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Dr. Evan M. Altman answered:

How to stop sweating on Effexor xr???

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Sweating can be a side effect of Effexor XR/venlafaxine. If you just started the medication, it may lessen with additional time. If the dose was quickly titrated up or started at a higher amount, a lower dose may help lessen the side effect. If none of this applies i.e. you've been on it a while & on low dose, then the question is benefits vs. problems as the sweating may be an ongoing side effect
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Is it safe to stop effexor on my own?

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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.
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How long until side effects stop with effexor 75mg?

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The half life (how long it takes for half of the drug to be metabolized) of the parent compound is 5 hours and the active metabolite is 11 hours. It takes about 5 half lives for the drug to be fully metabolized. Thus it should be less than 3 days before the drug is completely metabolized and thus the effects to be gone. I hope this helps.
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I have a sister on Effexor she finds it good would I be able to go straight on to Effexor xl or will I have to stop lustral first?

Don't take both

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Both drugs are serotonin reuptake inhibitors (the same mechanism) so do not take them at the same time. You can switch from one to the other if you think Effexor may work better. Talk to your prescribing doctor about how s/he wants you to make the transition to the new drug. Also, medication alone is NOT optimal treatment for depression. Psychotherapy should be part of your treatment plan.
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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?

Sexual side effects

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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.
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Is it possible to have no side affects with stoping Effexor? I've had no withdrawals and it's been 2 days. I had to stop and decrease as I'm allergic

Yes, possible

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Yes it's possible, and I'm glad you're doing well so far. I hope you'll continue to work with your doctor on the issues for which Effexor was prescribed -- these may persist and still need treatment. Good luck to you.
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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?

Fibro not a disease

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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.
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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

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I suggest talking with your own doctor about tapering this medicine, especially if you've been using it daily.
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What do u mean by titrating meds from lower doses.I used to take effexor&lyrica 75mg one pill/day each coz of fibromyalgia.I used 2 stop meds 3months?

Talk to doc.

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It is best to speak to the prescribing physician! Lyrica is often begun at 75 mg twice daily for fibromyalgia. Effexor is often titrated, at least the XR formulation, beginning at 37.5 for one week, then 75mg for one week before further titration depending on the target dose.
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Since I'm allergic to Effexor xr. My psychiatrist told me to stop until I see him in 3 days. What are good antidepressants for anxiety/depression?

Allergic?

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POSSIBLY NOT ALLERGY. MAY BE RESPONSE TO EFFEXOR WHICH IS DIFFERENT FROM SSRI'S. NEED TO KNOW MORE. WHY TAKING EFFEXPR, PREVIOUS MEDS, PROBLEM BEING MEDICATED? ANSWERS WOULD HELP GIVE YOU THE ANSWERS YOU SEEK. TELL YOUR DOCTOR WHAT'S HAPPENING WHEN YOU SEE HIM.
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