Sweating happens naturally when your body needs to cool down. If you're overheated, your sweat glands release a salty fluid. As the fluid evaporates, it cools your body.
During breast cancer treatment, you may find that you're sweating more at night even if the temperature is cool.
Sweating can be a side effect of the following breast cancer treatments:
ovarian shutdown or removal
Arimidex (chemical name: anastrozole)
Aromasin (chemical name: exemestane)
Femara (chemical name: letrozole)
Evista (chemical name: raloxifene)
Fareston (chemical name: toremifene)
Faslodex (chemical name: fulvestrant)
Some pain medications also can cause sweating.
If your sweating is because of hot flashes , talk to your doctor about techniques to ease them. You can also try these tips:
Bathe once a day to cool the skin.
Change your bed linens often so they're cool and dry.
Change wet clothes right away to keep from catching a cold.
The following is a copy of a letter sent to healthcare professionals following an FDA MedWatch warning about decreased sweating as a potentially serious side effect of Topamax: Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical, Inc. 1000 Route 202, PO Box 300 Raritan, NJ 08869-0602 908-218-6000 Telephone IMPORTANT DRUG WARNING Dear Healthcare Professional: The prescribing information for TOPAMAX® (topiramate/topiramate capsules) Tablets/Sprinkle Capsules has been revised to provide updated information about oligohidrosis (decreased sweating) and hyperthermia, which have been reported in topiramate-treated patients. Oligohidrosis and hyperthermia may have potentially serious sequelae, which may be preventable by prompt recognition of symptoms and appropriate treatment. This updated information is based on clinical trial and postmarketing experience in more than 2 million patients worldwide. Reports have primarily involved children. Most cases have occurred in association with exp...
Definition An abnormal lack of sweat in response to heat may be harmful, because sweating allows heat to be released from the body. The medical term for absent sweating is anhidrosis. Alternative Names Decreased sweating; Anhidrosis Considerations Anhidrosis sometimes goes unrecognized until a substantial amount of heat or exertion fails to cause sweating. Overall lack of sweating can be life threatening because the body will overheat. If the lack of sweating happens in a small area only, it is usually not as dangerous. Common Causes Burns Certain genetic syndromes Certain nerve problems (neuropathies) Congenital disorders including as ectodermal dysplasia Dehydration Neurologic disorders such as Guillain-Barre syndrome Skin diseases that block sweat glands Trauma to sweat glands Use of certain drugs
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