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Effexor (Overview)

Venlafaxine (effexor) is an snri (serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor) that is used for the treatment of depression; depression & anxiety; generalized anxiety disorder; & social anxiety. Effexor 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.


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Effexor (Overview)

Venlafaxine (effexor) is an snri (serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor) that is used for the treatment of depression; depression & anxiety; generalized anxiety disorder; & social anxiety. Effexor 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.


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Please describe the medication: effexor?

Please describe the medication: effexor?

Depression/anxiety: Venlafaxine (effexor) is an snri (serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor) that is used for the treatment of depression; depression & anxiety; generalized anxiety disorder; & social anxiety. Effexor 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 to cause severe GI problems?

Is it possible for long term use of Effexor 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 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 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? Tolerance can develop with it, and this may be happening with you also. Talk with your doctor about medication options. ...Read more

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I recently started adding Abilify 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 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 work well for helping with depression and do the side effects go away over time?

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

It depends...: Effexor 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 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 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 is an snri an d Celexa is an 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 xr?

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

Early: Side effects with most antidepressants, including effexor, 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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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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