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Anxiety can be one side-effect of medicine

Colin Gleeson

Published 16/04/2010 | 05:00

ANTI-DEPRESSANTS are used to correct certain chemical imbalances in the brain which are causing the symptoms of an illness.

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The usual dose for Cipramil -- the anti-depressant drug prescribed for Shane Clancy -- is 20mg per day, but this may be increased by a doctor to a maximum of 60mg per day.

It is taken orally every day as a single dose -- at any time of the day with or without food.

According to the drug's user guide -- which has been approved by the Irish Medicines Board -- it can take several weeks for patients to improve.

In the beginning of the treatment, certain patients may experience increased anxiety, which will disappear as the treatment continues.

Very common side-effects include feeling sleepy, sleeplessness, increased sweating, dry mouth and nausea.

Common side-effects are decreased appetite, agitation, decreased sex drive, anxiety, nervousness, confusion, tremor, ringing in the ears, yawning, diarrhoea, vomiting, itching, pain in muscle and joints, fatigue, and prickling of the skin.

Uncommon side-effects are aggression, depersonalisation, hallucination, mania, fainting, enlarged pupils, nettle rash, hair loss, difficulties urinating and swelling of the arms or legs.

"Information from clinical trials has shown an increased risk of suicidal behaviour in adults aged less than 25 years with psychiatric conditions who were treated with an anti-depressant," the guide says.

Irish Independent

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