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Common Causes of Night Sweats

2. Certain Prescription Drugs

There are several prescription drugs that state night sweats among their side effects. For instance, researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine, in the Department of Psychiatry at University of Pennsylvania, report that prescribed antidepressant medications have been linked to antidepressant-induced excessive sweating (or ADIES), a form of severe night sweats, in roughly 14-percent of prescribed patients.

In addition to prescription drugs, many doctors credit common over-the-counter medicines, such as acetaminophen and aspirin, for causing night sweating. This is most prevalent when these medications are taken for antipyretic effects—or to break a fever.

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