Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience and a medical advice columnist for Newsmax Magazine. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. He is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.

How Can I Eliminate Night Sweats Naturally?

Wednesday, 03 Jul 2013 03:15 PM

By Peter Hibberd, M.D.

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Question: Can you suggest a natural treatment for night sweats? I am a 59-year-old woman who cannot take any kind of hormone therapy. I sweat every night no matter what I try. Less blankets, no blankets, changing my pajamas; it doesn’t matter.
                                   
Dr. Hibberd’s answer:
 
Night sweats are often not caused by serious medical conditions, but doctors are trained to search for malignancy, infection, GERD, endocrine, cardiac or internal diseases. I presume you have been checked and have no serious underlying disorder.
 
Here are some tips for you.
  • Avoid caffeine.
  • Eliminate alcohol.
  • Don’t eat spicy or fatty foods in the evening.
  • If you smoke, quit.
  • De-stress. Try relaxation techniques especially before bed.
  • Try stopping all supplements that might be contributing to your nigh sweats. 
If these strategies don’t help, go to your doctor and ask for a prescription for a low dose clonidine (a blood pressure drug) patch. It is very useful for those seeking a non-hormonal treatment for hot flashes and night sweats. There are other agents available, but try these first, and let me know how things go.

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