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Proceed with Caution! I was on Paxil for nearly 6 yrs. and was down to 10 mg. before switcing overnight to 25 mg. of Zoloft. My Dr. told me it wouldn't be a problem switching and to just stop the Paxil and take the Zoloft the next day. Well, this didn't work out for me. I became very anxious around the second day, couldn't sleep, developed a prickly rash behind my ears, and had nosebleeds. It was not fun. I think the withdrawal and the introduction of a new SSRI to my system at the same time really messed me up chemically. I was going 2 to 3 days with no sleep. It was awful. After trying to get on the Zoloft for 6 weeks and consulting with my Dr. I gave up and realized the switch wasn't working. I discussed going back on Paxil and my Dr. gave me a new prescription but I became fearful and never went back on that either.

It's now been 9 months that I haven't taken anything and the post Paxil sleep issues have continued to be problematic. Most days I can only get 3-5 hours of sleep if at all. I directly relate them to the Paxil and keep hoping my brain will repair itself over time. I never had trouble sleeping before taking Paxil or during treatment with Paxil.

Again, proceed with caution. You may be just fine but not everyone makes a smooth transition. All the SSRI's are chemically different so it's just a matter of how your body reacts to them together and individually.
Switching medications can be a rough ride. I am in the middle of medication changes. I had to get completely off my Effexor quickly to start at the bottom of Prozac. It has been extremely rough and most days I feel awful. I now have to slowly get increased to the maximum dose of Prozac over the course of months and at the same time he is weaning me off some of my other meds. I have a new pdoc (anxiety specialist) and he is hoping the Prozac will cover most of the issues minus all the other drugs.

Be prepared for the possibilty of some very rough days. examples, feeling sick, getting sick, tired, loss of sleep, brain zaps, skin crawling to name a few.

Luckily I am not working and am in the process of applying for disability. If you work I would look at getting a short term leave to see through the medication change personally.:dizzy:
No, see that was years ago when i was on lexapro, then i switched to Paxil without weaning off, going from one SSRI to another without weaning.

After that though i got off anxiety medication and it wasn't until recently that i started again, about two months ago. Effexor is a SNRI though, My new doc wanted me to give lexapro another shot before the Effexor though, so i tried that at 10 mg for a few weeks and had the same results as last time, nothing :(





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