Is my anti-depressant working?
August 4, 2014 9:33 AM Subscribe
Just over a month ago I switched from taking Lexapro (10mg) to Valdoxan (25mg) for depression because I felt that the Lexapro was interfering badly with my sleep. I knew it would take a few weeks for the new medication to kick in, but it's been a month and I'm beginning to worry that it's not going to work at all. What now? (More details after the link)
So, quick background: I started taking Lexapro two years ago after realising that my periodic bouts of depression were more serious than I was giving them credit for. It seemed to help, but from the very beginning I've felt as if it's interfering with my sleep - specifically, I've been having extremely intense and stressful dreams ever since I started taking it.
About five weeks ago I got to the point where the lack of sleep was causing my mood to plummet and decided to switch medication. My doctor recommended Valdoxan because it's supposed to have less side-effects than Lexapro and said that it usually takes around two weeks to kick in.
It's been four weeks now, and I feel terrible. The last five days in particular have been a complete nightmare. At the moment I feel as bad as I did when I wasn't taking anything, which isn't a situation I ever wanted to return to. I'm going to go and see my doctor about it as soon as I can, but in the meantime I'm wondering if anyone else has been through the same thing with this particular medication. Should I give it more time? Also, when I do talk to my doctor about it, what is he likely to be able to do apart from suggest another medication?
Any advice on what questions to ask/personal experience with the same issue would be much appreciated. I live in Ireland, if that makes any difference.