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A 18-year-old male asked:

Do ssri like lexapro (escitalopram) or prozac cause chronic shortness of breath? i have dyapnea for 5 months all day and touching breastbone hurts is this anxiety?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 45 years experience
No: The drugs don't cause shortness of breath, but if it hurts to breath (movement of your breastbone), that WILL cause it. At your age (18), arthritis is unusual so my guess is there was some trauma whether or not you remember the specific instance. A chest x-ray will determine if your sternum or ribs are fractured which may help gauge how long the pain will be present.
Last updated Feb 13, 2017


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