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Dr. Oscar Novick
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Loose Stools (Definition)

Loose stools is a symptom in which a person's stool (poop) does not hold its shape after it goes into the toilet. Instead of remaining a shaped piece of poop, the poop spreads out in the toilet bowl water. Very loose stool is called diarrhea. Loose stool can be caused by infections, certain foods or drinks, ...Read more


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I missed a dose of Effexor (venlafaxine) and did not end up taking it again for another 36 hours. Very nauseas, and diarrhea. Withdrawal symptoms?

I missed a dose of Effexor (venlafaxine) and did not end up taking it again for another 36 hours. Very nauseas, and diarrhea. Withdrawal symptoms?

Yes!: Effexor (venlafaxine) has a short half-life and really needs to be taken every 24 hours (the xr form); or twice a day (the immediate release form). When you don't, you may have serotonin discontinuation symptoms: nausea, abd. Cramping, diarrhea, headache, balance or gait problems, sore joints or muscles, irritability. These symptoms go away within a couple of hours of taking the next dose. ...Read more

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Only side-effect of Effexor (venlafaxine) (150mg, 9 months): constipation. In tapering off (over 6 wk.) and 6 wks since: loose bowels/ diarrhea. Withdrawal effect?

Only side-effect of Effexor (venlafaxine) (150mg, 9 months): constipation. In tapering off (over 6 wk.) and 6 wks since: loose bowels/ diarrhea. Withdrawal effect?

Effexor (venlafaxine): Withdrawal symptoms may include diarrhea, but that does not necessarily mean that this is what is causing your loose stools. If it persists you may need to be examined futher. Good luck. ...Read more

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My psychiatrist is trying to wean me off Effexor (venlafaxine) XR and start Zoloft. I've been super nauseated all day with diarrhea. Is this a side effect?

My psychiatrist is trying to wean me off Effexor (venlafaxine) XR and start Zoloft. I've been super nauseated all day with diarrhea. Is this a side effect?

Yes: Weaning off of Effexor (venlafaxine) can cause nausea, vertigo, diarrhea. Talk to your doctor about getting medication to help with the side effects while you go through this transition. ...Read more

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Does Effexor (venlafaxine) cause diarrhea? Does it interfere with birth control? On Effexor (venlafaxine) since april, and have diarrhea and irregular periods b/c is portia.

Does Effexor (venlafaxine) cause diarrhea? Does it interfere with birth control? On Effexor (venlafaxine) since april, and have diarrhea and irregular periods b/c is portia.

Yes. Possibly.: This medications and others in the same class can cause diarrhea. Diarrhea from any cause can interfere with bcp - by preventing absorption. ...Read more

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Is tranxene for Effexor (venlafaxine) withdrawal?

Is tranxene for Effexor (venlafaxine) withdrawal?

No: It's is a minor tranquilizer--for Effexor (venlafaxine) discontinuance symptoms the best is take a small (37.5) of effexor (venlafaxine). ...Read more

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Would Suboxone help with withdrawal symptoms from effexor (venlafaxine)?

Would Suboxone help with withdrawal symptoms from effexor (venlafaxine)?

No: Naloxone is an special narcotic drug that reverses the effects of other narcotic medicines. Effexor (venlafaxine) should be weaned off and you should be fine once the drug is out of your system. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Is it safe to stop Effexor (venlafaxine). If I choose to deal with the withdrawal symptoms?

Is it safe to stop Effexor (venlafaxine). If I choose to deal with the withdrawal symptoms?

Concern 4 depression: There can be some very bothersome symptoms from the abrupt discontinuation. Abrupt cessation is not a good idea Also what about the reason that you starting taking the medication in the first place and that is " depression " You should discuss your plan to go off the medication with your psychiatrist and also with a therapist if you also have someone else who is working with you in therapy. ...Read more

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How can I switch from Effexor (venlafaxine) XR 150mg to Paxil 20mg experiencing no withdrawal?

How can I switch from Effexor (venlafaxine) XR 150mg to Paxil 20mg experiencing no withdrawal?

