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Can I wean off of Effexor (venlafaxine) XR 35mg, and take Zoloft 25mg at the same time, so there is no lapse in treatment? And how long until Zoloft starts working?

Can I wean off of Effexor (venlafaxine) XR 35mg, and take Zoloft 25mg at the same time, so there is no lapse in treatment? And how long until Zoloft starts working?

Yes, if doc agrees: Always discuss your plan of care with ur doc. It's most common 4 docs 2 recommend that patients reduce the dose of one med while they transition on to a new one, for the reason u mentioned -- no lapse. Docs call this a "cross taper". Unclear how long it will take for zoloft (sertraline) to work. Some pts feel btr in just a few days, while others may need up to 8 wks on the right dose. Ring ur doc to discuss :) ...Read more

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Supplements (Definition)

A dietary supplement, also known as food supplement or nutritional supplement, is a preparation intended to supplement the diet and provide nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids, or amino acids, that may be missing or may not be consumed in sufficient quantities in a person's diet. Some countries define dietary supplements as foods, while ...Read more


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Can u take lorazepam for an attack if u are taking clonazepam twice daily? And I'm just starting Zoloft and still taking Effexor (venlafaxine) weaning off

Can u take lorazepam for an attack if u are taking clonazepam twice daily? And I'm just starting Zoloft and still taking Effexor (venlafaxine) weaning off

Benzos are Dangerous: No. Why would you have two drugs of the same class? Does your prescribing physician know you are on all of this medication? The goal is to find a way to prevent anxiety. Benzos do not cure, treat or prevent anxiety. They calm you down; they are sedating? And they are extremely addictive. ...Read more

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Hello doc, can I take b vitamins and magnesium citrate supplement while taking effexor (venlafaxine)?

Hello doc, can I take b vitamins and magnesium citrate supplement while taking effexor (venlafaxine)?

Yes: I believe it is a good idea to take b vitamins and magnesium with effexor (venlafaxine). You should also consider vit d3 5000 iu- which everyone should take in fall and winter months but which should be taken year-round if you use sunscreen or don't get mid-day sun in spring and summer months. And I advise everyone to take at least 1000 mg of vit. C twice a day. ...Read more

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Hello doctors, need to know if its safe to take probiotics, b vitamins, magnesium supplements while taking effexor (venlafaxine)? Nutrition is very important to me

Hello doctors, need to know if its safe to take probiotics, b vitamins, magnesium supplements while taking effexor (venlafaxine)? Nutrition is very important to me

Yes: Yes. There are no known interactions. I also advise everyone take at least 1000 mg of vit c 2x/day & vitamin d ~5000 iu/day during fall & winter- year round if you use sunscreen or don't get mid-day sun! Also consider a lithium supp-see http://tahomaclinicblog. Com/lithium-the-misunderstood-mineral-part-1/
also see
http://www. Naturalnews. Com/036336_ppis_acid_reflux_side_effects. Html
re: prevacid. ...Read more

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How can I wean myself off Effexor (venlafaxine) 75mg. Safely

How can I wean myself off Effexor (venlafaxine) 75mg. Safely

With medical help: Hopefully the doctor who prescribed it will assist in terminating it. It needs to be either a very slow tapering off or being switched to a different ssri with a longer half-life and have that drug tapered. Those take a shorter time to taper. The "discontinuation" syndrome can be very troubling and serious. You want to avoid it and you can, but not alone. Best wishes for success. ...Read more

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Weaning off effexor (venlafaxine) for the past year, now at point of 37.5mg everyother day, but feeling very emotional. Is this normal?

Weaning off effexor (venlafaxine) for the past year, now at point of 37.5mg everyother day, but feeling very emotional. Is this normal?

Effexor (venlafaxine) tapering: You may be having symptoms of underlying depression/ anxiety from lower Effexor (venlafaxine) dose or you're having withdrawal symptoms. If going back up a little on the dose helps, you may need to either stay on that dose for maintenance or go more slowly with tapering Effexor (venlafaxine). Best to review with prescribing doctor and ask what to do. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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I've been on Effexor (venlafaxine) for almost ten yrs. Seems like its not helping anymore? Should I wean off nd go on something else like a ssri?

I've been on Effexor (venlafaxine) for almost ten yrs. Seems like its not helping anymore? Should I wean off nd go on something else like a ssri?

DO NOT DO ANYTHING: Without talking wtih your doctor first! You may need a change, or an augmentation strategy, but you need to be working with your doctor! ...Read more

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I'm weaning off EFFEXOR, (venlafaxine) can euphoria/excitation/feeling of being high be a withdrawal symptom?

