Excessive sweating can be an extremely uncomfortable condition that affects nearly all aspects of your life. Fortunately, both topical and oral medications have been developed to help relieve symptoms of hyperhidrosis. While hyperhidrosis medications are usually not the most effective long-term solutions, they offer an accessible and inexpensive alternative for patients who prefer conservative treatment of their condition.
The Hyperhidrosis Center of Excellence offers a team of renowned thoracic surgeons specializing in the comprehensive management of excessive sweating. Patients treated at our state-of-the-art outpatient center in Los Angeles receive the highest quality of care and exceptional outcomes. To learn more about medications for profuse sweating or to schedule a consultation with a thoracic surgeon, contact us today at (888) 349-1398.
Antiperspirants for Excessive Sweating
Antiperspirants, also called topical medications, are typically considered the first line of treatment for excessive sweating of the hands, feet, and armpits. Antiperspirants work by forming superficial plugs in pores that are just below the surface of the skin. Sweat production declines when the body senses that the sweat ducts are obstructed by the antiperspirant. The antiperspirant particles are washed away over time, at which point a new layer of antiperspirant must be applied.
Antiperspirants for hyperhidrosis generally consist of metallic salts such as aluminum chloride or aluminum chlorhydrate. The most effective antiperspirants on the market include:
- Certain Dri
- Glycopyrrolate (for facial hyperhidrosis)
Both over the counter and prescription strength antiperspirants can reduce excessive sweating. Over the counter medications contain aluminum salt concentrations from 15-19%, while prescription antiperspirants can have maximum concentrations of up to 30%.
Axillary (armpit) hyperhidrosis should be treated first with over the counter antiperspirants to avoid skin irritation. Hyperhidrosis of the feet and hands usually require prescription antiperspirants to achieve a reduction in sweating from a hyperhidrosis doctor. Topical medications for hyperhidrosis should be washed off and reapplied every 6-8 hours to avoid side effects like irritation or burning sensations in the skin.
Oral Medications for Profuse Sweating
Good candidates for oral medications include patients that either experience discomforting skin irritation when using antiperspirants or those with excessive sweating over large regions of their body. Most oral medications are anti-cholinergic agents. These medications work by blocking receptors in the sympathetic nervous system, the same nerve signals that can cause excessive sweating. Patients with relatively mild sweating symptoms may find relief with the following oral medications:
Common side effects of oral medications include dry mouth and blurry vision. Though some patients experience a temporary reduction in sweating over most of the body, oral medications are generally not a long-term solution for hyperhidrosis.
Long-Term Effectiveness of Sweating Medications
Excessive sweating medications usually do not have long-term benefits for patients with severe cases of excessive sweating. Fortunately, patients who do not find relief from antiperspirants or oral medication have additional treatment options with better long-term results.
Our thoracic surgeons commonly recommend the following alternative treatments:
Contact an Expert Thoracic Surgeon Today
At the Hyperhidrosis Center of Excellence, our team of hyperhidrosis specialists takes the time to examine the cause of each patient’s sweating in order to develop the most effective treatment plan. If you have tried medications for hyperhidrosis without success and are looking for a long-term solution, a minimally invasive procedure called thoracoscopic sympathectomy could be a highly effective alternative. Our thoracic surgeons, Dr. Mahtabifard and Dr. Fuller, have had extensive training in minimally invasive thoracic surgery and are uniquely qualified to perform hyperhidrosis surgery.
For more information on hyperhidrosis medications or to schedule a consultation with a thoracic surgeon, please call (888) 349-1398.
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