Is it okay to take Lexapro at night? Is this a drug that doesn't 'work' after taking it. but later?
Question posted by browe64 on 4 Jan 2017
Last updated on 4 January 2017 by WildcatVet
... over time?
I'm asking so that I understand it's okay to take at night. Someone said "Why take it at night? You're not depressed when you sleep." But does it really help depression hours after you take it, or does it just make it work days after?
I've been on it now for one week... It makes me very drowsy when I take it. I'd like to take it at night, but not if it works hours after taking it. Do you know what I mean?
Hi, browe! Yes, you can take it at night or whenever it best suits you as long as you take the prescribed dose. Antidepressants do NOT work like aspirin ~ working in the hours after you take it. They accumulate in your blood/brain over a period of several weeks until they reach peak therapeutic levels and become effective in fighting your depression. This usually takes about 4 ~ 6 weeks and you may not begin feeling the full benefits until then, Some people, however, start feeling better after only 2 weeks or so. The drowsiness you feel is a common side effect of antidepressants and should disappear after a couple weeks. Feel free to take your dose at night. It's perfectly okay.
4 Jan 2017
You can most definitely take it at night. Weather it's during the day or at night you will still get the same effect.