I'm weaning off EFFEXOR, (venlafaxine) can euphoria/excitation/feeling of being high be a withdrawal symptom?

Talk to your doctor: The usual withdrawal symptoms are more flu like. The symptoms you are describing sounds more like mania. Tell your doctor about your symptoms. ...Read more

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I'm weaning off Paxil from 20mgs down to 10mgs while starting effexor (venlafaxine) at the same time 37.5mgs a day having withdrawals how long does this last?

Medication effects: Using Paxil with Effexor (venlafaxine) can increase the risk of Serotonin Syndrome- confusion, extreme changes in blood pressure, increased heart rate, fever, sweating, shaking, blurred vision, stomach cramp, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
See Psychiatrist immediately for
• Diagnosis
• Medication effects, interactions
Withdrawal symptoms
• Treatment
• Frequent follow up
• Therapy for stresses in your life ...Read more

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I am under a doctor's care and currently weaning off of 15 years of using Effexor (venlafaxine) 150 mg daily. Why is it such an ordeal with this drug? Horrible.

Yes.: Getting off antidepressant is not a pleasant experience and may take a lot longer than you think. The secret is to gradually wean by small increments and if symptoms occur, go back to the last dose that you felt good at then wait a few days and decrease by12.5 mg at a time for a week then decrease again in a week. Increase your exercise level and continue following your doctor's advise. ...Read more

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As I gradually weaned off Effexor (venlafaxine) XR and took Prozac to decreased Effexor (venlafaxine) xr, my sleep hasn't been the same and I get aggravated, what is this?

As I gradually weaned off Effexor (venlafaxine) XR and took Prozac to decreased Effexor (venlafaxine) xr, my sleep hasn't been the same and I get aggravated, what is this?

More data needed: Effexor (venlafaxine) xr works on more neurotransmitters than prozac. Also depending upon the dose of the Effexor (venlafaxine) xr perhaps it was tapered too fast and or the dose of Prozac was not high enough. In either event you need to discuss it with you doc. Often their are other temporary medications that can be taken prn
to get you through the switch over phase. Also the time of day that you take the meds
is important. ...Read more

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Used Effexor (venlafaxine) 75mg, for 2 years. Weaned off at 33.5mg. Stoped taking for 4 months because I thought I was better. Having anxiety again, tried but made wors?

Used Effexor (venlafaxine) 75mg, for 2 years. Weaned off at 33.5mg. Stoped taking for 4 months because I thought I was better. Having anxiety again, tried but made wors?

Return of symptoms: Return of symptoms is not uncommon with anxiety. Are you still working with a therapist (you list "behavior therapy" your clinical findings)? If you stopped that therapy also, you could resume it and hopefully get your symptoms into remission again. Are you still on klonopin (clonazepam)? Tolerance can develop with it, and this may be happening with you also. Talk with your doctor about medication options. ...Read more

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I was taking Effexor (venlafaxine) for approximately 1 year. With the help of my doctor I managed to wean off. How long will I experience withdrawl symptoms?

I was taking Effexor (venlafaxine) for approximately 1 year. With the help of my doctor I managed to wean off. How long will I experience withdrawl symptoms?

About 3-4 weeks: Although Effexor (venlafaxine) has a relatively short half-life and is out of your system already, your body has gotten used to its presence and certain receptor sites changed as a result. I find that it takes about 3-4 weeks for the discontinuation symptoms to subside, and I often recommend that my patients take an occasional small dose of the medication if the discontinuation symptoms become unbearable. ...Read more

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I have been on Effexor (venlafaxine) XR 75mg for 10 yrs but want to wean off of it. How should I do this and what withdraw symptoms could I have? What are brain zaps?

I have been on Effexor (venlafaxine) XR 75mg for 10 yrs but want to wean off of it. How should I do this and what withdraw symptoms could I have? What are brain zaps?

Effexor (venlafaxine) withdrawal: If you've been on Effexor (venlafaxine) for that long, you need to work with your physician on a tapering schedule. First make sure that the symptoms you were having before effexor, (venlafaxine) are stable. Common discontinuation symptoms include dizziness, electric shock-like sensations, sweating, nausea, insomnia, tremor, confusion, nightmares, and vertigo. "brain zaps" are electric shock-like sensations in the head. ...Read more

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On Effexor (venlafaxine) XR 150 mg and need to wean off. Have not been successful in the past because of horrible withdrawal symptoms. What can I do? What vitamins?

Gradual: Need guidance by physician

gradual dosage reduction guided by the emergence with discontinuation symptoms

in some circumstances, due to its long half life, using fluoxetine as the agent to use as for the withdrawal process is considered. ...Read more

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I am suffering from G A D.since birth. I am on effexor 300mg valium 10mg since 1979, amitriptyline75mg for pain and trazodone 100mg. My dr stated months ago that there is no cure but this week we wants me to wean off them. My phys wants to stay on them?

