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About Sweating

Sweating is your body's way of controlling temperature. For the most part it is controlled by the nervous system but the glands on your soles and palms also respond to emotional conditions.

Common Causes of Sweating

There are other causes of sweating besides hot weather and physical exercise. The most common are:
  • Fever
  • Synthetic materials that don't breathe
  • Obesity
  • Not being in good physical condition
  • Emotional distress
  • Hormonal changes (hot flashes)
  • Alcohol
  • Drugs

Excessive Sweating

Excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis) can occur even when you don't have a temperature and have not engaged in physical activity. The medical term for profuse sweating is Diaphoresis. Here is a list of drugs that can cause profuse sweating. The drugs listed in bold indicate those drugs that can cause profuse sweating in 3% or greater of users.
  • ABILIFY® (Otsuka America) aripiprazole
  • ABILIFY® (Bristol-Myers Squibb) aripiprazole
  • ACCUPRIL® (Parke-Davis) Quinapril Hydrochloride
  • ACCURETIC? (Parke-Davis) quinapril HCl/hydrochlorothiazide
  • ACCUTANE® (Roche Laboratories) isotretinoin
  • ACEON® (Solvay) perindopril erbumine
  • ACIPHEX® (Eisai) rabeprazole sodium
  • ACIPHEX® (Janssen) rabeprazole sodium
  • ACTIQ® (Cephalon) oral transmucosal fentanyl citrate
  • ADALAT® CC (Bayer) nifedipine
  • ADENOCARD® IV (Fujisawa) adenosine
  • ADENOSCAN® (Fujisawa) adenosine
  • Advair Diskus (GlaxoSmithKline)
  • ADVICOR® (Kos) niacin extended-release/lovastatin
  • AEROBID® (Forest) and AEROBID®-M flunisolide
  • AGGRASTAT® (Merck) tirofiban hydrochloride
  • ALBALON® (Allergan) naphazoline hydrochloride ophthalmic solution
  • ALINIA® (Romark) nitazoxanide
  • ALOPRIM? (Nabi) allopurinol sodium
  • ALTACE® CAPSULES (King) ramipril
  • AMBIEN® (Sanofi-Synthelabo) zolpidem tartrate
  • AMBISOME® (Fujisawa) amphotericin B
  • AMERGE® (GlaxoSmithKline) naratriptan hydrochloride
  • AMNESTEEM® (Mylan) isotretinoin
  • Anaprox (Roche Laboratories)
  • EC-Naprosyn (Roche Laboratories)
  • ANDROGEL® (Unimed) testosterone gel
  • ANZEMET® (Aventis) dolasetron mesylate
  • AquaMEPHYTON® Injection (Merck) Phytonadione - Vitamin K1
  • ARAVA® Tablets (Aventis) leflunomide
  • AREDIA® (Novartis) pamidronate disodium
  • ARICEPT® (Pfizer) Donepezil Hydrochloride
  • ARICEPT® (Eisai) Donepezil Hydrochloride
  • ARIMIDEX® (AstraZeneca) Anastrozole
  • AROMASIN® (Pharmacia & Upjohn) exemestane
  • ASACOL® (Procter & Gamble Pharmaceuticals) mesalamine
  • ATACAND® (AstraZeneca LP) candesartan cilexetil
  • ATACAND HCT® (AstraZeneca LP) candesartan cilexetil - hydrochlorothiazide
  • AVELOX® (Bayer) moxifloxacin hydrochloride
  • AVINZA® (Ligand) morphine sulfate
  • AXERT® (Ortho-McNeil) almotriptan malate
  • AXID® (Reliant) nizatidine
  • AZACTAM® (Elan) aztreonam
  • BETASERON® (Berlex) Interferon beta-1b
