hi all! Newbie here...
Been on Paxil for 6 years and it was a blessing! Changed my life!
I tapered down so I could have another baby, and was almost off of it (5mgs) when I had some life stresses and decided to go back up in dose. Well, it didn't work for me anymore (which I hear is common). The Dr kept pushing me up to higher and higher doses till I felt horrible and had some downright scary side effects.
I have been tapering off of it ever since (from 40) and am now down to about 7.5mgs. My anxiety is back in full swing, worse than EVER...and I went to a new Dr. He wants me to start slowly on Lexapro (5mgs) while continuing to slowly taper off Paxil for good.
The paxil withdrawl/taper has truly been hell.
I thought I could just keep going and get off the Paxil, but I am not doing well at all, and have been relying on Xanax on and off to function. I do not want to end up with a dependency though, so I have decided to go for it.
tomorrow I will be adding the 5mgs of Lexapro to my 7.5 of Paxil (which is doing nothing!!!!) and slowly titrating each.
Has anyone switched like this?
Esp. with Paxil?
I am scared to death to do it, but I have to do something.