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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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I cry even for small things at the age of 18 years. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I have not been through anything bad, but I end up crying a lot for every little thing. All my emotions hit me at once, and I cannot stop crying. I am 18 years old. I am in a relationship with a guy, and things are not smooth. I have trouble sleeping. What do you suggest?  Read Full »

Dr. Awadhesh P. Singh Solanki

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern regarding your low mood and emotional outbreaks. You are just 18 years old. At this age as personality is not fixed lots of conflicts comes in a relationship with the partner which is a normal thing. I will suggest you handle them with maturi...  Read Full »

I am always feeling depressed and lonely. What to do?

Query: Hi doctor, I am always feeling depressed and lonely. I am now least interested in doing activities which I used to love doing. I cannot even concentrate on my studies. I am feeling dull every minute with stress, negative thinking, and overthinking. What to do?  Read Full »

Dr. Krishan Kumar Sharma

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your problem. You are suffering from depressive episode. Your issues like being negative, sad, tensed, tiredness, decreased interest, weakness, decreased emotional control, sleepness, the eating problem are the core symptoms of a depressive episode. I h...  Read Full »

Which is better Mirtazapine or Maprotiline?

Query: Hi doctor, I would like to know the pros and cons of Mirtazapine versus Maprotiline. I am taking Mirtazapine for five weeks. A family member has been on Maprotiline for a few years and brought it to my attention. And now, I am experiencing panic attacks and anxiety. Which one is good? Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Awadhesh P. Singh Solanki

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for this query. Mirtazapine and Maprotiline are antidepressants medicines but they have different groups of chemical compounds. Mirtazapine has more sedative action than Maprotiline; that is why you are feeling tired after taking that. However, Maprotilin...  Read Full »

I have been taking antidepressants for the past 12 years without improvement. Could homeopathy be more effective?

Query: Hello doctor,I have been taking antidepressants (SSRIs) and many other psychiatric medicines for the last 12 years. However, no significant improvement has occurred. I have consulted several psychiatric doctors, but none of them have been helpful. Now, I want to shift to homeopathy. Please help me.T...  Read Full »

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hello,Welcome to you for seeking help from a psychiatrist. I understand your problem, but you have OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder), not just depression (as per your psychiatrist's prescription). You are on one of the good medications for OCD. However, you have not mentioned the...  Read Full »

Can antidepressants treat autism spectrum disorder?

Query: Hello doctor,I want to contact you to inquire about anti-depressive treatment in persons affected by autism spectrum syndrome (ASS), for instance, Asperger syndrome or high functioning autism in adults.Is there any antidepressant effective for ASS, especially molecules like Tranylcypromine parnate (...  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Patidar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Antidepressants usually do not seem to affect core symptoms of autistic spectrum disorder. I did not see any clinical patient with autistic spectrum disorder with Tranylcypromine. We do not usually suggest an antidepressant medicine to an autistic spectrum patient in...  Read Full »

I have sexual dysfunction after using Fluoxetine. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor,I have been on Fluoxetine for two months. In the beginning, I had no sexual problems, but after the second or third week, I could get an erection, but I could not ejaculate. So my question is, how can I fix this problem? I know every SSRI has sexual dysfunction as a side effect, but it ...  Read Full »

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. It is a common side effect due to SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) like Fluoxetine. You may have delayed ejaculation. You can try the tablet Cyproheptadine (Heptidine) 2 mg before having sex. It will work. If it does not work, ...  Read Full »

I am having panic attacks despite taking Sulpride. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been on antidepressant medication, Sulpiride 50mg, for nine months now. I started the medicine as I was experiencing mood swings along with frequent anxiety and panic attacks. But in recent times I noticed myself being more obsessed towards the medication, I also experienced an ...  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Patidar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your query. I understand what you are going through right now. Panic attacks are extreme forms of anxiety that may or may not occur with all the other forms of anxiety. Given the situation, you can go for antidepressant medications as Sulpiride (Benzam...  Read Full »

I took antidepressants and had ringing in my ears. What to do?

Query: Hi doctor, I want recommendations for depression medication. I have been diagnosed with depression and ADHD. I have used Escitalopram and Bupropion successfully, but I developed a ringing in my ears that became too difficult. So the doctor gave me Lamotrigine and Bupropion, which made me grumpy and ...  Read Full »

Dr. S. Adithya

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Please elaborate more on your symptoms. Since how long have you been on these medications? Did you perceive any improvement with the above medications? Thank you.  Read Full »

I missed taking Panex CR and Felicita yesterday. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have been taking two medicines namely Panex CR 25 and Felicita OD since five years. From September 1st I started taking Panex CR 25 . I missed my dose of medicine for three days that is on 10th,11th and 12th. Again on 21st,22nd and 23rd, I could not take medicines. On the 26th I have...  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Patidar

Answer: Hello Welcome to Panex CR (Paroxetine) is a type of short acting SSRI (selective seretonin reuptake inhibitors). If you skip two to three doses it would cause SSRI discontinuation syndrome. You would feel the discomfort you are feeling right now. So my advise would be do not skip medi...  Read Full »

Do antidepressants cause long term side effects?

Query: Hi doctor,I have GAD and consulted an IAPT. They recommended CBT. My doctor prescribed antidepressants and Benzodiazepines. I read on internet that antidepressants harm people and show long-term side effects. Can I opt for other treatment methods?  Read Full »

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hi,Welcome to referring online for medical information to prevent anxiety. Believe your doctor and ask your doubts about side effects. You can avoid medications if you think they will cause long-term problems. But it is necessary for improving your anxiety. I suggest you reduce the...  Read Full »

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