One prescription that I had some success with, and still take is glycopyrrolate. Glycopyrrolate is the generic name. It usually goes by Robinul or Avert. The only side effect I notice is dry mouth, which isnt that big a deal for me. For those of you that don't have insurance, you can find it on a canadian pharmacy site that will ship it to you (Email for details). Those with insurance, like i mentioned earlier, most doctors wont prescribe until you try the topical treatment first.
According to the Mayo Clinic, oral glycopyrrolate works well for sweating because it blocks the nerve impulses to the sweat glands. People with severe hyperhidrosis can benefit from taking this medicine, but it is best to start off with the simplest, least intrusive solutions first. Oral medications such as glycopyrrolate usually should be taken only when it is absolutely necessary
Robinul or its more generic name, Glycopyrrolate.
Robinul works by reducing the secretions of certain organs in the body. These secretions aren’t just limited to your perspiration. It will also reduce your saliva and mucus in the lungs, nose and stomach. As you can imagine, dry mouth and dehydration are the biggest complaints among patients.
The drug was originally formed to control stomach ulcers by reducing stomach acid. Lucky for you, the reduction of excessive sweating was a nice little side benefit.
It’s not perfect though. There are a whole host of unpleasant side effects that you’ll be sacrificing in order to turn your sweat faucets off. They include…
- headache, dizziness, or lightheadedness;
- weakness or nervousness;
- blurred vision, large pupils, or sensitivity of the eyes to bright light;
- nausea, bloating, heartburn, or constipation;
- changes in taste;
- difficulty urinating;
- decreased sweating; or
- nasal congestion, stuffiness, or a dry mouth.
But as i mentioned before, the only side effect i notice is dry mouth. Robinul has been a life saver for me in the past.
Cost: $10 dollars for 60 pills. (with insurance) This varies depending on insurance.
Topical treatment is another popular treatment. You can get a prescription and try to get Drysol. The over the counter product that i had the best results with was Sweat Block.
Topical treatment is usually a prerequisite to any to any major treatments.Doctors usually wont prescribe medication before you try this first. Results vary person to person. Topical treatment is effective, due to its high percentage of aluminum chloride
Aluminum chloride is thought to obstruct sweat pores and induce atrophy of secretory cells within the sweat glands. The only contraindication to this treatment is documented hypersensitivity, and aluminum chloride should not be used on irritated, broken, or recently shaven skin.
Patients should apply to dry skin nightly until clinical relief is achieved, at which point maintenance therapy is instituted and frequency of applications can be spread out over time in some patients. The morning after an overnight treatment, patients should wash away residual aluminum chloride and apply topical baking soda to limit skin irritation.
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