Anxiety Community
Paxil and Lexapro
About This Community:

This patient support community is for discussions relating to generalized anxiety, anxiety and eating, anxiety and sleeping, mood swings, panic attacks and panic disorders.

Font Size:
A
A
A
Background:
Blank
Blank
Blank
Blank Blank

Paxil and Lexapro

Has anyone made the successful switch from Paxi to Lexapro with little or no side effects?  My doctor has decided to switch me from Paxil CR 25mg. to Lexapro.  I was on the Paxil 12.5 CR for about a month and a half and was having my heart beat pretty fast.  He thought that my fast heartbeat might still be my anxiety, so he asked if I would be willing to go up to 25mg CR which I have been on for the past 12 days.  My heart has continued to beat fast so he has ordered an EKG and blood work just to make sure everything is okay and also would like me to try Lexapro.  He wants me to cut the 10mg down to 5 and then the 5 down to 2.5 to start and work my way up from there if I tolerate it well.  I am terrified that I am going to have w/drawl symptoms from going off my Paxil but he told me that since I'm not completely going off medication he thinks I will handle it well.  I have had a really hard time just initiating the Paxil back into my system (lots of side effects), so I'm very nervous about switching.  Part of me just wants to keep sticking it out on the Paxil but then I think maybe if I just give the Lexapro a try I will like it better.  Your responses would be greatly appreciated!  Thank you!
Related Discussions
11 Comments Post a Comment
Blank
Avatar_n_tn
I was on paxil 20 mg for 7 years, and i have been on lexapro 10mg now for months.  I love lexapro!  No side affects!  Paxil was awfull for me to get off of, it took me 5 months to wean off of it.  And you do not gain weight from Lexapro.  My best friends wife is a psycologist, and she told me that lexapro is a "neutral" , while some others do have a weight gain effect.  The only thing i can say about people gaining weight is they feel better on the medication (relief of anxiety), therfore they tend to eat more.  You just need to watch your eating habits, if you are at all concerned about weight.  Hope this helps:)
Blank
Avatar_m_tn
I had very bad nausea and diarehea , sore throat,follicitus,night sweats occasionally and the odd rash. My experience is getting better, the physical side effects are waning somewhat after 8 weeks, but the last 8 weeks were tough.
Blank
213972_tn?1206053788
My doctor told me that I could switch straight from the Paxil to the Lexapro w/o weaning off the Paxil.  Do you think that sounds right?  
Blank
Avatar_n_tn
I am on my 3rd week of switching from Paxil to Lexapro and week one was bad but week 2 wasn't too bad and this week has been even better.

I  was taking 30 mg of Paxil and felt terrible, mostly tremors and headaches.  

Here's my schedule:

   Week One:    AM -  5 mg Lexapro  PM - 20 mg Paxil
   Week Two:    AM - 10 mg Lexapro PM - 10 mg Paxil
   Week Three:  AM - 10 mg Lexapro PM - 5 mg Paxil
   Week Four:    AM - 10 mg Lexapro PM - 0 mg Paxil

After that if  I need to increase the Lexapro I can.

So far I feel better on the Lexapro, I can actually breathe.
Blank
Avatar_n_tn
I love Lexapro!  It has helped me so much with my social anxities and it has also helped with my PMS symptoms and crying spells.  I feel like I have a grasp on things now.  I take 20 mg everyday.  I haven't had many side effects.  The first 2 weeks I would wake up 10 times a night.  But now that doesn't happen anymore.  Good luck to all of you!
Blank
Avatar_n_tn
I have the same question as qwert 1977, my doc says to switch from paxil cr to lexapro just like that, no weaning off of paxil,  I am ready for a nausea ride!  Any feedback??
Blank
Avatar_m_tn
I switched from paxil to lexapro directly.  I did not notice any problems with regard to withdrawal or increased anxiety but did have more palpitations with lexapro...it was quite a pronounced difference, so my doctor had me switch back.  
Blank
246464_tn?1249455747
I switched, from 20 Paxil to 10 lexapro a little over a year ago after being on Paxil 12 YEARS.

The Lexapro is SO MUCH BETTER!

Everyone is differnt however, so give it a try, it might be a very good thing. If not you can always switch back.
Blank
920644_tn?1243554740
Has anyone done a lateral switch to Lexapro from Paxil without weaning?
Blank
Avatar_m_tn
you might want to read about the different half life for each of the SSRI meds., as some appear to be easier to come off of than others.  The ones with longer half lifes appear to be easier to come off of at a later date.  
Blank
Avatar_n_tn
i just switched from paxil to lexapro without weaning & am on day 6.  mad on day 5 & no patience.  Day 6 I cried ALL day.  Still very very sleepy.  all day even after going to bed @ 8:00pm.
Blank
Post a Comment
To
Recent Activity
4059843_tn?1410695600
Blank
mishymoshymarcy "I came to win, to fly, to ... Comment
3 hrs ago
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
gyspy09 commented on JustHelp123's status
5 hrs ago
10544388_tn?1411072063
Blank
Thin4Freedom says... Haha! Convinced my ... Comment
14 hrs ago
MedHelp Health Answers
Blank
Anxiety Tracker
Track Anxiety Symptoms
Start Tracking Now
Top Anxiety Answerers
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
michigan07
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
remar
st. louis, MO
Avatar_m_tn
Blank
Paxiled
Arlington, VA
358304_tn?1409713092
Blank
cnote
na, MO
Avatar_m_tn
Blank
ThePinkFloyd
Avatar_m_tn
Blank
cj29
GA
Anxiety Community Resources
RSS Expert Activity
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
The 3 Essentials to Ending Emotiona...
Sep 18 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
Control Emotional Eating with this ...
Sep 04 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
Emotional Eating Control: How to St...
Aug 28 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
Top Anxiety Answerers
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
michigan07
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
remar
st. louis, MO
Avatar_m_tn
Blank
Paxiled
Arlington, VA
358304_tn?1409713092
Blank
cnote
na, MO
Avatar_m_tn
Blank
ThePinkFloyd
Avatar_m_tn
Blank
cj29
GA