I am suffering from G A D.since birth. I am on effexor 300mg valium 10mg since 1979, amitriptyline75mg for pain and trazodone 100mg. My dr stated months ago that there is no cure but this week we wants me to wean off them. My phys wants to stay on them?

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 and pain. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I recently weaned off Effexor (venlafaxine) XR by taking Prozac 10 mg and from dropping from 50-25mg seroquel for a week then 12.5mg seroquel then stopped both Prozac and seroquel on 5/13.I can't sleep now, help!

I recently weaned off Effexor (venlafaxine) XR by taking Prozac 10 mg and from dropping from 50-25mg seroquel for a week then 12.5mg seroquel then stopped both Prozac and seroquel on 5/13.I can't sleep now, help!

Talk w/your doctor: This question is best answered by your own doctor who prescribed you the medications and then tapered them. If you're having difficulty, please contact him/her. S/he may want you to continue a low dose of seroquel (quetiapine) for a little longer -- but I don't know what symptoms you were having in the first place. Symptoms can return when medication is stopped. Your doctor knows you best, & can help. ...Read more

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Is it possible to be weaned off the Effexor and get my body back to normal? I have been taking Effexor for years. A doctor recently increased my dosage to 300mg from 75mg. I have major digestive issues (constipation), I can't loose weight no matter what I

Is it possible to be weaned off the Effexor and get my body back to normal? I have been taking Effexor for years. A doctor recently increased my dosage to 300mg from 75mg. I have major digestive issues (constipation), I can't loose weight no matter what I

Serotonin: Serotonin discontinuation symptoms, associated with abrupt discontinuation of Effexor (venlafaxine), could be related to it`s short half life. In most cases, this may be minimized by slowly tapering the dosage. Another strategy would be using a low dosage of a long acting ssri like fluoxetine. The physical symptoms include problems with balance, gastrointestinal and flu-like symptoms, and sensory and sleep disturbances. Psychological symptoms include anxiety and/or agitation, crying spells, irritability and aggressiveness. ...Read more

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Seroquel is not helping with insomnia. It was for about a week, but loss of sleep is creeping up again since I weaned off Effexor (venlafaxine) and prozac?

Seroquel is not helping with insomnia. It was for about a week, but loss of sleep is creeping up again since I weaned off Effexor (venlafaxine) and prozac?

Call your doctor: Please contact your physician about this asap. S/he may need to adjust your seroquel (quetiapine) dose. If you have bipolar disorder, the sleep loss could be impending hypomania or mania. Your doctor will be best able to advise you. Be well. ...Read more

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Low energy on 225 mg Effexor (venlafaxine) xr, my dosage was raised its my first week on 225. How can I raise my energy with supplements so I can start working out?

Low energy on 225 mg Effexor (venlafaxine) xr, my dosage was raised its my first week on 225. How can I raise my energy with supplements so I can start working out?

B-vitamins and ect: Check with you md 1st but you may consider supplements of b-vitamins such as a super b-complex. In addition you may consider taking panax ginseng which may help with your fatigue as well as improve athletic performance. If you decide to take these, monitor your BP and report significant elevations to your md I do wonder, which antihistamine are you taking and how often do you take it? ...Read more

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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?

Caution w/supplement: Rhodiola is thought to affect serotonin levels, so I would advise against using it when you are already taking 2 medications that act on serotonin (the Effexor and the Paxil). ...Read more

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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?

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!
Hope this is helpful
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Can I take Mucuna pruriens food supplement along with Venlafaxine?

Can I take Mucuna pruriens food supplement along with Venlafaxine?

Velvet bean: This is a powdered prepared from a bean with supposed medicinal properties. Don't spend too much money on it. Especially, if you have Parkinson's, don't neglect evidence-based care just because this bean supposedly contains neurotransmitter precursors. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I weaned off 20mg of Prozac (fluoxetine) that I had been taking for 8 mos 2 weeks ago. Is it now safe to take the maca root supplement?

I weaned off 20mg of Prozac (fluoxetine) that I had been taking for 8 mos 2 weeks ago. Is it now safe to take the maca root supplement?

Probably -- but?: Why did you stop the prozac (fluoxetine)? And how are you with the symptoms for which it was prescribed? Plus, what are you hoping maca will do for you? All these things are best discussed with your own doctor, who knows you best. If you were depressed, maca is not likely to help you with that, so I'm concerned that you might not be receiving treatment you need. Be well. ...Read more

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I have GAD, and am working with a Dr to wean off lexapro (escitalopram). Are there any natural supplements I can take to help GAD?

