I have been on Lexapro for 5 years. Started with Paxil (20mg/day) after suffering Post-Partum Depression 8 years ago. Paxil worked great and I responded very weill within 2 weeks. About 3 years into Paxil, I asked my doctor to change because I started feeling like a zombie and was gaining a lot of weight. Switched to Lexapro and still continued to do well! I felt like me and I was outgoing again and able to handle a 4 year old, 3 year old, and a newborn. Husband travelled and we almost moved. Lost 2 loved ones and still was able to handle it all! I felt like it was a wonder drug. Husband even commented that I was the woman he had fallen in love with again:) Fast forward to March 2011 and I got really sick with a sinus infection and clogged ears and my anxiety came back with a vengeance!! After a few weeks of this sever anxiety, I started feeling depressed just like with Post-partum. Got sick again and had an ear infection that burst and anxiety went through the rooof. Doc prescribed Klonopin as needed which has turned into .5mg two times a day. Felt great again (like my old self a few weeks ago), but now back in the black hole. I am wondering if I should come off Klonopin and adjust my Lexapro? Anyone out there have any suggestions??
6 Jul 2011
OMGosh, handerhan! I had a very similar experience, only mine was with Cymbalta. I'd been wavering in and out of mild depression for a few months earlier this year (we had bad weather, which didn't help), and lost two loved ones, but still muddled through. Talked to my doc, who increased my Cymbalta to 120mg in May. But I got a really bad bout of sinusitis, and my allergy doc put me on Prednisone, too. Talk about a nightmare. My anxiety was off-the-hook. o_O
I ended up going off the Cymbalta and going on an old AD that had worked for me and never pooped out (Celexa). I'm on 20mg now and, at 11 days in, I'm waiting to see if it'll kick in or I'll get my dose upped to 40mg next week.
28 Jun 2011
It is difficult to answer your question without knowing what dose of Lexapro you are taking. If you are not on the maximum dose, then yes it might be appropriate to increase the Lexapro. Once you see how you respond to the dose adjustment then you could decide whether tapering off the Klonopin is in order.
The maximum recommended dose of Lexapro is 20mgs per day.
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