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Dr. Oscar Novick
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Loose Stools (Definition)

Loose stools is a symptom in which a person's stool (poop) does not hold its shape after it goes into the toilet. Instead of remaining a shaped piece of poop, the poop spreads out in the toilet bowl water. Very loose stool is called diarrhea. Loose stool can be caused by infections, certain foods or drinks, ...Read more


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Since starting my antidepressant a year ago, I haven't had loose, or watery stools, or diarrhea--ever. Is this a problem?

Since starting my antidepressant a year ago, I haven't had loose, or watery stools, or diarrhea--ever. Is this a problem?

Hard to tell: If diarrhea & frequent stools were the result of stress and anxiety, the change may be a result of an antidepressant working. But ask a provider who knows you well, and compare how you're doing now with how it was when you startted the antidepressant. ...Read more

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Dr Scholand, what if your antidepressant causes chronic constipation, rendering you incapable of having diarrhea or loose stool?

Dr Scholand, what if your antidepressant causes chronic constipation, rendering you incapable of having diarrhea or loose stool?

Confusing: Most people would rather not have diarrhea or soft stools, and constipation might mean everything from less frequent stools to inability to have a bowel movement. Please clarify and ask again. ...Read more

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Cn asthma attack cause vomitting? I also hv severe diarrhea frm 2 mnths. Bt my diarrhea is bettr my doc gav me antidepressant. I cnt keep nythng down.

Cn asthma attack cause vomitting? I also hv severe diarrhea frm 2 mnths. Bt my diarrhea is bettr my doc gav me antidepressant. I cnt keep nythng down.

Yes but: Though asthma may cause vomiting, your history over the past 2 months is more lokely the cause. I turst your physician has discussed thsi issue with you and and chosen a partciular course of action (gi motility problem?). ...Read more

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Every time I eat my stomach hurts and I poop and I get diarrhea. I'm afraid to eat because of this. What should I do? I'm on antidepressants & anti- anxiety meds.

Every time I eat my stomach hurts and I poop and I get diarrhea. I'm afraid to eat because of this. What should I do? I'm on antidepressants & anti- anxiety meds.

Seek help: Sometimes stomach problems can be side effects of medications used for anxiety and depression. However, for some people, stomach problems can also be a symptom of continued anxiety. You should consult with your prescriber. ...Read more

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How to switch from (escitalopram 5mg+clonazepam0.25mg) to duloxetine 20 mg. Taking this antidepressant from last 2 years. Previously I was on duloxeti?

How to switch from (escitalopram 5mg+clonazepam0.25mg) to duloxetine 20 mg. Taking this antidepressant from last 2 years. Previously I was on duloxeti?

SHOULD BE EASY: The doses of all of these are very small so you can just start the Duloxetine now and then stop the escitalopram in about 1 week. I would just ask the doctor giving the meds to you. Also, were you on duloxetine and changed and now going back, I am confused about the timeline. ...Read more

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How does diarrhea last after stopping lexapro (escitalopram)?

How does diarrhea last after stopping lexapro (escitalopram)?

Less than a week: Most symptoms of discontinuing Lexapro (escitalopram) resolve within a week. The half life of the drug is about 32 hrs. Other symptoms after stopping the med may include muscular aches, headaches, nausea etc. ...Read more

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Is LEXAPRO (escitalopram) a good antidepressant?

Is LEXAPRO (escitalopram) a good antidepressant?

Yes: Lexapro (escitalopram) is FDA approved for the treatment of of depression.The drug has a low side effect profile and is effective for many patients. Make sure you are undergoing CBT cognitive behavior therapy in conjunction with the medication. Contact the doctor who prescribed the medications about any concerns. ...Read more

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Can the antidepressant Lexapro (escitalopram) produce euphoric symptoms?

Can the antidepressant Lexapro (escitalopram) produce euphoric symptoms?

Hmm, well, er, uh!: Not normally. The exception would be if an anti-depressant flipped someone with a bipolar spectrum disorder into mania or hypomania. ...Read more

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Can you take a Triclyic antidepressant with Lexapro (escitalopram). Thanks?

Can you take a Triclyic antidepressant with Lexapro (escitalopram). Thanks?

