Dosage of effexor for hot flashes

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518001 tn?1212422835 I put my feet on an ice pack, it cools down my whole body much better that icing any part of the head or neck.
Avatar n tn I am 51 and began taking Effexor XR 75 mg as prescribed by my physician to help reduce the hot flashes. I've taken this same level of Rx for 3 years. It has helped to reduce the hot flashes, however, I have other side effects that concern me. I am now trying to wean myself off the Effexor and the side effects are significant (vertigo, confusion...) and the hot flashes seem worse than ever! Is there anything I can do to reduce or eliminate these without antidepressants?
Avatar f tn I was having mild menopausal symptoms of hot flashes about twice a week, prior to removal of my right ovary due to a large endometrioma 10cm. Since then I have had severe hot flashes whereby I'm soaking wet more than twenty a day and sleeplessness.because of night sweats. I am taking effexor and estroven over the counter with minimal effect. Its been 5weeks since the surgery.
Avatar n tn I want to eliminate my usage of effexor to control my hot flashes. Is there any danger to just reducing the dosage slowing?
Avatar n tn My doctor has put me on a 25mg tab of effexor (1/2 in morn and 1/2 in evening) for hot flashes and not sleeping well due to menopause. I know this is a very low dose but got frightened when I read about withdrawal from this drug. I have not been able to find anything on the internet about withdrawal on such a low dose. I would like to be relieved of these symptoms, but not if withdrawal is going to be horrible. Also will it help with not sleeping well?
Avatar n tn Has anyone tried to get off of Effexor XR? Is it possible? At this point, I am wondering if it is something I will have to take for life. I've tapered off slowly and done everything right, but it's gotten to the point where I can't drive because of "jello brain" and I am having some fierce migraine headaches with nausea, vomiting and tunnel vision. I don't want to be addicted to the stuff. Should I keep on trying to feel better or just give in and start taking it again?
Avatar n tn By the way, Effexor works wonders for hot flashes, I was initially put on Effexor after breast cancer, and all my doctors do agree it difinitely helps menopause symtoms. Let me know how your doing.
Avatar n tn Hubby and I found out the hard way that there are several cholestrol and anxiety meds that can cause hot flashes in men. For hubby it was vytorin and effexor. if you are taking any of these types of drugs take them before bedtime so you sleep thru the side effects. If not......then Im no help at all. LOL.
8915942 tn?1400599084 Started with 25mg a day for a week, then added 25mg every week after. Up to 150mg of Zoloft (Doctor stated in cases like me, he would recommend up to 350mg - 400mg) and 150mg is where I considering staying awhile. I don't want to get to the point where I'm dependent upon it. Only side effects I having are "Hot Flashes" and "Itching" on hands and arms. With the Hot Flashes, since I'm gradually becoming social, that I'm going through "Man-Oh-Pause".
Avatar m tn They have also been used off-label to treat migraines, diabetic neuropathy, and hot flashes. According to the official Effexor XR website, common side effects may include nausea, dizziness, sleepiness, sweating, dry mouth, gas, abnormal vision, nervousness, insomnia, loss of appetite, constipation, confusion, agitation, tremors, yawning, palpitations, and increased cholesterol.
Avatar n tn I was on Effexor 150 for 16 months and today was my first day of not taking any. I weaned myself off with my dr's permission, 1week of 75 and then 1 week of 37.5. Today I felt very dizzy, nauseated, and had hot flashes all day. I am praying that they are temporary withdrawal symptoms and that they will not last long. I had nausea throughout the 16 months, however, I could live with it versus living the hell that I was experiencing before th Effexor.
Avatar f tn I have been on Effexor for two years for night sweats b/c of tamoxifen (breast cancer drug). I was only on 75 mg per day. Once I stopped my tamoxifen, my night sweats stopped so I asked if I could stop my Effexor. My doc had me take 75mg with 37.5 every two days for two weeks and then 37.5 every day for two weeks and then stop. She was obviously aware of the w/d symptoms. Even though I did what she asked me to...I'm having the same horrible experience you all are talking about.
Avatar n tn I had normal thyroid function before starting Effexor (taking a very low dose for control of hot flashes)...Now it is found that I have multiple nodules and my labs are off. I feel there is a connection bx. the effexor and thyroid nodules which is listed as a very rare occurence in Wyeth's drug information on Effexor. Just my luck...although I wonder if it is really that rare of a connection.
Avatar n tn i am actually quite CONCERNED/ Just reading everyones articles on effexor, and coming off of these. Well, i have been on effexor 75mg xr/xl for nearly five years, To be honest, when i first went on them, after getting over the initial shock of taking these, and feeling like id been pumped full of some illegal drug, the effects were actually good, and it did relieve my anxiety/depression, and gav eme slight energy.
Avatar n tn I began to realize recently that the majority of the health problems I've been experiencing are all likely related to my taking 150 mg of Effexor XR daily. I was on the dosage for a few years, but was able to be weaned off of it successfully (no noticable withdrawal symptoms) in late 2004. (My doctor had me take 75 mg for three weeks, followed by 37.5 for another three weeks.) After starting a new job and additional new life stressors, I reluctantly went back on the medicine in late 2005.
