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Doctor insights on: Antihistamines And Depression

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Do antihistamines cause depression?

Do antihistamines cause depression?

Possibly : Serious side effects: serious side effects may include seizures, hallucinations (seeing, hearing or feeling things that are not there), and mental depression. www.wellness.com/reference/allergies/antihistamines. ...Read more

Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more


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Can I take singulair and antihistamine with citalopram every day, together? Need it for chronic rhinitis and the depression it's caused.

Can I take singulair and antihistamine with citalopram every day, together? Need it for chronic rhinitis and the depression it's caused.

Yes you can: Good that you asked, always be cautious with multiple medications, as for depression caused by rhinitis !!! You may need to see an allergist / ENT , or seek a second opniion, it's your right, good luck ...Read more

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I take sertraline (zoloft) for depression and got sick. Would it be safe to take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) while taking my sertraline?

I take sertraline (zoloft) for depression and got sick. Would it be safe to take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) while taking my sertraline?

OK but Caution: Benadryl (diphenhydramine) together with sertraline may increase side effects such as dizziness, drowsiness, & difficulty concentrating. Some people may also experience some impairment in thinking & judgment. You should avoid/limit use of alcohol while being treated with these medications. Avoid driving or operating hazardous machinery until you know how the medications affect you. Max Benadryl (diphenhydramine) dose is 300mg/d. ...Read more

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Due to my depression & biploarism disorders I have trouble sleeping at night. Is it safe to take a 25 mg Benadryl (diphenhydramine) every night?

Due to my depression & biploarism disorders I have trouble sleeping at night. Is it safe to take a 25 mg Benadryl (diphenhydramine) every night?

Don't know your: Other medications (only see herbals listed). It may be alright but likely not the best choice. Please discuss with your psychiatrist first. In meantime, use good sleep hygiene. 1. Keep regular bed ; wakening time (includes weekends). Get up same time daily. 2. Make a regular, relaxing bedtime routine: warm bath or shower, aromatherapy, reading, or listening to gentle music. 3. Sleep in dark, >. ...Read more

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Why do I have flood of depressive thoughts, pani when waking up and after months of uncomfortabledreams. Used to use psych meds now Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to sleep?

Why do I have flood of depressive thoughts, pani when waking up and after months of  uncomfortabledreams. Used to use psych meds now Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to sleep?

There could be many: Reasons for your bad dreams and depression. Ask your doctor if the Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is playing a part. If not, find a psychologist & start doing some dream work to figure out what your dreams and unconscious mind are trying to tell you. Dreams are a fascinating part of therapy, since they are messages from your unconscious trying to help you understand your feelings. Let us know how you do. ...Read more

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Do I have depression?

Do I have depression?

Depression signs: Include being down most of the time, loss of interest/pleasure in activities, unintended increase/decrease in appetite/weight, sleeping more or less than usual, being agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless or inappropriately guilty or self critical, having difficulty concentrating or making decisions, ; thinking of death ; dying. Talk to your physician or a mental health professional to decide. ...Read more

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What cause depression?

What cause depression?

Causes of depression: Include a genetic component that increases your risk when a blood relative has depression, distressing experiences combined with dysfunctional negative thinking and beliefs, and behaviors that contribute to withdrawing socially & reducing pleasurable & rewarding activities. Cultivating an optimistic, resilient attitude that sees problems as solvable challenges help prevent depression. ...Read more

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What is teen depression?

What is teen depression?

Teen with depression: Depression in children & teens is much the same illness but because of age related factors expression of the depression varies. Children are especially difficult to assess due to limited understanding and communication skills. Teens bring a special set of problems to diagnosing depression; a sense of immortality, a "can do it myself" attitude, male and female hormone influences, oppositionality. ...Read more

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How to fight depression?

How to fight depression?

Task Completion: If you are able, undertake a task that you know for sure you can finish. When we complete a project, even something small like washing the dishes or organizing a closet, our brains release the same chemicals produced by the prescription antidepressants. So often, reactive depression is associated with events that take away our initiative and make us procrastinate, and this is what we must fight! ...Read more

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How to manage depression?

How to manage depression?

Depression: Depression is a serious and treatable illness. Please seek an evaluation with a mental health professional for medications and therapy for your depression. In many cases, the combination of both treatments work better than either one alone. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is depression hereditary?

Is depression hereditary?

Yes: Genetic studies have shown that risk for both major depression and bipolar disorder is inherited. Having a parent or sibling with one of these disorders increases the likelihood of developing it. I don't think this is true for postpartum depression. ...Read more

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What's mental depression?

What's mental depression?

Beyond saddnedss: Period of two weeks where one experiences depressed mood or loss of interest and at least 5 of the following: disturbances in sleep (excessive most often), apathy, withdrawal, isolation, hopelessness, thoughts of death or suicide, lack of energy, impaired concentration, lethargy. Treated best with psychotherapy in combination with antidepressants. ...Read more

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What is mixed depression?

What is mixed depression?

Bipolarity: Unipolar depression is characterized by psychomotor retardation, loss of interest in usually enjoyed activities, amotivational periods. The flip side is periods of extremely active, often extremely productive activate, as seen by such people as ted turner. If one has bipolar depression and it qis treated for what presents as unipolar depression, the manic phase can rear it's scary head. ...Read more

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How serious is depression?

Can be very serious: Depression can be very debilitating and seriously impair a person. If associated with thoughts of suicide can even be life threatening. If someone has symptoms of depression they should discuss with their doctor. ...Read more

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What's double depression?

What's  double depression?

Dysthymia+depression: Double depression is a combination of major depression and minor depression. The person must meet the criteria for a major depressive episode superimposed upon a minor depressive episode of at least two years duration also called dysthymic disorder. In dysthymic disorder, the person has more bad days than good days spread over a two-year period. Please google the terms for a fuller explanation. ...Read more

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Is there a depression cure?

Is there a depression cure?

Sometimes: There are different types ; severities of depression. Some may resolve completely and some may be in remission on treatment. ...Read more

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What is atypical depression?

What is atypical depression?

3 differences: Generally speaking, there are three things that differentiate typical from atypical depression. In atypical depression, people often sleep too much, have an increased appetite, and have "emotional reactivity". That is to say, they will feel happy when something good happens, but then return to depression afterward. Maoi's may be more effective in treatment. Emsam is a patch formulation. ...Read more

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Benadryl (Definition)

Diphenhydramine is a sedating antihistamine which is a kind of antihistamine type drug (common ...Read more


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Antihistamine (Definition)

Sedating and non-sedating antihistamines prevent and treat allergic reactions, and are ...Read more