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How to quit effexor (venlafaxine)?

How to quit effexor (venlafaxine)?

Common: commonly can cause discontinuation syndrome. best to come off of it slowly. discuss this option with your physician as stopping it abruptly can lead to discontinuation syndrome. ...Read more

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Fluoxetine (Definition)

Fluoxetine (brand prozac) is an antidepressant in the class known as serotonin selective reuptake inhibitors aka ssris. Fda approved in 1987 for the treatment of major depressive disorder. Subsequently approved for obsessive compulsive disorder, bulimia nervosa, panic disorder, and premenstrual dysphoric disorder. Significantly safer and much better ...Read more


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How can I quit Paxil (paroxetine) cold turkey?

How can I quit Paxil (paroxetine) cold turkey?

Not a good idea.: Paxil (paroxetine) and other ssri anti-depressants should not be stopped cold turkey- this can cause a withdrawal syndrome. Talk with whomever prescribed you the medication about tapering off of it- usually this is done over days to weeks. ...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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Side effect of stopping Abilify (aripiprazole) cold turkey?

Side effect of stopping Abilify (aripiprazole) cold turkey?

Depends upon illness: If it is being used to treat depression, you could go right back into it the very next day. If it is for psychosis, you might eventually rek\lapse, same with bipolar disorder. These medications should generally be tapered and never stopped without a discussion with your treatment provider. ...Read more

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Zyban (bupropion) question. Has anyone prescribed zyban (bupropion) to quit smoking?

Zyban (bupropion) question. Has anyone prescribed zyban (bupropion) to quit smoking?

Yes: Sure, it is (was) a very common medication. If you are in il, call me. Most of the times, however, I use wellbutrin (bupropion) - less side effects, additional benefits and the same likelihood to quit. By the way, it is better to be used as a part of a "cocktail" and with a couch-like person. ...Read more

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Are there withdrawal effects from stopping prozac (fluoxetine)?

Are there withdrawal effects from stopping prozac (fluoxetine)?

Potentially: Ssris can have discontinuance sx--dizziness shocks in brain flu like sx--prozac has such a long half life you seldom hear pts complain. ...Read more

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Have tried pristiq, (desvenlafaxine) wellbutrin, paxil, celexa, effexor, lexapro, etc. With lithium, haliperidol &abilify. A couple improve mood. Still anxious!thoughts?

Have tried pristiq, (desvenlafaxine) wellbutrin, paxil, celexa, effexor, lexapro, etc. With lithium, haliperidol &abilify. A couple improve mood. Still anxious!thoughts?

Many meds: You've tried many meds already, although there are some you haven't mentioned that often help anxiety: buspirone, beta-blockers, other mood stabilizers besides lithium, etc. But after a person has tried so many medications and still has symptoms, i'd suggest non-medication approaches: psychotherapy, mindfulness, relaxation training, exercise/yoga, etc. ...Read more

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Haw many Paxil (paroxetine) 20mg on zoloft? Mg

This question is: not making sense. Please consider resubmitting with clarification. ...Read more

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Can Prozac (fluoxetine) accelerate depression?

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Can Prozac (fluoxetine) accelerate depression?

Prozac (fluoxetine): One old hypothesis was that some severely depressed patients who had thoughts of self-harm & had no energy to carry on the act, when given medication that gave them extra energy fast, that they carried on the act of self-harm before they had the chance to work thru their depression. Again, this is only hypothetical, since data re. The subject are scarce & not much is written about it. ...Read more

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Is marijuana better than Prozac (fluoxetine) for depression?

Is marijuana better than Prozac (fluoxetine) for depression?

Cannabis & Depress'n: Marijuana worsens depression & anxiety. Users feel temporary relief from these problems but long term use decreases serotonin levels, leading to increased depression & anxiety. The temporary relief is not "feeling better." rather, as one former user described, "it lowers my give-a-damn quotient." apathy does not = feellng good. However, exercise can help some types of mild depression & anxiety. ...Read more

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Is Zoloft better drug than Effexor (venlafaxine)? I heard more people using Zoloft than Effexor (venlafaxine).

Is Zoloft better drug than Effexor (venlafaxine)? I heard more people using Zoloft than Effexor (venlafaxine).

Nope: One is not better than the other. Response rates are similar for major depression. Differences in potential side-effects and drug-interactions. Cost basis is similar for both (despite what the retail pharmacy might want to sell it to you for). ...Read more

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Is fluoxetine addictive?

Is fluoxetine addictive?

No: Fluoxetine is not addictive or habit forming. If one stops taking it too soon, symptoms of depression and anxiety may recur. This is not a drug effect -- it is the remnants of the underlying anxiety or depression that was covered by the drug effect. ...Read more

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Could smoking cigarettes really effect xanax (alprazolam)?

Could smoking cigarettes really effect xanax (alprazolam)?

Not technically: Nicotine is a stimulant which can cause agitation which can negate the anti-anxiety effects of xanax (alprazolam). There are no significant drug-drug interactions. ...Read more

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Any interaction btween Zoloft Abilify (aripiprazole) trazadon busparone?

Any interaction btween Zoloft Abilify (aripiprazole) trazadon busparone?

Potentially: Combination of Zoloft, trazodone & buspar can increased potential for serotonergic reactions which can be severe. Trazodone or zoloft when mixed with abilify can ^ risk for sedation, dizziness or confusion. ...Read more

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What happens if i quit Prozac (fluoxetine) cold turkey?

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What happens if i quit Prozac (fluoxetine) cold turkey?

Prozac (fluoxetine): Prozac (fluoxetine) has long half-life, but some withdrawal can still occur within 3-7 days of discontinuing the medication. ...Read more

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Does Prozac (fluoxetine) help anxiety?

Does Prozac (fluoxetine) help anxiety?

In addition to or: as an alternative, consider practicing the Relaxation Response,from a book by Herbert Benson. See this website http://www.relaxationresponse.org/ Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Is smoking marijuana while on Prozac (fluoxetine) bad? I am on 20 mg of Prozac (fluoxetine)

See below: Marijuana treats depression and withdrawal from it worsens depression. Drug levels vary so unless you are consistently intoxicated, your symptoms will be exacerbated by withdrawal. Is the depression so bad that you need to put up with the unavoidable cognitive impairment and risk of smoke exposure? ...Read more

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Prozac (Definition)

Prozac is a serotonin reuptake blocker which is a kind of ...Read more