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If Effexor (venlafaxine) treats anxiety disorders, why is nervousness a common side-effect?

If Effexor (venlafaxine) treats anxiety disorders, why is nervousness a common side-effect?

Anxiety modulation: Some antidepressants modulate ; treat anxiety ; are the backbone treatment of anxiety. All can increase anxiety levels if not started at very small dosages ; titrated slowly ; carefully by the treating physician. We use them with good results in our center, but not all types of anxiety respond to it well. Some respond better to other meds i.e. Citalopram or fluvoxamine. Good luck ; feel better. ...Read more

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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


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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 take Effexor (venlafaxine) for anxiety disorder but I have trouble to sleep, should I take ativan or a sleeping pill?

I take Effexor (venlafaxine) for anxiety disorder but I have trouble to sleep, should I take ativan or a sleeping pill?

Discuss with doc: This is a question that you should discuss with the person prescribing effexor (venlafaxine). Sometimes the drug being used might interfere with sleep so first address that rather than asking about options for using a sleeping medication there are many issues to consider in choosing what is right for you. ...Read more

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I have G A D, an in borne genetic anxiety disorder. I am on effexor Amitriptyline and Trazodone. I am fed up of meds. Is this disease curable. Thanks?

I have G A D, an in borne genetic anxiety disorder. I am on effexor Amitriptyline and Trazodone. I am fed up of meds. Is this disease curable. Thanks?

GAD: Please do not change your medications w/out the guidance of your doctor. Choose one, perhaps your primary care doctor, since he/she looks at your overall health picture. Have you seen a psychologist for other kinds of help such as clinical hypnosis (see www. Asch. Net), biofeedback, or psychotherapy? All if these can help w/anxiety. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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26 yr old daughter downs has OCD, tic and anxiety disorder, Zoloft was great for 7 yrs, symptoms returned, tried Effexor (venlafaxine) no change, any suggestions?

26 yr old daughter downs has OCD, tic and anxiety disorder, Zoloft was great for 7 yrs, symptoms returned, tried Effexor (venlafaxine) no change, any suggestions?

Disease activity: In addition to the reasons mentioned by my respected colleague, it appears that mood & anxiety disorders as well as the body response to medication can change with time and that is part of the reason we see resurfacing of symptoms after a long time of stability. The disorders that your daughter suffer from, respond best to ssri;s not to snri's. Please see a specialist in anxiety. Good luck. ...Read more

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Have anxiety disorder. I've been on vyvanse for awhile recently prescribed Effexor (venlafaxine). Took it heart racing, hands shaking, arm tingles, is this normal?

Have anxiety disorder. I've been on vyvanse for awhile recently prescribed Effexor (venlafaxine). Took it heart racing, hands shaking, arm tingles, is this normal?

Drug interactions: vyvanse and Effexor (venlafaxine) can both increase heart rate, blood pressure, anxiety and other undesirable symptoms. Vyvanse is not indicated for anxiety. Therefor try to have your diagnosis and medicines check by your doctor. ...Read more

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How effective is venlafaxine on anxiety disorders. Or is it just an antidepressive?

How effective is venlafaxine on anxiety disorders. Or is it just an antidepressive?

Very effective: Most anti depressants including venlafaxine are both good anti depressants and anti anxiety medcations. ...Read more

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What's effective for helping to prevent anxiety disorders?

What's effective for helping to prevent anxiety disorders?

Anxiety: You can't really prevent true anxiety disorder. Except, for example if you never have any traumas, you most probably will never suffer from post traumatic stress disorder. But other anxetity disorders, like generalized anxiety or social phobia, have significant biological/genetic basis. If you alrady have some anxiety, you may help it by exercising healthy life style (little coffee, no alcohol etc. ...Read more

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What are treatments of anxiety disorders from best to least effective?

What are treatments of anxiety disorders from best to least effective?

Anxiety: Preference is made based on tolerability, prior response, genetics (favorable response in another family member), side effects, patient preference, doctor's own experience with certain medication, and patient variables and health issues as well as other concurrent medications prescribed, and finally, the type of anxiety being treated. ...Read more

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What are the most effective drugs for general anxiety disorder and panic disorder?

