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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more


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Zoloft 100mg helped anxiety but not depression, Effexor (venlafaxine) 150mg helped depression but not anxiety. is there a medication that will help both?

Zoloft 100mg helped anxiety but not depression, Effexor (venlafaxine) 150mg helped depression but not anxiety. is there a medication that will help both?

Both can help: Both meds can treat anxiety and depression. My suggestion is to work with your prescriber to try a higher dose of either med to see if one can treat both. Although, generally not recommended I have combined these two meds for the reason you stated. I sometimes find doses of Effexor (venlafaxine) above 150mg cause more anxiety. An alternative idea might be to add buproprion to Zoloft adjusting each. ...Read more

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Does anxiety require a higher dose of Effexor (venlafaxine) than depression?

Does anxiety require a higher dose of Effexor (venlafaxine) than depression?

It depends: On what kind of anxiety you're talking about. Ocd often does require higher-than-antidepressant doses. Generalized anxiety disorder, panic, etc might not. If you're not getting the hoped-for benefit, it can be an ongoing process with your psychiatrist to find an effective regimen. Psychotherapy is an important part of treatment for anxiety, and should be a part of yours if it's not already. ...Read more

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I have anxiety and depression. I am on 75mg effexor (venlafaxine) xr for 4 weeks but I am going backwards again. Should I increase to 150mg. Previously taken 300m?

I have anxiety and depression. I am on 75mg effexor (venlafaxine) xr for 4 weeks but I am going backwards again. Should I increase to 150mg. Previously taken 300m?

Please only adjust: your medication w/the guidance of your doctor. Also consider adding cognitive therapy to your treatment regime. Research indicates that medication and cognitive therapy gets the best results. See a Clinical Psychologist who specializes in this. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Anxiety under control with effexor (venlafaxine). Depression is not better. Any add on medications to help with depression? Very tired all the time.

Anxiety under control with effexor (venlafaxine). Depression is not better. Any add on medications to help with depression? Very tired all the time.

Yes, possibly: You may want to check your vitamin d level -- if less than 50, it can predispose to depression. Also l-methylfolate helps many people increase responsiveness to antidepressants. Third, fish oil at least 2-3 grams/day [1-2 grams epa, 500-900 mg dha/day]. Psychotherapy is an essential part of treating depression and anxiety. Ask your psychiatrist for referral if s/he does not provide this. ...Read more

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Effexor (venlafaxine) withdrawal went very wrong (depression/anxiety and anorgasmia), what to do?

Let your prescribing: Provider know. Effexor (venlafaxine) taper should be done under medical supervision. You could develop significant discontinuation syndrome and return of depression/ anxiety if you come off it too quickly or before you are ready. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about Effexor (venlafaxine) withdrawal went very wrong (depression/anxiety and anorgasmia)?

Can you tell me about Effexor (venlafaxine) withdrawal went very wrong (depression/anxiety and anorgasmia)?

Effexor (venlafaxine): Potential symptoms after stopping Effexor (venlafaxine) include: anxiety, depressed moods, crying, dizziness, paranoia, irritability, drowsiness, restlessness, shaking, headache, ^ sweating, nausea/ vomiting, nightmares, body zaps (electric sensations), shortness of breath, sleep difficulties, fatigue, seizures, irregular heart rate, etc. ...Read more

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Have Depression & Anxiety. Dr. has me taking Luvox 300mgs and Effexor (venlafaxine) 150 mgs. Is this safe?

Have Depression & Anxiety.  Dr. has me taking Luvox 300mgs and Effexor (venlafaxine) 150 mgs.  Is this safe?

Drug interaction: Drug interactions can occur between Luvox and Effexor (venlafaxine). See: http://www.drugs.com/interactions-check.php?drug_list=2296-1524,1128-9754 There is potential for a serotinergic Syndrome - however that does not mean this will occur. Please discuss further with treating psychiatrist. Take care. ...Read more

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No luck with lexapro, is Effexor (venlafaxine) a good second choice for treating depression and anxiety in a 22 year old in good health otherwise?

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No luck with lexapro, is Effexor (venlafaxine) a good second choice for treating depression and anxiety in a 22 year old in good health otherwise?

Many possibilities: There are many antidepressants from which to choose. Recent studies suggest that just because 1st drug from a family doesn't work doesn't mean that you need to switch drug families. Also, we can't say a drug didn't work unless you couldn't tolerate the highest dose. Lexapro (escitalopram) is a member of ssri family of which there are many. Talk to your doc about all your options (sometimes dictated by insurance). ...Read more

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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?

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?

