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A case report of sweating caused by hydromorphone

Lauren E. Bode, PharmD, BCPS


Thermoregulatory control of shivering and sweating is a complex process that can be affected by centrally acting medications. Opioids, in particular fentanyl and methadone, have been associated with sweating, but it remains a relatively rare occurrence in clinical practice. Under-recognition of this medication side-effect may lead to patient discomfort as well as a potentially unnecessary work-up to determine the etiology of the sweating. Here, we discuss severe sweating caused by hydromorphone that resolved upon the medication's discontinuation.


opioid analgesics, sweating, thermoregulation

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