Was prescribed 10 mgEscitalopram yesterday and was told to take ½ (5mg) for the first 6 days. Yesterday I took it for the 1sttime.
Quick background… I believeI have suffered from SAD for a very long time and luckily enough I was eitherable to mask/hide it or cope. It is onlynow that I’m going to be 40 years old that I have reached a point where is it affectingme career, my personal/social life, and my family life. I decided that I did not want to enter the 2ndhalf of my life running and hiding from who I want to be and how I want to actand do the things I should be able to do. I was never able to interact with new people or 1 on 1 with people I alreadyknew, even close friends (the couple I’m luck enough to have) and even familymembers. I would find excuses not toattend and type of social interactions and even found myself getting my kid todo things for me because I couldn’t. That I think was the tipping point!
It took me about a year to make an appt to see a Dr. and yesterday I was prescribed 10 mg Escitalopram. Ihave high hopes for this medication and keeping an optimistic outlook on it,knowing it will take time and will not be a miracle pill (although it very wellcould be). I know I cannot rely on apill alone to solve my issues. I willneed to use this medication as a support to face my fears. I will need to force myself into uncomfortablesituations, with the hopes this pill will ease my anxiety so I can learn to beme!
I took 5mg for the first time last night at around 1030pm. I was instructed to take it after dinner asit could make you nauseous if taken on an empty stomach. Unfortunately I was not able to take it immediatelyafter eating and did so 3hrs later. Hereis what I experienced so far:
· Began to feel nauseous about 1.5 hrs aftertaking it, while trying to go to sleep. Wasn’ttoo bad and I was able to fight it. Can’tbe 100% certain it was the medication.
· Had a “weird” night’s sleep. Only way to describe it. Was up and down andweird dreams. Although restless sleepand weird dreams have happened to me before so I am not sure if it was themedication.
· Woke up feel like I always do or didn’t notice anythingdifferent. About 2hrs into my day I didfeel energetic, happier, and motivated. I also think I was interacting more with people than a heads down helloas I walk by. Not a full on conversationbut more than 1 word!
· As the day progressed I found myself feelingmore and more like the person I was pre medication.
I am in no way saying any of this is due to the medicationand I know full well it is atypically for affects to be seen not only with thefirst dose but at such a low strength, 5mg. But I remain optimistic and will report in as often as I can. These support forums help give me courage tochange and if I can do the same or contribute it will make my journey that muchmore rewarding!