The doc said it /could/ be a sideeffect of the niaspan, but thinks it's very unlikely. Can't definitively rule out environmental factors, but given one auto-immune reaction, we agree there's a good chance that it's purely an internal thing. So, he said keep taking the drugs I've got, add benadryl if it's not good enough - it's not - and if THAT'S not enough - which I'm begining to wonder about - then he wrote me a scrip for Doxepin. I'm finding it amusing how often I'm taking drugs for a purpose other than the 'common' one. Took a chemotherapy drug for the myositis, taking a heartburn medication for the hives, and now looking at taking an antidepressant for same. I'm actually kinda curious as to what other effects the doxepin would have, but if it fixes the hives I'll be very very happy. Every time they've happened, I've needed stronger antihistamines than the time before. They're probably going to have to invent something new for me next time.
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