Antidepressants

The medicines used to treat the symptoms of clinical depression are called antidepressants. They are also used to treat generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and sometimes for post-traumatic stress disorder. Some of the antidepressants commonly used are Fluoxetine, Imipramine, Bupropion, and Sertraline.

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Can I use Paroxetine for bipolar II disorder, anxiety disorder, and agoraphobia?

Query: Hi doctor, I want to know some treatment options for my conditions. I have bipolar disorder II with social and generalized anxiety. I have panic attacks and agoraphobia due to it. Previously, I was taking Escitalopram, Venlafaxine, Fluoxetine, Sertraline, Lithium, Depakote, Quetiapine, Risperidone,...  Read Full »


Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Psychiatrist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You can continue taking medications that keep your condition stable at present. Duloxetine is a good option for you and it will not increase your blood pressure. Escitalopram takes around four weeks to show its full effect after starting this medication. Prozac can decr...  Read Full »

How to control obsessive thought?

Query: Hi doctor,I am 20 years old. Currently, I am having obsessive thoughts and I find it hard to control the thoughts. I have fears and getting anxious that something might happen to me. But I am trying to convince myself. I am seeking help from a psychiatrist to know more about my condition. I have ear...  Read Full »


Dr. Awadhesh P Singh Solanki

Psychiatrist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You are suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and so you are having distressing obsessive thoughts. OCD is a quite resistant illness that involves serotonin. It is a kind of chemical produced in the brain. Usually, antidepressants are taken to increase ...  Read Full »

Why do I like to be alone?

Query: Hi doctor, I used to mingle with people a lot, but since past two years, I am not talking to anyone. I like to be alone. Nowadays, I am always alone, and I have no proper friends too. People think I am immature. The fact is that I do not show the real me. Two years back I had a bad breakup, and sinc...  Read Full »


Dr. Manjunadh M Nair

Psychiatrist, Psychologist Counsellor, Psychotherapist, Sexologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your issue. You are probably going through a phase called as adjustment disorder or dysthymia. You need to try to get out of it actively. Try to engage yourself in things you like. Start a new resolution and work for it. Practice yoga or daily exercises. Life...  Read Full »

How to deal with Paroxetine withdrawal?

Query: Hi doctor,I am 21-years-old. I was diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder two years back. I followed treatment with the help of a psychiatrist who included cognitive behavioral therapy and medication. As many a time, I have tried to stop Seroxat (Paroxetine) on consultation with my psychiatris...  Read Full »


Dr. Parth Nagda

Psychiatrist

Answer: Hello, Thank you for your query. Paroxetine has a short half-life, so that is why, when you are trying to stop it, it is causing you withdrawal symptoms. There are two things you can try. 1. Replacing it with a longer-acting SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) and then stopping it. Fo...  Read Full »

Why am I still suffering from depression and anxiety even after taking medicines for four years?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been on depression and anxiety medications for four years. I found out that I had depression because I stopped eating and landed in the hospital for being malnourished. I was exhausted with antidepressant and anxiety medicine. Now I am not sure whether it is the feeling of my body ...  Read Full »


Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

Psychiatrist, Sexologist, Psychotherapist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Depression and anxiety treatment should be given for long duration for best results. Even with medicine, your symptoms are persistent, so this is not the time to stop the medicines. But, the prescription should be evaluated. Do not think of reducing the doses ...  Read Full »

How to help my wife overcome the fear of coronavirus pandemic?

Query: Hi doctor,My wife is 33 years old with a height of 58 kilograms and a height of five feet seven inches. My wife is scared about the health concerns of our family due to coronavirus. Sometimes she is not able to sleep and none of my family members is suffering from the disease. She is obsessively cle...  Read Full »


Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Psychiatrist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. First, you must stop watching all news channels and stop talking about corona pandemic with her. You can see news maximum for half an hour a day and get updated about it. Keep your wife busy and try to make her spend time on her hobbies. She can start to do meditati...  Read Full »

How do I cope up with my depression?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a crush on a girl for two years now. I proposed to her, and she rejected me. I was depressed back then, and for that, I also took tablet Qutan 50. I felt better just for a while, but I could handle it. It got worse during this lockdown, and I am not on any medications now. Her tho...  Read Full »


Dr. Awadhesh P Singh Solanki

Psychiatrist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for this query. I understand your current situation. I can imagine very well that how much stress you are going through. You have been prescribed earlier antipsychotic medication. Instead of it, it will be better if you are prescribed an antidepressant-like Sert...  Read Full »

Why are antidepressants prescribed for nerve pain?

Query: Hello doctor, I have this extreme nerve pain in my back right and shoulders, and due to this, both of my hands are so stiff, and also when I slowly hit both of my elbows, I can feel the sensation that you experienced same as when we sometimes hit our elbow somewhere. The worst part happens in the m...  Read Full »


Dr. Aida Quka

Neurologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You are right on the fact that this is an antidepressant, but you should know that antidepressants are commonly prescribed for nerve pain and headaches. So, I agree with your doctor on the prescription of this medication. You should try to be patient as its effects...  Read Full »

Can antihypertensive drugs cause erectile dysfunction?

Query: Hi doctor, I have high blood pressure, and I have been prescribed with a medication I often forget to take. I have never had a problem with erections. The other night I had a good one when cuddling with my girlfriend, but it went away when things started to get sexual. We both tried to get it back ...  Read Full »


Dr. Samer S J Altawil

Urologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for consulting. Erectile dysfunction has many causes like psychological which happen suddenly and usually in the short term, like few days. With this type, there will be good sexual desire and morning erections. Organic is caused by low testosterone level with t...  Read Full »

How to get rid of recurring episodes of sadness and depression?

Query: Hi doctor, I feel depressed and sad continuously. It gets better but it keeps on kicking again in cycles. I feel very miserable at times. I remain sad for around a month or two or three months. After that, I try to become better but still, it recurs again. How to manage it?   Read Full »


Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Psychiatrist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern and I am sure that you are really brave enough to deal with it. You seem to have a major depressive disorder. You can manage depression by non-pharmacological means. You need to follow these guidelines to deal with it. It will really help y...  Read Full »

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