switching meds again

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   Posted 8/10/2007 5:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I visited the dr today and he decided to switch me from lexapro to effexor xr, he also told me to stay w/ the alprozam and take it little as possible. I'm trying to stay positive, I was on my 4th week w/ lexapro but it just wasn't agreeing w/ my body. I have to believe this is going to work. I have to get my life back and I have to get back to work. I've let some friends in on what's happening they're trying to help, I was scared to tell them before, I didn't think they would understand. I really hope this works please pray for me.

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   Posted 8/10/2007 6:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm just going to come out and say this, hopefully not breaking any rules or stepping on any toes in the process.

If your life is really in disarray, then I recommend very strongly that you see a psychiatrist. Basically all most of them do is dispense these types of drugs, and so they can rely on experience to take a lot of the "trial and error" out of the picture. I'd go in and ask for a long-acting benzodiazepine in for the short term, at least. They're not like SSRI's. These drugs are very simple and work on just about everyone. There are side effects but from what I've read of peoples' experiences they're less problematic than the SSRIs, especially at the onset of treatment for anxiety disorder. In the short run the SSRI's tend to have a stimulating effect and will make you worse and you have to wait for that period to pass. I've read that Effexor is similar.

A psychiatrist will know a lot more than I or anyone else here, but at least ask them about it. There are many people who take benzodiazepines only while they're adjusting to the other types of meds. If you want your life back, that's your best chance (in my opinion, at least).
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   Posted 8/10/2007 10:46 PM (GMT -6)   
I totally agree. Hang in there. I took benzos a few times and they always helped. It was easy to get of them too cause the other SSRI worked and i didnt need them anymore. So decrease and never noticed any withdrawal. BUT you MUST becareful with those drugs.

Good luck!!! See a psychiatrist if you can.
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