Can Anxiety Cause An Allergic Reaction-swelling Of Face And Tongue?

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Asked by lindam

Can Anxiety Cause An Allergic Reaction-swelling Of Face And Tongue?

I have had several allergic reactions to blood pressure meds. After taking one that is considered to be well-tolerated—Norvasc—I am still experiencing swelling of face, lip and tongue (mild to moderate). I've noticed that I also have extreme anxiety with these episodes. Is this because of the Norvasc, or something else?

Answer

To my knowledge there is no evidence that anxiety can cause an allergic reaction. An allergy refers to a sensitivity to specific substances. I would hazard a guess that your anxiety is associated with the reaction rather than the cause of it.

On your behalf I did check Norvasc on drugs.com and the symptoms you describe are listed as 'a serious side effect' for which it is recommended you seek medical treatment. Please click here to read the information.

Hope this helps

Answered by Jerry Kennard, Ph.D., CPsychol., AFBPsS