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Effexor vs. Topamax for Depression

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Effexor

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Other Names: Effexor XR   Venlafaxine

Topamax

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Other Names: Topiramate
Rating: 4 out of 5
Based on 196,825 patient discussions on healthcare websites and blogs
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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
Topiramate (brand name Topamax) is an anticonvulsant (antiepilepsy) drug. It was originally produced by Ortho-McNeil Neurologics and Noramco, Inc., both divisions of the Johnson & Johnson Corporation. This medication was discovered in 1979 by Bruce... Read more on Wikipedia
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By Stephanie
June 19, 2014
Stephanie wrote
Topirimate
I take topiramate and get really bad periods, stomach pains all the time, and and really bad bone pain.
michelle  |  August 15, 2014
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By doodlebug
June 11, 2014
doodlebug wrote
Verapamil
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By 11111
June 1, 2014
11111 wrote
topamax hearing loss/rare side effects of topamax
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By april
March 25, 2014
april wrote
Weigh the pros and cons
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By Amy
February 6, 2014
Amy wrote
Topomax
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By Fabs
December 1, 2013
Fabs wrote
Cipralex vs Effexor
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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 dirk cunnington
September 10, 2013
dirk cunnington wrote
In praise of Effexor - wonder of wonders
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
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By judy
September 1, 2013
judy wrote
i have lost my mind completely
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 Anna
August 30, 2013
Anna wrote
Increased weight, and memory problems
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What patients are saying about Effexor vs. Topamax

2,266 patient discussions from healthcare websites and blogs
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that was the Topamax . So far no problems. I have been on...
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and am now taking topamax, risperdal,and effexor and it...
...am now taking topamax, risperdal,and effexor and it is working beautifully. I do have some psychotic features to my mania but it has also helped with the anxiety and the suicidal thoughts. I can...
only after Topamax fails. Efexor works well apparently...
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page on hains site! he lists topamax as the most effective...
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migraines I was on topamax and it worked great for me. I...
...for depression and had a bad reaction. For migraines I was on topamax and it worked great...
be a good substitute. Would topamax work better? Thank you...
...effexor rx and want to switch to something else. The effexor has caused weight gain and hair loss. Do you ...substitute. Would topamax work better...
on 50mg of Topamax though and I don't have any side effects...
Effexor was causing me alot of problems too - especially gaining ...was on!! I'm only on 50mg of Topamax though and I don't have any...
I have found that the topomax has really helped stabilied...
...weight. On the topomax I do have memory loss, cognotive dulling, speech ...your doc. I am taking effexor with along with topomax. I have found that the topomax has really helped stabilied my moo...
topamax. One of the side effects of topamax is weight loss...
...by my DR. He made MAJOR med changes - he reduced the effexor by half, discontinued the risperdal, doubled my ...One of the side effects of topamax is...
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