Well, I didn’t get the answers from the doctor that I’d hoped.
Rather than discussing my options with me for new anxiety pills, she handed me a sample pack of Cipralex, and waved me on my way. Trusting in the doctor the way that we’re told to, I popped my first pill (just a half dose, to wean me off the Prozac). Fast forward to a few hours later, and I was so sick to my stomach I could barely stand it. Not wanting to chalk that up to the Cipralex (because I’m prone to stomach issues anyway), I kept pushing on. I fell into a fitful sleep around 11, and woke up at 3 in the morning, WIDE awake. Still incredibly sick and nauseous, and now I was jittery, anxious and hyper on top of all of that. So I grabbed my laptop and hit up my best friend Google. Sure enough, these were all symptoms of Cipralex, EVEN AFTER ONLY ONE DOSE.
I’m used to side effects. That’s fine, I could deal with that. And then I saw the glaring red warning sign (next to the ‘may cause extreme weight gain’ banner). NOT SAFE FOR PREGNANCY. And not just that, but should you become pregnant while on this drug, you need to call your doctor IMMEDIATELY.
I feel like my doctor, who has followed my history for awhile, and knows full well that we’re trying to get pregnant, should have said something. Should have checked maybe, or at least mentioned the possibility of harm. Instead, she just handed off the samples.
I’m a little irate, in case you can’t tell. And the only thing that calms me down is the scent of something baking. These cookies have the best baking-smell ever; toasty cinnamon sugar.
2 3/4 cups all purpose flour
3 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 tbsp cinnamon
1 tbsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp cinnamon mixed with 1/4 cup white sugar
In the bowl of a mixer, beat butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time, followed by vanilla until thoroughly combined. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, salt, baking powder and cinnamon, and add flour mixture to butter mixture in a few additions.
Scoop dough into small balls, and roll in cinnamon-sugar mixture. Bake at 400 degrees for about 12 minutes, or until golden brown.