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Night Sweats (cont.)

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What Medications Cause Night Sweats?

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.

How Common Are Night Sweats During the Menopausal Transition?

The hot flashes that accompany the menopausal transition can occur at night and cause sweating. This is a very common cause of night sweats in perimenopausal women.

What Are Other Symptoms of Night Sweats in Men and Women?

Excess sweating that occurs at night may drench sheets and bedclothes when severe. As mentioned previously, sometimes the sensation of flushing (a warmth and redness of the face or trunk) may be hard to distinguish from true night sweats or may accompany night sweats. Depending upon the underlying cause of the night sweats, other symptoms may occur in association with the sweating. For example, with certain infections and cancers, fever and chills are associated with the night sweats.

When Should You Seek Medical Care for Night Sweats?

Contact your health-care professional if you have persistent night sweats that do not resolve or if you have night sweats associated with fevers or any other troubling symptoms.

What Kind of Doctor Treats Night Sweats?

Many different kinds of doctors may be consulted for night sweats, including gynecologists, internal medicine specialists, pediatricians, or family practitioners. If night sweats are a symptom of an infectious disease, an infectious diseases specialist may provide treatment. Similarly, those with night sweats due to cancers will be under the care of a medical or surgical oncologist. Rare causes of night sweats may be treated by neurologists, endocrinologists, or surgeons.

What Exams and Tests Diagnose Night Sweats?

To determine what is causing night sweats in a particular individual, a doctor must obtain a detailed medical history and often order tests to decide if an underlying medical condition is responsible for the night sweats. Depending upon the cause of the night sweats and an individual's medical history, tests may include blood tests, imaging studies (such as X-rays or CT scans), and further specialized tests.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/11/2017

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