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Taking Cipralex for stres. Safe to take herbal remedy like Kalms?

Hello,yes I am currently taking 20mg of Cipralex each day and although I was initially prescribed these for anxiety issues,I am finding that my stress is a major difficulty for me right noe. I was wondering if a herbal remedy such as Kalms would be safe to take? I had considered Passionflower,but as I experience periods of depression ,I am concerned about the possible sedative effects??
Asked On : Sun, 17 Mar 2013
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Psychiatrist 's  Response

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Cipralex contains escitalopram which is an SSRI i.e. antidepressant. It can also be used in depression with anxiety. I advise you to continue cipralex as told by your doctor as it takes 10-14 days to have a full effect and you should take the drug for few months or even more as advised.
You can take herbal remedies like kalms and passion flower but discuss all the stuff with your treating doctor. You can also undertake psychotherapy/counselling sessions and relaxation exercises.

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Dr. Gourav Monga
Consultant Psychiatrist
Answered: Sun, 17 Mar 2013
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Psychiatrist Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi's  Response
Dec 2014
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See Cipralex or Escitalopram is a SSRI drug. It is very effective in depressive disorder as well as in anxiety disorder. The medicine usually takes about 4-6 weeks to exert its full exert.It is also a safer medicine.
Regarding kalms or passionflower, they both are herbal medicines and there are no detailed studies of these drugs in terms of side effects. Over all these drugs are claimed to be safe. You can take them, but as per my opinion you should visit a psychiatrist and take opinion regarding medicines.

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Ayurveda Specialist Dr. Vikas Chothe's  Response
Hi Delenn,
As you have mentioned, Cipralex is known to have various adverse effects like sweating, palpitation and fatigue. Herbal preparation like Kalms would definitely be a good step in reducing drug dependency. Do not stop Cipralex abruptly, instead taper the dose and frequency initially for first two weeks. Healthy and balanced diet, good sleep and clean social conduct are three important pillars of health and stree free life, according to Ayurveda.Externally apply paste of Sandlewod or Nutmeg on forehead one hour before sleep and wash it before going to bed at night. Practice shavasana yoga (Corpse Pose) and pranayama ( breathing techniques) for additional benefits.
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