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What are the symptoms if you stop taking? Effexor?

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What are the symptoms if you stop taking? Effexor?

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

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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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: You need find out what's causing your symptoms. Effexor and Lyrica (pregabalin) 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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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?

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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Is it safe to stop Effexor (venlafaxine) on my own?

Is it safe to stop Effexor (venlafaxine) on my own?

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

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How long until side effects stop with Effexor (venlafaxine) 75mg?

How long until side effects stop with Effexor (venlafaxine) 75mg?

Days: 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. ...Read more

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

Yes, possible: 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 (venlafaxine) was prescribed -- these may persist and still need treatment. Good luck to you. ...Read more

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I have only taken Effexor (venlafaxine) 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?

I have only taken Effexor (venlafaxine) 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 (venlafaxine): I understand your discomfort.
Effexor (venlafaxine) 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 (venlafaxine) effects and treatment including psychotherapy. ...Read more

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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?

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.: It is best to speak to the prescribing physician! Lyrica (pregabalin) 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. ...Read more

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I have a sister on Effexor (venlafaxine) she finds it good would I be able to go straight on to Effexor (venlafaxine) XL or will I have to stop lustral first?

I have a sister on Effexor (venlafaxine) she finds it good would I be able to go straight on to Effexor (venlafaxine) XL or will I have to stop lustral first?

Don't take both: 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 (venlafaxine) 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. ...Read more

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How to stop sweating on Effexor (venlafaxine) xr?

More info: 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. ...Read more

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Is it safe to stop Effexor (venlafaxine). If I choose to deal with the withdrawal symptoms?

Is it safe to stop Effexor (venlafaxine). If I choose to deal with the withdrawal symptoms?

Concern 4 depression: There can be some very bothersome symptoms from the abrupt discontinuation. Abrupt cessation is not a good idea Also what about the reason that you starting taking the medication in the first place and that is " depression " You should discuss your plan to go off the medication with your psychiatrist and also with a therapist if you also have someone else who is working with you in therapy. ...Read more

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I've been taking Effexor (venlafaxine) for almost two years I suddenly stop to use wellbutrin to quit smoking as well I'm very emotional and just not feeling mysel?

I've been taking Effexor (venlafaxine) 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 (venlafaxine) and you have double the emotional stress. Antidepressants, especially Effexor (venlafaxine), should not be stopped suddenly. Speak with your doctor about weaning off while starting Wellbutrin. ...Read more

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

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 (venlafaxine) can affect libido, it doesn't change estrogen, Progesterone or testosterone levels to my knowledge. ...Read more

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I am trying to get my wife pregnant and I just stop taking Effexor (venlafaxine) 75mg and my doctor switched me to citalopram 10mg. I would appreciate any feed back?

Sexual side effects: Antidepressants which affect serotonin as citalopram and Effexor (venlafaxine) do, may cause changes in sexual desire and functioning. (effexor (venlafaxine) 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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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

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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My period is 8 days late, lots of nausea, dizziness and exhausted. Am I pregnant? Do I need to stop taking my effexor (venlafaxine) 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 (venlafaxine). ...Read more

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I tried Effexor (venlafaxine) 37.5 to alleviate perimenopause hot flashes but had to stop it after 4 days because of lousy side effects. Is Prozac easier to handle?

I tried Effexor (venlafaxine) 37.5 to alleviate perimenopause hot flashes but had to stop it after 4 days because of lousy side effects. Is Prozac easier to handle?

Different.: Each person responds differently to each antidepressant. The only way to know if Prozac (fluoxetine) is easier to handle is to take it and try it. ...Read more

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I cant stop eating and purging and all drugs has no effect (prozac 20 mg, resperidal 2 mg, anafronil 75mg and effexor (venlafaxine) xr) what can I do (bulimia nervosa)?

I cant stop eating and purging and all drugs has no effect (prozac 20 mg, resperidal 2 mg, anafronil 75mg and effexor (venlafaxine) xr) what can I do (bulimia nervosa)?

Better assessment: You describe a panoply of medications, all at doses too low to be effective. You need a medication reassessment, which will consider medicatiion at an adequate dose. And you need to consider nonmedication -- psychotherapy -- approaches. ...Read more

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Paxil for 12 years for Panic. Stop working. Physician put me on 40 mg Viibrid. After a year, added 37.5 of Effexor (venlafaxine). Tired. No sleep. Still panic.

Paxil for 12 years for Panic. Stop working. Physician put me on 40 mg Viibrid. After a year, added 37.5 of Effexor (venlafaxine). Tired. No sleep. Still panic.

