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Escitalopram belongs to the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRIs) group of drugs. It is an antidepressant medicine and is used to treat the symptoms caused due to depression and anxiety disorders. It works by restoring the balance of serotonin, which is a natural substance found in the brain.

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I have persistent mental issues despite taking medicines. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, Last year I suffered from mental illness, and I went to a psychiatrist and told them about my symptoms. At first, he diagnosed me with an anxiety disorder and told me to take Escitalopram 10 mg. I took that medicine for the next 56 days but got no relief. Then again, I went to him and tol...  Read Full »

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. You need to wait for four weeks for the full effect of your Sertraline. Sometimes it takes time when you have relapsed, and you start medication a second time. Even you may need a higher dose for it. So it would help if you waited at least fo...  Read Full »

My blood pressure peaks in the late evening and at night, and I have gained weight from taking Escitalopram for it. Can you suggest an alternative?

Query: Hello doctor, I was diagnosed with high blood pressure and took tablet Olmesartan 20 mg. However, I had blood pressure peaks late in the evening and early at night. So, I started taking Escitalopram 5 mg, and the peaks disappeared. However, I gained 20 kgs. Is there an alternate medication to tablet...  Read Full »

Dr. Mahmoud Ahmed Abdelrahman Abouibrahim

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your query. I understand your concern. You have proper blood pressure control. Regarding the tablet Escitalopram (antidepressant), one of its side effects is weight gain. It can be replaced with Effexor XR (Venlafaxine) 75 mg once daily. It does not ca...  Read Full »

Does taking Stalopam affect the sound sleep of my mother?

Query: Hi doctor, My mother is 51 years old. Over 9 years she is unable to sleep properly either in the day as well as night. She started to feel irritated and we consulted one of our family doctor and he suggested to start Stalopam plus. But now a days even after taking the same medicine she is not gettin...  Read Full »

Dr. Srivastava, Sumit

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through the prescription attached (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Diagnosis was anxiety with insomnia for which Stalopam plus (Escitalopram) was prescribed. It seems she has developed tolerance to this drug. So, either dose should be in...  Read Full »

Which drug is the best for anxiety disorder, Trintellix or Cipralex?

Query: Hello doctor, I was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder and was given Trintellix 10 mg. I took it for two weeks it helped with anxiety attacks but made me nervous about every emotion or feeling I felt. My mother has bipolar disorder and health anxiety and I think I have health anxiety too. I am worr...  Read Full »

Dr. Suresh Kumar G D

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It looks like you are experiencing significant anxiety. I note that you are weaning off Trintellix 10 mg and are you are in a dilemma about starting Cipralex (Escitalopram) due to concerns about side effects like developing mania. Since your anxiety appears quite sig...  Read Full »

Due to family problems, I lost focus on everything with anxiety and depression. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I am constantly unable to focus on anything in my life. My brain just seems like damaged. I feel alone, depressed, sudden anxiety attacks, shivering, numbness, extreme mood disbalance, fatigued, extra exhausted, strange short feeling in which I feel very bad for myself like guilty o...  Read Full »

Dr. Parth Nagda

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You seem to have a mixed anxiety-depressive disorder. This is very common and about 10-15 percent of people have this problem. It is also very easily treatable. You will need to visit a psychiatrist and he will prescribe you SSRI type of medicines (such as Escitalopr...  Read Full »

Does increasing Lexapro dosage cause a temporary increase in anxiety?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been taking Lexapro 10 mg for the past five years and recently I have increased the dose to 15 mg. After the dosage increase, there is an increase in my anxiety level. Will increase in antidepressant dosage cause a temporary increase in anxiety?  Read Full »

Dr. Suresh Kumar G D

Answer: Hello, Welcome to An increase in antidepressant dosage can potentially cause short term agitation, increased anxiety until your body gets used to the new dosage. Lexapro (escitalopram) is an effective medication to treat anxiety and depression. The usual dose is 10 mg once daily. ...  Read Full »

I have a rough life, and I feel always sleepy. What to do?

Query: Hello doctor,I have a rough life, and I am drained. Always sleeping and not eating, I still have sore heads and have been diagnosed with anxiety and depression. I have Crohn's disease and a colostomy bag, but I always have this emptiness feeling inside and sad and lonely all the time.I do not know w...  Read Full »

Dr. Punya Mulky

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand you are going through a difficult time. According to the problems you have described above, it seems like you are suffering from depression. Feeling low and lonely, not feeling fresh after adequate rest, poor appetite, negative thoughts, and the emptines...  Read Full »

I talk to myself, imagine more and play in my world. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor,I talk to myself. I have done it for as long as I can remember, I called on my other worlds, and I play different people I make up their lives in their personalities, friends, and stuff. I run it like a movie, and I play one character make and the rest I react to. And will talk to me ou...  Read Full »

Dr. Suresh Kumar G D

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It is good that you are insightful about your experiences and seeking out more information to empower yourself. The first thing to remember is you are not crazy. You are experiencing emotional difficulties, and you will get better gradually with support. You appear t...  Read Full »

I have muscle twitching even after medications. Please advice.

Query: Hello doctor, I would like to ask about my symptoms. It started with aweful headache for two days. The following week had pain in muscles and bones. Then that went followed by extreme anxiety attacks, burning on neck, tingling in head and face. I was in and out of hospital for three days. Started o...  Read Full »

Dr. Sadaf Mustafa

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I will be happy to help you out here, and I need a little more history. 1. Do you have any flu-like symptoms? 2. Any nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea? 3. Have you been taking any over-the-counter supplements?  Read Full »

I could not get rid of anxiety even after taking drugs. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a problem with unity. And for me, it is a big problem that threatens my future. When talking to my face, my mouth tends to cry like a child when I am afraid of something, and this causes me a significant inconvenience. Please help me to overcome this problem before I lose my job...  Read Full »

Dr. Suresh Kumar G D

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand you took Cipralex or Seroplex (Escitalopram) 20 mg for two years which is a good medication for managing anxiety disorder, depression, and other emotional disorders. Did your doctor prescribe it for anxiety? Did he also diagnose any other problem? You re...  Read Full »

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