Tablets can be taken as short term relief for excessive underarm sweating. Anti sweating tablets can also be used to treat sweaty hands, feet and scalp, however should be limited to intermittent use. All tablets need to be supervised by your GP or health care doctor. Anti –sweating tablets are known as anti-cholineric, and work by temporarily blocking the sweat glands from producing sweat.
Facts on tablets for sweating
- Tablets such as oxybutinin or propanthelene bromide can decrease or halt sweaty hands, underarms, or feet
- These tablets can be prescribed by your GP. Some tablets can work better than others
- The dose of anti-sweating tablets varies greatly from patient to patient
- Anti sweating tablets are often associated with symptoms like dry mouth, tiredness and in some cases blurred vision
- These tablets can be used intermittently for ‘occasions’ and not continiously
How do tablets work for underarms sweating?
Tablets are in the class called anti cholinergics and work by blocking the sweat gland from producing sweat. They work much like sweat stopping treatments however exert an effect lasting hours not months. Because they are taken by mouth, they don't work as well as sweat stopping treatments, which is delivered directly to the sweat glands.
What kind of tablets can I try for excessive underarm sweating?
Propantheline bromide or oxybutynin (Ditropan) are the two most commonly prescribed tablets in Australia. These tablets are readily available in most pharmacies, however you will require a prescription from your local doctor.
If you would like to trail more natural tablets, sage or St. John’s wort maybe used for very, very mild cases of excessive sweating, associated with anxiety.
How much do anti-sweating tablets cost?
Not much. Anti sweating tablets will vary in price from pharmacy to pharmacy. Remember these are a tablets only obtained via a prescription. Each tablet cost approximately 20 cents to 80 cents.
How long can I be on these tablets, and are they safe?
Specialists recommend taking these tablets intermittently, for special occasions. They tend to ‘wear out’ over time, and should be limited in use. As a guide if you are on a low dose, you can take these tablets for several months. In exceptional cases, you can take these for several years.
They can not be taken if you have certain medical conditions, if you are pregnant or breast feeding. Consult your GP.
What are the side effects of anti-sweating tablets?
Side effects are commonly seen, you should start on a low dose, and increased according.
Side effects of anti sweating tablets include -
- Dry mouth
- Dry eyes
- Blurry vision
- Excessive tiredness, drowsiness
- Decreased sweating (that's the aim)
Read the product information for a full list of side effects. Your GP, Specialist, or pharmacist can discuss more on the usefulness of these tablets.
Where can I get a prescription for anti-sweating tablets?
Tablets can be obtained via your GP, or a Specialist Nurse Practitioner. You do NOT need to see a Specialist for anti-sweating tablets. These are not over the counter tablets, but available at most pharmacies.
Can tablets be combined with miraDry treatment?
Yes. In fact some patients need tablets between their first treatment with miraDry and the second treatment. This provides a temporary reduction in sweat. The second miraDry treatment ensures that your sweat production is further reduced.