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Other Names: Effexor XR   Venlafaxine


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Other Names: Lamotrigine   Lamictal XR
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Venlafaxine (brand name: Effexor or Efexor) is an antidepressant of the serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI) class. First introduced by Wyeth in 1993, now marketed by Pfizer, it is licensed for the treatment of major depressive ... Read more on Wikipedia
Lamotrigine, marketed in the US as Lamictal by GlaxoSmithKline, is an anticonvulsant drug used in the treatment of epilepsy and bipolar disorder. It is also used as an adjunct in treating depression, though this is considered off-label usage. Fo... Read more on Wikipedia
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By mary
January 31, 2015
mary wrote
numb lips - doctor told me I am "his most difficult patient" -I'm trying to self decrease
Oh and Mary, I forgot to say that my lips get numb feeling too when it's time for next dose. It's just my particular chemistry and I'm good with it!
Carole  |  February 15, 2015
No different than any maintenance drug, high blood pressure, insulin etc., we must take our meds to be healthy.
Carole  |  February 15, 2015
I have been on Lamictal @ 300mg for over 6 years and I totally understand how you feel about not wanting to be on medication forever. However, if you do have the diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder, whether I or II, it is very difficult to justify coming off of medication when we are not stable. It's like when you decrease medication, your brain immediately recognizes the change in biochemical composition imbalance and the symptoms we have return or are extremely worse. I encourage you to hang
Lee  |  February 6, 2015
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By Saphire
November 20, 2014
Saphire wrote
"Lamictal vs. Viibryd"
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By Monk718
August 21, 2014
Monk718 wrote
Lamictal and acne
I also had this problem. I was 59 years old and WAY past my acne years. I stopped the drug and it went away and hasn't returned. I have to say that I felt better while on the drug. I take Welbutrin and Paxil now, been about a year. Hope you are doing better!
Bee  |  December 8, 2014
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By Ed McConkie
August 15, 2014
Ed McConkie wrote
Lamotrigine side effects
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By John W
July 29, 2014
John W wrote
Odor from taking lamotrigine
When I had seizures, many, many times I knew they were coming b/c of my incredibly strong reaction to smells ... I would become markedly agitated & start actually YELLING, " WHAT IS THAT SMELL?!? WHAT IS THAT SMELL?!!! DO YOU NOT SMELL IT.. GOD, IT'S AWFUL!!" - Mine was with bacon smell mostly ... but it could've been anything really. - Your response might be seizure related ... I think there is a medical causation where when your body is preparing to seize, the part of your brain that controls
mary  |  January 31, 2015
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By gemma louise
March 23, 2014
gemma louise wrote
euthoria happier feeling lamictal and abilify
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By kcmetric
December 13, 2013
kcmetric wrote
Incontinence with Lamictal
I am not alone!!! Finally, someone can relate to the incontinence. I, so thought is was me,. If it gets any worse, I will mention something to my doctor. But I've been on it for so long, I don't want to have to find something else to help with my BIP symptoms.
February 6, 2015
I have the same thing. Plus loss of weight tiredness, and more. Doctors won't change it though and ignore me
Tanya  |  August 11, 2014
I also gained 30 pounds.
Gail M.  |  July 8, 2014
Am 57 and been on Lamictal 150mg about a year now. It helps the moods, but yes I've had incontinence with it that keeps getting worse each month. I now have to wear a maxi pad, which a year ago I didn't. I never associated it with the Lamictal till reading these posts. Thought just getting older... now I know it was the med.
Gail M.  |  July 8, 2014
Hello. I am having this issue as well.. I am on 150 mg a day. I been on it since sept.-oct. 2013... I am only 26 years old and it all started after I got on Lamictal.
heather  |  July 3, 2014
I've experienced the same. I was on 250 mg and now am down to 50. Trying to get off for various reasons.
JJ  |  March 8, 2014
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By uhhhhhm
December 5, 2013
uhhhhhm wrote
Lamictal side effects
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By Fabs
December 1, 2013
Fabs wrote
Cipralex vs Effexor
I was first treated with Cipralex, for Depression NOS, but it made me numb/depressed after 3 weeks. I eventually self-diagnosed with cylothymic disorder and my new pdoc has me on Effexor. It has almost instantly knocked out my ptsd. There are usually a couple days of exhaustion and restlessness when raising dosage. Despairing thoughts no longer frequent the mind. Course of treatment -1 year.
