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Night Sweats (cont.)

5. Medications

Taking certain medications can lead to night sweats.

  • Antidepressant medications are a common type of medication that can lead to night sweats. All types of antidepressants can cause night sweats as a side effect.
  • Other psychiatric drugs have also been associated with night sweats.
  • Medicines taken to lower fever such as aspirin and acetaminophen can sometimes lead to sweating.
  • Other types of drugs can cause flushing, which, as mentioned above, may be confused with night sweats. Some of the many drugs that can cause flushing include
  • niacin (taken in the higher doses used for lipid disorders),
  • tamoxifen (Nolvadex),
  • hydralazine (Apresoline), nitroglycerine, and sildenafil (Viagra). Many other drugs not mentioned above, including cortisone medications, such as prednisone and prednisolone, may also be associated with flushing or night sweats.

6. Hypoglycemia

Sometimes low blood sugar can cause sweating. People who are taking insulin or oral anti-diabetic medications may experience hypoglycemia at night that is accompanied by sweating.

7. Hormone disorders

Sweating or flushing can be seen with several hormone disorders, including pheochromocytoma, carcinoid syndrome, and hyperthyroidism.

8. Neurologic conditions

Uncommonly, neurologic conditions including autonomic dysreflexia, post-traumatic syringomyelia, stroke, and autonomic neuropathy may cause increased sweating and possibly lead to night sweats.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 1/6/2016

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