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Medication for excessive sweating

Oral tablets or systemic drugs are sometimes prescribed by doctors to treat excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis). To this end, anticholinergics, beta-blockers, and clonidine are used. (propantheline, glycopyrronium, benztropine, diazepam, diltiazem, indomethacin, oxybutynin, glycopyrrolate, robinul). Theoretically, these drugs can help in the treatment of excessive sweating, since they prevent the stimulation of all sweat glands and can reduce sweating in general, however, prolonged use is not recommended because of severe side effects. In fact, many doctors are not convinced that systemic anticholinergics and other tablets can be used to treat primary local hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating not associated with any other medical condition and localized in the arms, legs, face and armpits).

Effective use of anticholinergics

As noted above, specialists do not consider it possible to use anticholinergics or other tablets for local hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating of the hands, feet, face and armpits), mainly due to severe and severe side effects, such as:

  • Dry mouth
  • Impaired accommodation (focusing)
  • Impaired speech, taste, difficulty in chewing and swallowing
  • Urinary retention
  • Constipation
  • Heart rhythm disorders

There is one very interesting use of anticholinergics. Some doctors and patients are making great strides in treating excessive sweating of the palms of their hands and feet by adding ground tablets of anticholinergic drugs to the water during iontophoresis.