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Escitalopram and low heart rate

Hello! I started taking Cipralex (Escitalopram) a week ago. Only 5mg a day - it was prescribed for panic attacks. I have noticed that my resting heart beat dropped to mid 50. I don't feel bad or dizzy though. Should I be worried? p.s. Forgot to mention that around a month ago I quit smoking.

Male, 45 y.o.
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I'm a 74 yo guy.  In high school my family doctor told me I had an athlete's heart, which meant a heart rate around 60.  The basketball coach really got us fit for the season.  So, I guess my heart enlarged to survive the practices.  Now my heart rate is around 40 to 45 generally.  I've seen a cardiologist and he says I won't keel over dead.  

I would recommend CBT for the panic attacks.  It's a proven therapy for dealing with them and anxiety.   I've worked with it over the last 24 years.   I highly recommend it.
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I would give it some time. and don't keep checking your heart rate. Cipralex and this class of drugs are long acting and not something that would just drop your heart rate. But as your stress and anxiety decrease, your heart rate in the resting mode may go back to normal. A resting heart rate of 50 is in the normal range. You are on a low dose. Hope it helps your anxiety/panic. I have found that often anxiety takes a bit higher dose to really work well.
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I guess I should say that this medication is an SSRI. It increases serotonin in your brain. Takes 4 to 6 weeks to reach effect for the dose you are on. And then gives steady effectiveness without ups and downs.
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