Sometimes people do sweat when taking opioid pain medications like methadone and oxycodone. The best solution I have found for my patients is hydroxyzine (Vistaril) which is a type of anti-histamine. In fact many side effects from opioids respond to hydroxyzine such as: nausea, headaches, itchiness, and sweating.
Talk to your doctor. If the side effects from pain medication are worse than the pain, then reducing the doseage or switching medications is the best option.
Dr. Christina Lasich, MD
Thank you so much for your posting. I too, sweat from taking methadone and norco for chronic pain. Using the Vistaril (Atarax) has helped me considerably and I can't thank you enough for answering this quiestion for someone else, as it helped me too.
You are welcome. Additionally, certain opioids like hydromorphone and fentanyl tend to cause the least amount of histamine release and side-effects in some people.
Would cetrizine work as well?
I can't take anti- histamine's. So ( vistaril) is not for me , anti- histamine's speed up my heart. I am menapausal , but this is miserable, I can't move about with out sweating so badly I get red faced and so hot I feel sick. I really need a pain med I have Severe Degenerative Disk Disease. I'm fused in my lower back an working on my 4 the surgery. Please!! Help me with a medication that won't make me more miserable than I already am. I have tried to stop the meds but I can't function so I'm stuck. And my disk deterioration isint going to go away. I'm 55 years old
Thanks for listening. Patty
A few months ago I had to return to pain management. (New Doctor) I was placed on 30mgs. of Oxycontin twice a day due to the fact that for several years I was taking regular doses of Oxycodone/APAP 10mgs. q4-6 prn. The Oxy's started me sweating, but not severely, until the pain management increased it to 40mgs 2xaday. WOWZER! I am sweating like I have run 10 miles, at any given time of the day or night!!!! It's horrible! And I need for it to stop. I will speak to the doctors about the Visteril, cause I sure need something, though I don't want to feel sleepier then I already do. I was perfectly content taking the Oxycodone the way I was because I felt in control of my severe pain at the times when I needed it most. Time released meds, just don't help me enough. I too have degenerative disc disease and add to that the joints too. I have had 3 lower back surgeries, neck surgery double discectomy, total right hip replacement twice in a 3 year period, my left leg bones, Tibia, Fibula, and ankle bone twice, plates and screws put in then out, and most recently total right knee replacement. Now my right and left shoulder joints are shot so I suppose one of those will be next. At any rate, I too need the pain meds, but can't take much more of this swearting thing! So thanks for your help and Blessings.
Sorry meant my left Knee.
I take paxil and I did see that it does have a side effect of sweating. but I only sweat when talking to someone or even talking on the phone if I feel ANY pressure! I'm afraid if I lower my dosage (currently 40mg/day) than I'll feel even more pressure in ANY situation. I'm thinking of surgery.