Certain medications can cause fatigue as a side effect.

For example…

  • Antidepressants: Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs), and monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) can cause fatigue as a side effect.

  • Blood pressure medications: Beta blockers, ACE inhibitors, and diuretics can cause fatigue.

  • Anti-anxiety medications: Benzodiazepines, such as Valium and Xanax, can cause fatigue.

  • Pain medications: Opioids, such as Oxycodone and Fentanyl, can cause fatigue.

  • Anti-seizure medications: Valproic acid, carbamazepine, and gabapentin can cause fatigue.

  • Hormone replacement therapy: Medications used to replace hormones, such as estrogen and progesterone, can cause fatigue.

  • Steroids: Prednisone and other steroid medications can cause fatigue.

  • Allergy Medications: Antihistamines can cause drowsiness and fatigue.

  • Statins: Medications used to lower cholesterol can cause fatigue as a side effect.

  • Anti-inflammatory medications: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can cause fatigue as a side effect.

Medication side effects vary depending on the individual and the specific medication. If you suspect that a medication may be causing your fatigue, it's important to speak with your healthcare provider about alternative medication options or ways to manage the side effect.

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