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Effexor (Overview)

Venlafaxine is a non-tricyclic which is a kind of serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibiting drug (atypical anti-psychotic drug, drug for psychosis).


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What dose of Effexor (venlafaxine) would you suggest to a patient to treat OCD in particular?

What dose of Effexor (venlafaxine) would you suggest to a patient to treat OCD in particular?

Effexor (venlafaxine): Begin with 75 mg. Depending on the response you can go up to 225 mg per day. ...Read more

Effexor (Overview)

Venlafaxine is a non-tricyclic which is a kind of serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibiting drug (atypical anti-psychotic drug, drug for psychosis).


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Please describe the medication: effexor (venlafaxine)?

Please describe the medication: effexor (venlafaxine)?

Depression/anxiety: Venlafaxine (effexor) is a snri (serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor) that is used for the treatment of depression; depression & anxiety; generalized anxiety disorder; & social anxiety. Effexor (venlafaxine) xr is sometimes used for panic disorders. It can cause nausea, headaches, anxiety, insomnia, drowsiness. & hypertension. Seizures have been reported. Be careful not to discontinue it suddenly. ...Read more

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Taking venlafaxine 150mg have gain 30lbs how can I lose weight taking this pill my doc prescribe this because he said it would help w/ weight lose?

Taking venlafaxine 150mg have gain 30lbs how can I lose weight taking this pill my doc prescribe this because he said it would help w/ weight lose?

Weight concerns: While weight gain is not a common side effect of venlafaxine, it can occur in the setting of medical/psychological difficulties & lifestyle dietary/exercise choices/behavior. Venlafaxine can lead to increases in blood pressure, which can additionally stress your body. Ultimately, would encourage you to discuss your concerns as well as the potential risks & benefits of ongoing use with your doctor. ...Read more

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Is it possible for long term use of Effexor (venlafaxine) to cause severe GI problems?

Is it possible for long term use of Effexor (venlafaxine) to cause severe GI problems?

Reversible: Alot of the psychiatric medications can cause GI side effects. Usually constipation is a problem. This is because there is alot of serotonergic innerevation in the GI system, maybe even more than the brain. But, the bowels usually adapt, and if not they normalize when the med is discontinued. ...Read more

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Used Effexor (venlafaxine) 75mg, for 2 years. Weaned off at 33.5mg. Stoped taking for 4 months because I thought I was better. Having anxiety again, tried but made wors?

Used Effexor (venlafaxine) 75mg, for 2 years. Weaned off at 33.5mg. Stoped taking for 4 months because I thought I was better. Having anxiety again, tried but made wors?

Return of symptoms: Return of symptoms is not uncommon with anxiety. Are you still working with a therapist (you list "behavior therapy" your clinical findings)? If you stopped that therapy also, you could resume it and hopefully get your symptoms into remission again. Are you still on klonopin (clonazepam)? Tolerance can develop with it, and this may be happening with you as well. Talk with your doctor about medication options. ...Read more

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I recently started adding Abilify (aripiprazole) to Effexor and lamictal... I feel better already... I always had the gray cloud over my head.... Is this an effective?

I recently started adding Abilify (aripiprazole) to Effexor and lamictal... I feel better already... I always had the gray cloud over my head.... Is this an effective?

Could be: Without knowing more about why you are taking the medications I couldn't say for sure but it sounds like a good early response. Keep track of your mood over time. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can Effexor (venlafaxine) work well for helping with depression and do the side effects go away over time?

Can Effexor (venlafaxine) work well for helping with depression and do the side effects go away over time?

It depends...: Effexor (venlafaxine) works very well for some people, not so well for others, same as other antidepressants. Some people have difficulty with side effects initially, especially nausea. Going very slowly up on the dose usually eliminates that problem although some people describe always having a slight feeling of nausea no matter what. As far as efficacy, getting to the right dose is essential. ...Read more

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Currently tapering down Effexor (venlafaxine) and getting on celexa. I take 75 mg eff and 10 mg cel. I'm really liking this combo. The goal is to get off of eff but what if this combo works can I be on 2 diff meds?

Currently tapering down Effexor (venlafaxine) and getting on celexa. I take 75 mg eff and 10 mg cel. I'm really liking this combo. The goal is to get off of eff but what if this combo works can I be on 2 diff meds?

