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:)
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.
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.
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?
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!
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??