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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?
Unlikely: 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
Weight gain: Some antidepressants are well-known to have a weight gain side effect. Reasons are unclear, though appetite increase via blocking histamine receptors is sometimes cited. Some depressions are assoc w low appetite and wt loss. If the depression is treated, weight gain can be expected. Other depressions are assoc w carb craving. Wt gain in this setting may be caused by the illness more than the med ...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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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