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Can I take 5-HTP along with Effexor (venlafaxine)?

Can I take 5-HTP along with Effexor (venlafaxine)?

Bad idea!: This combo has a fairly high risk for a very bad problem known as serotonin syndrome. Talk to your Dr. Don't start to take them on your own but if they've been prescribed and you've already started, don't just stop cold turkey. Get to a Dr as soon as possible to help correct this. ...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


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Can I substitute effexor (venlafaxine) er 75mg 24 hr. Dose with 5-HTP?

Can I substitute effexor (venlafaxine) er 75mg 24 hr. Dose with 5-HTP?

Prob. not: effexor (venlafaxine) is a prescription drug that acts by increasing levels of serotonin and norepinephrine in synapses. 5 HT is an amino acid that is a precursor to serotonin. It is not clear that simply ingesting 5 ht will increase serotonin levels in synapses. ...Read more

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Can you die if you take five 75mg pills of Effexor (venlafaxine) for anxiety?

Can you die if you take five 75mg pills of Effexor (venlafaxine) for anxiety?

Take care: Taking too much effexor/venlafaxine can cause heart complications and if the overdose is severe, death can occur. However, the max dose of Effexor is 375 mg so five 75 mg tabs is the max dose. Do check in with your physician about this and take care to follow directions. ...Read more

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I cannot tolerate side effects of Effexor (venlafaxine) XR 150mg despite 2, 5 months. May i take it 2 times a day as 75mg?

I cannot tolerate side effects of Effexor (venlafaxine) XR 150mg despite 2, 5 months. May i take it 2 times a day as 75mg?

Re-visit: With your doctor to review the reasons you are taking and the appropriate way to step down the dosage. Keep in mind it may not be effective at the lower dose and you may want to entertain a trial of another without as many side effects. ...Read more

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I am currently taking Effexor (venlafaxine) 150, and I like it, however I keep gaining weight. I'm at 294 (5'3'' female, 31yo). What could I take with/instead of?

Weight gain: There’s not a lot that can be done about weight gain other than either lowering the dose or changing to an alternative med. Without knowing more about you there’s no way to determine an alternative that would be best for you specifically. Please speak with your prescriber about your concerns regarding this side effect with Effexor (venlafaxine) and determine a course of action that works for you. ...Read more

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What's the usual tapering 4 Effexor (venlafaxine) XR? I'm currently on 75mg, but have been decreased to 37.5. Approx how long do I have to take 37.5 b4 going to 0mg

Tapering down method: Take one tablet every other day for one week, then one tablet every two days for another week. Then stop the medication. If your doctor agrees with this protocol, and eventually prescribes another medicine for you, take it on the days you have not taken the old one. I hope you consult it with your prescriptioner. Good health and quick recovery! ...Read more

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Does Effexor (venlafaxine) XR make Concerta less effective? I take 112.5 mg and 108 mg, respectively.

Does Effexor (venlafaxine) XR make Concerta less effective? I take 112.5 mg and 108 mg, respectively.

Should be fine: Good question. Effexor (venlafaxine) XR should not make Concerta less effective. Check with prescribing doctor if you have questions about effectiveness of doses. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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150mg of Effexor for GAD -2 weeks (titrated up from 37.5) I take in evening about 2 hours before bed, and lately I wake up often at night. Take inAM?

150mg of Effexor for GAD -2 weeks (titrated up from 37.5)  I take in evening about 2 hours before bed, and lately I wake up often at night. Take inAM?

GAD: MAY be helped by medication and the doctor who prescribed it is the one to talk about that with. GAD is best treated by therapy from a mental health pro who specializes in mood disorders such as a clinical psychologist. Clinical hypnosis is one tool he/she may utilize. See www.asch.net for licensed referrals. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I take effexor (venlafaxine) 150 daily and klonipin 0.5 at bedtime. I left for vacation and forgot to bring my klonipin. Can I take a larger dose of effexor (venlafaxine) to help with klonipin anxiety until I get home in 4 days?

