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Rhodiola Rosea Effexor
Can I use the supplement rhodiola with the anti-depressants Paxil 40 mgs and Effexor 112mgs and the sedative Ativan 1mg or will it effect seratonlevel?
Can I use the supplement rhelora or holy basil or rhodiola to lower cortisol levels to help manage high anxiety and panic attacks along with the meds I am already taking- paxil 40 mg and Effexor 112 mgs. Plus my seditives or ashwagandha?
I am not:
Trying to discount the beneficial effects of many herbal remedies however, my opinion only, you are taking far too many of these preparations and seem to be on mostly PSYCHO-ACTIVE drugs. ..a frank discussion with your Primary Care Physician re: your present condition and perhaps a consultation with a PSYCHO-PHARMACOLOGIST is indicated!
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Mostly gi: Remember not everyone gets side effects and most go away with time on the med. Initially stomach ache, diarhea or constipation is common but is less with xr. Sexual side effects of delayed orgasm and low libido are dose related. Some gain wt if not careful with diet. Major complaints come from missing doses including dizzines and electric shocks which goes away with taking missed dose. ...Read more
Effexor (venlafaxine) is used to treat depression and anxiety. The most common are headaches, high blood pressure, chest pain, blureed vision and withdrawals if tapered off too quickly.
The best advice is to call your doctor for medical advice about side effects, if concerned. ...Read more
Bad idea!: This combo has a fairly high risk for a very bad problem known as serotonin syndrome. Talk to your Dr. Don't start to take them on your own but if they've been prescribed and you've already started, don't just stop cold turkey. Get to a Dr as soon as possible to help correct this. ...Read more
Okay but....: It is okay to take them together but you need to be aware that chantix can have a number of psychiatric side effects including a worsening of depression and even suicidal feelings. Please be aware of this and if you start having any new psychiatric symptoms please stop the chantix and see your doctor immediately. ...Read more
Yes, but...: Be aware of the discontinuation syndrome: increased irritability, malaise, strange sensations when turning your head, electric shock sensations down the neck or back, lightheadedness. Taper the dose very slowly. Better yet, recruit the prescriber who put you on it to help you decide whether to get off it and to help you get off it if the two of you believe it is in your best interest. ...Read more
Effexor (venlafaxine): Work with your doctor on plan to gradually taper and monitor for withdrawal or recurrence of symptoms. ...Read more
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
Effexor (venlafaxine): Some potential side effects with Effexor (venlafaxine) include high blood pressure, headache, blurred vision, constipation, diarrhea, drowsiness, nausea, vomiting, heartburn, decreased libido, dry mouth, ^ anxiety, increased sweating, dizziness, unusual dreams, tremor, insomnia, fatigue, depression, somnolence, paresthesias, abdominal pain, gas, flu-like symptoms, etc. ...Read more
Nausea and headache: There are of course many potential side effects of any medicine (hence the very thick handouts you get from drug stores). Generally the main adverse effects of venlafaxine (effexor) are short term increases in nausea, headache, and sometimes a transient increase in agitation or insomnia. These generally improve over just a few days. ...Read more
Effexor (venlafaxine): Most subside within 1-2 weeks, depending on dose. ...Read more