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Been on a lexapro about 2 months now and am a big coffee drinker and notice now I don't feel the effects of caffeine nearly as much as I used too. Because of the emotional blunting effects of Lexapro I need the jolt of caffeine now more then ever. Am I no longer feeling the effects of Caffeine because Lexapro is a mild dopamine inhibitor or is there something else going on? Lexapro has def helped with my depression/anxiety but I feel completely flatlined on it. No enjoyment in anything what so ever.

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I Googled it and it doesn't look like Lexapro and caffeine have any interactions.  I am on Lexapro myself and am an occasional caffeinated pop drinker (I've never had coffee) but really haven't noticed any difference, but caffeine has honestly never had an effect on me.

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According to some sources because Lexapro is such a selective SSRI it actually inhibits dopamine as well. My theory on why coffee isn't effecting me is because my Dopamine receptors are blunted and not responding to the caffeine. Granted I still feel it a little bit just not getting the proper jolt I should be getting. I could be wrong about this but it's just my theory.

 

I may need to add something activating to my lexapro like wellbutrin or abilify if this continues.  BTW How is 30mg of lexapro working out for you? did you feel a big different between 20 and 30? 

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I was on 15mg for about a month and then my doctor upped me to 30mg.  It's hard to say if I feel different because when I was at 15 I was working and the job made my depression a lot worse.  Now at 30mg I am not working at all, so I don't know if it is the meds or the fact that I am not at my job that is making me feel better.

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