My doctor recently had me stop taking Paxil 30mg and the next day take 10mg Lexapro. Now I have been taking Paxil for the last 3 years. It worked great but over the last 6 months my panic attacks have came back strongly. So my doctor first moved me from 20mg Paxil to 30mg. I tried that for a few weeks. It wasn’t doing anything . So I went back and he told me to try Lexapro. So I quit cold turkey on Tuesday off the Paxil. An started taking Lexapro 10mg on Wednesday. It’s now Friday and the past couple of days the side effects have been hell. Nervous, nauseous, vertigo, dizziness, sweating, feeling like my head is in a fog. Is this normal? Will this all go away? An is there anything I can do to lessen the symptoms.
I also take 25mg of metoprolol twice a day for high blood pressure. I’ve been on it for over 5 years.
I don't doubt that you are having a bumpy transition. I would have anticipated that your Doctor would have taken you down to 20 mg. of Paxil for a week, then down to 10 mg for a week before having you end Paxil altogether and then waiting a week before starting you at 5 mg of Lexapro. And finally trying 5 mg of Lexapro for at least 4 weeks before bumping you up 10 mg of Lexapro. The transition I described would have its own challenges but your Doctor could have prescribed qty 30, .5 mg alprazolam to help you through that transition. Meanwhile, while Lexapro may indeed help with the Panic attacks, I'm not aware that it has been approved for Panic. The Anti-depressants approved for Panic, to my knowledge, remain: Paxil, Prozac, Sertraline and Effexor.
I'm guessing the symptoms of your flash cut transition will begin begin to diminish but it could take a couple weeks before you start to really feel better. Take care for now and all the best.
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