I was weaning off Lexapro by taking 10 mg with 75 mg Effexor XR as my new drug. I was feeling pretty good. My doctor asked if I just wanted to stay like that and I said I'd rather go ahead with the 150 mg Effexor and no Lexapro. Well I've been off Lexapro and on 150 mg Effexor 3 weeks, 75 mg. the week before that. Now I'm feeling awful with anxiety and I'm wondering if anyone else takes both together and how is it working? I can't get in to see my doctor for a few days.
The reason he asked if you wanted to stay where you were is probably because many of these drugs have awful withdrawal symptoms and take a long time to wean off. If you found a combo that was working it might not have been worth the pain of continuing the process of getting off of it. Depression and anxiety are such difficult things to treat because they can’t measure it or see it. And because people can react to various medications differently it’s hard to tutorage the right combination. It may be that the Effexor will work fine by itself and you just might need to get through the withdrawal of the Lexapro. Or maybe go back on the lexapro and wean more slowly. Or stay on both. But whatever you decide, include your doctor in the conversation. Ask for help and advice on weaning and how to cope with the withdrawal. Or the safety concerns of staying on both.
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