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. ...Read more

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I've been taking Effexor (venlafaxine) for a month at the lowest dose, I'm using it for depression/anxiety. Would Effexor (venlafaxine) be working on my dopamine at this low dose?

I've been taking Effexor (venlafaxine) for a month at the lowest dose, I'm using it for depression/anxiety. Would Effexor (venlafaxine) be working on my dopamine at this low dose?

Yes, a little: But the important question is whether it's helping the condition she prescribed it for. If it is, then great! If not, it's important you and your doctor find the lowest effective dose to help with your depression. ...Read more

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Effexor (venlafaxine) 225mg, propanolol 80mg, and hydroxyzine 50mg at night. Is this an effective cocktail to treat depression/anxiety?

Effexor (venlafaxine) 225mg, propanolol 80mg, and hydroxyzine 50mg at night. Is this an effective cocktail to treat depression/anxiety?

Cocktail?: All antidepressants are equally effective for different people. Effexor (venlafaxine) also has good anti-anxiety effects. To know whether a particular medication will be effective for you, will be a process of following your progress with your doctor. Psychiatrists are skilled at selecting medications for people, following progress, and adjusting as needed. Hoping you'll soon be feeling better! ...Read more

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I have depression and anxiety. My doctor put me on effexor, (venlafaxine) which is making me MORE anxious 3 weeks into a dosage increase. Will it eventually help?

Effexor (venlafaxine) & depression: Effexor (venlafaxine) is a stimulating antidepressant. It may worsen depression in the short term. It will help both depression and anxiety in the long term, over months. Be patient. ...Read more

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Im on Effexor (venlafaxine) 200 mg and zeroquel 200 mg for depression and anxiety i want to get better i feel im getng worse. I have no confidence, no self esteem?

Im on Effexor (venlafaxine) 200 mg and zeroquel 200 mg for depression and anxiety i want to get better i feel im getng worse. I have no confidence, no self esteem?

Humph!: You probably should be in counseling with one on one. You are a very special person and there is not another person like you. You just need to find that person! you probably should visit your doctor also to be sure your meds are ok. ...Read more

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I was on Zoloft 100mg for many years, helped with depression. Currently on 75mg of Effexor, (venlafaxine) helping with anxiety. Can i take them both together at lower dose to help with both Anxiety and Depression?

I was on Zoloft 100mg for many years, helped with depression. Currently on 75mg of Effexor, (venlafaxine) helping with anxiety. Can i take them both together at lower dose to help with both Anxiety and Depression?

Consult psychiatrist: While this is possible, it must be done with great care or you will be at risk of serotonin syndrome, a very serious condition- see http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/serotonin-syndrome/basics/definition/con-20028946 Thus, DO NOT TRY THIS ON YOUR OWN! Find a psychiatrist who really knows psychopharmacology to work with. Possibly more Effexor (venlafaxine) without Zoloft may do the trick... ...Read more

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Dr prescribed Effexor (venlafaxine) xr 225 mg in morning and Elavil 50 mg at night for anxiety, panic disorder and depression is that safe to take .

Dr prescribed Effexor (venlafaxine) xr 225 mg in morning and Elavil 50 mg at night for anxiety, panic disorder and depression is that safe to take .

Risky- Discuss w/ Dr: Can cause serotonin syndrome: confusion, hallucination, seizure, big changes in blood pressure, increased heart rate, fever, sweating, shivering, shaking, blurred vision, muscle spasm/stiffness, tremor, incoordination, stomach cramp, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Severe cases may be lethal. If you have ANY, call Dr or go to ER! ...Read more

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Zoloft 100mg helped anxiety, Effexor (venlafaxine) 150mg helped depression. is there a medication that will do both? with minimal sexual side effects?

Zoloft 100mg helped anxiety, Effexor (venlafaxine) 150mg helped depression. is there a medication that will do both? with minimal sexual side effects?

Mood TX risk/benefit: there are a couple of antidepressants that might help: a new one is Brintellix which has a good side effect profile with little sexual dysfunction reported. Older ones include Remeron and Wellbutrin. Remeron can be added to other treatments. Zoloft and Effexor (venlafaxine) ought not to be taken together due to a risk of a serotonin syndrome...which is life-threatening! ...Read more

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What is your opinion on the effectiveness of Effexor (venlafaxine) 75mg ER in the treatment of social anxiety and generalized anxiety, with depression?

Effexor (venlafaxine) can be: helpful in dealing with anxiety disorders. Is your prescribing physician in the middle of titrating up your dosage? ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more


Dr. Krishna Kumar
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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