Listening to Lexapro: 24 hrs. out
My dosage schedule seems pretty conservative, but I've got a couple of indicators for being someone who'd be sensitive to the side effects of SSRIs. A normal daily dose is 10 mg. Yesterday and today I've taken a quarter-tablet, 2.5 mg, but even at this dose I'm feeling things I'm pretty sure are the cause of the drug.
For a few hours after taking it my mood was brighter, though at this stage I'm still willing to say I was just happier because I feel like I'm doing something. Lexapro is related to Celexa, and Celexa is known for being sedative, so I was warned that I might get drowsy (but in my doctor's experience not nearly so bad as Celexa). After dinner last night, an average meal gave me a food coma twice the worst Thanksgiving. I'm sure I must have snored loudly for three hours, when I woke up around 10pm I was very refreshed.
And in waking up this morning, I found sleep more refreshing than usual.
My body has been insisting that I drink a lot more water, I can feel that my liver is being put to work. And my digestive system is playing by new rules. I now have the devil's own flatulence, not that any of you REALLY needed to know that, but it's new and I'm pretty sure it's the drug's fault. My psychiatrist informed me that about ten percent of the serotonin receptors affected by this drug are in the brain. Over eighty percent
are in the GI tract.
But do I feel "anti-depressed"? Well, meh, but they say give it six weeks at 10mg. I'm a little shy of that yet.