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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Is there anything that I can do to reduce difficulty sleeping and hallucinations after taking antidepressants?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 24 years old. I have had depression for the past 13 years and am taking tablet Sertraline 200 mg daily for anxiety and depression. Previously, I have taken tablet Escitalopram 50 mg but was advised to discontinue due to severe side effects. For the past few months, I have had dif...  Read Full »

Dr. Parth N. Nagda

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern and would be happy to help. I hope you are taking the tablets only in the morning. I suggest you to use tablet Melatonin 5 mg, L-theanine 100 mg or 200 mg supplements, or tablet Zolpidem 5 mg or 10 mg. Consult a specialist doctor, talk to t...  Read Full »

I am experiencing tremors in my hands and feet after the dose of Zoloft was increased. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I have been taking Zoloft 50 mg for many years. About two weeks ago, the dose was increased to 100 mg, and I began taking Trazodone 50 mg at bedtime. Three days ago, the Zoloft was increased to 150 mg. Today I am primarily experiencing tremors in my hands and feet, but there is a general ...  Read Full »

Dr. Suresh Kumar G D

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. Tremors are the side effect of the medication. Since Zoloft (Sertraline) dose was increased from 50 mg to 150 mg in the last two weeks along with the addition of another antidepressant, Trazodone (serotonin modulator) 50 mg, your body may hav...  Read Full »

Is it safe to discontinue tablet Escitalopram to avoid drug addiction?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been taking Escitalopram for one year for OCD and depression. It made me feel normal again. Recently, I stopped taking antidepressants, and I feel a bit depressed again. I have not experienced any side effects due to the medication. So, is it fine if I continue being on antidep...  Read Full »

Dr. Awadhesh P. Singh Solanki

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thanks for your query. No, Escitalopram does not cause dependence and tolerance. However, one should not discontinue it all of a sudden. We need to taper it gradually before stopping. I hope my answer helped you. Kind regards.  Read Full »

Why do I feel increased lightheadedness and pressure near the back of the neck?

Query: Hi doctor, I am suffering from increasing lightheadedness and pressure near the back of the neck. I have this throughout the day. It gets worse with exertion and hot shower. I have some weird feeling in chest that is almost a fast heartbeat. My EKG and blood pressure are normal. Currently, I am on P...  Read Full »

Dr. Eriol Braholli

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The common cause of dizziness or lightheadedness is abnormal blood pressure or irregular heartbeat. But, you said that your blood pressure and heart rhythm are normal. So, the other reason may be your depression medication. The common side effects of Prozac (Fluoxet...  Read Full »

Which antidepressant is less likely to cause hyperhidrosis?

Query: Hello doctor, Every antidepressant I take causes me a lot of hyperhidrosis. Which one on the market is less likely to cause hyperhidrosis? Is it Fluoxetine?  Read Full »

Dr. Aditya Gupta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Though the propensity of an antidepressant medicine to cause hyperhidrosis differs on a patient-to-patient basis. Mirtazapine and Bupropion are less likely to cause it. You can also discuss with the treating psychiatrist regarding adding Cyproheptadine or Benztropi...  Read Full »

What symptoms can I expect when I stop taking Fluoxetine?

Query: Hello doctor, I have taken three pills of Fluoxetine 10 mg across three days. I decided to discontinue it. When should I start worrying about the withdrawal symptoms? Will it be severe? I am currently taking multivitamins. Please suggest.  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The likelihood of developing withdrawal symptoms is very less, as you received it for a very short duration,and also since it has a longer half-life. You may have nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headaches, light-headedness, dizziness, diminished appetite, sweating, chills...  Read Full »

Is it safe to use Dapoxetine Tablet?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 33 year old unmarried male. I have severe problem of premature ejaculation (less than a minute). Once I tried Dapoxetine 30 mg and it worked well. My marriage is going to be fixed soon. Is it safe to use Dapoxetine daily? If yes, for how many years can I continue the tablet? O...  Read Full »

Dr. Bharat Udey

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Dapoxetine is one of the medications which are prescribed for premature ejaculation with good results. Yes, definitely you can use Dapoxetine regularly after marriage. However, before considering for Dapoxetine therapy, you need to be sure about the diagnosis. ...  Read Full »

I accidentally took a double dose of the tablet Sertraline. Should I be concerned for the same?

Query: Hello doctor,My weight is 146 kgs. I have been taking the tablet Sertraline 150 mg for 14 years. Unfortunately, I accidentally took a double dose of the tablet because I thought I was taking the tablet Paracetamol. Do I need to worry about the overdose?  Read Full »

Dr. Varunbabu Aucha

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The tablet doses come in 25, 50, and 100 mg, and the maximum daily limit should not exceed 200 mg. Did you have any symptoms after taking the medications? Do you check your blood pressure once in a while? I do not think you will face any sort of issues. It has been alm...  Read Full »

Can my depression, weight gain, weakness, and fatigue signify hypothyroidism?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 34 year old male. I recently had blood work done at a hospital near me. My physician says I am normal and that nothing is wrong. But, the following are troubling to me: My testosterone levels are at the lower end of the normal spectrum which does not seem good considering my age ...  Read Full »

Dr. Shaikh Sadaf

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I just read your query and from what you have mentioned, it appears that your lab results are well within the normal range. Your testosterone is normal. It usually keeps fluctuating throughout the day. So, it is normal to find it on the lower range of the spectrum. You...  Read Full »

Why did I develop right lower abdominal pain after taking antibiotics?

Query: Hi doctor, I am taking some antibiotics (Clindamycin) for dental related issues as well as Acetaminophen. I also tried Ibuprofen and Wellbutrin for unrelated reasons. My bottom right abdomen area is hurting on and off. The pain is also near the liver area and going down to the gut. The pain is not s...  Read Full »

Dr. Deepak Patel

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concerns. The cause of vague pain in the lower right abdomen could be due to cholecystitis, cholelithiasis, renal stone, muscular pain or side effect of some drug. Of the drugs you are taking, Wellbutrin - Bupropion has a known side effect of...  Read Full »

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