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Effexor Xr Medication
Thanks dr ali for ur reply, kindly note that I took with prozac, risperidal 2 mg (1/2 tab per day) and anafronil 75 mg 2 tablets/day also with no effect then I took prozac with effexor xr with no effect, now I want to stop all medication and try to st
Coming off of med's.: Lack of response to few combos does not necessarily exhaust all your options. Worth a try, but be careful of withdrawal. ...Read more
Per doc, stopped pristiq (desvenlafaxine) (5 yrs)due to se's (nausea and high bp). Depression is back and doc rx'd Effexor xr. Aren't they essentially the same drug?
Pristiq (desvenlafaxine) is an active metabolite of effexor. The body converts the venlafaxine molecule into
o-desmethylvenlafaxine. Some patients who had side effects on Effexor may not have them on pristiq (desvenlafaxine). I'm not familiar with patients having side effects with Pristiq (desvenlafaxine) doing better on effexor. I would consult with your physician to determine if side effects may be due to GI illness, not meds. ...Read more
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Team Talk: The treatment of depression with medication is a team project with you and your M.D. As the team. Often the game plan will include psychotherapy and medication. If a psychiatrist is rx the meds and providing psychotherapy, the progress will be discussed in sessions. If non- M.D. Is doing psychotherapy, there will need to be talk between 3 team members. Sometimes it takes 4-6 weeks for meds to work. ...Read more
Use Caution/Monitor: There is a potential for interaction. The combination of green tea (contains theanine) may increase the risk of bleeding. ...Read more
I take Effexor XR 150mg at noon each day. Accidentally took a second dose at midnight as well. Should I be ok or seek emergency help? No symptoms yet
Nothing to worry: If you have not had any symptoms then you should be fine. One extra dose will not hurt ...Read more
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?
Began effexor-xr 9 weeks ago for gad and health anxiety. Up to 112.5 mg today. No effect yet. What is the average dose at which an effect is seen?
Effexor (venlafaxine): It sounds like your doctor is being gradual in titrating your dose. I have seen some effectiveness of Effexor (venlafaxine) around 150mg/day. However, I hope you're not relying completely on Effexor (venlafaxine) to relieve your health anxiety. Psychotherapy is essential also. Best wishes. ...Read more
M/21 taking effexor xr 187.5 mg daily. On my physical blood pressure was slight elevated. Could effexor be the cause for the blood pressure rising?
I was wondering if it is safe to take Remeron (Mirtazapine) and Effexor XR (Venlafaxine ER) six hours apart from each other? E.g. Ven 6pm & Mirt 12am
Caution!: You do not state how come you are taking two different antidepressants - mirtazapine alone taken at bedtime should enable sleep and at gradually increasing doses should take care of the depression. Venlafaxine tends to have stimulating features in many people, perhaps accounting for it. This should be taken early in the day and at proper doses should take care of the depression alone. ...Read more
Tapered off 150 mg of Effexor-XR (had been taking for 9 months) over a 6 week period. One month later still experiencing withdrawal symptoms. Unusual?
Not unusual: Withdrawal symptoms vary depending on the specific drug, how long you were on the drug, and how quick the taper was. For Effexor (venlafaxine) XR it would not be unheard of to have symptoms for 6 weeks or possibly a little longer. Let your MD know that you are still experiencing problems due to the changes. ...Read more
Any: There are no exercise restrictions on these medications. Do what you enjoy. ...Read more
What is the best dose of effexor/effexor xr to be on to see real results with my major depressive disorder and social anxiety?
Effexor (venlafaxine) dose: There is no one "best dose" for Effexor (venlafaxine)/Effexor (venlafaxine) XR. A therapeutic dose of Effexor (venlafaxine) varies considerably from person to person depending on symptoms, weight, metabolism etc. Dosing must be individualized and carefully monitored for beneficial vs. Side effects. Speak with your doctor if you're not feeling better on your present dose. Keep all follow-up appointments. I hope this helps. Best wishes. ...Read more
I'm taking 150 mg of Effexor-XR for GAD. Anxiety & nervousness are listed as common side-effects. Tense now: side-effect (lower dose) or increase it?
Normal dose: As you mentioned, this is a side effect that can occur with Effexor (venlafaxine) XR. Generally, these side effects are transient and go away after a few days. However, this dose is generally achieved after a 1-2 week titration period. Best bet is to call the prescribing doctor and tell them what's happening since they know your history. If manageable, try to stick with it for a few more days. Hope that helps! ...Read more
I've read Effexor XR and pristiq (desvenlafaxine) are actually different and pristiq (desvenlafaxine) may not work as well. Have been on Effexor gained a lot of weight. Depressed again?
My psychiatrist prescribed Effexor xr for me today. I've been on Zoloft since February. I forgot how she told me to taper 100mg Zo off.
Call her back.: Every patient and situation is different. She may have a particular way she wants you to wean. Call her, not us for this. ...Read more
1st I took prozac (fluoxetine) alone then (prozac (fluoxetine) (fluoxetine) twice daily +resperidal 1 mg + anafranil 75 mg twice daily) also no effect, finally I took (prozac (fluoxetine) (fluoxetine) twice daily +effexor xr) with no effect!!!
Psychiatric Meds: Don't know what your diagnosis it - so can't make too much of a comment. However, some psychiatric conditions require complex titrations to achieve the desired goal. ...Read more
If I'm allergic to Effexor XR (itchy/can't breathe well) can I be put on pristiq (desvenlafaxine)?
Allergy to Effexor (venlafaxine): It is possible but not entirely that you will be allergic to Pristiq (desvenlafaxine) if you are allergic to Effexor (venlafaxine) because the molecules are similar. Although you may be allergic to other compounds in the medication (excipients or extended release formula) it is possible to try and see if you develop the same symptoms. I would recommend that you add some antihistamine (benadryl). ...Read more
I'm on effexor xr 150mg daily. My Dr. Added wellbutrin xl today due to the Effexor causing sexual dysfunction. Once I begin the buproprion will that?
Correct dysfunction?: No way to know for sure. It is often helpful but the fix is far from 100%. ...Read more
I'm on Effexor XR 150mg daily, Buspar (buspirone) did not work, made me dizzy. Any non benzo suggestions other than Buspar (buspirone) to help with anxiety?
Other than meds: Other meds that can help with anxiety including wellbutrin, zoloft, and paxil (paroxetine). But other effective approaches including cognitive-behavioral therapy, relaxation techniques, deep breathing, energy psychology, meditation, yoga, etc. Generally medication is not enough, so consider seeing a therapist qualified in treating anxiety. ...Read more
Was allergic to Effexor XR but helped the most! Today tried pristiq (desvenlafaxine) and itching! Next I'm trying cymbalta but don't want weight gain! : ( ( ( (?
Cymbalta (duloxetine) 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. ...Read more