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I've been on effexor with Tegretol and it's not working....so we're changing from effexor to either prozac or lithium. I don't know which one I should try....I'm tired and have no libido. The side effects of Prozac are just that. But Lithium has more dangerous side effects. I need help deciding!
Never rush coming of psych. meds. I'm on Effexor, as Citalopram didn't help.Am on it for life, as I've relapsed several times, only to end up in Psych. Hospital. Consultant insisted that it is in my best interest to remain on Effexor 150 mg as a 'maint. dose. Along with 3.75 mg. of Zopiclone (sleeping tablet) Since I've not quitted Effexor I can't answer your question. Take longer than you are tempted to before you quit.
Another antidepressant good for anxiety is Effexor. This is an SNRI which is slightly different from Paxil, Lexapro, Prozac, etc. It is both a serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor which acts as a dual combatant for anxiety.
I think Lexapro is a good drug it just was not for me!! Prozac NO WAY!! But as everyone will tell, are different, I have a friend who is on prozac and does great!! As everyone tells me, do not read into it and try it, have you ever tried Zoloft? I was on that for 12 years and loved it, it pooped out on me last year and I am just starting it again!! I have also heard Effexor XR is good for anxiety and panic!!
If you want to know why it this works, a big part of it is the half-life of the medicine (Effexor is 3 hours vs. Prozac 70 hours....short half life means far worse withdrawal). Second is the receptors that Prozac hits vs Effexor which ends up reversing the withdrawal effect. Then when you finally get off Prozac it just slowly fades away over a 7 day period out of your body without any withdrawal.
I spoke with my doctor and tapered off the dosage of effexor and started on Prozac to help with the withdrawal symptoms. I took my last 1/4 pill of 37.5 effexor 1 week ago. I have been so sick, unable to eat, drink, crying, phobic, scared, nauseated and unable to function. I am really worried about my job as I have been emotional there and unable to do my job properly. Yesturday I felt that I just couldn't get through it, drove to work but don't know how I did it.
There really is nothing that needs being done about it. It's no secret that SNRI drugs such as Effexor, Pristiq, and Cymbalta do have a higher risk of what is called Discontinuation Syndrome. SSRI's can also be nasty buggers to discontinue. Paxil being one of many. I hear a lot of people complain about antidepressant Discontinuation Syndrome, but I never hear then speak of the flip side. I used to take Effexor XR at 300Mgs a day for about 4 years.
SO I DECIDED TO GO BACK AND HE ACTUALLY GAVE ME 10MG OF PROZAC TO OFFSET THE WITHRAWL FROM THE EFFEXOR AND IT WORKED!. HE TOLD ME TO TAKE ONE DAY OF 37.5 EFFEXOR, AND 10MG OF PROZAC. THEN FOR 3-5 DAYS TAKE JUST THE 10MG OF PROZAC. I FELT A LITTLE SICK STILL GETTING OFF THE EFFEXOR WITH THE PROZAC BUT IT WAS NOT NEARLY AS BAD. THE REASON HE GAVE THE PROZAC TO OFFSET THE EFFEXOR SIDE EFFECTS IS BECAUSE PROZAC HAS A MUCH LONGER HALF LIFE THAN EFFEXOR.
just be so careful of the effexor withdrawl. i have been on prozac, wellbutrin, and zoloft before. NONE had the dibilitating withdrawl effects like effexor.
I was put on effexor about 25yrs. ago for severe PMDD. Since I am now menopausal my doctor has weaned me off it. I have been completely off it now for about 1-1/2wks. and have been experiencing withdrawl symptoms. I am very depressed, cry at the slightest situations, have mood swings, and feel suicidal at times. I am generally a happy outgoing person, but have felt withdrawn, hopeless, and lack of purpose in my life.
I am in the process of changing from 75 mg. Effexor to Lexapro after 4 months on effexor. My Dr. said for one week to cut down effexor to 37.5 and take half a 10 mg. Lexapro. Then second week to take half the 37.5 and 3/4 pill of Lexapro, then stop effexor completely and take the full 10 mg. of Lexapro. I also take 1 mg. Klonopin three times a day and 50 mg. Tenormin for the MVP/anxiety. For the first 10 days I felt great. Very relaxed, sleeping great and no anxiety at all.
I also know countless people that have failed to respond to Cymbalta, but did fine on Effexor. In a bare Knuckle brawl, I would give 10 to 1 odds in favor of Effexor VS Cymbalta. Effexor (Venlafaxine) can be rough to quit or "swap" if that time should ever come, but I will trade 5 years of total remission for the 3 months of Withdrawl I got from it any day.