Panic not resolved!: I'm sorry to hear u've been struggling with panic d/o after what sounds like a long period of time without sxs at all. I'd talk with your doc. Has anything in your life changed recently? Are you under more stress? A psychotherapy could help here. A tradtional anxiolytic SSRI might be the route your doc eventually goes. Good choices may include Luvox, lexapro, (escitalopram) or sertraline, but I defer to ur MD :) ...Read more

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I cant stop feeling muscle tension and nose tic sning im on very high dose of effexor (venlafaxine) i.m exhausted and paroxetine how long for symptops to leave??

I cant stop feeling muscle tension and nose tic sning im on very high dose of effexor (venlafaxine) i.m exhausted and paroxetine how long for symptops to leave??

Therapy?: Have you yet tried any form of psychotherapy? Typically, the optimal combination of things to treat emotional issues such as anxiety or depression is medication (which, on your best day, is supposed to take the edge off symptoms) but the real gruntwork takes place in psychotherapist's consulting room. ...Read more

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What would happen if you combined Effexor (venlafaxine) and ecstasy?

What would happen if you combined Effexor (venlafaxine) and ecstasy?

Really bad result: I would not recommend this. First, since it's bought on the street, you do not know what is really in the substance you think is ecstasy. If it is actually ecstasy you could induce a deadly serotonin syndrome. Depending on dose of Effexor (venlafaxine) you will also be inhibiting reuptake of norepinephrine -- the combo can lead to anxiety, panic, etc. If not prescribed for you, do not take Effexor (venlafaxine) at all. ...Read more

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What medications should be avoided when taking effexor (venlafaxine)?

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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

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What happens if you forget to take your Effexor (venlafaxine) for 1day?

Maybe withdrawal: You may be fine, but you may also experience flu like muscle aches, and generally feeling crummy. ...Read more

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Can you quit Effexor (venlafaxine) 75mg after taking for only 2 weeks symptoms

If: If you want to quit a medication, you should call the doctor who prescribed it and discuss why. There may be solutions to the problems you are experiencing on the medication, an alternative medication that is better for you, or reasons you need to be on that specific medication that is very important to your health. Also, Effexor (venlafaxine) can give pretty nasty withdrawal symptoms if just stopped, so you might want to discuss a taper with your doctor before just quitting. Good luck! ...Read more

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How long does it take Effexor (venlafaxine) to get out of your system if you have only been taking it for a week?

How long does it take Effexor (venlafaxine) to get out of your system if you have only been taking it for a week?

Effexor (venlafaxine): Effexor (venlafaxine) and its breakdown product have half-lives of 5 and 11 hours, respectively. This means that both should be gone from your system in 55 hours, or about 2.5 days. ...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?

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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I was on Effexor (venlafaxine) XR for a yr and have been off it for 4 yrs. How can I lose the weight that I gained while I was taking the drug?

I was on Effexor (venlafaxine) XR for a yr and have been off it for 4 yrs. How can I lose the weight that I gained while I was taking the drug?

Diet ; exercise: Weight loss can be achieved through a regular exercise regimen and a healthy diet. You will lose weight when you expend more calories than you consume through your diet. Cut back on sodas, fried foods, foods w/ high saturated fat content, junk food ; large portions. Trim excess fat off meat and remove skin from chicken. Eat more fruits ; veggies. Engage in a cardio workout 30 min, 5 days a wk. ...Read more

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Hello. I've been on Effexor 37.5mg for about one month now. I stopped taking it three days ago. How long does it take to get out of your system?

Hello. I've been on Effexor 37.5mg for about one month now. I stopped taking it three days ago. How long does it take to get out of your system?

Usually in week or +: The half-life of this medication is about 5 hours, so after a week, most of this drug will be out of your system. Talk with your doctor for the reasons you stopped the medication, as sometimes this class of meds may take several weeks to reach optimum effect. If you had an allergic reaction to the drug, or unpleasant side effects, let your doctor know and he/she can substitute a different drug. ...Read more

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I have been on Effexor (venlafaxine) XR 75mg for almost a week and I lost my appetite. Why do you think this happened? Do you think it will return?

I have been on Effexor (venlafaxine) XR 75mg for almost a week and I lost my appetite. Why do you think this happened? Do you think it will return?

Known effect: Effexor (venlafaxine) can cause some appetite suppression. So if this just started after taking the medication, it may very well be related to your effexor (venlafaxine). It may not return and you should review this with your prescribing physician so you have plan of action, if appetite suppression becomes a bothersome problem. Best of luck. ...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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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

Effexor (Definition)

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