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Unread 03-09-2013, 02:28 PM   #1
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Default Switching from Pristiq to Lexapro/Cipralex

Does anyone have any experience with this?

Pristiq is very similar to Effexor, which is famous for having bad withdrawal symptoms. I will soon be switching to Lexapro (called Cipralex here in Canada) because the Pristiq is not helping. I'm hoping the transition will be smooth but I'm a bit worried about withdrawal from the Pristiq.
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Unread 03-10-2013, 01:49 PM   #2
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I've transitioned off Pristiq onto something else, and it wasn't bad at all. I think the problem comes when you transition off Effexor or Pristiq and don't replace it with a new medicine, because then you go thru full withdrawal.

That was my experience, anyway.
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Default Re: Switching from Pristiq to Lexapro/Cipralex

I had a difficult time(understatement),my pharmacist cut the pills, so I could taper slowly. I know Pristiq is not meant to be cut, a little messy. I did not take an entire cut pill at one time) and I was being switched to another medication at the same time.

Hope you new medication is helpful.
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Everyone I know that has taken lexapro had pretty much the same complaint, weight gain with no change in diet. Pharma company claims it doesn't cause weight gain I am calling bs. Lexapro is in the same family as Zoloft, it is an SSRI the Prestiq is an SNRI. My pdoc just switch me the other way. Good Luck and God bless. Garry
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lexapo is a the best SSRI I have been on them all. I only take 10mg but live on the edge. But 20mg SEX is a problem with orgasm real bad , weight gain is like the last poster says . FAT and happy or thin and depressed ,you pick
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Prestiq AND Lexapro made me gain weight like crazy!! I was a model and now I'm just fat. BOOOOO. Wondering if I switch back to Wellbutrin my OCD/Anxiety will go through the roof? I'd rather be anxious and skinny I think. Cause muffin top makes me depressed.
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I've been on Lexapro for almost 2 years straight with literally no side effects ever! No nausea, no fatigue, no extra anxiety/depression, no weight gain or appetite change, no headaches...NOTHING! It has been extremely effective until recently, and has now seemed to have pooped out on me, so my pdoc is switching me to something else (Viibryd). But for the time it worked, I absolutely LOVED it!!
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Everyone I know that has taken lexapro had pretty much the same complaint, weight gain with no change in diet. Pharma company claims it doesn't cause weight gain I am calling bs. Lexapro is in the same family as Zoloft, it is an SSRI the Prestiq is an SNRI. My pdoc just switch me the other way. Good Luck and God bless. Garry
I've been on Lexapro in the past and recently started up the generic version, and I've never had any weight side effects with it whatsoever.
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