Where is my sex drive??! (Lexapro, Cipralex)
I'm a 21 year old female and was recently put on Lexapro for mild/moderate depression. I abruptly stopped taking them after 2 days when the sexual side affects (zero libido, feeling "numb", no attraction to ANYONE...even my boyfriend), were too much to handle for me. I only took 5 mg per day for 2 days, but the side effects kicked in immediately. I know some of you probably think I should have waited longer to see if the side effects subsided but I am absolutely terrified of getting Post-SSRI sexual dysfunction, plus now I think that Wellbutrin would be a better fit for me. It's been six days now that I have been off Lexapro and although I have feeling down there now....my libido is still not where it was. Should I be worried? How long does it take to get Lexapro out of your system?? Does anyone have similar experiences that they can share?
I read that lexapro has a short half life, then why am I experiencing sexual side effects 6 days later?? After only two 5 mg pills?
Please reply, I'm extremely worried that I permanently damaged my brain.