Anti anxiety medication effexor

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1665434 tn?1365242498 In your post you mention both depression and anxiety. Can you say if you were prescribed Prozac and Effexor for both of these, or just for the anxiety? Did you start getting depression because of meds is basically what I'm asking. Are these the only 2 meds you've tried so far? If so, you may want to think about trying another newer med. Are you in therapy?
11318065 tn?1462988079 I have over the 20 years I had depression, taken many different anti depressants. I stopped Effexor cold turkey once, but the depressio9n came back, and I went back on it. Then a couple of years ago my doctor suggested I try again. This time I took 10 months to withdraw, and that way I did not get any withdrawals at all. My advice, do as I did, reduce very, very gradually.
492527 tn?1212179272 00AM I was recently prescribed Effexor XR (75mg) for depression and anxiety. My Dr. is concerned at the duration of my depression and some physical problems I have that appear to have no physiological cause. He is pretty adamant about me at least trying the medication. I have the pills but I always do a lot of research on whatever I put in my body (drugs, vitamins, herbs etc.) and what is keeping me from trying the script is the withdrawal and something called Tardive Dyskinesia.
Avatar n tn I was on a high dosage of effexor for years and, before that other anti depressant drugs for 17 years. I've weaned myself off, finishing in February, 2009. What are the side affects after so many months? I went through withdrawls like a junkie would for 2 months. I am now interested to see if what and how I am feeling is due to the lack of that drug or some other cause. Thank you.
Avatar n tn How is this going to affect me taking Effexor xr?
Avatar n tn Xanax is a type of benzodiazepine, I've never tried it though. It is an anti-anxiety. My doctor gave me Klonopin (also a benzo) when I switched antidepressants, I had to wait 2 weeks before starting the new antidepressant. Klonopin is also useful when starting Paxil, which causes really bad anxiety for the first 2 weeks. I remember asking the doctor about the merits of taking a tranquiliser (a downer!) when depressed, but he said it reduced the occurance of the depressive thoughts.
Avatar f tn I know that you stated that these did not work work for you in the past, however, when the second agent is added to them they become a very effective anti-anxiety/anti-depressant combinations. One other piece of information you need to have if you ever switch off of Paxil is that it is very possible that you can have withdrawal side effects, so hopefully your doctor will move the new one in as you slowly come off of it.
Avatar n tn I just wanted to say I'm so glad the higher dose of Effexor seems to be helping you, and to encourage you to give Zoloft a try if anything changes with the Effexor. I have a long history of anxiety, depression, OCD, agoraphobia, and panic attacks, and have been on many different anti-depressant medications, such as Anafranil, Paxil, Prozac, Serzone, and I think I was always under-medicated.
411389 tn?1230128077 My doctor put it best - when taking effexor (plus many other anti-anxiety medicines like that) it gets worse before it gets better - and is the same when you come off of it. You will also find that on here, there are people who are on the medicine side of things and those of us who are on the "as natural as possible" side of things. I am on the latter. I have and occaisionally take Xanax, but am dealing with my anxiety head on using methods that were developed by Dr. Claire Weekes.
Avatar n tn If I were to entertain an anti-anxiety type medication, what would you recommend?
Avatar n tn It's a difficult one, but besides that, it just doesn't sound like you need brain medication at all. On top of this, many people get more anxious on Effexor, because it is a stimulating anti-depressant, so it's unlikely a knowledgeable physician would start with this one for anxiety. My opinion, and take it for what it is, just an opinion, is that you need to decide if you're anxious or not. Believe me, you'll know it if you are.
Avatar m tn I find Effexor has stopped all my depression and anxiety with no side effects. Good luck, and take care.
Avatar f tn If your doctor just increased your dose of Effexor due to the week of anxiety, understand that it's going to take time for the new dose to help. Ask your doctor if he/she can prescribe you a mild anti-anxiety med to help you while that gap is being bridged. Be sure to tell the doctor about your "weird" thoughts. I'm not sure if that is a common side effect and it's possible you have a sensitivity to this particular medication.
513079 tn?1211290214 hi there, I have recently gone cold turkey on two medications, effexor xr and lorazepam...I know I should have tapered off, but now I am on day 5 without the anti depressant and 2 wks without the sleeping pill. I started to do this only because i have been having an allergic reaction to something? and therefore was elimating certain foods/odours then it came down to meds...I am really only suffering with a bad back and muscle soreness...
Avatar n tn Just been prescribed effexor for anxiety and depression. I'm wondering what to expect from the pill. How long before I see some results and what side effects I may get.