  • BICILLIN® L-A (King) penicillin G benzathine
  • BLOCADREN® Tablets (Merck) Timolol Maleate
  • Brevibloc (Baxter Anesthesia)
  • CADUET® (Pfizer) amlodipine besylate/atorvastatin calcium
  • CAMPATH® (Berlex) Alemtuzumab
  • CAMPRAL® (Forest) acamprosate calcium
  • CAMPTOSAR® (Pharmacia & Upjohn) irinotecan hydrochloride
  • CANCIDAS® (Merck) caspofungin acetate
  • CAPTOPRIL (Mylan)
  • CARBATROL® (Shire US) carbamazepine
  • CARDENE® I.V. (ESP Pharma) nicardipine hydrochloride
  • CARIMUNE? NF Nanofiltered (ZLB Behring) Immune Globulin
  • CASODEX® (AstraZeneca) bicalutamide
  • CAVERJECT IMPULSE® (Pharmacia & Upjohn) alprostadil
  • CELEBREX® (Searle) celecoxib
  • CELEXA® (Forest) citalopram hydrobromide
  • CellCept (Roche Laboratories)
  • CIALIS® (Lilly ICOS) tadalafil
  • CIPRO® (Bayer) ciprofloxacin
  • CLINORIL® Tablets (Merck) Sulindac
  • CLOZAPINE TABLETS, USP (Mylan)
  • CLOZARIL® (Novartis) clozapine
  • COMTAN® (Novartis) entacapone
  • COPAXONE® (Teva Neuroscience) glatiramer acetate
  • COREG® (GlaxoSmithKline) carvedilol
  • CORZIDE® (King) Nadolol and Bendroflumethiazide
  • COSOPT® (Merck) dorzolamide hydrochloride-timolol maleate ophthalmic solution
  • COVERA-HS® (Searle) verapamil hydrochloride
  • COZAAR® (Merck) losartan potassium
  • CRINONE® (Serono) progesterone gel
  • CYTOVENE® (Roche Laboratories) ganciclovir sodium
  • DALMANE® (Valeant) flurazepam hydrochloride
  • DANTRIUM® (Procter & Gamble Pharmaceuticals) dantrolene sodium
  • DECADRON® (Merck) Dexamethasone
  • DEMEROL® (Sanofi-Synthelabo) meperidine hydrochloride
  • DEPACON® (Abbott) valproate sodium injection
  • DEPAKOTE® ER (Abbott) divalproex sodium
  • DEPO-MEDROL® (Pharmacia & Upjohn) methylprednisolone acetate
  • DILAUDID® (Abbott) hydromorphone hydrochloride
  • DILAUDID-HP® INJECTION (Abbott) hydromorphone hydrochloride
  • Diovan HCT Tablets (Novartis)
  • DIPRIVAN® (AstraZeneca) propofol
  • DOLOBID® Tablets (Merck) Diflunisal
  • DOXIL® (Tibotec) doxorubicin HCl liposome injection
  • DURAGESIC® (Janssen) fentanyl transdermal system
  • DYAZIDE® (GlaxoSmithKline)
  • EC-Naprosyn (Roche Laboratories)
  • EFFEXOR® (Wyeth-Ayerst) venlafaxine hydrochloride
  • ELDEPRYL® (Somerset) selegiline hydrochloride
  • ELIGARD® (Sanofi-Synthelabo) leuprolide acetate
  • ELOXATIN? (Sanofi-Synthelabo) oxaliplatin
  • EMEND® Capsules (Merck) aprepitant
  • ENGERIX-B® (GlaxoSmithKline) Hepatitis B Vaccine
  • EVISTA® (Lilly) Raloxifene Hydrochloride
  • EVOXAC® CAPSULES (Daiichi) cevimeline hydrochloride
  • EXELON® (Novartis) rivastigmine tartrate
  • FASLODEX® (AstraZeneca) fulvestrant injection
  • FAZACLO? (Alacer Corporation) clozapine, USP
  • FEMARA® (Novartis) letrozole
  • FERRLECIT® (Watson) sodium ferric gluconate complex in sucrose injection
  • FLEXERIL® (McNeil Consumer) cyclobenzaprine HCl
  • FLOLAN® (GlaxoSmithKline) epoprostenol sodium
  • FLOXIN® TABLETS (Ortho-McNeil) ofloxacin
  • FLUDARA® (Berlex) fludarabine phosphate
