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About a year ago I have started feeling anxiety and stress. Specifically, having a fear of passing out (faint). My doctor suggested me to take 1 pill of cipralex (10 mg) per day for 6 months minimum.
At the time being I am on the 2nd month of the treatment and I think I am feeling much better. Although, about a week I am not having a good sleep, as I wake up in the middle of the night and having difficulty of sleeping again. This is probably a side effect. I really wonder, since I think I am feeling better, should I stop taking the pill slowly (of course) or should I continue the treatment for the 6 months, as the doctor told me? And is there any possibility of addiction to that drug?

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replied April 19th, 2010
Neurological Disorders Answer A11330
Thanks for using this forum for your questions.

Cipralex is a safe drug with very few side effects and addiction problems. These drugs increase a certain neuro hormone in brain cells that help to do away with fears.

Insomnia is sometimes a problem with this drug but as you are feeling better with the drug it may be a good idea to wait for more time and in case it persists you can meet with your physician to vary the dosage or change to another drug.

Do not alter the dosage or stop it on your own.

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