I was on Lexapro for 5 years although everything was all good... I stopped it and had bad withdrawals. I really want to go back on it but I’m so afraid of the withdrawals... I am looking for another antidepressant that will work just as good as Lexapro but not as potent.
Everyone responds differently to this type of medication so finding one that is most effective for you with minimal side effects is a matter of trial and error. Withdrawals can be difficult for some people with all antidepressants and symptoms can be eliminated or minimized by following a tapering dose schedule (sometimes lengthy) provided by your health care provider.
I took Lexapro for years and years until it "pooped out" on me. Other options I might suggest are Celexa, Paxil, Prozac, and Zoloft in the SSRI class of antidepressants, but remember no one is more potent than another... it all depends on your response.
Have a discussion with your doctor about these options and get some professional help in making a decision.
Best regards and good luck to you!
- Lexapro Information for Consumers
- Lexapro Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Lexapro (detailed)
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