What are the most effective drugs for general anxiety disorder and panic disorder?

SSRI/ SSNRI / BZD: The selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (ssri) are probably the most effective and safest followed by the selective serotonin and norepineprine re-uptake inhibitors (ssnri) followed by the benzodiazepines (bzd). There are many medications within each class which are often chosen based upon side effect profile. ...Read more

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Is hypnotherapy effective in treating anxiety disorder?

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Is hypnotherapy effective in treating anxiety disorder?

Hypnotherapy: As an add-on to psychotherapy, it can be very effective. ...Read more

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Is gabapentin a good choice for anxiety disorder when ssri's are not effective?

Not for anxiety: Gabapentin, a relatively new anticonvulsant differs from most other anticonvulsants because it has minimal drug interaction potential and is not metabolized in humans. It is widely used for both paroxysmal and continuous neuropathic pain conditions, but not for the anxiety.
Rec.: a psychiatrist consultation for further investigation and medication adjustment. ...Read more

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How long after taking 0.5 mg ativan, (lorazepam) I can take valarian root? Is valarian root effective for anxiety disorder?

Soon: Valarian Root is mildly effective for anxiety disorder. However, it is best not to self medicate with multiple drugs, have a licensed provider work with you ...Read more

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Which medication for panic / anxiety disorder is most effective?

Which medication for panic / anxiety disorder is most effective?

No "best" drug: There is no "best" medication for anxiety. People respond differently to medication. You have to find the one that works for you as they can have side effects. Ssri's (i.e. Zoloft, lexapro, paxil, (paroxetine) celexa) are commonly prescribed to treat anxiety. Exercise is a great natural weigh to manage anxiety as well as cognitive behavioral therapy. ...Read more

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Is there any peer reviewed research supporting cranial electrotherapy stimulation as an effective treatment for generalized anxiety disorder?

Is there any peer reviewed research supporting cranial electrotherapy stimulation as an effective treatment for generalized anxiety disorder?

Yes: There have been over 140 human studies done on ces, many of these on anxiety and many in the peer-reviewed literature. One of the best summaries of this research with references is here: https://en. Wikipedia. Org/wiki/cranial_electrotherapy_stimulation
this site has information on a meta-analysis done by the harvard school of public health: http://www. Cesultra. Com/ces-research. Htm. ...Read more

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What are some doctors go to SSRI for treating anxiety disorders? What do you usually try first? I have Remeron (mirtazapine) but not effective really. Thank you.

What are some doctors go to SSRI for treating anxiety disorders? What do you usually try first? I have Remeron (mirtazapine) but not effective really. Thank you.

Safety: It's quite simple, actually, SSRI/SNRI's have been shown to be quite effective and are much safer than the alternative options. Personally, and this is my own personal preference, I tend to start with either a treatment that targets multiple neurotransmitters (such as Pristiq (desvenlafaxine) or Cymbalta) or a pure SSRI (like Lexapro). Hope that helps! ...Read more

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Is risperdal off label effective for depression anxiety disorders?

Is risperdal off label effective for depression anxiety disorders?

Not by itself: Risperdal is an antipsychotic medication, usually used for people with hallucinations, delusions, paranoia, thought disorder, etc. When someone's depression has psychotic features like these, medications like Risperdal can be added to an antidepressant. In some cases, it can also be used to "augment" antidepressant treatment in non-psychotic depression with anxiety -- but usually not by itself. ...Read more

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How to deal with anxiety disorder?

How to deal with anxiety disorder?

The best combo of: Treatments is psychotherapy and possibly medication support. First you have to know that your anxiety is psychological and not the result of something else (side effects of meds, the result of a physical disease, etc.). Go to an MD for a physical first, then to a therapist, as needed. Here's a reference for some self diagnosis:

http://www. Psychologyproductsandservices. Com/page2.html ...Read more

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How to deal with anxiety disorder?

How to deal with anxiety disorder?

