Antidepressant-induced excessive sweating (ADIES) is reported in more than 20% of patients taking antidepressants. For this reason, the knowledge on how to identify and manage these side effects is of clinical importance for your daily practice.
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This first clinical trial for ADIES treatment conducted by Dr. Rajnish Mago, found that ADIES is commonly see in the scalp (62%), face (95%), neck (48%), and chest (57%).
Reference: Mago R, Thase ME, Rovner BW. Antidepressant-induced excessive sweating: clinical features and treatment with terazosin. Ann Clin Psychiatry. 2013 Aug;25(3):186-92. Epub 2013 May 1. (PMID: 23638448)
ADIES can not only affect a person emotionally (by causing embarrassment) but can also increase the risk of dehydration or electrolyte deficiency for at-risk patients.
How can you manage a patient with excessive sweating from antidepressants, especially those who are responding positively to the treatment?
This is what our academy’s following chapter will focus on:
This chapter will summarize antidepressants-induced excessive sweating in the following sections:
- Common body locations for excessive sweating from antidepressants?
- Likely mechanism behind antidepressants causing excessive sweating?
- Management: six medication options.
Antidepressants Induced Excessive Sweating
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