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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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Losing Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


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I'm changing my medication from Effexor (venlafaxine) 300mgs to wellbutrin 150mgs. How long before I notice a change in my mood?

I'm changing my medication from Effexor (venlafaxine) 300mgs to wellbutrin 150mgs. How long before I notice a change in my mood?

Many Variables: When switching from one antidepressant to another it is difficult to predict how quickly the new medication will take effect. Generally one expects an antidepressant to begin to work after two weeks with the maximum benefit at six weeks. One should taper slowly off Effexor (venlafaxine) due to discontinuation symptoms. These would include anxiety and flu-like aches and pains. Work closely with your md. ...Read more

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Is there any new medications for depression that are not SSRIs or Wellbutrin, or Effexor (venlafaxine). Is there anything new? I feel like I've tried every med.

Is there any new medications for depression that are not SSRIs or Wellbutrin, or Effexor (venlafaxine). Is there anything new? I feel like I've tried every med.

TheQuestionDepresses: Boy, that's a big question. First you say you've tried everything, but that must mean your doctor (s) have tried many prescription medications. Sorry about that. It's really tough to stay motivated, but you have to! There's a world of alternative therapies and approaches for this. Google it! Right now you have to stay active. It's always the next necessary thing to do. It's documented that exercise helps. ...Read more

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Taken 375mg of Effexor (venlafaxine) for 2+ yrs. Lost 33 lbs. Can weight loss effect the drug or does it make 0 diff. In effectiveness? Want to lower my mg if so

Taken 375mg of Effexor (venlafaxine) for 2+ yrs. Lost 33 lbs. Can weight loss effect the drug or does it make 0 diff. In effectiveness? Want to lower my mg if so

Talk to your doctor: Your are on a hefty dose of Effexor (venlafaxine). Talk with your doctor before making any changes. I have seen some patients lose weight on their medicine. If you and your doctor determine that this is the maintenance dose required to manage your symptoms, then don't change. If your weight loss continues and poses a health risk, then you may need a dose adjustment or med change. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Can wellbutrin and effexor (venlafaxine) cause seizures?

Wellbutrin, (bupropion) possible: Wellbutrin (bupropion) can cause seizures over a certain dosage. Your doctor is aware of this, so follow his/ her instructions and do not take more medication than prescribed. ...Read more

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How do you know if you need an snri or dnri? (seeking info on symptom determination) was on Effexor (venlafaxine) yrs ago, considering wellbutrin now.

How do you know if you need an snri or dnri? (seeking info on symptom determination) was on Effexor (venlafaxine) yrs ago, considering wellbutrin now.

Stop smoking: It is a little known fact that 65% of smokers get depression. I would recommend a trial on wellbutrin under your doctor's supervision. Fewer side effects than effexor, (venlafaxine) no withdrawal, and knocks out smoking cravings quite well. Why not kill two birds with one stone? ...Read more

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Does wellbutrin make you angry? Tried 10+ yrs ago - it did. Effexor (venlafaxine) worked well then but is too strong now. Need to try something (+ quit smoking)

Does wellbutrin make you angry? Tried 10+ yrs ago - it did. Effexor (venlafaxine) worked well then but is too strong now. Need to try something (+ quit smoking)

EXPLORE: Sounds like you may need meds and help regulating them. Bring issue to psychiatrist who will be most familiar with the meds you mention. ...Read more

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I take Zoloft a.M.Plus wellbutrin 150 in the morning and at night. I travel a lot and cannot always obtain wellbutrin. Friends have advised effexor (venlafaxine).?

I take Zoloft a.M.Plus wellbutrin 150 in the morning and at night. I travel a lot and cannot always obtain wellbutrin. Friends have advised effexor (venlafaxine).?

Do not listen: To friends. Effexxor and wellbutrin work on different parts of the brain. You can not substitue one for the other. If you miss a dose of wellbutrin you will not have ill effects of withdrawal. If you missed medications on several days of either zoloft or Effexor (venlafaxine) you would. You should stick with the wellbutrin especially if it is working with you. There is a vacation override to get enough for trav. ...Read more

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Can wellbutrin and effexor (venlafaxine) go together to help GAD, OCD, and depression?

Can wellbutrin and effexor (venlafaxine) go together to help GAD, OCD, and depression?

Sure: This is a fairly standard cocktail for depressive and anxiety disorders. While I prefer the newer version called Pristiq (desvenlafaxine) (because you don't need to titrate the dose like Effexor XR). .. That's more a matter of physician preference, hope that helps! ...Read more

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Is wellbutrin and effexor (venlafaxine) a good combination to treat GAD, OCD, and depression?

Is wellbutrin and effexor (venlafaxine) a good combination to treat GAD, OCD, and depression?

Everyone is diff.: Not all folks will respond the same. However this combination has been tried in so many people in the best with great results. If the symptoms worsen or noticeable side effects then follow up sooner. However many people get good response on this. ...Read more

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CAN I TAKE EFFEXOR (venlafaxine) 150MG WITH WELLBUTRIN OR LADOSE?

Do not self medicate: It is not a good idea to take these two medications together without active supervision by a doctor. This is not a good issue for self medication. Please consult your doctor. ...Read more

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Can you please compare/contrast Effexor (venlafaxine) XR vs. Wellbutrin xl?

Can you please compare/contrast Effexor (venlafaxine) XR vs. Wellbutrin xl?

