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Excessive Sweating - any help?
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lajygal posted:
My mom had PD and has excessive sweating in the morning. Using a fan doesn't help, she says. She is hydrating. Anything else we can try to cool her down?

thanks!
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lajygal responded:
  • * correction HAS PD.
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    Mark A Stacy, MD responded:
    Dear lajygal
    Excessive sweating in PD is often a result of blood level changes in levodopa - the active ingredient of Sinemet or carbidopa/levodopa - and can occur at either peak or low levels. In this case it sounds like it is after a last dose the night before.

    There are several strategies: If she takes her last dose at supper, you may want to discuss a dose just before bedtime with her neurologist. If she is already taking a bedtime dose, taking her first dose earlier - even before she first gets out of bed may help. Finally adding other PD medications may prolong the benefit (and avoid the low blood levels) of levodopa. In short, this is an issue that may improve with some discussion with her doctor.
     
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    lajygal replied to Mark A Stacy, MD's response:
    thanks so much for replying. I will let her know what you have suggested,


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