Molecule of the Day

Diphenhydramine is one of the earliest antihistamines:

Being a first generation antihistamine, it has all the associated problems such as drowsiness and dry mouth. These are some of the least specific small molecule therapeutics you could hope for, which gives rise to many of the side effects. Interestingly, it has some effect on serotonin reuptake, which led to some drugs for depression with similar structure.

Comments

  1. #1 Uncle Al
    November 7, 2006

    Compare structure with second generation tricyclic antidepressant doxepin,

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doxepin

    the only effective oral itch-suppressant for crispy critters (burn survivors). Two weeks of minimum dose to get over itching storms, then the side effects kick in (vegetabilization).

  2. #2 Max Kaehn
    November 7, 2006

    That stuff will get me stoned. Hours of stream-of-consciousness burbling followed by drifting off to unconsciousness.

  3. #3 anomalous4
    November 8, 2006

    “Interestingly, it has some effect on serotonin reuptake, which led to some drugs for depression with similar structure.”

    One of the things I learned in the course of trying (more or less successfully) to find the right meds for my chronic depression is that some doctors will prescribe diphenhydramine as a “booster” for “regular” antidepressants. I’ve known a couple of people who have taken it for exactly that reason.

  4. #4 Abel Pharmboy
    November 8, 2006

    Re anomalous4: diphenhydramine also has some anxiolytic effects that may enhance the effects of antidepressants in cases of comorbid anxiety and depression.

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