Would be gradual: I would be more gradual about tapering the effexor, (venlafaxine) since its mechanism is not only with serotonin but also norepinephrine. The process might require a cross-taper from Effexor (venlafaxine) to paxil. This means starting Paxil at a lower dose while gradually decreasing Effexor (venlafaxine) -- eventually moving to Paxil alone. Please work with your psychiatrist on this. ...Read more

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Since coming off Effexor (venlafaxine) XR and on 10mg lovan to deal with withdrawals. I've been having increased appetite? Hungryyyy! Why?

Since coming off Effexor (venlafaxine) XR and on 10mg lovan to deal with withdrawals. I've been having increased appetite? Hungryyyy! Why?

Loss of s/e: Perhaps you are someone for whom Effexor (venlafaxine) was causing decreased appetite, and its discontinuation has led to a predictable effect. Fluoxetine can also increase appetite. ...Read more

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I get a 3 month supply of Effexor tablets I take 225mg. By the end of the bottle I start feeling withdrawal symptoms. Do the tablets lose potency? I

I get a 3 month supply of Effexor tablets I take 225mg. By the end of the bottle I start feeling withdrawal symptoms. Do the tablets lose potency? I

Need to be specific: You need to be more specific about your symptoms--My initial thought would be that these may not be withdrawal symptoms, but excess accumulation of serotonin or one of the other neurotransmitters, A virtual consult would probably be more helpful for your situation. ...Read more

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I would like to tk the Dr who answered my question. Why does Effexor (venlafaxine) make you feel so numb and a feeling like your flesh is on fire? Why withdrawal sy

Effexor (venlafaxine): Effexor (venlafaxine) is an effective antidepressant of the SNRI type, meaning that it effects the noradrenergic and serotoninergic systems. It has the particular side effect of increasing blood pressure in certain individuals. The feelings of numbness are particular to certain individuals, and it is not possible to know who is going to develop those symptoms. Burning skin is a rare side effect. ...Read more

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Effexor (venlafaxine) XR 150mg isn't working for me. Have been on it for a yr. I hear withdrawals are bad, i'd have to switch to prosac? And rapper off Effexor (venlafaxine) slow

Effexor (venlafaxine) XR 150mg isn't working for me. Have been on it for a yr. I hear withdrawals are bad, i'd have to switch to prosac? And rapper off Effexor (venlafaxine) slow

2 ways to go: 150mg of Effexor (venlafaxine) is an average dose, you could go up to 225mg daily. Alternatively, yes, you could taper slowly, over 4-6 weeks. Typical withdrawal symptoms are flu like symptoms, nausea, muscle aches, headaches. A slower taper reduces the intensity of withdrawal. But you don't need to go on prozac, you could also try zoloft, celexa, Lexapro for depression or anxiety. But see your doctor first. ...Read more

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Withdrawal from venlafaxine (effexor). What can I expect?

Withdrawal from venlafaxine (effexor). What can I expect?

Ssri withdrawal: You can read on the internet all horrible things about withdrawal but it can be done safely and with minimal problem. Abruptly stopping the med can lead to flu-like symptoms as early as the next day and lasting for weeks. Also electric shock sensation or 'brain zaps'. None are life threatening or serious but unpleasant. When someone is in remission the symptoms are minor, see cont. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of Effexor (venlafaxine) withdrawal?

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Effexor (venlafaxine) withdrawal: Not too pleasant, especially hot flashes & heart racing with stomach upset & dizziness. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about Effexor (venlafaxine) XR withdrawal symptoms?

Discontinuation sxs: 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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I have bad withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (venlafaxine) xr, what to do?

Talk to prescriber: Antidepressants like venlafaxine should be tapered rather than abruptly discontinued. Your doctor has the option of tapering it gradually, or replacing it with another ssri or snri drug, if you were stopped because it was causing problems or was not working. I have sometimes given a single dose of very long-acting fluoxetine (prozac) once a week for 2 weeks and that fized it. See your doctor. ...Read more

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If I want to stop taking Effexor, (venlafaxine) how can I do it without experiencing the withdrawal symptoms?

