You can absolutely shift from Xanax to Lexapro without any worries but you might have to wait for quite some time for the Lexapro to work in the body. Many people do this if they are not feeling comfortable with Xanax. Doing so can create certain negative side effects or reactions but in a very minor phase adding to the fact that Lexapro is a bit slow to work. You can further consult with your health care professional to know if you can switch from Xanax to Lexapro and how can this be done.
Know the chemical characteristics of Xanax before shifting to Lexapro
Though both of these drugs are essentially prescribed to treat and relieve symptoms of anxiety, they belong to different class of medications. Xanax is a benzodiazepine drug whereas Lexapro belongs to groups of drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI’s). Both of these drugs work to affect the chemicals in the brain that may be unbalanced in people who have been affected with anxiety or depression. Xanax is administered for treating anxiety disorders, panic disorders as well as anxiety caused by depression. Lexapro treats anxiety in adults who are above the age group of 12. It also treats major depressive disorder in adults and adolescents who are at least 12 years of age.
Xanax is a highly addictive substance and can result in abnormal drug seeking behavior and also is a habit forming one. On the other hand, Lexapro is quite effective in relieving anxiety yet it has a few side effects. An essential quality of Lexapro is that it is a non-addictive drug. It improves your feelings of well-being and energy level and slowly decreasing your nervousness. If you are planning to take Lexapro on a daily basis and Xanax on an as needed basis, you will find that you will not need Xanax as often as how you used to take Lexapro for months together. Xanax is a tranquilizer in the sense it is an addicting product and hence you should not stop taking this medicine abruptly but decrease the dosage strength gradually upon consulting with your health care advisor. As you have been taking Xanax from quite a long time, you would have by now become dependent on the drug and it becomes difficult for you to shift to any other medicine or even Lexapro for that matter. You might experience few abnormal reactions or mild side effects when you shift from Xanax to Lexapro.
Possible negative effects of shifting from Xanax to Lexapro
The high efficacy of Xanax makes you difficult to tolerate Lexapro and because of which you might face dizziness, tingling feel in the hands, fingers and feet, not able to tolerate bright lights, you become moody, feeling exhausted and hot flashes and chills, pain in the head and body. As you begin to take Lexapro, you won’t need Xanax when Lexapro has entered in your system. It takes for about 4-6 weeks to forget the effects of Xanax and allow the effects of Lexapro to act in the body and might feel drowsy in the beginning.