HomeAnswersNeurologyantidepressantsI am having numbness and pin pricking sensation after taking antidepressants for six months. Why?

Do numbness and pin-pricking sensation occur due to anti depressants?


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Published At July 11, 2023
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Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I am an 18-year-old male having numbness and pin pricking sensation. Previously I have taken antidepressants for nearly six months. Please help.

Thank you.


Welcome to icliniq.com, where our primary focus is your health and well-being.

I am here to help you with your medical query.

Numbness and pins and needle sensation point towards peripheral neuropathy. Diabetes, vitamin deficiency and side effects of some medicine including some antidepressants can be causing this condition.

Please share the details of medicines you have taken in the past.

I suggest you do the following:

  1. Exercise regularly and practice yoga on daily basis.
  2. Drink plenty of water.
  3. Avoid oily, spicy food.
  4. Do not oil massage the numb area.

Thank you.

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I have taken Tablet Escitalopram 5mg for six months. I have noticed that the condition worsens when I am anxious about it. Kindly suggest the treatment.

Thank you, doctor.


Welcome back to icliniq.com.

Psychological stress certainly worsens in conditions of nerve-related dysfunction.

I suggest you follow the precautions as mentioned.

Thank you.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Abhishek Juneja
Dr. Abhishek Juneja


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