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Depression

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Posted by: | 2019/01/17

Q.

I have questions regarding medications antidepressants

Doctor told me that you are depressed and gave me medication. Risp 1 mg and Citanew 5 mg. I am very anxious of these medications. Do they cause side effects on kidney, heart etc or should I take them? I am also feeling pain in head sometimes in ear stiff neck muscles. I am also feeling pain in left abdomen and left testicle that come and goes especially at night and morning and feel pain in testicles when I sit down on chair. Are these caused by stress anxiety or caused by risp medication? Or is their some other issue? Please tell me I am very anxious. I can't control my thoughts and also fearful of side effects of anti-depressants. Do they cause side effects?

Expert's Reply

A.

Depression expert
- 2019/01/19

Hello,
Depression is a common is a miserable disorder, which, fortunately. usually responds well to treatment, with medicine and/or counselling like CBT. Citanew is a trade name for the antidepressant Escitalopram, a popular antidepressant.  I'm not sure why he prescribed Risp, a trade name for Risperidone, as it is not usually used to treat depression alone, though it might be used for a time to reduce anxiety, if this is severe, and it sounds as though this might indeed be part of your current problems 
Both drugs are safely used by many thousands of people around the world.  But I'd be surprised if your doctor didn't check if you had any questions, and if you didn't raise these issues and hear his responses. People should ALWAYS discuss any worries they have about treatment, with their doctor.
I haven't heard of Risp or other drugs causing the symptoms you describe, which are more likely to be caused by the anxiety itself, and likely to fade away as the anxiety comes under control.
EVERYTHING can sometimes cause side-effects, even water. but rarely the sort of awful things you seem to be expecting.
Maybe you would feel better if you returned to your doctor and discussed these issues, to help set your mind at rest.

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