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Do antipsychotic drugs and antihistamines make you gain weight?

Do antipsychotic drugs and antihistamines make you gain weight?

Mostly, yes: Antipsychotics all have some antihistaminic properties. Almost all antipsychotics are associated with some weight gain. As with all prescription medication, the benefits and risks are an important part of the discussion between doc and pt. That prescription drugs are now being advertised to pts, in order to manipulate the physicians prescribing practices, is just one more abomination in the fld. ...Read more

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Dr. John Moranville
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Antipsychotics (Definition)

These are medications used among other things to treat psychosis. There are two poorly named classes: the typicals, because they used to be typically used, and the atypicals, which are now typically used. They differ in that the so called atypicals are non-neuroleptics and interact with both serotonin and Dopamine receptos, while the typicals ...Read more


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What causes the interaction between antipsychotic drugs and antihistamines? thanks.

Depends: on the antipsychotic drug used, generally speaking drug-drug interaction usually occurs with antipsychotics, antibiotics and anticoagulants (blood thinners), so caution is advised with the use of multiple drugs any how, as far as I know there is no significant interaction between benadryl (diphenhydramine) and zoloft for example, but not sure what medicine you're referring to, kindly run it by your physician ...Read more

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Can taking Benadryl actually cause runny nose? Could it cause a paradoxical reaction? I have been taking for year for sleep along with antipsychotics.

Can taking Benadryl actually cause runny nose? Could it cause a paradoxical reaction? I have been taking for year for sleep along with antipsychotics.

? the antipsychotics: rather than the benadryl, you didn't mention which one(s) you are on, be careful, drug-drug interaction is prominent with anti-psychotics, ask your doctor to revise all the medicines you are on, and avoid the dangerous combinations, good luck ...Read more

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Which antipsychotics are low risk for weight gain and drug induced cystic acne?

Antipsychotics: You MUST have your Primary doctor refer you as soon as possible to a Psychologist. I think you will be pleasantly surprised when you start seeing the Psychologist! Please let me know how things go ...Read more

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What causes weight gain in anti psychotics?

Many things: Antipsychotic meds effect many brain areas. Some of them control vegetative functions like metabolic rate. Others control appetite (hypothalamus). Still others (pituitary gland) impact the endocrine system. All these areas can be impacted in some people on ap with resultant weight gain. These areas are monitored regularly if a pt is taking ap's. Weight gain tends to be dose related & individual. ...Read more

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I have been prescribed antipsychotics for sleep gained weight on them psych won't change it my pcp wants to try appetite suppressants what is that?

I have been prescribed antipsychotics for sleep gained weight on them psych won't change it my pcp wants to try appetite suppressants what is that?

If your only: Psychiatric diagnosis is adhd, there are other avenues to address insomnia than atypical antipsychotics. I use them a lot but i consider the antipsychotics to be big guns. Have you been tried on alternative medicines for sleep? Do you use good sleep hygiene? Retire ; rise same time each day. Keep bedroom dark ; cool ; use only for sex ; sleep. Turn off tv. No naps. Exercise regularly but not in. ...Read more

Benadryl (Definition)

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


Dr. Paul Carter
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Antihistamine (Definition)

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