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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Will taking medicine for OCD cause impotence or loss in sexual desire?

Query: Hi doctor, I am having OCD, stress, anxiety and anorexia issues for the last 15 years. I am taking Nexito 20 mg and Lonazep 0.5 mg as per psychiatrist advice. My sexual desires were always good. I am doing masturbation for the last 22 years and also had intercourse with my girlfriend two to three ti...  Read Full »


Dr. Purushottam Sah

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You are not impotent. You were fine with Nexito (Escitalopram) and Lonazep (Clonazepam). But, after taking new OCD medicines your problem started. You will be alright once you stop the new one. So, continue Nexito and Lonazep. Benfomega is a nutrient and as such no harm...  Read Full »

After taking medicines for depression, my cousin remains drowsy. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, My 22 year old cousin has been feeling depressed, easily irritable, and anxious for past few months. He also smokes 5 to 6 cigarettes per day. We consulted a psychiatrist last week, and he prescribed some medicines. After taking these medications he is feeling drowsy, and he says that his...  Read Full »


Dr. Prashant Gohil

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen the attached prescription (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The medicines which are prescribed for your cousin are antidepressants, mood stabilizer, and multivitamins. As you have told that your cousin is feeling depressed, irritable,...  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 icliniq.com. 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 »

Does prolonged use of Prozac cause darkening of the iris?

Query: Hi doctor,I have been taking Prozac for about six years. And I have noticed that my eye color looks much darker, I tried to research this online, but nothing came up apart from how Prozac can increase melanin melanocytes in the skin. Could this all so mean it affects the pigments in the iris, causin...  Read Full »


Dr. Akshay U Nayak

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I hope you are otherwise hale and hearty. I have understood your query, and I would like to tell you that there is nothing really to be anxious about. Prozac or, generically, Fluoxetine can, in the long run, cause pigmentation of the skin. There have, however,...  Read Full »

How to taper the dosage of Venlafaxine and Mirtazapine?

Query: Hi doctor, I am taking the following antidepressants for 14 years with doses as below. Tablet Lametec 25 mg in morning 50 mg in the night, tablet Ventab 25 mg in the morning and 50 mg at night, and tablet Mirtazapine 15 mg at night. I am gaining weight due to Mirtazapine and erection issues due to...  Read Full »


Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for taking help from a psychiatrist. I can understand your situation. You may have a major depressive disorder. There is non-pharmacological management for your depression. It will help if you follow the below guidelines to deal with it. It will help you. 1...  Read Full »

Please guide me to be more energetic to overcome fatigue and erection problems.

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 39 year old male. I have a little diabetic problem. My PP sugar is 210. I have numbness in hands, fatigue, running thoughts, erection problem, indigestion, and gas formation. Now, I am on Feliz 10, Etizolam 0.5 at night and Petril beta 10 in the morning. If I stop the above medi...  Read Full »


Dr. Awadhesh P Singh Solanki

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your problem. The medicines you are taking is one of the causes of your erectile dysfunction. You are suffering from depression. I would suggest you take those medicines which do not cause erectile dysfunction. I will suggest you visit a nearby psychiat...  Read Full »

After a severe attack of vertigo, my EKG is abnormal. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 50 year old male, who weighs 240 lbs. Two weeks back, I had dizziness following an attack of severe vertigo that made me fall to the ground. My psychiatrist sent me for an EKG, I went to the cardiologist to review the reports, and he said that the EKG was abnormal. My psychiat...  Read Full »


Dr. Isaac Gana

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Have you informed your psychiatrist about vertigo? Because vertigo could be caused by some of the drugs you are using, like Depakote (Divalproex sodium) and Risperdal (Risperidone). So, you could be having the dizziness due to the side effects of the medication. ...  Read Full »

Can homeopathy help in managing medicine-induced hyperhidrosis?

Query: Hi doctor,If a patient gets hyperhidrosis due to medications such as antidepressants and stimulants, will exercising help? Does it lower the sweating? Or will make it worse? Can homeopathy assist on this issue? Thank you in advance.  Read Full »


Dr. Nirupam Kishor Joshi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. If medications cause hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), then unless you change them or stop them, sweating will not reduce. Homeopathy can help in the problems for which you are taking medicines such as depression, anxiety or any other problem. If you are overweight o...  Read Full »

Please suggest alternate medication for Clomipramine.

Query: Hi doctor, I started taking Clofranil 25 mg at the sleeping time for having useless thoughts with disturbed sleep. After few years, I started hearing whistling sounds and so I started taking Seizunil 200 mg with Clofranil 25 mg and Alp 0.5 mg. Now it has been five years. I want to stop taking Clofr...  Read Full »


Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. If you want to stop your medication, then you need to taper off. Do not stop it abruptly. It gives you withdrawal symptoms. You should take tablet Clofranil 10 mg (Clomipramine) daily for another four weeks and then start taking it on alternate days for another four...  Read Full »

Is it good to take a break from depression treatment?

Query: Hi doctor, For the past three years, I have been taking antidepressants. I had Seroxat, Cipralex, Zoloft and Cymbalta after a doctor's prescription. But, I am still depressed. After reducing Cymbalta dose, my doctor advised me to start taking Prozac. I feel so tired with the side effects of those me...  Read Full »


Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. If you have taken so many antidepressants and are not seeing improvement, then you can think of changing the drugs. In my opinion stopping all drugs would only worsen the symptoms. You do not see improvement with medicines, but the medicines are working though not com...  Read Full »

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