Another simple way to treat excessive sweating (focal or generalized) is the usage of a group of medications that are known as anticholinergic agents. Basically this group of medications act by blocking the neurotransmitter acetylcholine which plays a major role in sweat production. This group of medications was initially used for the treatment of ulcer disease where acetylcholine (the neurotransmitter) is playing a role in creating ulcers. The idea is that in very mild cases this could help in focal hyperhidrosis cases. There are different drugs in this group which are produced under different brand names.
Even though those medications are sometimes used as the first line of treatment the effectiveness is very limited. Here again by continuous usage the body can develop resistance to these medications. Increasing the dose might also bring side effects such as blurry vision and dry mouth. This fact limited the use of this group of medication as an effective treatment modality. In cases of severe hyperhidrosis the effectiveness is limited and typically short lived.
Anticholinergic agents which are cheap and easily available should be tried as one of the first conservative treatment modalities. It should be monitored by the patient and the physician for effectiveness in a trial period of about two to three weeks. Commonly prescription medications for this are Robinul, Propantheline and Ditropan. No specific recommendations can be given to either one of those.
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