Managing hot flashes and sweating includes medications to treat the underlying cause of the symptoms, if possible, and medications to help with the symptoms themselves. Managing them also means helping the patient feel more comfortable and finding ways to relieve them. Talk to your cancer care team about the right treatment for you.
How hot flashes and sweating are managed depends on what's causing them. Sometimes medications can be used and sometimes lifestyle changes might help. These can be classified as either non-hormone therapy and hormone therapy. Because every patient is different, it's important to talk to your cancer care team about what is best for your situation.
Medication to replace hormones that have decreased because of surgery or other treatment may be prescribed. This depends on the type and stage of cancer you have, as well as other tests that are done on your tumor when it's diagnosed. It's important to talk with your doctor about your situation, about the pros and cons of taking these drugs, and the side effects they might cause if your treatment plan includes them.
There are vitamins, minerals, and other supplements that claim to help with sweating and hot flashes. Some can be helpful, but it's important to talk with your doctor about whether they are safe for you to take.
Take medicine to reduce fever, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol), if your health care team says it's ok for you to do so. Depending on what is causing your sweating or hot flashes, there may be different ways you can help to manage them.
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Last Revised: December 9, 2020