Many people suffer from depression each year and find that they need to talk to their doctor about an anti-depressant medication. Deciding which medication to take or finding an anti-depressant medication that works well for an individual can be a daunting task because of some of the side effects and the amount of time it takes to start feeling better. I have personal experience with both of Effexor and Lexapro, their side effects and how well each worked for me.
Over the years I’ve tried several different anti-depressants trying to find one that would work for me and when I was in my 30’s, my doctor wanted me to try Effexor. I was told by my doctor i might not feel any change for a couple of weeks but as soon as I started taking it I felt one of the first side effects that I never liked about anti-depressants, the tiredness.
For about two weeks it was all I could do just to keep my eyes open during the day. I was taking naps, going to bed early, sleeping late and always felt tired and even after 3 months of taking this medication my depression symptoms didn’t go away.
Another of the side effects that many people who take anti-depressants complain about is dry mouth and I had a horrible case of it while taking this medication. I also noticed I felt less engaged in the world around me. I didn’t feel sad, but neither did I feel happy about anything, I felt numb and didn’t care about anything. I thought it was a side effect from the depression but my psychiatrist told me some anti-depressants can have that effect on you.
One day while sitting in the waiting room, waiting to see my psychiatrist several people were talking about the horrible side effects of the anti-depressant medications they were taking and one lady looked at me and asked if I was tired from taking an anti-depressant because she saw me yawn several times. I told her I was and she asked me what I was taking and I told her, she told me to ask about Lexapro because she had less side effects from it.
I knew I didn’t like the side effects from the medication I was on, after more than 6 months on Effexor I could still barely keep my eyes open during the day so I asked about trying something else and brought up Lexapro. Thankfully my doctor is very accommodating and is willing to try many medications until we found the right one.
The first thing I noticed was I wasn’t tired the day after taking it. I was able to wake up in the morning without feeling groggy and able to stay awake during the day without a nap. I also noticed I didn’t have dry mouth.
Within two weeks I started feeling better. It started slow but each day I felt a little bit better which surprised me since most anti-depressants didn’t lift the depressed feelings I had but this medication seemed to help more than anything I’d tried in the past. After six months of being on Lexapro I still had no side effects and the medication was still working at keeping my depression at bay. I was still a bit depressed, just not as depressed as I had been and I found it easier to keep taking this medication since I didn’t have to worry about any side effects.
Like a lot of depression sufferers, I would stop taking a medication if I had bad side effects from it. I found one of the worst side effects to be the fatigue and tiredness that so many medications seem to bring with them, so with Lexapro not having many side effects most patients like myself will keep taking their medication.
If you’re taking anti-depressants and experiencing troubling side effects, talk to your doctor. Lexapro seems to works better, faster and without the side effects that I experienced with so many of the other anti-depressants I tried, including Effexor.