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Are There Differences Between Zoloft And Effexor
Yes: Zoloft is serotonergic in nature. Effexor (venlafaxine) in low doses is also. At higher doses effexor's noradrenergic. Zoloft has fewer significant side effects - Effexor (venlafaxine) has more including at times severe withdrawal effects compared to zoloft. Studies show Effexor (venlafaxine) to be more effective in severe depression than other antidepressants. With its dual nature Effexor (venlafaxine) doesn't seem to lose effectiveness like zoloft. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is Effexor (venlafaxine) right for me? 200mg Zoloft daily doesn't work. I am a diabetic I have been taking Zoloft for 12 years now and it always worked in the past. Thanks for your help!
Hello. : Hello. I don't know what condition you are taking the zoloft for. Ptsd? Anxiety disorder? Depression? The first issue is to ensure that your diagnosis is correct. Although 200mg of zoloft is the maximum recommended dose in the pdr; it is often prescribed off - label at higher doses. Some of the concerns with Effexor (venlafaxine) is that to get a dose that has more than just an effect on serotonin levels; you could have problems with weight gain and hypertension. Some patients need a medication combination or a mood stabilizer good luck. ...Read more
Is Zoloft better drug than Effexor (venlafaxine)? I heard more people using Zoloft than Effexor (venlafaxine).
I tried to quit effexor (venlafaxine) xr but the symptoms came back. Psch put me on zoloft 200m mg. How much time will it take to work?
Variable: This is a good question. As soon as a person takes a dose of Zoloft (sertraline) (or any SRI) their levels of serotonin in their brain begin to change. Some individuals likely benefit from that alone However...the secondary therapeutic actions relate to changes on the surface of the nerve cell which requires more complex mechanisms i.e protein synthesis...and this can take 2-4 weeks. So time is needed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Was on 75mg of Effexor (venlafaxine) for last 7 weeks and have been upped to 150mg for the last week or so. Feel worse than what i was when i was on Zoloft.
Let treating dr know: It is common for some medications to work well and others may not work as well. You need to let your treating Dr. know and medications may need to be adjusted or switched until the right one or combination of them works best for you. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Currently take 200mg Zoloft daily and Dr. has now added Effexor (venlafaxine) XR 75mg daily. Is this a problem? What alternatives should I discuss with Dr.?
Seems like a lot: Zoloft 200 mg is a pretty high dose. You may want to ask him about weaning down on the Zoloft as he's increasing the Effexor XR. You may also want to ask about another class of medication instead of the Effexor XR such as wellbutrin, buproprion or abilify, (aripiprazole) depending on your diagnosis. ...Read more
Safe: Safe is such a relative term. Whenever taking multiple meds you run the risk of interactions or side effects. With that being said, realize that Effexor (venlafaxine) affects norepinephrine and seretonin, both of which are neurotransmitters associated with dep and anx; whereas, zoloft targets mainly seretonin. If prescribed both, attention needs to be paid to developing seretonin syndrome, which is an overload. ...Read more
Zoloft (sertraline): Yes it is. Dopamin reuptake inhibition increases as dose increase. ...Read more
Currently taking 200mg Zoloft. Effexor (venlafaxine) XR started 07/01/14. Since Effexor (venlafaxine) Iam losing weight.went from 297 to 280. Is this a cause for concern?
No: losing weight is possible on these medications but you need to check with your provider to see if you should be on two drugs in the same family which could cause some problems like serontonin syndrome Please check with provider but I do see weight loss with some antidepressants (sometimes they gain weight) ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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