Very different meds: Effexor (venlafaxine) xr works on serotonin and ne reuptake; wellbutrin xl works on ne and dopamine. Both are long-acting, and both work for depression. Effexor (venlafaxine) can help anxiety + depression; wellbutrin does nothing for anxiety. With wellbutrin the main dangerous side effect can be seizures; with Effexor (venlafaxine) it's possible hypertension. Sexual side effects with effexor; not so with wellbutrin. This isn't all! ...Read more

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Which would be less likely to result in discontinuation syndrome: Wellbutrin + an SSRI or Effexor (venlafaxine) XR?

If you're asking: About potential withdrawal symptoms, you need to call your PCP first. Otherwise you may not be feeling well if you do this cold turkey. Any of the SSRIs or antidepressants have this issue, if you've been taking it chronically for a long time. If you just started, this may not be as big of a problem. So call your doctor first. ...Read more

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I had intolerable side effects on effexor (venlafaxine). Now that I am taking a mood stabilizer, will I be able to tolerate wellbutrin?

I had intolerable side effects on effexor (venlafaxine). Now that I am taking a mood stabilizer, will I be able to tolerate wellbutrin?

Possibly: The two meds are different classes. Each person is different in how each med can affect. As long as your doctor has provided the prescription and you stay in contact/ open communication and feedback, it is worth a try. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can lutera be the cause of severe fatigue/moodswings when combined with Effexor (venlafaxine) and wellbutrin?

Not likely: Birth control is not likely to cause that. Usually people are prescribed Effexor (venlafaxine) and wellbutrin for those exact symptoms. The underlying problem making you need those medications seems like a more likely cause. ...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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Are antidepressant combinations really effective? I've been prescribed Effexor (venlafaxine) 150mg, Lamictal 100mg and Wellbutrin 150mg, Should I be worried?

Drug interactions: Effexor (venlafaxine) and Wellbutrin interact to lower the seizure threshold. You need close medical supervision for this combination. Lamictal is not an antidepressant. It's an anticonvulsant and used as a mood stabilizer. Avoid alcohol while taking these meds. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Taking Wellbutrin and Effexor (venlafaxine).I have Ativan on hand as a in case of emergency however I don't find it effective. Are there alternatives I can ask for?

Taking Wellbutrin and Effexor (venlafaxine).I have Ativan on hand as a in case of emergency however I don't find it effective. Are there alternatives I can ask for?

Review w/ prescriber: Venlafaxine can increase risk of Wellbutrin (bupropion) such as rare risk of seizures; combo requires close monitoring. This limits dose of Wellbutrin and thus possibility of achieving sufficient dose to address condition. Prescriber may review your current symptom status and develop a more effective regimen. Non-med anxiety management measures can be very helpful addition. Best regards for relief ...Read more

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Should I have mixed my medicine with a synthetic weed called jazz kush? I am on abilify, lamictal, wellbutrin and effexor. I was dared to take a hit of synthetic weed alled jazz kush. This was at 4:30 pm and its now 11:15pm when I took the hit I felt di

Should I have mixed my medicine with a synthetic weed called jazz kush? I am on abilify, lamictal, wellbutrin and effexor. I was dared to take a hit of synthetic weed alled jazz kush. This was at 4:30 pm and its now 11:15pm when I took the hit I felt di

NO: You are being treated for bipolar disorder, and regular cannabis is bad enough in people with underlying psychiatric problems. The synthetics can be very bad, including causing death, seizures and psychosis in many people. You don't really know what you are getting. If your doctor isn't aware of your drug use, he or she needs to be. If you still feel sick, stop typing and go to your doctor. ...Read more

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Can someone not have any affective disorder, and being treated with antidepressants (prozac, wellbutrin, (bupropion) effexor) and have mania/hypomania?

Can someone not have any affective disorder, and being treated with antidepressants (prozac, wellbutrin, (bupropion) effexor) and have mania/hypomania?

It's been documented: Antidepressants are categorized as either ssri's, or snri's (at least the ones you listed). There have been documented cases of patients taking snri's and experiencing manic and hypo manic symptoms. These drugs are prescribed "off label" for a multitude of uses. If you are experiencing any unusual symptoms (mania, insomnia, etc)i would recommend you speak to your pharmacist and call your pcp asap. ...Read more

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I read that 1500 mcg/day l-methylfolate (5-mthf/levomefolic acid) can reduce depression. Any brand you'd recommend? (i also take effexor/wellbutrin).

Pharmaceutical: L-methylfolate is an effective treatment of mood disorders if the patient cannot metabolize folic acid, a b vitamin, properly. I suggest you find a pharmaceutical grade. You may need to ask your doctor for a prescription. ...Read more

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On Effexor (venlafaxine) XR 75mg, Can my doctor add Wellbutrin to help with depression and also the sexual side effects of Effexor (venlafaxine)? Dosage?

They can: But a plan is needed and pills don't fix all problems. Remember that! See if you can find what your issues are and find a good talk therapist. ...Read more

Dr. Sheila Smith
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Lose Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


Dr. Alan Ali
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Bupropion (Definition)

Also called wellbutrin (bupropion) or zyban or aplenzin, is an atypical antidepressant & smoking cessation aid, which has mild psychostimulant action. It is a norepinephrine/dopamine reuptake inhibitor. It can lower seizure threshold at high doses, ...Read more