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Sunday, July 30, 2017

These 7 Drugs May Be the Reason Why You're Always Tired

Every year, about 10 million people visit their doctor about chronic fatigue, which is feeling tired and exhausted all the time. It's good to see your doctor if you are experiencing chronic fatigue because it could be caused by an illness like anemia and multiple sclerosis and even depression. But many times, chronic fatigue can be linked to prescription medications. Here are 9 drugs that may be the reason why you're tired all the time.

7 drugs that can cause chronic fatigue

#1 Blood pressure medicine - Blood-pressure medications may slow down the pumping action of the heart to lower the pressure inside blood vessels. One of the side affects is fatigue. If you're taking blood pressure meds, check the bottle; it may list “extreme tiredness” as a side effect.

#2 High cholesterol medicine - Meds such as Lipitor, Crestor and Zocor and others used to treat high cholesterol, may interfere with the production of energy in cells and cause fatigue.

#3 Tranquilizers - Benzodiazepines, commonly known as tranquilizers, are used to treat anxiety disorders and to prevent seizures. Benzodiazepines like Xanax, Klonopin, Valium, Ativan, and Restoril, are commonly used to treat insomnia too, because they have a sedative effect. For this reason, they often cause fatigue.

#4 Proton pump inhibitors - These are used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and other similar disorders. The list includes medications such as Nexium, Prevacid, Prilosec and Protonix. These drugs produce low blood levels of magnesium, which can cause loss of appetite, fatigue and weakness.

#5 Antidepressants - These drugs, which include Cymbalta, Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft and Effexor, are used to treat depression and anxiety as well as other conditions. Their effect on chemicals in the brain can produce fatigue symptoms.

#6 Antihistamines - This drug includes Benedryl and Allegra which are used to relieve or prevent the symptoms of allergic disorders due to hay fever or the common cold. Potential side effects include tiredness.

#7 Antibiotics - Antibiotics such as amoxicillin, azithromycin, ciprofloxacin and levofloxacin are used to treat ear and skin infections, urinary tract infections, food poisoning, pneumonia, meningitis and other serious illnesses. One of the listed side effects is unusual tiredness or weakness.

If you are taking any of these meds and experiencing unusual tiredness, see your doctor. Your doctor may be able to either adjust the dosage or use a different prescription that will alleviate much of the fatigue.

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