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Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
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What medications should be avoided when taking effexor (venlafaxine)?

Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
2 doctors agreed:
What medications should be avoided when taking effexor (venlafaxine)?

Effexor (venlafaxine): Mostly medications that raise serotonin level, raise blood pressure, or interfere with absorption of effexor (venlafaxine). Refer to drugs.Com for complete list. ...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've been taking Effexor (venlafaxine) 75mg for almost 5 months, can I start taking two a day if I feel my dose isn't working?

I've been taking Effexor (venlafaxine) 75mg for almost 5 months, can I start taking two a day if I feel my dose isn't working?

Yes ,but: Yes, you may take two a day but be sure you see your doctor for blood pressure monitoring.This drug has norepin., at higher dosage, blood pressure needs to be monitor.Also make sure that you have blood test done for liver and kidney function tests because if there are any renal or hepatic impairment, then dosage needs to be reduce 25-50 % depend on severity. ...Read more

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When will the side effects kick in when taking Effexor (venlafaxine) xr?

Early: Side effects with most antidepressants, including effexor, (venlafaxine) occur early (in the first few days after a dose increase) whereas the benefits often take weeks to show up. ...Read more

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Stopped taking Effexor (venlafaxine) XR Sat due to side effects. How long until it is out of my system?

Stopped taking Effexor (venlafaxine) XR Sat due to side effects. How long until it is out of my system?

Effexor (venlafaxine) XR: I understand your discomfort of going through side effects of Effexor (venlafaxine) XR.
It is about 6-7 days now. If you have not had Withdrawal symptoms Realize Healing powers of your Body.

Effexor (venlafaxine) XR may last up to 7 days until it leaves your system.

You have gone through so many stresses in life, seeing a Psychiatrist for Anxiety, Depression, and Monitoring of any withdrawals will be beneficial. ...Read more

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Taking Effexor (venlafaxine) XR cause me to test positive on a drug test? I have been on Effexor (venlafaxine) XR for 3 years.

No: Drug tests are usually looking for specific drugs of abuse. They don't check for any and all drugs you are taking. The only way Effexor (venlafaxine) will show up is if they specifically look for effexor, (venlafaxine) and there is no good reason for them to do that. ...Read more

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I've had a headache since taking Effexor (venlafaxine) last night. (1st dose.) Should I just ignore, continue taking? Slight jitters, too.

I've had a headache since taking Effexor (venlafaxine) last night. (1st dose.) Should I just ignore, continue taking? Slight jitters, too.

Normal: This is a normal response to antidepressant medications. The side effects usually go away in 7-10 days. I would recommend to continue taking it and speak to your doctor if you can not tolerate the side effects. ...Read more

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Taking Effexor (venlafaxine) xr, x/several mos. Recently, moved and get it from a different provider, in a different area. I feel it's not the same. Possibly?

Brand-name Effexor (venlafaxine): If your physician specifies brand-name Effexor you should be receiving exactly the same medication anywhere you go. If generic venlafaxine is written on your prescription instead, then yes what you receive could be different. Drug stores may buy generics from multiple companies, and these may vary. ...Read more

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I am currently taking Effexor (venlafaxine) 150, and I like it, however I keep gaining weight. I'm at 294 (5'3'' female, 31yo). What could I take with/instead of?

I am currently taking Effexor (venlafaxine) 150, and I like it, however I keep gaining weight. I'm at 294 (5'3'' female, 31yo). What could I take with/instead of?

Weight gain: There’s not a lot that can be done about weight gain other than either lowering the dose or changing to an alternative med. Without knowing more about you there’s no way to determine an alternative that would be best for you specifically. Please speak with your prescriber about your concerns regarding this side effect with Effexor (venlafaxine) and determine a course of action that works for you. ...Read more

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I have fibromaylgia& I am taking Effexor (venlafaxine) 75mg 1pill /day.But sometime i quit takin med when i experience no pain for 2 or 3 months.Is that bad for me?

I have fibromaylgia& I am taking Effexor (venlafaxine) 75mg 1pill /day.But sometime i quit takin med when i experience no pain for 2 or 3 months.Is that bad for me?

Not bad, but...: It's not bad for you, but stopping Effexor (venlafaxine) all at once can often cause people to feel horrible, with headaches, malaise, fatigue, and other symptoms. If it doesn't do that to you, and doesn't cause mood changes or a rebound in your pain, it's probably ok. But keep in mind that when you restart it, it may take several weeks to see a benefit. ...Read more

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If i'm taking Effexor (venlafaxine) , how does alcohol affect it?

If i'm taking Effexor (venlafaxine) , how does alcohol affect it?

Be careful: In general you want to avoid or use care in combining agents that have effects on the central nervous system. Some individuals experience an increased intensity of the effect of alcohol when on an antidepressant. Alcohol in significant amounts on an ongoing basis can interfere with the effectiveness of antidepressants including effexor (venlafaxine). It would be safest to clarify with the prescribing physician. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take nyquil 4 hours after taking effexor (venlafaxine)?

Is it safe to take nyquil 4 hours after taking effexor (venlafaxine)?

Not a good idea: Effexor (venlafaxine) should be taken in the morning to improve depression, increase mental energy, and to prevent insomnia. If you take NyQuil because you cannot sleep, you might benefiting from the 25-50 mg of diphenhydramine (Benadryl) on it. Please seek advise regarding insomnia right away to prevent further problems. Check your blood pressure regularly because Effexor tends to increase BP. ...Read more

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Can i take green coffee bean extract while taking effexor (venlafaxine)?

Fad Diets: Why would you want to? Do you really believe that caffeine will lead to real and permanent weight loss? Does your coffee or caffeinated sodas bring you any real weight loss?

