My husband has taken 10 mg doxepin for years, as he has a kind of biting itch that wakes him up all night long. There is never any visible skin irritation and one doc told him it was a form of restless leg, but it feels like a fly is biting so he pushes the skin and it goes away instantly. It can occur continuously for a year or so on the hand, face, leg but occasionally goes away for weeks too. When it is flaring up, it hits perhaps every 10 minutes, and can be a significant "biting" feeling that wakes him often.
So he took it for anti-itch, which is supposed to be a side effect but another more important side effect is it makes him drowsy, which is another desirable side effect when waking up and dealing with the constant need to push at his skin and trying to go back to sleep.
Do you know of anything else that would be useful? He quit it a week ago, but knows the problem will be back soon so is looking for alternatives.
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