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Do benzodiazapines (Ativan) help with mast cell stuff?

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trying to figure out if I have mast cell problems-- when I have an "episode" I flush, can't breathe, heart beat is racing. ativan has been helping me, but wondering if it's a mast cell thing and benadryl would work just as well/better. People with MCAS-- does ativan work as a bit of an antihistamine?

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I'm so new to this I don't know what mast cell is. but when I was taken to the hospital from work from near fainting, I was so distressed because I was fighting the fainting. I begged for anxiety meds. They gave me Ativan 1mg through the IV. It stopped the fainting and I actually fell asleep for a few minutes. My heart rate was 156. My blood pressure was like 160s over 110s I think.

 

I've been taking benadryl for like 5 years to go to sleep . I was exhausted and still needed it to sleep. Now I'm finding out about this adrenaline over production stuff so I guess that's why I needed the benadryl. But since my last trip to the hospital, taking benadryl makes me super sick. Can't explain it. But I have Xanax now thank God. Sorry I don't have an answer for you but just trying to figure things out together. This is new territory for me.

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I have a script for low-dose 2mg valium. When I can't stop the sensations I start with half a pill which usually works well at toning everything down. If I take the full pill it's nap time. But that's sometimes good too. Feel better soon. 

 

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If you read Dr. Afrin’s (a leader in evaluating and treating MCAS) book on mast cell issues he prescribes klonopin for many of his patients. Supposedly it works better than other Benzoes for this issues, although obviously other types have helped people as you can see by the responses. I would encourage you to read his book (can find on amazon). 

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From my own research it’s beta blockers that are not tolerated well in patients with MCAS. I’ve heard benzodiazepines are better options if antihistamines don’t take the edge off. 

Good luck!

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