Avatar n tn Hello Folks, My chemotherapy oncologist put me on Effexor to help relieve my hot flashes, which also had a sensation of needles sticking into me. To begin with, I had a mastectomy for cancer, then 8 chemos and 33 radiations. Then started taking Tamoxifen, which takes every bit of my body's estrogen out of me, hence the hot flashes. I am now beginning to cut down on the Effexor which I have been taking a year. Going from 75 to37.5, then [l plan on quiting altogether.
Avatar n tn I used to be very healthy and active and since taking heavy levels of effexor I just cant get myself to do anything. For all the benefits against depression it has, the side effects have made my life so much worse. I hope it works better for others because my effexor is just pulling me into a deep dark hole and it's going to be h*ll getting out.
Avatar n tn Hey Everyone, I'm new to this forum and would like to share my experience with using and tapering off of Effexor. I had been taking 150mg per day of Effexor for the last 2 years. Over the last 10 years I was on (at one time or another) Paxil, Welbutrin, Zoloft and Prozac. You name it-I took it for depression and axiety. The negative side effects from all of these drugs made be sleepy, lazy, gain weight and sexless.
Avatar n tn the leg cramps, the nightmarish dreams, the crying spells, the dizziness, the forgetfulness, the tinnitus, the bursts of energy and the hot flashes...I could go on. After 5 years of use (beginning on the infamous 9/11 date), I've being weaning off the 75 mg of Effexor XR by taking half doses of 37.5 mg for one week and then using Picamillon every 4-6 hours around the clock. This I read about on another posting board and it has seemed to help with the weaning off process.
Avatar n tn 06 and Thyroglobulin is 2X's normal. All anitbodies are normal. My thyroid was fine before taking effexor for hot flashes from breast cancer surgery. I have read so many other people with the "coincodince" of thyroid problems after taking effexor that I am convinced that it is totally related and a study need to be done immediately.
Avatar n tn Nausea, constipation, tremor (very bad for my line of work...I have to have a steady hand), sweats, hot flashes, increased nervousness, and the worst of all...insomnia. The insomnia has gradually become worse over the last week. Started with 6 hours of sleep at night...then to 5...then 4...and so on...until last night I didn't sleep at all. This is very distressing to me...and has actually made the compulsion/anxiety come back! I also feel jittery...almost like a manic episode!!
Avatar n tn my hot flashes were really helped by the Effexor...I just lowered from 150XR to 75XR and noticed an increase in flashes with the lower dose. I don't get night sweats so not sure how it will work on those. But hopefully will lessen them. Also, Effexor is quite commonly prescribed for breast cancer patients going through treatment and after because it does ease the symptoms.
Avatar n tn I was taking 225mg effexor went down to 150mg for 2 weeks then went off and on to zoloft 50mg for 4 days now. I am having some withdraw symptoms like electric zaps in my face and lips, and it feels like when I move my head it takes a few seconds for my brain to catch up. Also now I am having crazy, weird and sometimes disterbing dreams and when I am not dreaming I am wide awake. I am perimenopausal but now I am having bad night sweats and more hot flashes than ever.
Avatar n tn hi hope, everyone is different i have been taking effexor now for 4 weeks my biggest problem was after the first day of taking it i felt like i had the flue and for 3 days after it looked like my eyes were going to pop out of my head & i felt like i was in outer space, once i got over that i have been pretty good. good luck!
Avatar n tn I have been taking between 225-300mmg of effexor for 2-3yrs and it has helpedme but my weight gain is awful. I wighed 125 ponds before tahing this med. and I am now at 160 pounds and I caccot lose this weight. I also work with a personal trainer 2 times a week and exercise regularly 3-5 times a wwek and I am on a 1600 a day calorie diet and I have also cut out eating surgar and I am eating lots of lean cusine meals and have started eating more fruits and vegetables.
Avatar n tn I take 37.5 mg of Effexor XR for anxiety..Stomach pain ? maybe he should give you a spasm meds like a muscle relaxer for our bones and nerves ask your pharmacist the doctor might of been thinking about another patient and make a prescription boo.
135691 tn?1271100723 I was on Effexor in 2003 but just for about four months. I did not have a hard time coming off of it, for what it is worth. I was not using it for menopausal symptoms since I do use the bioidentical hormones, as you all know, but I was suffering from dysthymia at the time and had done some research and asked for the Effexor. I was also in the process of studying up on Welbutrin and wanted to switch to that, which is why I went off the Effexor.
Avatar f tn A couple of weeks ago my MD told me to cut back the effexor to 75mg for a week, then after 7 days of that keep taking the 75mg plus 150 mg of Welbutrin... (my Effexor replacement), then after one week of that to cut out the effexor altogether continuing on with the welbutrin. I am on day 5 of that 3rd week without the effexor. I feel just SICK! I have had so much diarroea that I think I have a hemroid now. Vomitting, hot flashes, extreme fatigue, crying at EVERYTHING and VERTIGO!
Avatar n tn You're the first post I've seen for chemo-induced menopause, I'm guessing?, and being prescribed Effexor for the hot flashes? I have been on Effexor for 8 months and have been trying to wean off for a couple months now. I did not realize night sweats were withdrawal symptoms and thought I was weaning off too fast. The doc insists that I do the 37.5 every other day, but when I miss one day, I feel like I have chronic car sickness and dizziness for 48 hrs.