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Need docs help! I am having weird side effects with venlafaxine (effexor xr)?

Need docs help! I am having weird side effects with venlafaxine (effexor xr)?

What: What are the side effects? Best to discuss this with your physician. Effexor (venlafaxine) can cause weird side effects and is especially prone to discontinuation syndrome. Don't stop it abruptly. ...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


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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?

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

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No allergies, but 6 weeks ago got itchy pimples on back & stomach. Started about 2 weeks after increased effexor-xr to 150 mg. Possible side effect?

No allergies, but 6 weeks ago got itchy pimples on back & stomach.  Started about 2 weeks after increased effexor-xr to 150 mg. Possible side effect?

Possible: When an unexplained rash appears after the introduction of a new drug (even within weeks prior), the new drug is guilty unproven proven innocent. However, there are other causes for rash. ...Read more

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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?

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 as well. Best wishes. ...Read more

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How can I know that my ''effexor XR 75mg'' works effectively? I used it for 6 weeks until now.

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

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Is there any negative interaction between L-theanine and Effexor XR (150mg)?

Is there any negative interaction between L-theanine and Effexor XR (150mg)?

Use Caution/Monitor: There is a potential for interaction. The combination of green tea (contains theanine) may increase the risk of bleeding. ...Read more

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Is it advantageous to take pristiq (desvenlafaxine) over Effexor xr?

Maybe: Pristiq is a cogener of effexor... Pristiq is the right rotatory molecule of the racemic mixture known as effexor... Basically, the same medication... Pristiq is more potent. Venlafaxine versus desvenlafaxine... Don't confuse potency with efficacy, however... ...Read more

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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?

Work w/your doctor: You really need to work with your doctor on any medication changes, rather than asking online physicians who don't know you. Effexor (venlafaxine) can be very helpful in anxiety. ...Read more

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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 antidepressantsmirtazapine 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

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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?

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

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Are there any potential problems switching from Effexor XR to generic venlafaxine HCl xr?

Are there any potential problems switching from Effexor XR to generic venlafaxine HCl xr?

Usually not.: Then vast majority of my patients who have switched from Effexor xr to venlafaxine er have done so without difficulty. That said, generics can vary in the inactive ingredients and some may perceive a difference. ...Read more

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What is the best dose of effexor/effexor xr to be on to see real results with my major depressive disorder and social anxiety?

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

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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?

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?

Similar.: Similar efficacy. Maybe more potential side effects with venlafaxine. Wt gain possible but not common. May be depression but should think about exercise as a part of your depression treatment ...Read more

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Can effexor xr 37.5 cause intestinal gas?

Can effexor xr 37.5 cause intestinal gas?

Not usually: Look at the other things that you are eating, including beans and cabbage. Check google for foods that contribute to intestinal flatus (gas). ...Read more

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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!!!

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

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If I'm allergic to Effexor XR (itchy/can't breathe well) can I be put on pristiq (desvenlafaxine)?

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 to see if you develop the same symptoms. I would recommend that you add some antihistamine (benadryl). ...Read more

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I have migraines but I have been taken Effexor XR for fibromyalgia will it be okay to take Relpax (eletriptan) also for my migraine o will it be too much serotonin?

Effexor w/ Relpax (eletriptan): Both have an effect on serotonin. If Relpax (eletriptan) and Effexor xr are used together, it is the best to start with very low doses of each drug under the careful supervision of your prescribing physician. ...Read more

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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?

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

Dr. John Chiu
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Rash (Definition)

A skin rash is a symptom in which a person has changes on part or all of his skin, such as color changes, bumps, blisters, oozing, peeling, ...Read more


Effexor (Definition)

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