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How are cymbalta and effexor xr different?

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Cymbalta and Effexor XR are different chemical compounds which are both used to treat depression and anxiety disorders; however, they share a similar "mechanism of action", in that both are serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRI's). Cymbalta is also used in the management of fibromyalgia and (in Europe, at least) urinary incontinence. Their side-effect profiles are also different.
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Dr. Ravi Chand answered:

Is it safe to be taking cymbalta, effexor and valium together?

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Unless there is a strong reason to, Effexor and Cymbalta work by the same mechanism, your risk for blood pressure will increase a lot Valium is like Xanax but much longer acting to calm anxiety, help with sleep and panic etc.
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Because I have stents..is an snri like Cymbalta/Effexor just as safe as an ssri..being that an snri affects norephenephrine.blood pressure is fine?

Should be fine.

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Your doctor can prescribe it and monitor your blood pressure. It should not cause any difficulties. Best wishes.
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Effexor Vs Cymbalta,currently Effexor 225,suffering from Somnolence,Fatigue.Cymbalta in such case?best regards for your care.

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There are many different small details taken into account when considering medication choices for patients. Effexor and cymbalta have some similarities. From your brief description it appears as though an appnt is needed with your Dr. Make a list of concerns, questions. Bring in your meds, talk about the changes you might want to consider to target your concerns. Schedule extra time if needed.
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Dr. Colin Sanner answered:

Effexor is known to raise blood pressure...Cymbalta not quite so ..is this accurate?

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While all Serotonin-Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors (SNRIs) can raise blood pressure, generally those with more activity on Norepinephrine levels (Effexor, Pristiq, Savella) tend to have more effect on blood pressure than Cymbalta, which has a 1:1 effect on norepinephrine and serotonin.
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Dr. Rhonda Simons answered:

Switching from effexor to Cymbalta reduced my drowsiness,after 2 month on Cymbalta again i'm drowsy.tapered dose from 60mg to 30mg last week.regards?

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Genotype 677 & 1298. Almost 100% of people treated for depression for extended periods of time are positive for these genes. It is related to low folate & B12 levels which causes fatigue.Getting treated can help all your meds work MUCH better because your body will finally be able to make its own serotonin, nor-epi, & dopamine.Tx is safer than placebo-15mg of L-methylfolate, P5P 50mg, 4mg B12.
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I have never been able to achieve an orgasm, I was on Effexor and now am on cymbalta, they are used to treat my fibromyalgia please help me!!

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to achieve orgasm prior to use of cymbalta or effexor - than this goes beyond medication side effect. However, sexual experience can be negatively impacted by depression, fatigue and chronic pain. May wish to explore this issue further with your physician.
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I tried Celexa,Effexor,Cymbalta, Pristiq,Lexapro,Zoloft,Wellbutrin, which barely helped. What else could I try? How do u feel about Paxil?

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I agree with Dr. Buggie about the need for psychiatric evaluation and ongoing treatment. Wellbutrin does not help with anxiety. Paxil is a reasonable choice, but whether it's right for you I cannot say. You're also on Adderall XR, which can exacerbate anxiety in some. Psychotherapy is an important part of treatment for anxiety also -- but you didn't mention pursuing that.
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Dr. Paul Grin answered:

Was allergic to Effexor xr but helped the most! Today tried pristiq and itching! Next I'm trying cymbalta but don't want weight gain! :((((?

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Cymbalta has a side effects: loss of appetite, nausea, dry mouth, constipation, tiredness, drowsiness. Constipation is the most common, but adding magnesium to the mix is helpful. The allergic reaction to this drug is also rare. I hope it will be the right medication for you.
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Dr. Chris Hawley answered:

I've been taking Cymbalta 120mg/day for years. It's now very expensive. Is generic Effexor an alternative especially for the chronic shoulder pain?

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Yes Effexor shares many of the same properties as cymbalta and is much cheaper. Discuss with your doctor who will likely be willing to try it. You have to slowly go up icon the dosing, so don't give up too early if not helping on the starter dose. Your doctor can help you set up a dosing sequence tailor made for you.
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