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Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

What is fatigue?

Fatigue is mental and physical exhaustion that does not get better with rest. Fatigue may make daily activities difficult or cause extreme sleepiness. It is normal to feel tired sometimes, but long-term fatigue may be a sign of serious illness.

What increases my risk for fatigue?

How is the cause of fatigue diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will ask about your sleep habits, appetite, activities, stress level, and exercise. He or she will ask about your medical history and what medicines you take. You may also need any of the following:

How is fatigue treated?

Your symptoms may get better without treatment. You will receive treatment for any health conditions that may be causing your fatigue. The following can help you manage fatigue:

Treatment options

The following list of medications are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I contact my healthcare provider?

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your healthcare providers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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