Oral Medication for Itchy Skin
For severe itchiness that interferes with your daily activities and sleep, the doctor might prescribe some oral medications. Here are some medications that are usually given by doctors.
- Antihistamines: Antihistamines prevent the action of histamine, a chemical in the body that causes allergy symptoms. Antihistamines are prescribed for itching caused by allergies.
- Tetracyclic Antidepressants: For example, mirtazapine or reuptake inhibitors, such as paroxetine and sertraline, can help relieve severe itching in patients who have T-cell lymphoma and cholestasis.
- Doxepin and Amitriptyline: Work as antipruritic that help relieve itching.
Tips for Choosing Itch Medication
“Choosing the right product to treat itchy skin can make treatment more effective. Side effects may also be lower, as long as you use the product correctly and choose it properly,” says Gil Yosipovitch, MD, a lecturer in skin health at the Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami, as reported by Consumer Reports.
In addition to consulting a doctor for your medication for itchy skin, consider the following tips, too.
1. Consider convenience
Anti-itch medicines are available in various forms, ranging from creams and ointments to powders and gels. As much as possible, choose a form you’re most comfortable with.
Many people prefer creams because they do not stain clothes the way powder does. They are also not too sticky like gels. Choosing a product you’re comfortable with is important because you’ll be more inclined to use it.
2. Choose fragrance-free products
Did you ever wonder why most anti-itch medications smell bad or don’t have a scent at all? Apparently, products with fragrance are not suited for problematic skin conditions.
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