  • FLUMADINE® TABLETS (Forest) rimantadine hydrochloride
  • FORTEO? (Lilly) teriparatide (rDNA origin)
  • FORTOVASE® (Roche Laboratories) saquinavir
  • GABITRIL® (Cephalon) tiagabine hydrochloride
  • GEMZAR® (Lilly) gemcitabine HCl
  • GENGRAF® Capsules (Abbott) cyclosporine
  • GEODON® (Pfizer) ziprasidone HCl
  • GLUCOTROL XL® (Pfizer) glipizide
  • GUANIDINE HYDROCHLORIDE (Schering)
  • HALDOL® Decanoate (Ortho-McNeil) haloperidol
  • HIVID® (Roche Laboratories) zalcitabine
  • HUMALOG® (Lilly) insulin lispro injection
  • HUMULIN® (Lilly) human insulin isophane suspension and human insulin injection
  • HYDROCORTONE® (Merck) Hydrocortisone
  • HYDROCORTONE® Phosphate Injection, Sterile (Merck) Hydrocortisone Sodium Phosphate
  • HYTRIN® (Abbott) terazosin hydrochloride
  • HYZAAR® (Merck) losartan potassium-hydrochlorothiazide
  • IMITREX® (GlaxoSmithKline) sumatriptan succinate
  • INDOCIN® (Merck) Indomethacin
  • INFED® (Watson) iron dextran injection, USP
  • INFERGEN® (InterMune) Interferon alfacon-1
  • INTRON® A (Schering) Interferon alfa-2b
  • INVANZ® (Merck) ertapenem
  • INVIRASE® (Roche Laboratories) saquinavir mesylate
  • ISOPTIN® SR (Abbott) verapamil HCl
  • Kadian Capsules (Alpharma Branded Products)
  • KALETRA® (Abbott) lopinavir/ritonavir
  • LAMICTAL® (GlaxoSmithKline) lamotrigine
  • LARIAM® (Roche Laboratories) mefloquine hydrochloride
  • LEUKINE® (Berlex) sargramostim
  • LEUSTATIN® (Ortho Biotech) cladribine
  • Levaquin (Ortho-McNeil)
  • LEVITRA® (Bayer) vardenafil HCl
  • LEVOXYL® (King) levothyroxine sodium
  • LEXAPRO® (Forest) escitalopram oxalate
  • LIPITOR® (Parke-Davis) Atorvastatin Calcium
  • LOFIBRA® (Gate) Fenofibrate
  • LOTENSIN® (Novartis) benazepril hydrochloride
  • LOTRONEX® (GlaxoSmithKline) alosetron hydrochloride
  • LUPRON DEPOT® (TAP) leuprolide acetate
  • MARINOL® (Unimed) Dronabinol
  • MATULANE® (Sigma-Tau) procarbazine hydrochloride
  • MAXALT® (Merck) rizatriptan benzoate
  • MEPHYTON® Tablets (Merck) Phytonadione Vitamin K1
  • MEPRON® (GlaxoSmithKline) atovaquone
  • MERIDIA® (Abbott) sibutramine hydrochloride monohydrate
  • MERREM® I.V. (AstraZeneca) meropenem
  • MESTINON® (Valeant) pyridostigmine bromide
  • MICARDIS® (Boehringer Ingelheim) telmisartan
  • MICARDIS® HCT (Boehringer Ingelheim) telmisartan and hydrochlorothiazide
  • MIRAPEX® (Pharmacia & Upjohn) pramipexole dihydrochloride
  • MOBAN® (Endo Labs) Molindone Hydrochloride
  • MOBIC® (Boehringer Ingelheim) meloxicam
  • MODURETIC® Tablets (Merck) Amiloride HCl-Hydrochlorothiazide
  • MS CONTIN® (Purdue Frederick) Morphine Sulfate
  • MSIR (Purdue Frederick)
  • NADOLOL TABLETS, USP (Mylan)
  • Naprosyn (Roche Laboratories)
  • NARCAN® (Endo Labs) Naloxone Hydrochloride
  • NAROPIN® (AstraZeneca LP) ropivacaine HCl
  • NEORAL® (Novartis) cyclosporine capsules
  • Neurontin (Parke-Davis)
  • Naprosyn (Roche Laboratories)
  • NEXIUM® (AstraZeneca LP) esomeprazole magnesium
