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    Hi everyone,

    Just seeking some advice on anti-flushing medications.

    What have people had success with? Is mirtazapine good at blunting flushing?

    I have raynauds and I read on a previous post that clonidine can exacerbate this. Has anyone experienced this?

    Any other suggestions on good anti-flushing meds?

    Are there any meds available under GP rather than derm prescription?

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    Add migraine meds like Maxalt or Treximet and narcotics like roxicodone. These can settle flushing for me. Others feel anti-convulsant drugs like lyrica or gabapentin work and work even better when combined with cymbalta or effexor.

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    Thanks for your replies

    Brady- of these medications that you listed are you actually on any of these and if so how would you report their efficacy?

    Meg- are you taking a narcotic analgesic (roxicodone)? What about the potential for addiction? Did a derm prescribe you this and the other meds that you are on?


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    Hi there

    Clonidine would probably be a good thing to trial first. 25mcg or 50mcg every 8hrs will likely benefit in reducing flushing and redness symptoms. You could potentially print out this reference from NZ dermatology website and ask you GP if they are willing to prescribe it for you: http://dermnetnz.org/acne/rosacea.html However, yes you are right it may exasberate Raynaurds.... probably still worth a try though.

    Plaquenil (Hydroxychloriquine) helped combat my flushing hower it is difficult to get a Derm to prescribe it as technically it is a lupus/anti-inflammatory medication. Unless perhaps you can get an appnt with a Rheumatologist and talk to them about your Raynards (commonly found in those with autoimmune diseases- Rheums speciaise in Rheumatoid/autoimmune diseases...) and ask them to trial you on Plaquneil so that it has anti-inflammatory benefit for both your Raynaurds and Rosacea symptoms. Rheums know how safe Plaquneil is so they'd probably let you try it.

    I would also highly recommend vbeam non-purpuric laser (Candela Vbeam Perfecta). It is worth every penny.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jem View Post
    Thanks for your replies

    Brady- of these medications that you listed are you actually on any of these and if so how would you report their efficacy?

    Meg- are you taking a narcotic analgesic (roxicodone)? What about the potential for addiction? Did a derm prescribe you this and the other meds that you are on?


    Thanks,
    Jem
    The list is comprised mostly of anecdotal reports in the various online rosacea groups who have reported that their docs prescribed for flushing reduction. I can continue to add more as they come up like the ones in this thread that are not on the list. I personally don't take any anti-flushing medications (other than aspirin) since I don't flush any more than the general population. Once in a while I will get a flush and feel hot but it rarely happens. I control my rosacea with diet and the one topical.
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    Hi Jem,
    Yes, I take roxicodone for the flushing and the associated pain I have from the flushing. But, what I noticed is, that for me, when I take it for the pain, it shuts off the flushing and for me, no flushing equals no pain. If you take pain meds for the right reason and if you do not have the addictive gene or personality type, then you should be okay taking a narcotic. Of course, you should discuss this issue with your dr. I can only speak accurately for myself. I have had severe flushing with burning pain for many years and I still take the same dose of narcotics now that I took when I started. And I see a pain management doctor every 3 months. Thankfully, I have not had any addiction issues like craving more and more drug, perhaps because it is serving a purpose. I would rather take a narcotic and have some relief than walk around flushing with severe burning pain. It's a choice you have to make based on the severity of your situation. And perhaps it should not be the first thing you try. I took clonidine for many years and it eventually stopped working for me. Now that medication was hard to get off of - I was so sick as I tapered off. Hope this helps.
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    Brady-that list is interesting!
    I had a zofran injection when I went into labour and I seriously did not flush for about 2 weeks after I gave birth. No flushing during child birth either. I also had a shot of pethadine which may influenced the non-flushing as well as hormone shifts.

    Pity zofran is so damn expensive. I find pseudoephedrine is very efficient at shutting down flushes but I wouldn't take it long term.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brady Barrows View Post
    The list is comprised mostly of anecdotal reports in the various online rosacea groups who have reported that their docs prescribed for flushing reduction. I can continue to add more as they come up like the ones in this thread that are not on the list. I personally don't take any anti-flushing medications (other than aspirin) since I don't flush any more than the general population. Once in a while I will get a flush and feel hot but it rarely happens. I control my rosacea with diet and the one topical.


    Brady,

    What is the one topical you use?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrsmoof View Post
    Brady,

    What is the one topical you use?
    ZZ cream.
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