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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?
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Dr. Susan Uhrich
Psychiatry
4 doctors agree
In brief: 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!

In brief: 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!
Dr. Susan Uhrich
Dr. Susan Uhrich
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Effexor (venlafaxine)
Best to talk to your doctor to help you find alternative and advise on how to safely wean off.

In brief: Effexor (venlafaxine)
Best to talk to your doctor to help you find alternative and advise on how to safely wean off.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali
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Dr. Travis Swink
Family Medicine
In brief: Effexor (venlafaxine)
Actually going to just an ssri would be a step backwards since your medication actually is a combo of ssri and norepinephrine.
Better to consider raising dose or adding other agent.

In brief: Effexor (venlafaxine)
Actually going to just an ssri would be a step backwards since your medication actually is a combo of ssri and norepinephrine.
Better to consider raising dose or adding other agent.
Dr. Travis Swink
Dr. Travis Swink
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Dr. Frederick Kahn
Psychiatry
In brief: Effexor (venlafaxine)
It isn't a simple answer. This may have to do with a need to adjust dosage rather than change medications.
Also, be careful and stop Effexor (venlafaxine) slowly. It can have painful withdrawal symptoms. What dosage are you taking, and how many times a day?

In brief: Effexor (venlafaxine)
It isn't a simple answer. This may have to do with a need to adjust dosage rather than change medications.
Also, be careful and stop Effexor (venlafaxine) slowly. It can have painful withdrawal symptoms. What dosage are you taking, and how many times a day?
Dr. Frederick Kahn
Dr. Frederick Kahn
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