellbutrin) can cause night sweats as a side effect, with a range in incidence from 8% to 22% of persons taking antidepressant drugs. Other psychiatric drugs have also been associated with night sweats.
Medicine taken to lower fever (antipyretics) such as aspirin and acetaminophen (Tylenol and others) can sometimes lead to sweating.
Other types of drugs can cause flushing (redness of the skin, typically over the cheeks and neck), which, as mentioned above, may be confused with night sweats. Some of the many drugs that can cause flushing include:
- niacin (Niacor, Niaspan, Slo-Niacin - taken in the higher doses used for lipid disorders)],
- tamoxifen (Nolvadex)
- nitroglycerine, and
- sildenafil (Viagra).
Many other drugs not mentioned above, including cortisone, prednisone, and prednisolone, may also be associated with flushing or night sweats.