Sunday, July 3, 2011

Depression, Anxiety, and Over The Counter Medications

If you have depression or anxiety, and uses over the counter medications, there are a few things you need to be mindful of the next time you visit your local chemist.

1 Sedating antihistamines may cause drowsiness and hence, may exacerbate your low mood.
2 Decongestants like pseudoephedrine may exacerbate your anxiety and insomnia due to its stimulant effects.
3 Antiinflamatories like ibuprofen may interacts with some antidepressants to cause stomach irritation.
4 Mild narcotics like codeine may cause sedation and drowsiness and hence, may exacerbate low mood

The above is not an exhausted list so always speak with a Pharmacist regarding your condition and any other medications that you are taking currently so that they can advise you accordingly.


Dr Vin Tran
MBBS FRACGP QLD AUSTRALIA

Ms UDinh Pharmacist
B.Pharmacy QLD
www.priorityhealthmedicalcentre.com,au

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