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or excessive sweating medications.
medications have variable success in treating hyperhidrosis. Glycopyrolate
(Robinul) is started at 1-2mg one to three times per day but generally
patients need higher doses to have adequate results.
at high doses these medications have severe side effects such as
excessive dryness of the mouth (cotton mouth), constipation, urinary
retention, and blurry vision. Other side effects include memory
impairment and reflex tachycardia.
Other anticholinergic medications such as Propentheline
Bromide (Probanthine) and Oxybutynin (Ditropan) may also be used
orally. However topical application of anticholinergic medications
is usually not successful due to poor absorption by the skin.
Propranolol is a beta-blocker that has generalized
anti sympathetic activity. It has been used to treat stress-induced
hyperhidrosis, however it's side effects include general tiredness,
slow heart rate and low blood pressure.
Herbal medication, biofeedback, acupuncture,
and hypnosis have also been used to treat hyperhidrosis. Unfortunately
these have limited success in treating hyperhidrosis.
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