Spudz  |  July 5, 2014
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By straczyk
November 29, 2013
straczyk wrote
Lamictal and Fatigue
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By gemma roberts
November 17, 2013
gemma roberts wrote
moition sickness
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By MikeG333
September 26, 2013
MikeG333 wrote
Memory loss-Lamictal
omg!!! i can so relate with all of you....nothing to add to the conversation, just happy knowing im not the only intelligent,cant remember half my life, never can find my car keys, many embarrassing conversations, woman out there....
justme  |  November 27, 2014
I suspect it's a combination of the Bipolar and the Lamotrigine. I have read a lot that Lamotrigine can causes esp. short-term memory issues, and I so identify with Mike G333! (Picking up the kids - me too, buddy!) People tell you "keep a diary" but - seriously altho' this may sound funny - you have to remember to enter the item in the diary and remember to look in the diary!!! I just want to know if this is reversable ...
harryf200  |  November 1, 2014
I take 150mgs of Lamictal 1x daily & I have issues w/my memory. I haven't been on it for 4 yrs but just like MikeG333 wrote, I can't even remember how long I have been on it! Like Shaw321, my memory loss is sometimes a big source of embarrassment. I'm constantly forgetting words, i.e. I'll be in mid conversation w/someone & the word I'm looking for just WILL NOT come to me. It makes me feel so unbelievably stupid. It's even harder in a sense because I am & am known to be a very intelligent woma
July 10, 2014
I'm putting it on Lamictal. My memory loss is very marked and sometimes embarrassing. I'm taking it in stride, but considering new medication. Of course, these are all psychotropic and my all have the same result. Lamictal has been great over the years I've used it.
Shaw321  |  May 5, 2014
I think it's from bipolar too because before I ever started on any meds I still couldn't remember much before I was about 10 also. I read somewhere that taking L-Histidine helped improve memory loss when taking anti psychotics. Guess it's worth a try
mmistycat  |  April 18, 2014
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By dirk cunnington
September 10, 2013
dirk cunnington wrote
In praise of Effexor - wonder of wonders
This drug is horrible. It gave me a headache everyday for 6 weeks. I went off of it, and was extremely ill. I couldn't even get out of bed one of the days....sharp head pains, vomiting, diarrhea, nausea. DO NOT take this medication until you learn the withdrawal symptoms. Easing off of it slowly just prolongs the agony.
Sue  |  October 15, 2014
I concur wholeheartedly! "SO, don’t criticize Effexor because it didn’t give you what you were looking to get – embrace it because it takes you to a better place that you never knew existed. But you have to want to go there, to find your true self." Well said. By-the-by; I was recently rx'd a serotonin making drug called amyltriptaline- poof; brain favors it truly. Utopia might be some Mu receptors and Celebrex; then no unnecessary toil on my brain nor being nor spirit. Ah, but such is lif
dutchfish  |  June 13, 2014
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By Elizabeth
September 6, 2013
Elizabeth wrote
Effexor & Swollen Feet
How long did it take the swelling to go away? I'm experiencing this now after 2 weeks off of effexor 75mg. I decided I wanted my life back and stopped taking it. It's starting to hurt and I can barely stand for long periods of time. Please do respond and let me know if this gets better. I greatly appreciate it. email me at xxxx@xx.com if you could.
Rodney  |  January 19, 2015
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By judy
September 1, 2013
judy wrote
i have lost my mind completely
you are likely to have bpd ,,, Prozac. tegratol, and Haldol as needed worked miracles for my husband. First Prozac for 2 weeks and then add the tegretol don't know why the wait but it worked miracle like this,
monica  |  January 7, 2015
I was diagnosed with BPD and PTSD 22 years ago after a TBI. I've been on Effexor and Aderal since. I can't live without Effexor, it stabilizes my disregulated emotions but does nothing to stop the flashbacks. The only thing that I've found that will do that is Opium, which I don't want to go there, or some strains of canibis, which I do. I'm sill trying to find a pharma solution. My new research stream is that maybe adding Aricept might help. Anybody have any experience with that?
Chris  |  December 9, 2014
Does takeing covesyl lesson the effect of efexor
diane  |  August 26, 2014
wish you did too
August 20, 2014
I was on high dose effexor and also "lost" several years. I simply STOPPED taking this drug, and with the help/love/understanding of my wonderful lady, I have (so far) been able to function without it. For the first time in a long while, I am aware of what I am doing. It has been five LONG months, but..... I CAN DO IT!!
Russ  |  August 20, 2014
I can totally empathise with you I feel exactly the same - I am suffering from Anxiety & Depression have been taking venlafaxine and flupentixol for years and although I am much worse without the meds I still manage to embarrass myself on a regular basis to the point my eldest son is ashamed of me and doesn't care about me anymore. I worry constantly that the rest of my family will soon decide I am not good enough for them also and they will start to look down at me and decide to disown me, too
Diane  |  July 26, 2014
I understand what you are saying and how you feel. I think my son cares as well as a few other people but they are just tired of hearing it. I know I am and I'll bet you are too. I don't have any magic words. I wish I did.
Bonnie  |  March 27, 2014
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By mitch
August 9, 2013
mitch wrote
lamictal and 3 years of dry heaves.....almost daily
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