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Hi I need some advice I take 10mg of escitalopram/lexapro I have been taking 5mg for few weeks and wanting to go onto fluoxetine bc the escitalopram doesn't seem to help my anxiety. Has anyone switched from one of these meds to the other and does fluoxetine help anxiety. Thanks

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    Hi Lee I've never tried escitalopram but I did take fluoxetine for just over 4 1/2 weeks and it wasn't for me, my anxiety was so much worse. In saying that there are lots of people on this forum taking it and they say it helps. We are all different and some people have little to no side effects. When you speak to your Dr about changing meds ask loads of questions and maybe ask about therapy, it has helped me. Good luck with everything.cheesygrin
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    Thx Elaine 😊
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    Lee, I take 5 mg of escitalopram and nothing else. It takes 4-6 weeks to feel the expected effect, it appears you have not been on it long enough to get the full results. I would try it for 6 weeks and then talk to a doctor about increasing it or changing at that time.
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      Sorry I did a mistake I took 10mg  for 2 years but they don't work I went to 5 mg for last few weeks bc I want to withdraw them and start a different medication I see doc on monday
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      That makes sense Lee. I stopped my escitalopram about a year ago (started again in Oct). When I weened off them, I had "brain zaps" for several weeks. Quite "interesting" if you never had one. It is a sudden shock/jolt without the pain, just a weird buzz in my head. LOL
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      Hi piglets I didn't have brain zaps but I have been feeling dizzy and like a heavy headed feeling feels horrible I've been to docs today and she was ok with me cutting down on them and has put me on fluoxetine so hopefully they help😊
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