Green coffee bean products are just another form of snake oil designed to get money from the vulnerable to the unethical men and women who will promise the moon just to get rich.

Don't be gullible. ...Read more

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Is it normal to experience hypersomnia while taking Effexor (venlafaxine)?

You mean "tired?": It's common for people to have a side effect of fatigue & tiredness on Effexor. I'm assuming that's what you mean when you use that big "H" word. In fact, looking at your medication list I'd go so far as to say that if you didn't feel at least a little HYPERSOMNIC shall we say, while on Effexor, Paxil, and Buspar (buspirone) that I'd say you must have a Type Triple A personality? Ask your doc to readjust dose ...Read more

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What happens if you drink alchohol while also taking Effexor (venlafaxine) xr?

Not a good idea: It is never a good idea to drink alcohol while taking any psychiatric medication, but 1 or 2 drinks every once in a while shouldn't be a problem. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if there are any side effects with taking Effexor (venlafaxine) and melatonin together?

Possibly: On a somewhat rare occasion melatonin will worsen depression. It could therefore theoretically worsen your depression in spite of the effexor (venlafaxine). There are no direct drug drug interactions between the two however. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Can i continue to breastfeed while taking Effexor (venlafaxine) xr? I've heard mixed advice and information.

Can i continue to breastfeed while taking Effexor (venlafaxine) xr? I've heard mixed advice and information.

Yes: The official designation is "safety unknown" but anecdotal experience has demonstrated safety. This, coupled with the danger of untreated depression both to you and your child, make the decision to continue straightforward. ...Read more

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If I want to stop taking Effexor, (venlafaxine) how can I do it without experiencing the withdrawal symptoms?

Speak to your doc: Effexor (venlafaxine) is not a simple drug. In some cases it might be detrimental to your health to stop it abruptly. Your physician will take into consideration the reason you were prescribed this medication and decide if you need continuation of Effexor (venlafaxine). If he/she decides that it is OK to discontinue Effexor (venlafaxine) then a planned reduction in the dose over one or two weeks would be warranted. ...Read more

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I have been taking Effexor (venlafaxine) XR 112 for 6 months. Now have anxiety back. Can I bump up to 150 take it away generally or would I need more.

Effexor-XR: At 112.5mg., increments by 37.5mg. would be smallest, totaling 150mg. Discuss with your doctor first. ...Read more

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I have been taking Effexor (venlafaxine) XR for a couple years and I have gained over 35lbs this year can I take a medication that will stop this weight gain?

If only....: So many people wish there was such a thing. There's little but switching to a different drug or changing doses but please consider adding therapy. It might be that w/ the addition you'll not need the drug or not as much or as long. Talk to the Dr who gave it and ask for referral to a good CBT therapist to deal w/ the side effect. Best! ...Read more

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My Dr has taken me off lexapro and told me to go ahead and start taking effexor (venlafaxine) with no tapering off. Do i still need to expect with drawl symptoms fr?

My Dr has taken me off lexapro and told me to go ahead and start taking effexor (venlafaxine) with no tapering off. Do i still need to expect with drawl symptoms fr?

Stopping Lexapro (escitalopram): You don't say what dose of Lexapro you've been taking or for how long. Both dosage and duration of Lexapro are factors in determining how to discontinue this med. That said, since Effexor (venlafaxine) has the same serotonin increasing property as Lexapro, withdrawal from abruptly stopping is less likely. However, if you experience any withdrawal symptoms, eg, malaise, nausea, insomnia, tell prescribing doc. ...Read more

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Been taking Effexor (venlafaxine) XR 75mg for over amonth, 40mg vyvanse.17, female, 125 lbs. Can I have a few alc drinks ? Will skip meds for day prior and after help?

No, please don't: Alcohol and antidepressants do not mix well, and using alcohol can exacerbate your depression/anxiety. Skipping meds is unwise also. Effexor (venlafaxine) requires consistent dosing for at least 4-6 weeks for effectiveness -- and maybe your wanting to drink alcohol now is evidence that you've had some improvement. If so, please don't mess it up. Best wishes. ...Read more

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After a year of taking Effexor (venlafaxine) daily I'm going off of it per my doctors instructions. I am having relentless painful dizzying headaches. Please help. ?

Going off Effexor (venlafaxine): Let's assume your doctors have good reasons. But it could entail a discontinuation syndrome, if your doctor doesn't do it right. Make sure you have the correct tapering instructions. It could also result in your re-experiencing symptoms that Effexor (venlafaxine) was treating. Your doctor should be ready with an alternative medicine. ...Read more

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Is there any vitamins i cant take while taking effexor (venlafaxine) and seroquel?

Interactions: Assuming you are taking "normal" levels of vitamins, I wasn't able to find any potential interactions between vitamins and either effexor (venlafaxine) or seroquel. Just to be sure - I would not start a vitamin regimen or stop one if you are taking these 2 meds. I might suggest NOT taking them together but there wasn't any interactions I could find. Obviously if something happens stop the vitamins. ...Read more

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Can I take multivitamin & multi mineral while taking Effexor (venlafaxine) xr150 & Ativan.5 ?

Can I take multivitamin & multi mineral while taking Effexor (venlafaxine) xr150 & Ativan.5
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Yes: There are no negative interactions with taking standard multivitamin and mineral supplements with those medications. All the best. ...Read more

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What should I do if I have increasing irritability, occasional blured vision while taking effexor (venlafaxine)?

What should I do if I have increasing irritability, occasional blured vision while taking effexor (venlafaxine)?

Call your physician: Taking any new medication that is followed by significant and unexpected symptoms, is best dealt with by immediately calling your physician. Most cases would result in advice given to the patient to stop or cut back on the medication, and to also consider another medication and other approaches for the patient's initial needs. ...Read more

Effexor (Definition)

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


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