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Re: Can stopping a TCA cause palpitations? SLS

Posted by KaraS on July 23, 2005, at 15:39:02

In reply to Re: Can stopping a TCA cause palpitations?, posted by SLS on July 23, 2005, at 15:24:28

> Depression very often produces something called dysautonomia, albeit a usually mild form of it. The autonomic nervous system tends to favor the sympathetic and reduce the parasympathetic. This can cause heart palpitation, even in the absence of medication. Now you take a tricyclic, and find that some of these things are temporarily exagerrated. They mitigate over time, particularly if the person responds to the medication. If you take the medication away, you would expect that these things would disappear entirely. Unfortunately, this is not true if the person is actually relapsing into depression. In this case, palpitations might return as a symptom.
> - Scott

Perhaps that's it but I was only on a small amount of doxepin (25 mg.). It did give me some boost in mood - but not much.

It's good to understand how depression can cause palpitations in an otherwise healthy heart.





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