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Old 09-11-2004, 12:08 AM   #1
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Need your advice

I am going to be switching from Lexapro to Paxil and I was wondering if it is a difficult process. When you change meds is it like starting all over with the side effects and effectiveness even though they are both in the SSRI category? My doctor wants me to take a higher dose of medicine to control my OCD, but increasing my Lexapro dose has made me feel very agitated. So now I am going to try Paxil. Oh ya, I have OCD and anxiety/panic.

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Old 09-14-2004, 09:40 AM   #2
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Re: Need your advice

In my experience, it can be as difficult a process as switching from an SSRI to a non-SSRI. I actually started on Paxil... it was my first drug... and it was initially prescribed for panic disorder. It ended up making my panic attacks more frequent, longer, and more severe. It just didn't work out for me. So we switched to Zoloft. It's weird how so many different drugs of the exact same class can affect the same one person so differently. But yeah, it can be relatively difficult because they can have such different effects.

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