What is the role of tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs) in the treatment of acute urticaria (hives)?

Updated: Mar 21, 2018
  • Author: Henry K Wong, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Michael A Kaliner, MD  more...
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Tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs) are a complex group of drugs that have central and peripheral anticholinergic effects, as well as sedative effects. TCAs block the active reuptake of norepinephrine and serotonin; and some (eg, doxepin) have antihistamine effects, blocking both the H1 and H2 receptors, and have been used in the treatment of allergic reactions, especially urticaria.


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