Our expert says:
OK, a gynae would not prescribe such drugs without fully describing their benefits, risks and side-effects. With such meds, all side-effects are most noticeable in the early days, and usually get better noticeably after the first week. Similarly, your pharmacist should not dispense such meds without both discussing side-effects, and providing the package insert which lists all such effects and cautions.
Lexamil is a generic form of Escitalopram, a popular antidepressant which is a rather recent one. I have not seen research showing it to be effective in PMS, though it might indeed be helpful, as some of its older relatives can be
Nausea is a typical early side-effect, and that includes some loss of appetite. Drowsiness is also well known.
Maybe i'd be worth seeing a psychiatrist for a broader consideration of alternative antidep[ressants, as there are very many to choose from, and we each vary as to whether we experience mild, tolerable or intolerable side-effects on each of them.
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