What are the goals of drug treatment for hyperhidrosis?

Updated: Mar 23, 2021
  • Author: Robert A Schwartz, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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The goals of pharmacotherapy for hyperhidrosis are to reduce morbidity and prevent complications. Control of palmar hyperhidrosis with a new dry-type iontophoretic device has been described. [79] Dry-type iontophoresis may reduce palmar sweating more conveniently than other conventional methods. [80]  Although usually an oral preparation, oxybutynin transdermal may be beneficial in selected patients with hyperhidrosis. [81] Similarly, oxybutynin 3% gel has been used successfully for the primary focal hyperhidrosis in adolescents and young adults. [82]  Use of glycopyrronium tosylate topical for primary axillary hyperhidrosis in adults and children aged 9 years or older is also a consideration. [28, 29]


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