Just wondering if you have been on a SSRI and it stops working as well as it used to are you better placed to face the side effects of a different med since you've been through side effects before? I should be switching very soon, not sure what to apart from another SSRI so just wanted to understand whether I'm better placed because I have an idea about what to expect.
How hard is it to switch SSRI meds?
- 11 Sep 2016 by Debs21uk
- 14 September 2016
- depression, anxiety, side effect, ssri
Added 11 Sep 2016:
Also if I change from citalopram/celexa what would be a good next choice? I thought escitalopram but wasn't sure if this is too similar to citalopram.
I had to taper off two meds which I took for 4 and 5 years, but I didn't have a blank time as I was started on the new meds BEFORE I finished tapering off the old ones. This method worked great and no side effects ~ I've never had a side effect beyond a day or two.
Escitalopram (Lexapro), while distantly related to Celexa, is not the same drug and you should certainly give it a try as I found it excellent for both depression/anxiety.
Best wishes and good luck! Wildcat
Debs; Yes I have done this a few times as Wildcat said and the doctor did it the same way, taper while adding the other and had no problems at all and no gap period either, It really just depends on the person and the doctor on how hard or easy it is. Let your doctor know you would like to do it this way and the new medication seems to kick in faster also with pretty mild feelings during the change. Best of luck.
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