Not recommended: Tricylic antidepressants interact with Lexapro (escitalopram) to increase risk of side effects such as dizziness, lightheadedness, fainting, shortness of breath, or heart palpitations. This combination also increases risk for symptoms of serotonin syndrome. See: http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/serotonin-syndrome/basics/definition/CON-20028946 ...Read more

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Headache and some time diarrhea are side effect of escitalopram 5mg? Taking from 1 year...

Headache and some time diarrhea are side effect of escitalopram 5mg? Taking from 1 year...

Stop it.: Those are possible side-effects. I suggest you stop taking it and go back to the doctor that prescribed it. There are several other choices ...Read more

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I am going to try panax ginseng extract, but I am taking the antidepressant escitalopram. Does it interact with ginseng?

Stimulate & Depress: Generally stimulants such as Ginseng are contraindicated with depression. I would contact your doctor and have them advise and monitor the effect of this combination if they approve. ...Read more

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Insomnia from antidepressant (escitalopram/lexapro) how much time will it last?

Insomnia from antidepressant (escitalopram/lexapro) how much time will it last?

Well, the 1st thing: I would ask is what time of day you are taking it. If you take at night or the evening - would consider taking it in the am. Although insomnia from ssri could resolve in a few weeks - it doesn't always resolve. Make sure your keep your prescribing provider up to date on your medication side effects. Take care. ...Read more

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Can antidepressants cause hives. I took Escitalopram 10 mg for 3 days only. From the next day onwards I developed hive which is now chronic. Any cure?

Can antidepressants cause hives. I took Escitalopram 10 mg for 3 days only. From the next day onwards I developed hive which is now chronic. Any cure?

Unlikely: Although any drug can potentially cause hives, the effect would likely subside within 4-6 wks at most. If the problem has gone beyond 6 wks, it is called chronic urticaria. Antihistamine up to 4 x daily may be helpful. Otherwise see an allergist if there is one available. The cause for chronic hives is often unknown. ...Read more

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I've been on Lexapro (escitalopram) for a month going from 5 mg to 10 mg a week ago. In the last 2 days I've had bad diarrhea. Could Lexapro (escitalopram) be cause? Will it pass?

I've been on Lexapro (escitalopram) for a month going from 5 mg to 10 mg a week ago. In the last 2 days I've had bad diarrhea. Could Lexapro (escitalopram) be cause? Will it pass?

Yes, it could: It's common to have slightly looser stools with lexapro, (escitalopram) but sometimes people can get real diarrhea. It should get better in the next several days, if not, you may need to talk with your doc about trying a different antidepressant. It's also possible this is from something else as well. If it doesn't get better soon, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Intense abdom. Pain, frequent sudden urge yellow diarrhea, took lexapro, (escitalopram) been 3 months, losing weight, what could this be? Please help?

Intense abdom. Pain, frequent sudden urge yellow diarrhea, took lexapro, (escitalopram) been 3 months, losing weight, what could this be? Please help?

Lexapro (escitalopram): Lexapro (escitalopram) can cause diarrhea, but generally tapers off within the first couple of weeks if it's going to. Most people check in with their physicians before 3 months, as follow-up on your progress is needed. So I'm guessing that the intense abdominal pain, frequent sudden urge diarrhea, and weight loss are more recent for you? Please see your doctor about this asap -- diagnostic studies needed. ...Read more

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First time taking Lexapro (escitalopram) and have dilated pupils, insomnia, hesdache, and diarrhea. Should I stop taking it?

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First time taking Lexapro (escitalopram) and have dilated pupils, insomnia, hesdache, and diarrhea. Should I stop taking it?

Lexapro (escitalopram): Fairly common side-effects which subside with time. Do not advise stopping the Lexapro (escitalopram) without first discussing with your prescribing doc. ...Read more

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What to do if I have severe dizzy spells withdrawing from escitalopram (cipralex) antidepressant?

What to do if I have severe dizzy spells withdrawing from escitalopram (cipralex) antidepressant?

Taper slowly: There could be several different causes for your dizzy spells, but it could be related to your tapering escitalopram, as you suspect. I like to suggest to my patients that they take 1/2 tablet of their most recent dose and see if the dizziness subsides within a half hour. If so, it is likely due to discontinuation symptoms, and they can manage it by judicious occasional use of this as-needed dose. ...Read more

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Diarrhea (Definition)

Diarrhea = increased frequency of stools which ...Read more