Even though I've been struggling with the withdrawal I have noticed that I no longer have headaches, I don't sweat all day and my heart no longer pounds so I must be benefitting from coming off Effexor. I just wonder if I should up my dose of Prozac to compensate for the lack of Effexor? The doc doesn't seem to think so but then, he thought I should give in and increase the Effexor!
Have suffered with Anxiety and Depression for the last 4 years, in that time I have been on Lexapro,Effexor and Cymbalta. About 8weeks ago Idecided to taper off Cymbalta as have felt that the medication seems to worsen my symptoms as well as making me extremely tired - I could sleep up to 16hrs a day which is not good with 2 young children.
Hi, I have been on Effexor XR for 3 years and I have gained about 40-50pounds, most when my dose was increased to 225, now I am on 75mg b/c I'm getting ready to wean off the medicine in a couple of weeks,and I haven't lost anything yet. My eating habits have not changed and I exercise. I have always been underweight and I could eat whatever I wanted...I'm only 26 years old...I know my metabolism has changed some, but not enough to pack on 40 pounds.
1st episode was treated with Prozac, Xanax and brief therapy. 2nd episode was treated without drugs, but I was in therapy for almost 3 yrs. For this 3rd episode, I went to the ob/gyn first, who put me on small dose of Prozac and sent me to therapy. After going back to him several times (still in therapy), but without improvement, he sent me to a psychiatrist. The psychiatrist and I did not get along, but he did put me on Effexor, which helped tremendously.
It's curable!!!! Anyway, I was on effexor once and it just didn't work for me. Prozac was the best. The best thing I ever did was join a gym and start exercising. That has helped me sleep better, have more concentration, and helped me with depression. If you can't join a gym, try buying one of those exercise video's (something you LIKE doing like dancing or yoga) at Best Buy for $20. Aside from the exercise, make sure you are eating well. Lots of fruits/veggies and cut back on sweets.
Prozac, Zoloft, Effexor, amitryptiline, Paxil, trazadone, Serzone...all but MAOIs. They either had no effect or the averse effects outweighed the positive (zoloft kept me afloat by making me numb to all feelings altogether). Finally, in 2003, I was in a study for treatment resistant depression and Lexapro quite literally saved my life. I was later switched to Celexa for financial reasons. I had no problems transitioning and have taken it for the past six years.
I just tried Wellbutrin because I read that it had fewer side effects than others and may help lose weight (and I had just tried Cymbalta and Effexor and didn't like the side effects)...I was a little hesitant to try Wellbutrin since I had success with Prozac in the past, which works on Serotonin (like Zoloft) and Wellbutrin works on Dopamine (a completely different drug)...
1.Prozac 2. Zoloft 3.Ativan I take one 40mg of prozac daily and when out of ambien have taken ativan 1mg up to twice daily. Are the 3 medications I am self medicating all supposed to be doing the same thing? I feel like a new man when I get more then 4 or 5 hours of sleep.
First one xanax was all that was required, second, prozac and klonopin, this one.......yikes I don't even know how they can help me this time! Please if you have a success story with Oaxil, let meknow I sure could use it.
For example, I was on Effexor a few years back, and it absolutely wiped out my desire for sex, but am now on Prozac and find that it has actually increased my libido. And most of the side effects will decrease as time goes on, but others - you may find - will stick around.
I googled last night and read that Paxil is one that doesn't (usually) accelerate tremors but I read weight gain is ridiculous on it. I also read the Prozac is good too but I think Prozac is activating. I need sedating. I am glad you said that about Cymbalta. I need one that will not make my tremors worse. kickbutt, My doctor wanted to orginally prescribe Lexapro but coming to find out my insurance doesn't cover it. I don't understand why because I have decent insurance.
But I wanted to send this warning because I think Effexor is very powerful and should not be treated lightly. Prior to the Effexor, I had tried Prozac, Paxil and Zoloft, all of which I stopped taking because I didn't think they worked. No symptoms of withdrawal with any of the above, no problems whatsoever. But the Effexor was awful. I truly felt like my entire brain had been reduced to a tiny pellet, almost like a pinball--with my skull as the pinball machine.
However, if you are on an anti-depressant (SSRI) like paxil or prozac, it can cause sexual disfunction. I am on klonopin, however, I use only as needed which is once every couple of weeks (also on buspar and paxil daily). I do not know if there are less side effects than xanax. I do know, however, that xanax is only supposed to be prescribed for short term use and as needed. Klonopin is for long-term daily use. I am sure someone will post here to help you.
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