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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Night Sweats
Answer: There are many more things other than TB that would do this. Get a chem 20 a sedimentation rate and a CBC. Also, cut or stop the Paxil to see if it goes away. I doubt it strongly and your logic is correct. But, stopping it for a week or ten days would answer the problem. Also, give your doctor pause for thought to continue to evaluate the underlying problem which he/she has quit on.
Answer: Night sweats can be seen in several diseases. Classically, tuberculosis presents this
way, but other diseases like lymphoma and other cancers, and other infections can present
this way. If she has had a complete physical and chest x-ray (probably with her cancer) and
normal labs (including sedimentation rate or C reactive protein) it probably represents nothing
serious. Occasional women on tamoxifen will experience symptoms similar to menopause.
This can often be blocked with small doses of clonidine. If this abolished the problem, I'd be
fairly comfortable that that's the cause.