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Hello and thank you for your question. Dr. Vikas is not a regular expert on this website, so I will be happy to help you with your concern. Unfortunately Lexapro and Effexor are different antidepressants, so if you just stop the Lexapro abruptly it most likely will lead to withdrawal symptoms. The best way for you to discontinue the Lexapro would be as follows:
-Reduce to 5mg/day of Lexapro for 7 days
-Reduce to 5mg every other day of Lexapro for 8 days
-Reduce to 5mg every third day of Lexapro for 9-12 days (this is optional if you want to take the most conservative route to your tapering).
You can discuss this with your doctor and you can start the Effexor at a low dose (either 37.5 or 75mg) and gradually increase as this would be an acceptable cross-titration plan as you will simultaneously be decreasing the lexapro.
I hope this gives you some guidance on this issue. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns as I am happy to assist and support you regarding this issue.
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