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are there long term side effects from taking effexor for a long period of time

A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
60 years experience Internal Medicine
PPI's: In recent years the medical literature has been filled with articles describing harmful effects of taking medications like omeprazole long term. I wou ... Read More

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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Michaels
52 years experience Urology
Yes: Like all medicines it does have side effects. Alfuzosin (brand name Uroxatral) belongs to a group of medicines called alpa blockers. Althogh rare it c ... Read More
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Dr. Larry Xanthopoulos
21 years experience Pediatrics
2-3 times a day: Moisturizers in general are safe and can be applied multiple times a day on the body. Try using either cream or ointment which work better and avoid ... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Guolin Wen
25 years experience Pharmacology
Side effect: To put it simple, your mood will change, your fat issues will migrate, and your immune system will be more vulnerable. Withdrawal is when you discont ... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Ortiz
19 years experience Internal Medicine
Several side effects: Sodium and fluid retention sweating incr. Headache vertigo insomnia nervousness mood swings edema muscle weakness bp elevated glucose intole ... Read More
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Dr. James Shackson
32 years experience Psychiatry
Not likely: Withdrawal symptoms are usually short term. A small percentage of patients report withdrawal symptoms up to a year after stopping an ssri like zoloft ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mehmet Basaran
37 years experience Allergy and Immunology
None: Generally antihistmaines cause short term side effects such as drowsiness.
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
40 years experience Internal Medicine
This : This is really not a good idea. People really need at least 7 hours of sleep. The body just cannot work with such high levels of stress. If that rea ... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bennett Werner
43 years experience Cardiology
No: It's safe for the long haul but your renal function needs to be checked at least once a year and the dose adjusted if necessary.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
50 years experience Cardiology
Simvastatin: Glucose intolerance, muscle changes have been reported.
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Lewis
50 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Depends: Effedtiveness varies with the individual. All drugs have some side effects and the insert in the packaging lists side effects and warnings. I would re ... Read More
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A 13-year-old female asked:
Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
72 years experience Preventive Medicine
Unfortunately: This is regarded as standard treatment but jra is a disease that actually responds to nutlritional treatment. First stop all forms of sugar and sweete ... Read More
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
52 years experience Infectious Disease
Unlikely: Almost any drug can cause side effects while taking them. With fluroquinolones, common ones include minor mood changes, skin rash if allergic, and rar ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael McGonigal
38 years experience General Surgery
Many are possible: Concussions may cause no symptoms at all, or they can be a problem for a long time. The fewer effects you have and the faster they fade, the more like ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Wasser
34 years experience Addiction Medicine
See below : As long as you are taking it and potentially for months later.
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathy Robinson
31 years experience Family Medicine
Dependence: The biggest problem with taking phenobarbital for decades is that you develop dependence and would need to be tapered off of it. It is a barbiturate u ... Read More
A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
Low Testosterone: This treatment should be considered for life...Or for as long as it is effective. Low testosterone can cause malaise, fatigue, weakness, weight gai ... Read More
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A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
Antacids & Long Use: The biggest problem of long term antacid use is that the cause of the acid problem is often not sought. Also long term acid can be a cause of a very ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luis Villaplana
34 years experience Internal Medicine
No long term : Studies have shown long term effects after they are stopped.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michelle Zetoony
17 years experience Sleep Medicine
OTC medications: Residual side effects from the actual medication. Also most are antihistamines that are sedating so there is tolerance and dependence potential. You ... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
48 years experience Addiction Medicine
Addiction, mostly: The major side effects of opioids are constipation (which can be severe), increased sweating, weight gain, edema and hormonal changes, including reduc ... Read More
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A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tamara Lyday
14 years experience Family Medicine
Minimum: The biggest consequence is the need to stop it slowly. As a beta blocker it slows your heart rate. If you stop it cold turkey it can cause rapid heart ... Read More
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A 46-year-old male asked:
Dr. Harold Peltan
27 years experience Ophthalmology
Temazepam: Tolerance, or loss of effect. Risk of withdrawal. Risk of dependence is some people, especially if history of addiction or emotional instability. Not ... Read More
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
56 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Similar, minor diffe: The long term side effects are numerous depending on the individuals, duration, and dose. Major ones: Osteoporosis, cataract, diabetes, hypertension, ... Read More
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