Speak to your doc: Effexor (venlafaxine) is not a simple drug. In some cases it might be detrimental to your health to stop it abruptly. Your physician will take into consideration the reason you were prescribed this medication and decide if you need continuation of Effexor (venlafaxine). If he/she decides that it is OK to discontinue Effexor (venlafaxine) then a planned reduction in the dose over one or two weeks would be warranted. ...Read more

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I have been on 37.5 effexor (venlafaxine) for 12 days. If I quit cold turkey will I have withdrawal. What do you suggest?

Withdrawal: It is unlikely that effexor (venlafaxine) would cause withdrawal after just 12 days and on such a low dose, but if in doubt you could cut the effexor (venlafaxine) in half (if it is not extended release) and wean yourself off. ...Read more

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Been off Effexor (venlafaxine) XR 150 mg daily for 10 days now after being on it for 6months and was wondering when does the withdrawal side effects end?

It depends.: On whether you were slowly tapered down or abruptly stopped. Also, there is apparently broad variation in the duration. Generally, however, if it even occurs it is usually over in about two weeks. Prozac (fluoxetine) can block it and you may wish to talk to your doc about that, especially if it seems to be intolerably long. You have my sympathy on this. I had to stop it after 6 years. It was not fun at all. ...Read more

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How long should I wein off Effexor (venlafaxine) 75mg for until I can be Effexor (venlafaxine) free without withdrawal symptoms, last time I tried was hell.?

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Effexor (venlafaxine): Please consult the prescribing doctor for advice on how to slowly taper & avoid withdrawal. ...Read more

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What are severe stroke-like symptoms related to withdrawal from effexor, (venlafaxine) and or klonipin?

?: I'm not aware of any. I know this question has been waiting for an answer for awhile - please try to rephrase with a more exact description of your symptoms. ...Read more

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Been on Suboxone for yrs. Took Effexor (venlafaxine) and it put me into severe withdrawal. Will remeron do the same?

Effexor (venlafaxine): effexor (venlafaxine) wouldn't cause withdrawal. You probably just had side effects. Its notorious for being difficult to start and stop. Remeron is not anything like effexor (venlafaxine) but it will help with sleep and appetite. also, what about tapering the suboxone? shouldn't have to be on it for "years." ...Read more

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I take Effexor (venlafaxine) daily, but am going out of town & forgot it, can I take Xanax to avoid withdrawal symptoms?

I take Effexor (venlafaxine) daily, but am going out of town & forgot it, can I take Xanax to avoid withdrawal symptoms?

Consult on Healthtap: I'd advise contacting a Healthtap doctor in the state where you are located this is a perfect example of a situation telemedicine is perfect for, to get you a prescription for a small amount of a medicine you are maintained on safely. ...Read more

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Something put me into severe withdrawal. I combined effexor, sonata (zaleplon) and suboxone? What could have done it??? I still don't feel great but better

Depends: Withdrawal is due to neurotransmitters that have adapted to a substance then trying to return to baseline.
Without knowing details, it is hard to say more.
Neurotransmitters can take weeks to reset. ...Read more

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How can I handle withdrawal from venlafaxine (effexor)?

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How can I handle withdrawal from venlafaxine (effexor)?

Effexor (venlafaxine): Work with your doctor on plan to gradually taper and monitor for withdrawal or recurrence of symptoms. ...Read more

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How long will withdrawal effects from Effexor (venlafaxine) XR last?

How long will withdrawal effects from Effexor (venlafaxine) XR last?

Effexor (venlafaxine): Depends on dose &how long you've been on it, usually few weeks after gradualtapering ...Read more

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How long will withdrawal effects from Effexor (venlafaxine) XR last?

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Effexoe: Depends on dose &how long you've been on it, usually few weeks after gradualtapering ...Read more

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For how long do symptoms of withdrawal from Effexor (venlafaxine) last?

May last weeks: To avoid withdrawal effects, Effexor (venlafaxine) should be tapered gradually. Otherwise, withdrawal effects may last several weeks after the medication is stopped. ...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


Effexor (Definition)

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