  • NIASPAN® (Kos) niacin
  • NILANDRON® (Aventis) nilutamide
  • NIMOTOP® (Bayer) nimodipine
  • NIPENT® (SuperGen) pentostatin
  • NITROLINGUAL® PUMPSPRAY (First Horizon) nitroglycerin
  • NORPRAMIN® (Aventis) desipramine hydrochloride
  • NORVASC® (Pfizer) amlodipine besylate
  • NORVIR® (Abbott) ritonavir
  • Novolin (Novo Nordisk)
  • NUBAIN® (Endo Labs) Nalbuphine Hydrochloride
  • NUMORPHAN® (Endo Labs) Oxymorphone Hydrochloride
  • ONTAK® (Ligand) denileukin diftitox
  • ORAMORPH® SR (AAI Pharma) morphine sulfate
  • ORAP® (Gate) pimozide
  • ORAPRED® (Biomarin) prednisolone sodium phosphate
  • ORTHOCLONE OKT®3 STERILE SOLUTION (Ortho Biotech) muromonab-CD3
  • OXYCONTIN® (Purdue Pharma) Oxycodone HCl
  • PAXIL CR? (GlaxoSmithKline) paroxetine hydrochloride
  • PEDIAPRED® (Celltech) prednisolone sodium phosphate, USP
  • PEGASYS® (Roche Laboratories) peginterferon alfa-2a
  • PEG-INTRON® (Schering) Peginterferon alfa-2b
  • PENTASA® (Shire US) mesalamine
  • PERMAX® (Valeant) pergolide
  • PHENERGAN® (Wyeth-Ayerst) promethazine HCl
  • Prevacid (TAP)
  • PREVPAC® (TAP) lansoprazole, amoxicillin and clarithromycin
  • PRINIVIL® Tablets (Merck) Lisinopril
  • PRINZIDE® Tablets (Merck) Lisinopril-Hydrochlorothiazide
  • PROGRAF® (Fujisawa) tacrolimus
  • PROMETRIUM® (Solvay) progesterone, USP
  • PROSOM? (Abbott) estazolam
  • PROTONIX® (Wyeth-Ayerst) pantoprazole sodium
  • PROTOPIC® (Fujisawa) tacrolimus
  • PROVIGIL® (Cephalon) modafinil
  • PROZAC® (Lilly) fluoxetine hydrochloride
  • RABAVERT® (Chiron) Rabies Vaccine
  • RAPAMUNE® (Wyeth-Ayerst) sirolimus
  • REBETOL® (Schering) ribavirin, USP
  • RECOMBIVAX HB® (Merck) Hepatitis B Vaccine
  • REFACTO® (Wyeth-Ayerst) Antihemophilic Factor
  • REISHIMAX GLP® (Pharmanex) Standardized Reishi Mushroom Extract
  • RELAFEN® (GlaxoSmithKline) brand of nabumetone
  • RELPAX® (Pfizer) eletriptan hydrobromide
  • REMICADE® (Centocor) infliximab
  • REOPRO® (Lilly) abciximab
  • REQUIP® (GlaxoSmithKline) ropinirole hydrochloride
  • RESCRIPTOR® (Pfizer) delavirdine mesylate
  • Retrovir (GlaxoSmithKline)
  • REYATAZ® (Bristol-Myers Squibb) atazanavir sulfate
  • RIBAVIRIN (Schering)
  • RIFATER® (Aventis) rifampin, isoniazid and pyrazinamide
  • RISPERDAL® (Janssen) risperidone
  • ROCEPHIN® (Roche Laboratories) ceftriaxone sodium
  • ROFERON®-A (Roche Laboratories) Interferon alfa-2a
  • ROMAZICON® (Roche Laboratories) flumazenil
  • SALAGEN® (MGI) pilocarpine hydrochloride
  • SANDOSTATIN LAR® DEPOT (Novartis) octreotide acetate
  • SEROQUEL® (AstraZeneca) quetiapine fumarate
  • SONATA® (King) zaleplon
  • SORIATANE® (Connetics) acitretin
  • SPECTRACEF® (Purdue Pharmaceutical) cefditoren pivoxil
  • SPORANOX IV® (Janssen) itraconazole
  • SPORANOX® (Janssen) itraconazole
  • SUBOXONE (Reckitt Benckiser) buprenorphine HCl and naloxone HCl
  • SULAR® (First Horizon) Nisoldipine
  • SURMONTIL® (Odyssey) trimipramine maleate
  • SUSTIVA® (Bristol-Myers Squibb) efavirenz
