The improvement in quality and quantity of your sleep
could be primarily due to the improvement in your mood
. Nexito contains Escitalopram
, which is a Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor
(SSRI). SSRIs help manage the symptoms of depressive disorders
by increasing the amount of available Serotonin. (Low Serotonin levels are associated with depressive disorders)
The excessive need for sleep could actually be part of the depression
. You need to check with your treating mental health professional
about your progress as far as depression symptoms are concerned. You might need to add another medication
or even try a lower dose perhaps. It is difficult to tell here what exactly is causing the excess sleep.
It is important to allow the medication to work and show full efficacy by giving it a fair trial. Usually 6-8 weeks are needed for a drug
to show it's full efficacy. Reducing the dose earlier than that is usually not recommended unless the side effects are intolerable. Also, since it is only about a month that you are taking Nexito, we are not sure if you will experience any symptoms due to reduction of dose. A gradual taper over 1-2 weeks is recommended.
Abhijeet Deshmukh, MD