Re: Antidepressants for Rosacea?
> do SSRI antidepressants like Paxil or Celexa help Rosacea?...Icould
> remember hearing something about that.....I don't see how they
> help(seems strange an antidepressant could affect a skincondition)
> but I would be willing to try if anyone has had success with them?Generally, they do help rosacea. Although everyone is different,
situational depression (e.g. rosacea induced depression) over time
will alter the level of serotonin in the brain. In several areas
of the brain that respond to stress, heat, fatique, sleep
deprivation,etc. a decrease in serotonin will decrease the threshold
for flushing (e.g. increase flushing). So stabilizing serotonin
levels with paxil or even the newer serotonin/norepiniphrine uptake
inhibitors can be of benefit.
Good luck. Most of us know exactly what you are going through.
Dr. Geoffrey Nase
Ph.D. Microvascular Physiologist