  • SYMMETREL® (Endo Labs) Amantadine Hydrochloride, USP
  • SYNERCID® I.V. (King) quinupristin and dalfopristin
  • TAMBOCOR? (3M) flecainide acetate
  • TARKA® (Abbott) Trandolapril/Verapamil Hydrochloride ER
  • TASMAR® (Valeant) tolcapone
  • Tegretol (Novartis)
  • Tequin (Bristol-Myers Squibb)
  • TEVETEN® (Biovail) eprosartan mesylate
  • THALOMID® (Celgene) thalidomide
  • THIOTHIXENE CAPSULES, USP (Mylan)
  • TIKOSYN? (Pfizer) dofetilide
  • TIMOLIDE® Tablets (Merck) Timolol Maleate-Hydrochlorothiazide
  • TIMOLOL GFS (Falcon) timolol maleate ophthalmic gel forming solution
  • TIMOPTIC® (Merck) timolol maleate ophthalmic solution
  • TINDAMAX? (Presutti) tinidazole
  • TOPAMAX® (Ortho-McNeil) topiramate
  • TORADOL® (Roche Laboratories) ketorolac tromethamine
  • TRICOR® (Abbott) fenofibrate
  • TRILEPTAL® (Novartis) oxcarbazepine
  • TRISENOX® (Cell Therapeutics) arsenic trioxide
  • TRUVADA? (Gilead) emtricitabine and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate
  • TWINRIX® (GlaxoSmithKline) Hepatitis A & Hepatitis B Vaccine
  • ULTRACET? (Ortho-McNeil) tramadol hydrochloride/acetaminophen
  • ULTRAM® (Ortho-McNeil) tramadol hydrochloride
  • UNIRETIC® (Schwarz) moexipril HCl/hydrochlorothiazide
  • URECHOLINE® (Merck) Bethanechol Chloride
  • Vaseretic Tablets and I.V. (Merck)
  • VERELAN® PM Capsules (Schwarz) verapamil hydrochloride
  • VESANOID® (Roche Laboratories) tretinoin
  • VFEND® I.V. (Pfizer) voriconazole
  • VIADUR® (Bayer) leuprolide acetate implant
  • VIAGRA® (Pfizer) sildenafil citrate
  • VICOPROFEN® (Abbott) hydrocodone bitartrate and ibuprofen
  • VIRACEPT® (Pfizer) nelfinavir mesylate
  • VIREAD® (Gilead) tenofovir disoproxil fumarate
  • VIVACTIL® (Odyssey) Protriptyline HCl
  • WELLBUTRIN® (GlaxoSmithKline) bupropion hydrochloride
  • WINRHO SDF® (Nabi) Rho(D) Immune Globulin Intravenous
  • XELODA® (Roche Laboratories) capecitabine
  • XOPENEX® (Sepracor) levalbuterol HCl
  • ZENAPAX® (Roche Laboratories) daclizumab
  • ZEVALIN® (Biogen Idec) Ibritumomab Tiuxetan
  • ZITHROMAX® (Pfizer) azithromycin
  • ZOLADEX® 3.6 MG (AstraZeneca) goserelin acetate
  • ZOLOFT® (Pfizer) sertraline hydrochloride
  • ZOMIG® (Medpointe) zolmitriptan, nasal spray and tablets
  • ZONEGRAN® (Eisai) zonisamide
  • ZOSYN® (Wyeth-Ayerst) Piperacillin and Tazobactam
  • ZOVIRAX® (GlaxoSmithKline) (acyclovir sodium
  • ZYBAN® (GlaxoSmithKline) bupropion hydrochloride
  • Zyprexa (Lilly)
  • ZYRTEC® (Pfizer) cetirizine hydrochloride

Danger Signs

Some times excessive sweating is an indication of a serious problem. If you have a persistant cough, weight loss, and you sweat excessively it can indicate tuberculosis or Hodgkin's disease. Consult with your doctor immediately.

If your excessive sweating is accompanied by weight loss, buldging eyes, rapid heartbeat and an increased appetite it may indicate a thyroid disorder.

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