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Ok so at some points in our lives we all get down, for some of us this seems to be a reoccurring part of our lives and we get so low we need help (a lot of need help not necessarily what I’m talking about here!!) I have suffered from a number of chronic depression episodes from the age of 13 and as I grew older they became more frequent, worse and each bout lasted a lot longer. After having several nasty thoughts (and a few attempts) at self-harm I decided that I really needed help so dragged myself down to the doctors to explain. Now I have been on a different type of anti depressant before called cipramil but the side effects were to numerous to mention and my depression got worse-so you can see why I was sceptical about going back to the doctors again. The doctor recommended I try a new product called Cipralex (escitroprolam). This is my review of the medicine that helped me regain my confidence!WHAT IS CIPRALEX?
SO THEN HOW DOES IT WORK
Now for the science bit, this medicine belongs to a group of medicines known as SSRI-Selective Seritone Reuptake Inhibitor, allowing the medicine to normalize levels of sertonin in the brain, as it’s the hormone seritonin that causes the development of depression and related disorders when there are disturbances in the normal levels of the hormone.
Hang on I thought this review was about anti depressants not contraception! But you still have to be very careful when taking any medicines like these you are told to tell the doctor if you have any medical problems such as diabetes or severe liver disease as you have to take a reduced dose. If you develop seizures, fits or epilepsy or a current disease gets worse then you must inform your doctor-I am thankful to say that I have never fitted when on my anti-depressants! Now this is something that has always affected me when on medication-these tablets can cause episodes of mania, where by I had exaggerated moods, and generally just when completely hyper! I found this settled within a week of taking the tablet. Unfortunately this medicine may make you bruise more easily-especially if you have a pre-existing condition but this has never affected me.
Now this is the great thing with this medicine, cipralex has not been found to interact with alcohol-they still don’t recommend that you drink, but being me as I got some of my confidence back I decided it was time to go down the pub and have a few-I have done this several times now-once getting really trashed and have not had any problems-nor do I seem to get drunk more quickly (shame.)This product (as most medicines) are not suitable for pregnant or those breast feeding as the medicine will get passed down into the milk. The tablets do not cause any drowsiness like other anti-depressants I have taken.
MY MEDICINE AND ME
I have to remember to take my 10mg tablet everyday, which is swallowed whole, they recommend you drink water with it but I never have any time to get a glass of water in the morning and If I took it in the evening I would forget! Most anti depressants actually heighten the depression during the first few weeks of treatment but I found that for once this medication did not make me any worse and it only took about 1 week to actually start making me feel better which is really fast for an anti-depressant.
COMING OFF THE MEDICINE
This is where I have a problem-I did try a break from them but when I did I found that the rarer side effects of the medicine kicked in when I stopped taking the medicine. I got really dizzy when I stood up from low blood pressure, involuntary movement of my muscles-mainly my arm muscles but occasionally all my muscles would spasm and I couldn’t control it very well (I looked like something out of a horror film) I also didn’t feel like any thing was real anymore and wasn’t sure what I was doing-not to mention not having any sense of which way I was moving-these have got to be the weirdest side effects I have ever encountered with a medicine! After a short break (that I shouldn’t of had) I went back on them again.
Thanks so much for taking the time to read, I am due to stop taking these tablets completely at the end of the month and will let you know how I get on.
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