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Can cipralex causes diabetes or any other problem if used for long term?

Hi, I am 40 years male. My height is 5 ft 8 inch, wt:75kg, meidcal history: Diabetic & Bp IN FAMILY. I am taking cipralax-20 mg for the last 8 months to treat my anxiety disorder, fear etc. Recently I observed my fasting blood sugar is in between 100 to 110 mg/dl, sometime it is in between 60 to 70 mg/dl. I also carried out by Glucose tolerance test yesterday with 75 gm glucose. Fasting was 60 mg/dl, 1/2 hour was 177, 1 hr was 162 and 2 hours was 104 mg/dl. Prior to taking this medication, my fasting sugar use to bwtween 80 to 85 mg/dl. After this medication, I found fasting glucose has crossed in between 100 to 110 mg/dl. Additionally I am having strong history of diabetes. I usually go for a regular walk with full control on diet. Please advise do I need to worry if I continue taking this medication. My concern am I likely to be diabetic because of this medication. Should I continue this medication?
Mon, 3 Aug 2020
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Hi,

Cipralex contains Escitalopram which doesn't cause diabetes or even predispose to it. Antidepressants may indirectly cause insulin resistance due to weight gain but don't directly cause it.

Take care. Hope I have answered your question. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Regards,
Dr. Rana Ahsan Javed, General & Family Physician
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Can cipralex causes diabetes or any other problem if used for long term?

Hi, Cipralex contains Escitalopram which doesn t cause diabetes or even predispose to it. Antidepressants may indirectly cause insulin resistance due to weight gain but don t directly cause it. Take care. Hope I have answered your question. Let me know if I can assist you further. Regards, Dr. Rana Ahsan Javed, General & Family Physician