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Are there medications for multiple chemical sensitivity?

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Some doctors prescribe antidepressants, including SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) such as citalopram (Celexa), fluoxetine (Prozac), and paroxetine (Paxil). Other people find that medicines for anxiety and sleep help. It may also help to treat specific symptoms, such as headaches.

From: Multiple Chemical Sensitivity WebMD Medical Reference

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American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology: "Position Statement: Idiopathic environmental intolerances."

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: "Chemical Sensitivities."

Black, D. , April 24, 2000. Archives of Internal Medicine

United States Department of Labor: Office of Safety and Health Administration: "Multiple Chemical Sensitivities."

Magill, M. , Sept. 1, 1998. American Family Physician

UpToDate: “Overview of idiopathic environmental intolerance (multiple chemical sensitivity).”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Multiple Chemical Sensitivity.”

Coble, Y. , Dec. 23, 1992. The Journal of the American Medical Association

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 19, 2019

SOURCES: 

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology: "Position Statement: Idiopathic environmental intolerances."

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: "Chemical Sensitivities."

Black, D. , April 24, 2000. Archives of Internal Medicine

United States Department of Labor: Office of Safety and Health Administration: "Multiple Chemical Sensitivities."

Magill, M. , Sept. 1, 1998. American Family Physician

UpToDate: “Overview of idiopathic environmental intolerance (multiple chemical sensitivity).”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Multiple Chemical Sensitivity.”

Coble, Y. , Dec. 23, 1992. The Journal of the American Medical Association

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 19, 2019

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