Avatar n tn Effexor is a safe and effective medication for treating both depression and anxiety. It may cause sedation, insomnia, weight gain, and constipation in some people. However, it is not uncommon for some side effects to resolve within 1-2 weeks. Discussing the possible benefits, risks, and side effects of medications with your doctor may help you make the best informed decision.
Avatar m tn I would ask your doctor BEFORE you start tapering down to set up a medicine plan to get you through the withdrawal. A anti-anxiety medication such as clonazepam,xanax,or ativan is a good idea to have on hand just in case you start having a lot of anxiety or night terrors. You have to drink LOTS of water and tea to continue to flush your system. Also good is a sleeping pill.
1823499 tn?1370093889 Effexor xr? Anyone taken this before? Its an anti depressant. Im afraid to take it. I had crazy reaction to cymbalta, so now im leary of all these drugs.
Avatar f tn I am on Effexor and plan on quitting smoking again. I've quit numerous times - the most I've quit is for 2 year. I have used the patch with success - however the last 2 times, I've gotten to 12 weeks, stopped the patch and started smoking within 2 weeks. So, I want to try a new strategy. I am considering Chantix - but right now I am on Effexor and am concerned taking both meds will create a problem.
1276918 tn?1271034280 wonder if it helped to shorten duration of withdrawal symptoms. You might ask your doctor if he would prescribe an anti-anxiety. I have no idea if it would help. Just a thought from someone who has been where you are. Hope you feel better soon.
Avatar n tn i was on 150 mg of effexor xr and have been for the last four years. unfortunately i am soon to be without medical coverage so my doctor tapered me off and my last pill was 12 days ago. since then i have been feeling like i am loosing my mind. severe irritability, crying uncontrollable, no impulse control (whatever i think or feel comes flying out of my mouth), total inability to deal with minor annoyances, hopelessness---i mean, i didn't feel this crappy when he put me on it.
Avatar n tn I must point out though that Effexor is, in fact, one of the most succesful anti depressants. As such complaints about coming off the drug are likely to be balanced against the benefits gained by so many while they are taking the drug. You aren't one of them of course but do you not think others may like to continue using a med that actually helps them cope? If your doctor does not explain that Effexor has a more than difficult coming off problem then your doctor isn't doing his or her job.
Avatar f tn Hello, I have a long history of depression and anxiety issues. Back in 2006 I got really low and took an overdose of my antidepressant-Effexor and Olanzipine, I cant recall the exact quantities I took but it was about 8 capsules of Effexor (75mg) and a couple of Olanzipine (5mg). I seemed to 'pull through' this incident fairly well, but for the now I am wondering what kind of long term damage I could've done to my system, as most of the time I never really feel that healthy.
728480 tn?1312063530 Im in therapy which is good. Is there anyway of getting of medication especially effexor xl even if i was sectioned to be put on it?
Avatar m tn I was on Aropax and had very similar reactions you are having on Effexor. I went onto Effexor XR and found again, similar reaction. I was on Effexor (non slow release) for many years and did well on it. Unfortunately the pharmaceutical company stopped making it and I had to go cold turkey coming off it. The XR doesn't agree with my digestive system! Don't ask! LOL I have been on many different anti-depressants and would suggest you go back and tell of your side effects.
Avatar n tn I have quit drinking and I am hoping/trusting that the underlying problem of my stress and anxiety will subside with just taking effexor xr. I will give it a couple of months. If that doesn't work than I will try and not take anything (booze or meds). Just thought I would share my experience with my drinking issues. Good luck to you and your husband.
Avatar n tn I was put on effexor for anxiety, depression, IBS... that was ten years ago and I'm still taking the damn things and my dose is now 300mg a day. Try another solution or you will end up with dreadful side effects whilst trying to wean off effexor. I now have myoclonus which could (not definite) be due to effexor. I did stop taking effexor for about 6 months but my depression became so severe as nothing else helped so I had to start taking it again.
Avatar n tn After 20 years of anti-depressant addiction, I finally weaned myself off effexor over 2 months ago. Since then I have felt my head clear up and emotions stabilize, but the damage done by the month or so of withdrawel anxiety behaviors has destroyed my life. Let me explain briefly. I did have extreme agitated behavior for a month then it leveled off.
Avatar n tn A few years ago I was drugged and attacked and ever since then I have developed an anxiety disorder as well as PTSD. I am terrified of taking any type of medication, even aspirin. I have finally begun therapy, and my therapist really wants me to try to take something and I was prescribed a low dose, 37.5mg of Venlafaxine (Effexor) by my primary care doctor. I have read all the possible side effects, one of which is seizure.