U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
Manchester, CT
A 22-year-old male asked:

No luck with lexapro, is effexor (venlafaxine) a good second choice for treating depression and anxiety in a 22 year old in good health otherwise?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 32 years experience
Many possibilities: There are many antidepressants from which to choose. Recent studies suggest that just because 1st drug from a family doesn't work doesn't mean that you need to switch drug families. Also, we can't say a drug didn't work unless you couldn't tolerate the highest dose. Lexapro (escitalopram) is a member of ssri family of which there are many. Talk to your doc about all your options (sometimes dictated by insurance).
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 34 years experience
Lexapro (escitalopram): Switching from an ssri to an snri, if the Lexapro was given at optimum dose for sufficient time with not enough clinical response, is a possibility which needs tobe reviewed with your doctor. Another option is augmenting Lexapro with another medicine such as abilify (aripiprazole).
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
Last updated Jan 2, 2021

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.