Welcome to the A/P forum (if you haven't been before).
I'm not a professional, but in my experience you do need to come off one anti-dep medication entirely before starting another. Usually this is done by tapering down the dose slowly and gradually under supervision. Sometimes you do get some withdrawl symptoms, but if you do it slowly they are minor.
Once one med is out of your system then you can start another. Now I may be wrong here, but this is my experience of switching meds in the past. I hope your husband finds that Lexapro is a better med for him. Best wishes,
Switching from one drug to another in the same category may be done different ways depending on your physician. Some will have you cut back dose of one drug while they add small amount of new drug and make the switch that way.
I hope the Lexapro works out well for your hubby.
Kitt, Moderator: Anxiety, Panic & Depression *~*
Let's hope we hear from paintedsongs regarding if her husband was able to make the switch.
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