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A 34-year-old male asked:

I've been taking effexor (venlafaxine) for about a year or so (diagnosed w/major depression & severe anxiety disorder) & i'm not happy w/it. other suggestions?

3 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Many options: The problems of depression and anxiety often need medications but counseling is also helpful in successful treatment. If a medication does not work well, or causes side effects that are not tolerable, it is important to discuss with your physician about other choices. No blood test, or easy way of choosing the right med exists, but other classes of drugs like ssris, or adding a med may be needed.
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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 44 years experience
Discuss with doctor: I suggest discussing your concerns with your doctor -- hopefully a psychiatrist. A psychiatrist will be interested in why you're unhappy with effexor, (venlafaxine) and try to work with you to improve the results you're getting. This should involve a close review of your case, and possibly dose adjustments or changes to different medications. Psychotherapy should be part of your treatment too.
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Dr. Judith Tellerman
Clinical Psychology 44 years experience
MEDICATION: Best to discuss medication with your Psychiatrist. If uncomfortable with your Dr. consult another for a second opinion. Have a physical exam by a Dr. to determine if you have a physical illness. Consult with a Clinical Psychologist for psychotherapy with ZOOM sessions. Fears and anxiety could be heightened due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Stay safe & hopeful to elevate your immune system.
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Last updated Jan 1, 2021

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