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Using Nexito Forte as mood stabilizer. Side effects?

Dear dr. I m from India, I have been using this Nexito Forte since one yr after consulting a psychiatrist as I had undergone depression 2 yrs back.But now I have been using this drug to go sound sleep and also mood stabilizer . I do not know the side effect of it for regular use. I need ur advice/suggestion in this regard.
Asked On : Sun, 3 Mar 2013
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Hello and welcome to Healthcare Magic. Thanks for your query.

Nexito Forte is a combination medication which contains Escitalopram (an SSRI anti-depressant) and Clonazepam (a benzodiazepine sedative). So, this medication is effective in treating depression as well as sleep problems.

The duration of treatment for depression depends on a variety of factors like severity of the illness, level of improvement, whether there were any previous episodes, etc. Benzodiazepine sedatives are to be used for a short term only due to the risk of habituation. So, please discuss with your treating psychiatrist regading the further course of action.

Wish you all the best.

Dr. Jonas Sundarakumar
Consultant Psychiatrist
Answered: Sun, 3 Mar 2013
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