Escitalopram

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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Are antianxiety drugs during pregnancy harmful for the baby?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a question related to my pregnancy. I am currently nearly 20 weeks pregnant with my first baby (19 weeks 5 days to be exact). I had the anatomy scan a couple of days ago, and everything looks great. However, because I have some anxiety, I was prescribed Escitolapram for my anxiet...  Read Full »


Dr. Lorena Zijaj

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The Escitalopram is contraindicated in pregnant women due to embryotoxicity and teratogenic effects. Anyway, your baby has passed the embryogenic period, and the organ has been now development, so the risk is lower. But I will advise you not to use them anymore. Tr...  Read Full »

Kindly suggest tips to overcome cancer phobia.

Query: Hello doctor, I have a cancer phobia. Please help me.  Read Full »


Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Psychiatrist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your situation. But I need details about your symptoms of phobia, duration, frequency, severity, associated factor, etc. Try to follow the below lifestyle to deal with it. 1. Do exercises daily for 30 - 45 minutes, like at least going for a walk...  Read Full »

How to improve concentration in studies?

Query: Hi doctor, My 14 year old son cannot concentrate on studies and struggling in school. He is nervous and shaky, especially in school. He scored 65% overall and 85% in his favorite subjects. He reads a lot of story books. We went to a psychiatrist last year and he said that my son is suffering from a...  Read Full »


Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

Psychiatrist, Sexologist, Psychotherapist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. Considering his age, there are many possible reasons that could cause similar presentation. You have mentioned that he is performing well in some subjects, but poor in another. So, there is a possibility of a specific learning disorder. But,...  Read Full »

Can I stop taking Escitalopram for depression gradually, as it has been two years?

Query: Hello Doctor Surabhi, I am taking Escitalopram for 2 years now, as I developed anxiety and feelings of beeing generally worried. I do feel alright. I am a male and 41 years old. My history had depressions (mild) and using Setraline from the last 10 to 7 years, then I stopped and 2 years ago the ab...  Read Full »


Dr. Surabhi

Psychiatrist

Answer: Dear, Greetings. Its good to know that you are doing well on medicines. Since the current episode of Depression is 2nd ( as evident from your history) , I would advise you to complete a minimum of 2 year course of Escitalopram. If you have already taken medicines for 2 years then you can slowly t...  Read Full »

Why do I have the feelings of being judged?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 33 year old unmarried male. I have become extremely self-conscious and unproductive during the past one year. I do not feel sad, but I feel that I am not good enough. I have become reclusive and feel stupid. Initially, I was a very shy child. Then I become more confident and could ...  Read Full »


Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

Psychiatrist, Sexologist, Psychotherapist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Feelings of being judged, self-consciousness, lack of confidence, etc., are the symptoms seen in depression. These symptoms are also seen commonly in social anxiety. SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) like Escitalopram, Fluoxetine, etc., can help to reduce ...  Read Full »

Is my premature ejaculation a side effect of Lexapro?

Query: Hi doctor, I am experiencing premature ejaculation ever since I stopped using Lexapro (Escitalopram). I am very worried about this as it is damaging my sex life and in turn my self-esteem and was wondering if this is a temporary side affect of stoping Lexapro and if so how long does it last?  Read Full »


Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Psychiatrist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your situation. But sexual side effects related to tablet Lexapro are decreased libido or delayed orgasm or erectile dysfunction. I would like to say that actually some of SSRI (Fluoxetine) group of medication are used as a treatment of premature eja...  Read Full »

Will chronic headache cause fluctuations in blood pressure?

Query: Hello doctor, My mother is 50 years old. She has been hypertensive for the past 10 years and has been under medication since then. But three months back her blood pressure started fluctuating so the doctor changed her old medications. We got all her tests including echocardiogram, Holter, ECG, trop...  Read Full »


Dr. Anshul Varshney

Criticalcare Physician, Diabetologist, General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Medical Gastroenterologist, Nephrologist, Pulmonologist, Rheumatologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen all the reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Such kind of headache is known as chronic tension type headache. It is not that a person has some tension, so she has a headache. A person can develop it without that also. The medicines sh...  Read Full »

What makes a person feel disturbed in life?

Query: Hi doctor, Before two years, I had cerebral anoxia related to cardiac arrest. After that, I forgot everything related to my profession. I am giving an exam and not being able to clear since two years. I am unable to concentrate and study. Though, I used to be a very good student. Most important is ...  Read Full »


Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

Psychiatrist, Sexologist, Psychotherapist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. What kind of anoxic spell was that? Please explain me in your follow up. Did your MRI or CT scan brain report mention something? You have repetitive fights with your wife, have work related stress, poor enthusiasm at work, stressful life, la...  Read Full »

Please give your opinion on my breathing issues.

Query: Hello doctor, I have been suffering from breathing issues for about two months. At that time, I was coming off Duloxetine HCl. I was also having weird headaches, but that has subsided. I have been to several doctors and had blood work, oxygen level test and pulmonary test. Everything came back norma...  Read Full »


Dr. Anshul Varshney

Criticalcare Physician, Diabetologist, General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Medical Gastroenterologist, Nephrologist, Pulmonologist, Rheumatologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. We are here to help you. I have some questions that you need to answer. Since how long are you feeling breathing difficulty? Does your problem aggravate on waking or it comes any time, even at rest? Do you feel that you need to take deep breaths? How is your sleep? Ev...  Read Full »

I am gaining weight with Paroxetine and Mirtazapine. Can I use Zoloft?

Query: Hi doctor, I have OCD and bipolar depression. I am taking Paroxetine and Mirtazapine for OCD and sleep respectively. I am gaining too much weight. Can I switch to Zoloft?  Read Full »


Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

Psychiatrist, Sexologist, Psychotherapist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. Both Mirtazapine and Paroxetine are known to cause weight gain. Sertraline (Zoloft) also causes some weight gain. So, in my opinion shifting to Sertraline will not be a good idea. Other SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) like Flu...  Read Full »

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