lexapro to paxil

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Has anyone made this switch directly without any issues with withdrawals or side effects.. lexapro 20mgs to paxil 20mgs..I'm freaking out that I have to change meds again but lexapro at full doseage is not doing much for my panic n ocd disorder.. the docs say that it should be smoother than starting from square one, but im hesitant because ive had such bad luck with side effects.. please positive feed back would be great.. thanks smile

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    I had some bad side effects with 20mg of lexapro. My dr had to put me back down to 10mg and added Xanax. I have not tried Paxil. I sometimes still feel anxiety while on these meds. I didn't at first, but after being on them together for almost a month I am beginning to feel more anxiety. Have you experienced this? When switching meds I would do it on a day when you know you don't have to be anywhere, just in case there are side effects such as tiredness etc. I'm pretty sure Paxil and lexapro are in the same family, so the switch should be fine.
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    Best thing anyone can take for panic attack symptoms is propanolol I take lowest dose they are amazing
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    I was on paxil for 14 plus years worked for me.  I was switched to Lexapro a couple of months ago.  It seems to be working.  What did your doctor explain for you to do when switching.  Did they have you just start taking paxil? I know the feeling about my doctor was not specific on how I should switch.  I don't want to scare by no means, so please don't panic with this info I want to give you.  I was told by my doctor that paxil has a short half life.  By this I mean that it doesn't last long in the body. This one of the main reason he explained why he wanted me to switch.  This is something you may want to discuss with you GP, doctor. 
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    Hey! Just curious if your transition was successful? I am about to do the same and I am so scared. Let me know. Thanks!
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