I had to come off the 50mc because I was waking up several times a night soaked with sweat, and when it happened during the day, I would feel extremely weak as though I was going to pass out. When I lowered dose to 25 the sweating stopped, but of course the pain is not completely controlled. Anyone have this problem??
patmug48, you have read my mind, although thru your question it made me realize Fentanyl could be causing my hot flashes. I, too, am past "that" age, but experience sweat flashes where my face is dripping, hair is wet, clothes sticking to me. year round.I will do some digging and let you know if I find anything. Take care, be well as possible
ANY opioid can do this. I have been on, at different times, Fentanyl, Oxycontin and morphine and they ALL cause me to sweat like a racehorse! It can be middle of winter and anytime I do any activity, even just doing my hair and make up, makes me sweat until I look like I just got drenched in a pool! It isnt even worth it most of the time to do my hair or put on makeup because I sweat so much! The higher the dose, the more I sweat. It is annoying.
Now i went through menopause on it and did not cause more sweating or hot flashes than i was having without it.
I did have some hot flashes and sweats but nothing serious. I had decided in my head or kept saying that menopause is not going to be a big deal to me and it was not. I also went through worse of it in winter and temperatures get to high of 30 often so it is cold here. It helped i could walk outside in t shirt and matter of few minutes i had cooled down and no more sweating. I just also kept house at lower than normal temp.
I been on fentanyl now for over 7 yrs and only thing i do more with it is sweat and skin itches a bit... that is it.
We each handle menopause differently and if you are having severe hot flashes and sweats, i urge you to contact not just pain doctor but your OB.
Often it can be your hormones are going wacko and need just a bit of adjustments. But ask your doctor if they are safe with your family history.
I am having the same problem. I am a cancer patient and it gave me 8 compression fractures and left me in pain. I was having a lot of hot flashes but thought they were my age. I put a window air conditioner in my bedroom and sat there for a year or so. This made me feel a lot better and my hot flashes were very reduced. But then I was rushed into hip surgery and they messed up both sides of my hips so I have been in more pain and they gave me a 100 patch. I had been on the 75. I don't know if something else I am doing or taking is setting this off but suddenly I'm having the hot flashes and the severe sweating all the time. I have to get a handle on this because although I'm in pain, I cannot live with this. I am staying in my room away from everything else and I live in San Antonio. Texas is very hot and I would like to be able to travel and move.
So I am checking this site out and may go down to 75 again and see what happens. I need to go back to my pain doctor and ask her what to do if the pain is too much for me when I reduce it. Does anyone have information on any drug, even over the counter drugs, that make this worse? Does anything mix badly with the Fentanyl that I might have started?
Hi. Yes, this is why I searched "does fentanyl cause hot flashes. I am on 75mcg because the 50 didn't help. The 75 isn't helping very much either, so may talk to doctor about a different med. Unfortunately, I am 42 and therefore the doctors all said it is menopause. However, I have found a correlation between the Times the patch is changes and the frequency and intensity of the flashes. I would like to know if/when you get an answer. I am willing to share my Facebook page if you agree. Good luck to you!
That's an interesting theory, Neckfusedup. Maybe that's it.
I've had rheumatoid arthritis since I was 3. So I have 7 joint replacements so far and no cartilage left in my body. I have an intrathecal pain pump that delivers 36 mcg per day directly to my spinal fluid. ( I can also use a remote control to supposedly deliver a bolus of extra medicine, but it doesn't help at all). The Fentanyl helps the pain but causes hot flashes constantly, and because I live in Florida I'm almost always trapped inside in the air conditioning. Which sucks because I'm a retired park ranger and I really like to be outside. I'm turning 50 in a few days and I'm well past menopause. If I have to be outside, I'm a sweaty mess. And even inside, the hot flashes make me pour sweat and itch all over. It's gross. If you have a permanent condition, though, I highly recommend the pain pump. I tried it first with Dilaudid which didn't cause hot flashes but eventually made me start severely retaining water, like 40 lbs worth, mostly in my legs, so we switched to Fentanyl. Then the hot flashes started. My doc says I'm just really sensitive to medications.
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