Doxepin helps for itching and hives. However, Doxepin causes some strong side effects and thus it should be taken with caution. Doxepine is at the same time a tricyclic antidepressant medical drug and a powerful antihistamine medical drug. It is commonly used for treating chronic itching and hives. This antihistamine is able to block two antihistamine receptors - H1 and H2. Therefore, it is particularly effective in treating skin allergies.


Doxepin is not an over-the-counter medication and people can only purchase it with a prescription. The dose of prescribed Doxepin varies on the allergy symptoms being treated. For treating hives and itching, medical doctors usually prescribe low doses of this medical drug. Usually 25 mg or 50 mg. Doxepin is prescribed and it is taken before bed. The higher doses of this medication are prescribed for treating anxiety and depression. Many people have a hard time taking high doses of Doxepin because high doses of this medication promote extreme sedation and drowsiness.


Is Doxepin Safe and Effective in Treating Itching and Hives?


Is Doxepin Safe and Effective in Treating Itching and Hives?

Doxepin contains a black box warning since it increases the risk of suicide in children and young grown-ups who have a history of mental disorders. Doxepin interacts with numerous other medical drugs and because of that it is important to speak with your medical doctor about other medical drugs you take. Once a person is prescribed Doxepin, that person's medical doctor will gradually increase the prescribed dose of this medication. The reason behind it is various side effects of Doxepin.

A person who consumes Doxepin must not abruptly stop taking it since Doxepin withdrawal can cause a plethora of withdrawal symptoms. Doxepin withdrawal symptoms include dizziness, diarrhea, vomiting, sweating, nausea, fatigue, irritability, emotional instability, and sleeping problems.

Although Doxepin is good for treating hives and itching, it must be used with caution and under surveillance of medical professionals.

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Pramod Kerkar

Written, Edited or Reviewed By:


Pain Assist Inc.

Last Modified On: July 5, 2017

This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer


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