I take effexor (venlafaxine) 150 daily and klonipin 0.5 at bedtime. I left for vacation and forgot to bring my klonipin. Can I take a larger dose of effexor (venlafaxine) to help with klonipin anxiety until I get home in 4 days?

Inform your doctor: Even though Effexor (venlafaxine) and Klonopin both address anxiety symptoms , they have different mechanisms of action in the brain and target different receptors. It is NOT advisable to take more Effexor (venlafaxine) to compensate for the lack of Klonopin . Recommend contacting your doctor to discuss options best in your particular case. ...Read more

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Can I take melatonin with effexor (venlafaxine)?

Melatonin and effexo: Yes you can, ther is no interaction. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take chantix with effexor (venlafaxine).

Is it ok to take chantix with effexor (venlafaxine).

Okay but....: It is okay to take them together but you need to be aware that chantix can have a number of psychiatric side effects including a worsening of depression and even suicidal feelings. Please be aware of this and if you start having any new psychiatric symptoms please stop the chantix and see your doctor immediately. ...Read more

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Is there any safe cold meds to take with effexor (venlafaxine)?

Is there any safe cold meds to take with effexor (venlafaxine)?

Yes!: i notice you have Asthma and Panic disorder. You need to avoid cold medications that contain a decongestant like pseudo ephedrine due to taking Effexor, and could make your panic attacks worse. Aspirin, Tylenol (acetaminophen) would be okay. Careful with anti histamines like Benadryl, could affect you. If needed Claritin is rejected by the blood brain barrier so is less likely to sedate you. Check w your prescrib ...Read more

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Can i take Effexor (venlafaxine) and propranolol at the same time?

Can i take Effexor (venlafaxine) and propranolol at the same time?

Effexor/Inderal: Your symptoms might relate to the effexor, (venlafaxine) however, Propranolol is safe to take with Effexor (venlafaxine) as it slightly lowers your blood pressure & might help the headaches, but some sedation is likely. Consult your prescribing doctor. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take Effexor (venlafaxine) & heparin? Any interaction?

Is it ok to take Effexor (venlafaxine) & heparin? Any interaction?

Heparin Effexor (venlafaxine): It is reported that risk of bleeding, especially at the beginning or at the end of treatment with Venlafaxine (Effexor). If this combination is prescribed, patients have to be monitored for bleeding. ...Read more

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I missed a dose of Effexor (venlafaxine) 75mg. When should I take the mext one?

I missed a dose of Effexor (venlafaxine) 75mg. When should I take the mext one?

Take when due: If you forget your dose in the morning and realize by noon you missed it, you can just take it then. If you don't realize until the evening, you can take it the next morning as you normally would. Of course, talk with your own physician about this. ...Read more

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Effexor (venlafaxine) withdrawal - how long will it take until i'm normal again?

A month: The long lasting symptoms should be better by the 3rd week. Good luck. ...Read more

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I take 300mg of Effexor (venlafaxine) and was wondering if I am having some side effects?

I take 300mg of Effexor (venlafaxine) and was wondering if I am having some side effects?

Hard to know: Can't really answer the question without knowing what symptoms or possible side effects you are experiencing. Also, usually the question of whether physical symptoms are side effects or not also depends on timing (when did the symptoms start and what is the relationship to any changes in medication dose). ...Read more

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How long does it take for zeprexa and Effexor to leave the body after last taking either? How can we check how much of either are left in our system?

How long does it take for zeprexa and Effexor to leave the body after last taking either? How can we check how much of either are left in our system?

It Depends: Drugs clear the body at different rates depending on the form given, how much was given, how long you took it, what other meds you take and your own metabolic rate. Effexor has a half-life (time for half the dose to clear body) of up to 6 hours and Xyprexa's half-life is up to 30 days. These 2 meds usually are dosed for a long term and should not be stopped without MD supervision. Check with MD. ...Read more

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What symptoms are present with an Effexor (venlafaxine) overdose. I just like to know worst case scenarios with anything I take. Better safe than sorry?