Yes.: Yes, of course. Effexor (venlafaxine) is a snri a d Celexa is a ssri and the combination causes the reuptake of the neurotransmitters serotonin and norepinephrine which are deficient in depression. In fact, a lot of psychiatrists have used combinations of antidepressants to target symptoms that one antidepressant inadequately treats. ...Read more

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When will the side effects kick in when taking Effexor (venlafaxine) xr?

When will the side effects kick in when taking Effexor (venlafaxine) xr?

Early: Side effects with most antidepressants, including effexor, (venlafaxine) occur early (in the first few days after a dose increase) whereas the benefits often take weeks to show up. ...Read more

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Is it safe to stop Effexor (venlafaxine) on my own?

Yes, but...: Be aware of the discontinuation syndrome: increased irritability, malaise, strange sensations when turning your head, electric shock sensations down the neck or back, lightheadedness. Taper the dose very slowly. Better yet, recruit the prescriber who put you on it to help you decide whether to get off it and to help you get off it if the two of you believe it is in your best interest. ...Read more

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How can I safely come off of effexor, (venlafaxine) tegretol, and quetiapine?

How can I safely come off of effexor, (venlafaxine) tegretol, and quetiapine?

Work With Your MD: Tapering off some medications may be relatively simple, while others quite complicated. First and foremost understand the reason for tapering off your medications. You must involve your physician in the decision and the process. Prematurely tapering off meds can lead to an exacerbation of the reason you are taking them. Certain meds can cause withdrawal and must be tapered slowly. Work with md. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous to take triazolam and Effexor (venlafaxine) together?

No: Halcion is a fast acting sedative that isn't prescribed much anymore. Effexor (venlafaxine) is a dual acting antidepressant usually given in the am because it tends to be stimulating. ...Read more

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I startle and jerk all through the night in my sleep. It wakes me sometimes and disturbs my husband. Could it be a side effect of effexor (venlafaxine)?

I startle and jerk all through the night in my sleep. It wakes me sometimes and disturbs my husband. Could it be a side effect of effexor (venlafaxine)?

NIghttime jerking: In the clinical trials with effexor, (venlafaxine) a small group (1%-3%) of patients had twitching muscles. Some (5%) had tremor. Some also had hyper-reflexia and CNS stimulation -- which could contribute to what you're experiencing. Did you have a strong startle reflex before starting the medicine? If you're dreaming intensely, this could be affecting things as well. Talk with your doctor about this. ...Read more

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What are some side effects of effexor (venlafaxine)?

What are some side effects of effexor (venlafaxine)?

Effexor (venlafaxine): Some potential side effects with Effexor (venlafaxine) include high blood pressure, headache, blurred vision, constipation, diarrhea, drowsiness, nausea, vomiting, heartburn, decreased libido, dry mouth, ^ anxiety, increased sweating, dizziness, unusual dreams, tremor, insomnia, fatigue, depression, somnolence, paresthesias, abdominal pain, gas, flu-like symptoms, etc. ...Read more

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How long does it take Effexor (venlafaxine) to get out of your system if you have only been taking it for a week?

How long does it take Effexor (venlafaxine) to get out of your system if you have only been taking it for a week?

Effexor (venlafaxine): Effexor (venlafaxine) and its breakdown product have half-lives of 5 and 11 hours, respectively. This means that both should be gone from your system in 55 hours, or about 2.5 days. ...Read more

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Side effects with Effexor (venlafaxine) how long do they last?

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Effexor (venlafaxine): Most subside within 1-2 weeks, depending on dose. ...Read more

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Do I have to take Effexor (venlafaxine) 75mg one pill a day &lyrica 75mg also one pill for my life long if I have fibromyalgia. Please help couldn't I have a baby.?

Do I have to take Effexor (venlafaxine) 75mg one pill a day &lyrica 75mg also one pill for my life long if I have fibromyalgia. Please help couldn't I have a baby.?

Integrative approach: There are many pharmacological options for fibromyalgia but an integrative approach will be better long term. Integrative approach will address your lifestyle, nutrition, sleep and stressors of life. Incorporating an active lifestyle combined with healthy diet, mind and body therapy and lowest possible doses of medication is the way to go. Of course, you need to work closely with a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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Venlafaxine (Definition)

It belong to classification of snri antidepressant also help anxiety start slow go slow its approved for depression and anxiety disorder there are some common side effects important never stop suddenly always taper slowly if you ever ...Read more