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Night Sweats (cont.)

What is the treatment for night sweats?

Treatment for night sweats depends on the condition or disease that is causing the night sweats. Often night sweats are a symptom of a disease or condition, so the treatment addresses the underlying disease process and consequently alleviates the symptom of night sweats.

What medications treat night sweats?

Night sweats are generally a symptom of an underlying problem that may require medical treatment. However, typically treatment is not directed at the night sweats themselves, but rather at the underlying cause. For examples, hormonal disorders, cancers, and infections are among the causes of night sweats in which treatment is directed at the underlying condition.

Night sweats arising as a symptom of perimenopause may be treated with hormone therapy, if appropriate. Both estrogen therapy (ET) and combined estrogen and progestin therapy (hormone therapy or HT) have been used successfully to treat symptoms of perimenopause when these become severe or troubling.

Night sweats arising as a side effect of medications may improve when the medication is discontinued or changed, if appropriate. Your health-care professional may be able to suggest an alternative form of therapy if you are experiencing severe side effects from taking a medication.

Can night sweats be prevented?

Night sweats associated with fevers, infections, cancers, or serious underlying conditions are not preventable.

What is the outlook for a person suffering from night sweats?

The prognosis or outlook for an individual will vary according to the underlying health status of the individual as well as the cause of the night sweats. Night sweats associated with the menopausal transition typically improve over time after menopause.

REFERENCE:

Kasper et al. "Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine." 19th ed. 2015.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 1/6/2016

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