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Dr. Alan Ali
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What are the symptoms if you stop taking?Effexor?

Dr. Alan Ali
Board Certified, Psychiatry
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What are the symptoms if you stop taking?Effexor?

Effexor: Withdrawal can be intense if suddenly quit from being on high dose. Can have nausea, upset stomach, diarrhea, shakes, dizziness, headache, lightheadedness, general feeling of being keyed up. ...Read more

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Dr. Diane Minich
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If I want to stop taking Effexor, how can I do it without experiencing the withdrawal symptoms?

Dr. Diane Minich
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If I want to stop taking Effexor, how can I do it without experiencing the withdrawal symptoms?

Need to work: with your doctor and develop a tapering regime, depending on your dose and how long you have been on it. You also need to be monitored for returning depression. Do not abruptly stop it. ...Read more

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Dr. Soroosh Armandi
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How could I live as before without pain.I got fibro 4 months ago& I am taking lyrica&effexor 75.I am better but still in pain.Stop my suffering please?

Dr. Soroosh Armandi
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Fibro not a disease: You need find out whats causing your symptoms. Effexor and Lyrica are just increasing your threshold for tolerance and masking your symptoms. See a good rheumatologist, you may have an autoimmune disease. ...Read more

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Dr. Krishna Kumar
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I have only taken Effexor for 1 week low dose 37.5mg side effects are driving me crazy can I just stop taking it or do I have to wein off?

Dr. Krishna Kumar
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I have only taken Effexor for 1 week low dose 37.5mg side effects are driving me crazy can I just stop taking it or do I have to wein off?

Depression, Effexor: I understand your discomfort. Effexor is a medication for treatment of depression. 37.5 mg./day is low dose for treatment of depression. Please see your psychiatrist for present symptoms, Effexor effects and treatment including psychotherapy. ...Read more

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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I been taking .5 mg of ativan for about 2 mos. If i stop will I have withdrawal or do I need to taper? I also started back taking Effexor for 1 mo now

Dr. Pamela Pappas
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I been taking .5 mg of ativan for about 2 mos. If i stop will I have withdrawal or do I need to taper? I also started back taking Effexor for 1 mo now

Taper: I suggest talking with your own doctor about tapering this medicine, especially if you've been using it daily. ...Read more

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Dr. Marcie Berman
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I've been taking Effexor for almost two years i suddenly stop to use wellbutrin to quit smoking as well I'm very emotional and just not feeling mysel?

Dr. Marcie Berman
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I've been taking Effexor for almost two years i suddenly stop to use wellbutrin to quit smoking as well I'm very emotional and just not feeling  mysel?

Stopping smoking: Even with the help of Wellbutrin, stopping smoking can be difficult in terms of feeling emotional and irritable. Put that together with a sudden discontinuation of Effexor and you have double the emotional stress. Antidepressants, especially Effexor, should not be stopped suddenly. Speak with your doctor about weaning off while starting Wellbutrin. ...Read more

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Dr. Charles Barnhart
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19 yr. Old stops taking Effexor and her sex hormones drop to almost 0. After months still 0 and no period. How long before things get back to normal?

Dr. Charles Barnhart
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Zero?: There is no such thing as zero sex hormones. Is your partner consulting an md or do? If it's some other sort of 'practitioner' they are giving poor information. Although Effexor can affect libido, it doesn't change estrogen, Progesterone or testosterone levels to my knowledge. ...Read more

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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I am trying to get my wife pregnant and i just stop taking Effexor 75mg and my doctor switched me to citalopram 10mg. I would appreciate any feed back?

Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Sexual side effects: Antidepressants which affect serotonin as citalopram and Effexor do, may cause changes in sexual desire and functioning. (effexor also affects norepinephrine at higher doses). If you're having difficulty with your sex drive or other issues, your doctor could consider wellbutrin (causes less sexual side effects) as long as anxiety is not the main reason you've been prescribed these medicines. ...Read more

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Dr. Olav Jaren
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I recently started a new job and I am without insurance for 3 months. I am nearing the end of my prescription of Effexor xr 150mg. Do I just flat out stop taking it after my last pill? I have only missed a pill on one occasion and had the "brain zaps." An

Dr. Olav Jaren
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I recently started a new job and I am without insurance for 3 months. I am nearing the end of my prescription of Effexor xr 150mg. Do I just flat out stop taking it after my last pill? I have only missed a pill on one occasion and had the "brain zaps." An

Do you want to stop?: No, it would be best not to stop. This would prevent withdrawal. The other question is, do you need it? It may be a little less expensive to use the non SR version, another medicine, or just make sure you have enough refills to get through the 3 months. ...Read more

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Dr. Paul Pyles
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My period is 8 days late, lots of nausea, dizziness and exhausted. Am I pregnant? Do I need to stop taking my effexor until I know for sure?

Dr. Paul Pyles
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My period is 8 days late, lots of nausea, dizziness and exhausted. Am I pregnant? Do I need to stop taking my effexor until I know for sure?

See your doctor : You will need a pregnancy test. Talk to your doctor first before making any changes to your medication such as weaning off the Effexor. ...Read more

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