paxil to lexapro switch failed
I really really need some help and encouragement. I was on paxil 20 mg for several years, then due to weight gain I cut down to 10 mg for two months. I was great but then I started to get intermittent anxiety after two months. I tried to bump back to 20 mg but couldn't handle the increased anxiety it caused so I adjusted to the 10 mg for a few months, like about 5 months. I also started 7.5 mg deplin and that helped too but overall I wanted to try something new so I took 5 mg of lexapro with 10 mg of paxil for two days and it caused be fall asleep at like 7 pm so I stopped the paxil cold turkey since this is what my doc told me to do.
I took lexapro 5 mg for another 5 days and the first two days I was good, but on day 3 of taking lexapro alone I had severe anxiety that did not subside after 3 more days so I thought I couldn't handle this transition so I stopped lexapro and went back to 10 mg paxil the next day. For the next 3 days I was fine as I was paxil 10 mg as before, but suddenly on day 4 of going back to paxil I had severe anxiety. So I started to take paxil 10 mg every 2 days, but this still caused anxiety. So I didn't take paxil for 3 days, and I started to get withdrawal, ie sweating, feeling hot, dizziness and so forth,
I took 5 mg of paxil today and it still caused increased anxiety but not as much. Right now I am not sure what to do and I am really frustrated because If i don't take anything I get withdrawal and if i do i get increased anxiety. I was on paxil for so long i don't understand why the sensitivity even though i've been of lexapro now for almost 10 days. Will this go away? Will i go back to how i was on 10 mg of paxil. God i don't know what to do. Please help. I am thinking i should take paxil 2.5 mg a day for a week and see how i do and slowly bump myself back up to 10 mg over 4 weeks.