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Effexor

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Other Names: Effexor XR   Venlafaxine

Fluoxetine HCl

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Other Names: Prozac   Sarafem   Lovan   Fludac   Prozac Weekly
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Rating: 3 out of 5
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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
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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
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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
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By judy
September 1, 2013
judy wrote
i have lost my mind completely
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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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months after my switch from Effexor to fluoxetine. I never...
...I started getting terrible anxiety a few months after my switch from Effexor to fluoxetine. I never touched it till I started to get suicidal feelings from my 5 - 10 mg fluoxetine updose trial last...
only went up to 150mg of effexor, and gradually reduced my...
...the other. I had fluoxetine in between. I only went up to 150mg of effexor, and gradually reduced my dosage and switched to 40mg fluoxetine. It was hard, in...
I was on Effexor too but kept on reading things...
Hi Janice, I was on Effexor too but kept on reading things about ...into quite a bad depression and this is when I went back to the Fluoxetine. J...
I was prescribed Venlefexine (efexor ) after Fluoxetine...
... ) after Fluoxetine stopped working for me. Im on day 3 now and up till now have felt no real side ...to do. Has anyone else had these awful feelings and are they to do with the efexor?...
effect). I am now on effexor in the hope that it will...
...anxiety without doubt, and fluoxetine even helped my depression. Unfortunately i had to stop taking fluoxetine (sexual side effects - I didn't have ...effect). I am now on effexor in the hope...
I am doing a lot better with virtually no side effects...
...on Venlafaxine (Effexor) now and it's done wonders for me. I'm a little hungrier than normal but in comparison to where I was before I am doing a lot better with virtually no side effects. I don'...
effexor 150mg for 18 months. the med in general, worked...
I took effexor 150mg for 18 months. the ...so many days off work because of it. I switched to Fluoxetine, which is working well. If the effexor didn't have so many side effects, I would probably...
lexapro, and effexor, to no avail, but wellbutrin...
...have GAD and depression. I ...was super-buzzed and agitated, with insomnia and reduced appetite. But this ...and I love it. I had tried fluoxetine, lexapro, and effexor, to no avail, but ...
the next three weeks. So far so good. Glad Effexor works...
...I was already taking fluoxetine and lithium for ...complement to the fluoxetine. I'm looking forward to a fuller kick in over the next three weeks. So far so good. Glad Effexor works for you....
the side effects of the effexor could be magnified,...
...is because I'm swapping from fluoxetine to effexor. Pyschiatrist has warned that because of the fluoxetine, the side effects of the effexor could be magnified, so ...also form my panic attacks...
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