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My kid's blinking is in overdrive. She closes her eyes shut for a few seconds and then she's at it again. It must be painful.


Could this be due to the flu bug that she's got? She has a fever of 40degrees celsius and she has a cough and a cold as well. She is taking Paracetamol and Ibubrufen for her fever and Bromhexine HCL and Chlorpheniramine for her flu symptoms.


Could the bug and the medication be aggravating her tics?





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Look at the info available on Chlorpheniramine. . I'm sure it was prescribed for it's effects on histamine, but it looks like it leaves more norepin. around than serotonin. SNRI's may be a good class of meds for your daughter to stay away from. Also, personally, I don't allow tylenol in this house anymore. You can search acetaminaphine or tylenol on this forum to get more info there (depletes sulfur stores which may be in short supply to begin with in some).




In addition to being an H-1 histamine receptor antagonist, chlorpheniramine has been shown to work as a Serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor or SNRI. [1] A similar antihistamine, brompheniramine, led to the discovery of the SSRI Zimelidine. Limited clinical evidence shows that it is comparable to several antidepressant medications in its ability to inhibit the reuptake of serotonin and also norepinephrine (noradrenaline).[2] However, extensive clinical trials of its psychiatric properties in humans have not been conducted. It inhibits serotonin reuptake less than norepinephrine reuptake,


Now look at norepinephrine




Norepinephrine is released when a host of physiological changes are activated by a stressful event.


In the brain, this is caused in part by activation of an area of the brain stem called the locus ceruleus. This nucleus is the origin of most norepinephrine pathways in the brain. Noradrenergic neurons project bilaterally (send signals to both sides of the brain) from the locus ceruleus along distinct pathways to many locations, including the cerebral cortex, limbic system, and the spinal cord, forming a neurotransmitter system.


Norepinephrine is also released from postganglionic neurons of the sympathetic nervous system, to transmit the fight-or-flight response in each tissue respectively. The adrenal medulla can also be counted to such postganglionic nerve cells, although they release norepinephrine into the blood.

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