What symptoms are present with an Effexor (venlafaxine) overdose. I just like to know worst case scenarios with anything I take. Better safe than sorry?

Too many: There are too many potential side effects to list. Most people have no side effects. This sounds like a discussion you should have with your doctor. ...Read more

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What is the best way to get off effexor (venlafaxine)? I am taking the lowest dose but feel bad anxiety and am scared to take and/or come off it. What do I do?

What is the best way to get off effexor (venlafaxine)? I am taking the lowest dose but feel bad anxiety and am scared to take and/or come off it. What do I do?

Tapering off effexor (venlafaxine): Tapering off any medication is difficult as the symptoms the medication was treating come back. I would contact the provider that prescribed this medication and ask what is the best way to taper off. You are on other medications that may contribute to the anxiety, I would as if the other medication dosing can change to help relieve symptoms. Do not stop this medication abruptly and ask for help. ...Read more

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I take Effexor (venlafaxine) 150 mg. some days I skip a day and feel fine will this have any effect? What would happen if I only took the medication every other day

Talk w your Doctor: Effexor (venlafaxine) has a half life (a measure of how long it takes your body to get rid of ½ of it), of 8-12 hrs. So it will be better you take it daily, if not the levels could drop too much and you could get "discontinuation syndrome", were you could get dizzy, pin and needles feelings, and a sense like if you had a flu. Talk w your Doctor to see if 75 mg/day is enough or you need higher doses. ...Read more

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At what dosage does Effexor (venlafaxine) XR become cardiotoxic? Studies sayfor overdose 1000mg but what about 225mg-450mg that some folks take? Is that high enough

At what dosage does Effexor (venlafaxine) XR become cardiotoxic? Studies sayfor overdose 1000mg but what about 225mg-450mg that some folks take? Is that high enough

It's pretty safe.: They don't actually do controlled trials of overdoses in humans. Therefore the experience is based only on those who try suicide and they are not a reliable group.
http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2005/020699s059lbl.pdf
2.75 GRAM was slightly cardiotoxic, BUT
1) other drugs potentially interact
2) underlying heart disease will interact with it. ...Read more

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How long does it take for Effexor (venlafaxine) XR to leave your system? I have decreased to 75mg and will be put on another med as i'm allergic to effexor (venlafaxine).

Effexor (venlafaxine) XR: Eliminating immediate-release Effexor (venlafaxine) takes about 3 days, but the elimination of the xr form depends on its absorption -- which can add 15 hours or so to the whole process. So, 4-5 days should be reasonable. ...Read more

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How do I get off Effexor (venlafaxine) xr.Ive made two attempts and failed i was hospitalized at a physc hospital for five days .Become suicidal.

How do I get off Effexor (venlafaxine) xr.Ive made two attempts and failed i was hospitalized at a physc hospital for five days .Become suicidal.

Work w/your doctor: Since you've had great difficulty getting off of Effexor (venlafaxine) on your own, you really need to work with your own psychiatrist on this. It could be that another medication will be more helpful to you, if Effexor (venlafaxine) has not been. But the only way to know is to have frank discussions with your psychiatrist, and follow up regularly so that you both can assess your response. Good luck to you. ...Read more

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One 5 mg tablet of Valium every 2 to 3 days affects my anxiety more than the 112.5 mg of effexor-xr i take daily. Should i increase the Effexor (venlafaxine) dose?

Work w/your doctor: You really need to work with your doctor on any medication changes, rather than asking online physicians who don't know you. Effexor (venlafaxine) can be very helpful in anxiety. ...Read more

Effexor (Definition)

Venlafaxine is a non-tricyclic which is a kind of serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibiting drug (atypical anti-psychotic ...Read more