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Can Antidepressants Cause Hives
Can antidepressants cause hives. I took Escitalopram 10 mg for 3 days only. From the next day onwards I developed hive which is now chronic. Any cure?
Although any drug can potentially cause hives, the effect would likely subside within 4-6 wks at most. If the problem has gone beyond 6 wks, it is called chronic urticaria. Antihistamine up to 4 x daily may be helpful. Otherwise see an allergist if there is one available.
The cause for chronic hives is often unknown. ...Read more
See below!!: In deep depression, one may be so lethargic with no energy to do anything, including hurting themselves! Sometimes, one may feel better enough on the meds that they have the energy it takes to become dangerous in that way! When getting on meds initially, insist on seeing your md frequently until you feel adjusted to the new meds. Also psychotherapy is usually recommended along with psych meds... ...Read more
Antidepressants: Please make an appointment to see a Psychologist. That will be extremely helpful for you! ...Read more
No such List: Many people gain weight once their depression is treated because being depressed made them eat less or not have good nutrition. All anti-depressin medications thus can 'cause' or 'allow' weight gain. Weight gain is a potential listed side effect of all anti-depression medications. ...Read more
I have been prescribed different types of antidepressants and each one causes headaches. Is there any med for anxiety that does not cause headaches.
Anxiety ; headache: "headache" is a potential side effect for nearly every medication available (not just those for anxiety). It doesn't mean you will get them. These may also be temporary, on the way to clinical improvement. You might ask your psychiatrist about non-pharmaceutical options like psychotherapy, acupuncture, homeopathy, magnesium, etc. Also please know that headache can be a symptom of anxiety itself. ...Read more
Do antipsychotics and antidepressants decondition the patient. What if someone was lifting everyday without problem prediagnosis. Seems to cause weakn?
Perhaps some: Some (not all) antidepressants have what is called an 'anticholinergic effect' which at high doses in susceptible people may interfere with concentration and the formation or retrieval of memory. Remember, however, that sometimes the reason for taking the medication, usually depression, can cause similar problems. ...Read more
Multiple strategies: The only cure is stopping the offending medication. Sometimes, an alternate antidepressant can be just as effective w/o causing this side-effect. Before taking this step however, various strategies such as medications that can help alleviate this side-effect, or med holidays can be tried in consultation with your prescribing physician. Hope this helps. Good luck. ...Read more
Out of luck, D: There really is no good way to counter this side effect except to find an antidepressant other than SSRIs or SNRIs or to combine a drug with a different mechanism of action with a lower dose or the culprit drug. ...Read more
Hard to say: Anti-depressants do enter the brain tissue and effect the messages between cells. If a person finds they think less clearly on an anti-depressant, that can certainly be a recognized side effect. I am not aware that it turns someone with normal word decoding skills into one with dyslexia. However, any decline in processing speed on the drug could aggravate an existing learning problem. ...Read more
More serotonin: Ssris increase the amount of serotonin in the synapes between the neurons in your brain. This increase in serotonin helps depressive symptoms, showing an effect in 2-3 weeks, 4-6 weeks for full effect. Short term side effects include mild nausea and headaches for a few days to a week, while more long term side effects include increased appetite and decreased libido and delayed ejaculation for men. ...Read more
INTERESTING: Sorry could not disagree more with dr. Block. Most diseases are not cured but are effectively treated. So it is with psychiatric illnesses as well. The antidepressants are truly beneficial and at times down right miraculous and life saving. It would be a tragedy to not prescribe an antidepressant under the right conditions, circumstances and of course correct diagnosis with an appropriate doctor. ...Read more
Antidepressants: Agree with previous answers. To expand on what they are saying Prozac (fluoxetine) which is in the class of antidepressants most used and other ones are like it, has been on the market now for 30+ years and been studied extensively. From patients I have heard that some feel more fuzzy and slightly less motivated on some antidepressants which can reduce cog functioning, but very rare and temporary if present. ...Read more
Talk show hosts say it because it's controversial.
Lawyers say it to get clients.
But there is a very slight amount of truth to the statement. A very small number of patients have developed suicidality after their antidepressants have initially helped significantly. That is one reason we insist on follow-up visits. For every one patient with suicidal thoughts, there are thousands who are saved. ...Read more
Do any type of antidepressants cause any type of swelling? If any, then please mention the types of swelling caused.
Depends...: If you are allergic to the medicine....active and inactive ingredients ...Read more
Small c- shaped crystal prism in both upper corners of my peripheral without any pain, lasts 20 min... what's the cause? Antidepressants?
Retina: Visual field defects can be various causes, however a retinal issue could be possible. Probably bbest to see eye specialist. ...Read more
I get these electrical zaps in my head daily. I know I used to get them with antidepressants but have been off these for a year. What can cause this?
Brain zaps: Symptoms described as "brain zaps, " "brain shocks, " "brain shivers, " "brain pulse-waves, " "head shocks, " "pulses, " "flickers, " or "cranial zings" are common withdrawal symptoms experienced during discontinuation (or reduction of dose) of antidepressant drugs (wikepedia) paroxetine and venlafaxine may induce prolonged syndromes up to 18 month. Severe anxiety conditions may do the same symptoms. ...Read more
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