I have GAD, and am working with a Dr to wean off lexapro (escitalopram). Are there any natural supplements I can take to help GAD?

There are: supplements to help w/anxiety but I'd recommend a nutritional panel by Spectracell Lab in TX. You will find out what vitamins/minerals may be low and can replace them for overall health. Take a look at lifestyle also, e.g., exercise and diet. Relaxation Response book by Herbert Benson also. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I am currently on venlafaxine, clonazepam and folic acid supplement tablets. Is it safe to take ceritizine zyrtek for hayfever and allergies?

I am currently on venlafaxine, clonazepam and folic acid supplement tablets. Is it safe to take ceritizine zyrtek for hayfever and allergies?

OK but: Citirazine does have mild sedating effect and may give additive drowsy effect to your current drug regimen. If you already feel drowsy or tired, consider Allegra (fexofenadine) instead. ...Read more

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I take Effexor (venlafaxine) and wellbutrin for panic disorder. What other treatments are best besides medications?

I take Effexor (venlafaxine) and wellbutrin for panic disorder. What other treatments are best besides medications?

Talk therapy: Even with medication, I think it is a very goo idea to do some cbt talk therapy. That can help you feel more skilled (less helpless) in moderating or avoiding attacks. You may not need the meds if you are successful. Also meditation and certain exercise programs can be a good support for correcting this disorder. I'm impressed by your interest in self-management. I bet you'll do well. ...Read more

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What is the best way to get off effexor (venlafaxine)? I am taking the lowest dose but feel bad anxiety and am scared to take and/or come off it. What do I do?

What is the best way to get off effexor (venlafaxine)? I am taking the lowest dose but feel bad anxiety and am scared to take and/or come off it. What do I do?

Tapering off effexor (venlafaxine): Tapering off any medication is difficult as the symptoms the medication was treating come back. I would contact the provider that prescribed this medication and ask what is the best way to taper off. You are on other medications that may contribute to the anxiety, I would as if the other medication dosing can change to help relieve symptoms. Do not stop this medication abruptly and ask for help. ...Read more

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What is the best med.4/social anxiety¶noia that comes n goes? What about ativan4/anxiety? N what med.4/paranoia? Already take lamictal n effexor (venlafaxine).

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What is the best med.4/social anxiety&paranoia that comes n goes? What about ativan4/anxiety? N what med.4/paranoia? Already take lamictal n effexor (venlafaxine).

BPD: Sounds like panphobia which is intense anxiety due to imagined fear. Antidepressents used for anxiety can be worth a try, along with psychotherapy using cognitive work. ...Read more

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How to wean off venlafaxine 300 mg's to start impramine?

Consult with your dr: Weaning off meds is not easy. There are several ways to do what you asking, but the process needs to be supervised by a specialist. ...Read more

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150mg Venlafaxine and 20mg Mianserin. Mianserin is what I would like to wean off. Please help.

Weaning medication: Both of venlafaxine and mianserin are have withdrawal symptoms of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, anxiety, panic attacks, fatigue, lack of appetite, dizziness/room spinning, headache, insomnia, etc. And the venlafaxine has a feeling described as "brain zaps" if stopped too fast. So neither med is the kind to manipulate by yourself. See the doctor who is prescribing them and work with her/him. ...Read more

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Is there any supplements that help with weaning off wellbutrin (bupropion)?

Is there any supplements that help with weaning off wellbutrin (bupropion)?

None are needed: There are none that are needed. There are absolutely no withdrawal symptoms from wellbutrin (bupropion). Do not come off of that however unless it has been discussed with your psychiatrist or family practitioner. I don't know the details of your psychiatric history so I cannot tell you what your risk of relapse could be. It is not however something to be taken lightly. ...Read more

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Any natural supplements or habits to wean off of Xanax (alprazolam)? Are there any quick exercises that would help me during withdrawals? I work in a fast paced environment. I cannot let weaning off slow me down. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Any natural supplements or habits to wean off of Xanax (alprazolam)? Are there any quick exercises that would help me during withdrawals? I work in a fast paced environment. I cannot let weaning off slow me down. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Xanax (alprazolam) withdrawal: I understand your concern about withdrawal from Xanax (alprazolam).
I commend you for wanting to overcome Dependence.
If you are decreasing the dose by 20%every week, it is likely that you will wean off Xanax (alprazolam) with less discomfort.
Do Breathing and Music Relaxation, Visual Imagery, Yoga, Meditation and Tai Chi.
Drink Green tea and plenty of water.
Walk in a State or National Park.
See a Psychiatrist for Anxiety ...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


Effexor (Definition)

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