Your Dr can assess: For an anxiety disorder ; underlying medical conditions that may be causing symptoms. There are a # of ways to address anxiety: cognitive behavioral therapy, behavior modification, individual psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, psychotropic medications, qi gong, tai chi, acupuncture, acupressure, homeopathy, meditation, yoga, exercise program or progressive muscle relaxation. ...Read more

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What are common anxiety disorder symptoms?

What are common anxiety disorder symptoms?

3 Major spheres: The major symptoms of anxiety cluster in 3 areas. Biological symptoms which are felt in your body and can effect many systems. Psychological /cognitive which effect your inner self and thinking and, social/behavioral which effect your outside behaviors and interaction with the environment. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a anxiety disorder?

How do I know if I have a anxiety disorder?

Which one: There are many kind of anxiety disorder from generalized anxiety disorder to panic disorder to post traumatic stess disorder to social phobia to obsessive compulsive disorder to plain anxiety disorder with mood adjustment. So if u feel u have anxiety pay a visit to your primary doctor and ask if u need to see a psychiatrist it may just be stress induced hyokalemia and hypocalcemia. ...Read more

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What are ways to deal with anxiety disorder?

What are ways to deal with anxiety disorder?

Anxiety: There are a # of ways to address anxiety: cognitive behavioral therapy, behavior modification, individual psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, psychotropic medications, qi gong, tai chi, acupuncture, acupressure, homeopathy, meditation, yoga, exercise program or progressive muscle relaxation. Talk about feelings ; address problems. Don't avoid them. Aim for 7.5 - 8 hours of sleep/ night. Daily >. ...Read more

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How can I tell you have an anxiety disorder?

How can I tell you have an anxiety disorder?

See below: Is this a new or old symptom? You might want to start by calling your primary care to see if there's no physical causes for your anxiety. Scheduling appointment and getting evaluated by a qualified mental health professional (psychiatrist, psychologist). Self-diagnosis are not always a great idea. Once you've been diagnosed, you can work on symptom awareness, self-care, coping, etc. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have an anxiety disorder?

U worry too much: Most anxieties are temporary and transient and are provoked by worrying, stressful events.
If it's pervasive and continuous, try some relaxation exercises, imagery techniques, aerobic exercise, nutritional supplements, spiritual approach, seek medical advise or counseling.
Don't take life so seriously and try a little humor and comedy.
Live one day at a time.
Check this site:theinterviewwithgod. Com. ...Read more

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What are normal symptoms for anxiety disorder?

What are normal symptoms for anxiety disorder?

Many: Panic attacks, phobias, obsessions and compulsions, re-experiencing traumatic life events, worries of various kinds: all of these symptoms are present in various anxiety disorders. The good news is that these symptoms are treated effectively with therapy (e.g., cognitive-behavioral therapy) and/or medications. ...Read more

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How do anxiety and an anxiety disorder differ?

Anxiety is a mood: ; an anxiety disorder is a condition. It causes impairment ; effects quality of life. Anxiety symptoms can include feeling nervous or irritable, muscle tension (especially in neck, shoulders ; back), poor quality or minimal sleep, lack of concentration ; easy fatiguability. Lump in throat or butterfly in stomach sensation can occur. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have an anxiety disorder?

How do you know if you have an anxiety disorder?

By the symptoms: Common psychological symptoms include nervousness, worry, feeling disconnected or like you are not in your body, and repetitive/obsessive thoughts. Common physical symptoms include shaking, sweating, feeling hot, feeling like your heart is racing, feeling short of breath, feeling like you may pass out or have a heart attack, nausea, feeling like you have to go to the bathroom, etc. ...Read more

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I think I have an anxiety disorder. Can you help?

I think I have an anxiety disorder. Can you help?

Make an appointment: For an evaluation with a therapist or a psychiatrist in your area. There is absolutley help out there. Just make the appointment! ...Read more

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How can we detect anxiety disorder by its symptoms?

Anxiety: Feeling keyed up, restless, tense & can't relax, fearful, can't sleep, worry a lot, physical symptoms of hyperarousal such are fast heart, sweat, headache, stomach & bowel gases & distention, sense of urgency, tremors, ache/pains anywhere. ...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