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Is it for a doctor to give you Effexor (venlafaxine) if there is a possibility of you being bipolar, not depressed?
8 doctors weighed in

Dr. Susan Uhrich
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree
In brief: Possibly
Most bipolar patients are more often depressed than manic.
But patients who are bipolar also need a mood stabilizer as well. Talk with your doctor about your concern. We are here to help you to understand as well as feel better.

In brief: Possibly
Most bipolar patients are more often depressed than manic.
But patients who are bipolar also need a mood stabilizer as well. Talk with your doctor about your concern. We are here to help you to understand as well as feel better.
Dr. Susan Uhrich
Dr. Susan Uhrich
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Dr. Douglas Bey
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree
In brief: Need 2 b depressed
Effexor (venlafaxine) is 4 depression if pt is bipolar need mood stabilizer and/or antipsychotic med.

In brief: Need 2 b depressed
Effexor (venlafaxine) is 4 depression if pt is bipolar need mood stabilizer and/or antipsychotic med.
Dr. Douglas Bey
Dr. Douglas Bey
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Dr. Robert Stuart
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: No
Effexor (venlafaxine) is a dual-action antidepressant.
It is generally not used for treatment of bipolar disorder. In cases of bipolar disorder, antidepressants should not be used alone; if they are used they should be combined with another medication called a mood stabilizer.

In brief: No
Effexor (venlafaxine) is a dual-action antidepressant.
It is generally not used for treatment of bipolar disorder. In cases of bipolar disorder, antidepressants should not be used alone; if they are used they should be combined with another medication called a mood stabilizer.
Dr. Robert Stuart
Dr. Robert Stuart
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
In brief: Effexor (venlafaxine)
Unlikely unless you had history of depression & your manic phase is controlled with mood stabilizers/neuroleptics.

In brief: Effexor (venlafaxine)
Unlikely unless you had history of depression & your manic phase is controlled with mood stabilizers/neuroleptics.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali
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