Side Effect Of Antidepressants

Antidepressants are taken to reduce depression and anxiety. They work by disturbing the balance of chemicals produced in the brain. The common side effects of antidepressants are headache, nausea, diarrhea, dry mouth, allergic reactions, erectile dysfunction, and problems in ejaculation. Severe side effects can be avoided when the affected person seeks a doctor's help immediately after having the initial signs of the side effects.

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I am a 19-year-old female and on medications for insomnia, experiencing severe headaches at the back of my head and an increased heart rate. Please help me.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 19-year-old female, with a weight of 130 pounds and a height of 5.6' feet. I am on the sleep medication Trazodone to help with my insomnia. I have been experiencing headaches on the right side at the back of my head for a while now. Lately, I am having pain in both of my ears, t...  Read Full »

Dr. K. Shanmuganandan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read your query and understand your concern. It is important to evaluate the reason for your headache. Also, your heart rate has increased, which is a cause for concern. Kindly provide me the details of the medications you were on, and which medication did yo...  Read Full »

I am struggling with anxiety and fear at high doses of antidepressants. Will reducing the dosage cause relapse?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 40-year-old female and I was taking the tablet Flunil 80 and Clonil 75 four times a day which is 300 mg. At this high dose, I am feeling relapse and struggling with anxiety and fear. Recently I have been promoted to a higher post that requires alertness and fast decision-making...  Read Full »

Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. I have gone through the detailed history you have given. I suggest you take a tablet of Propranolol and Flunarizin combination once a day at night before going to sleep. Also, start counseling sessions as counseling plays a very importa...  Read Full »

How can I increase my sex drive while on antidepressants?

Query: Hi doctor, I have no sex drive whatsoever and cannot obtain an orgasm. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Ashok Kumar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I read your query with due interest and understand your concerns. Low sex drive is a common symptom of a variety of medical and psychiatric disorders. Before I speculate anything about it I need you to answer a few questions in detail. Mention the duration of the pro...  Read Full »

I am developing withdrawal symptoms of Paroxetine. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 26 year old male, and I am a doctor. From the past year, I have been suffering from delayed onset sleep disorder, I sleep at 4 AM and wake up after noon. I saw a psychiatrist, and he put me on Melatonin, Modafinil, and Zolfresh. But I am still unable to sleep at the desired time, a...  Read Full »

Dr. Awadhesh P. Singh Solanki

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thanks for this query. I can understand your concern regarding your delayed onset insomnia. Sleep is very important for a good mental health. Sleep disturbances can cause depression and vice versa I have read your history carefully. You are suffering from insomnia,...  Read Full »

I suffer from irregular periods and take antidepressants. Can these medications cause heavy menstrual flow?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 21-year-old female. I got my first period at the age of 12. My periods have always been irregular, I get my period only two to three times a year. I am currently on my period and this time the flow is very heavy. I am taking medication for depression, tablet Zoloft. I was wonder...  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read your query and understand your concern. You are still young, and you may experience anovulatory cycles because of the underdevelopment of the reproductive system. However, with time the hormonal system develops, and you will have proper ovulatory cycles....  Read Full »

I have lost my libido due to the side effects of antidepressants. Is there any medicine to get back the normal sex drive?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 32-year-old and married. I have lost my libido due to antidepressant side effects. I have stopped those medicine from getting back my libido. I have tried Bupropion, but it did not work for me. How much time will it take to get a normal sex drive? Is there any medicine to get...  Read Full »

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Loss of libido t is also one of the symptoms of depression. Antidepressants cause delayed ejaculation and rarely decrease your libido. If you are taking any antipsychotic, then it may suppress your libido. There are lots of reasons to decrease your libido. The most c...  Read Full »

Can I take Pramipexole in the long-term to relieve my anxiety and improve sexual problems caused by Effexor?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been taking medication for chronic anxiety and GAD to control my anxiety and prevent relapse for the past few years. I now take Effexor XR 150 milligrams daily in the morning and Crestor 10 milligrams daily in the morning (for controlling the lipid profile), and recently the doc...  Read Full »

Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. 1) If we consider mood symptoms, then you are doing good. You have reported improved anxiety symptoms and depression with Effexor (serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors). The addition of Buspirone (an...  Read Full »

I was on antidepressants, but I developed ringing in my ears after taking Escitalopram and Bupropion. Which other antidepressants can I take?

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 »

Can antidepressants cause loss of libido?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 19 years old. I do not have any sexual desire or libido. I am not getting normal erection. I have done a hormonal test to see if something is wrong. Currently, I am on antidepressant. The clinic said that the results are normal. But, I have a feeling that something must be there. ...  Read Full »

Dr. Bindiya Thakkar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your submitted blood work (attachment removed to protect patient identity) looks normal. I do have some questions for you though. Did you have normal puberty as compared to your peers such as height, shaving, pubic hair, etc? Did you have normal sexual desire and li...  Read Full »

I am worried about my husband, who has become paranoid after drinking alcohol and taking several painkillers. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor,I am worried about my husband as he may be harming himself. Due to an abdominal mass, doctors prescribed some pain medications on top of his Prozac for pain. Over six months, the mass shrunk, and he is back to work and still taking all of these medications: Buspar 15 mg, one tablet thre...  Read Full »

Dr. Hafiz Muhammad Hassan Shoukat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to If he does not need pain medications, he should get rid of these, especially the tablet Hydrocodone (Codeine). Also, he is taking too many antidepressants that can not only risk his driving skills and also puts him at high risk of serotonin syndrome. Tablet Prozac (F...  Read Full »

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