Effexor and lithium

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190673 tn?1259203266 I have been taking Effexor XR 450mg and Buproprion 450mg for a couple of years. I'm weaning off the Effexor, going onto Pristiq and continuing the Buproprion.
Avatar n tn I have taken Effexor and Lithium for mood problems (depression and some bi-polar-like mood swings) for many years. My husband and I would like to have a child in the next few years. Is it possible to take this combination of meds and not have birth defects? What is the likelihood of this happening? Is there anything safer I could take instead? Has anyone had good results with any other med or combination of meds in place of Effexor and Lithium?
Avatar n tn Can effexor xr build emeities in your body? I' ve been on it for 18 year with lithium and been great. The last year I have been depressed alot and my doctor sayes everything will be fine and get back to normal. It seems to me if I felt great for so long can't something be done.
2076385 tn?1332621396 I'm taking lithium (lithium carbonate) today, beginning at one 250mg tablet taken with 'breakfast' along with my Effexor-XR and Lamictal.
Avatar n tn m doing very well on this combination of effexor + lithium (only 4 days after I began taking of lithium 600mg a day , I was back to my normal self).I was really impressed by the results and my doctor told me that lithium potentializes the antidepressant. I have put on some weight maybe 15-20 pounds. Since I"m 48, I thought that it might be because of age. I naturally like to eat so I thought that it might be the reason.
607502 tn?1288247540 I have been on Effexor xr on and off for ten years. Lithium and Effexor. Effexor will deplete the drive for intimacy and completion. Effexor and Lithium both, over time cause minor hand shaking intermittedly. I just want to care. Get out. Read. Drive. Be with my intimate (as in deep'\close) friends and family. I don't want to watch my Mom and Dad deminish any more. I want to be the "Mom" I can be to grown kids and grandkids. I want to be a wife not a dependent. Relate?.
Avatar n tn Actually I am on 150 mg effexor right now and trying to wean off it and be on lithium (750mg)alone. The effexor has not helped and my doc believes that once I am off it the lithium will work much better. Im starting the weaning tommorow. I tried last week and I was in horrible shape...my depression came back in fullswing. The doc gave me klonopin to help me get through it. Im terrified. How was your withdrawl?
540310 tn?1343624120 After being on effexor then on zoloft and dexamphetamine then off zoloft back onto effexor now off dexamphetamine till i have been on lithium for a while and my moods are more stable. i have also been on aropax,edronex and tegretol. effexor aggrivates my liver and it was helping with the depression until now. so i really have no faith anymore and this is hopeless so i want to make sure i am aware of the side affects because the med probably won't work and may have serious side effects.
Avatar n tn I want to be put on lithium . Is lithium better? Im also on effexor zyprexa ativan. im very impatient now with my doctor. HE said at my next appointment if I was not better he would just start taking me off effexor im getting pretty desperate here I fill I can not keep waighting months to get better. can you please help.
540310 tn?1343624120 I have been taking Lithium and Effexor for a few years now. Lithium really helps me with the mood swings. I have no side affects. My doctor put me on it because he felt that it has the least side effect of any newer similar drugs. I do get my blood checked about every month so he can check my lithium levels. One thing is that I can not take aspirin or motrin, etc as it raises the Lithium level's in my blood. Tylenol is OK, but does not work for me. I am taking Vicodin for headaches.
329165 tn?1515471990 Lithium (225+450) and 300mg Seroqual. Now, 2 years + later, my Thyroid is under active due to Lithium and my Psychiatrist wants to change Lithium to something else. My challenge: I start a new job next week (after being unemployed for 7 months and really need this job!) and a few weeks ago I went low on my Lithium (skipped a few morning doses and ended up in mixed episodes and had a spider-related psychosis!) I am really anxious about one day changing my Lithium.
Avatar f tn Not working again anaway!
644988 tn?1236364548 Which was NOT the case before this med combo..(2 1/2 years ago) I take 900 mg Lithium and Effexor 75mg. Yes, I did the testing...but after 6 months everything was stable. So I test every 3 months now. Lithium helped stabilize me. effexor helped with my deep depression. However, I did gain weight and weaned off Effexor. the lithium may be all I need now! Have to see! Good Luck!
Avatar f tn t find out I was pregnant till I was 11 weeks when I stopped the effexor and was admitted for re-feeding via NG and IV lipids. Could the effexor and restriction been the cause of my sons conditions, or is it something that just happens? Or genetics? I have always been afraid to ask that question. I hope to hear from you soon. I haven't started the lithium and don't want to start until I have some answers.
Avatar n tn You may want to switch that generic Venlafaxine to Effexor XR and perhap talk to you doc about adding Lithium. Good thing about Lithium is even if you don't have Bi-polar, it will still help a lot as an add on medication for your Effexor XR. Generic Venlafaxine has no sustained release properties to it. This can pose a problem because it has such a short half life as atidepressants go. making the switch to Effexor XR and adding Lithium should make a world of difference.
Avatar n tn I am on day 4 of the withdrawal from Effexor and I feel horrible. I have extreme vertigo, cold sweats, and of course the crazy crying for no reason. I would have been on day 6, but my mother convinced me to take a little to feel better. That only brought me back to zero. Anyone attempting this: DO NOT go back to taking a little if you are this far ahead of the game, it will only cause you frustration... I called my mom my and let her have it - she didn't deserve it.
Avatar n tn m currently taking Lithium, Depakote, and Effexor for bipolar disorder, as well as synthroid for hypothyroidism. I'm likely to be on all four drugs for the rest of my life. What kinds of long-term side effect could there be? I've put on weight, but I'm slowly taking that off. Will these meds affect my liver or my blood pressure or anything like that?
Avatar n tn I was taking both Lithium annd Effexor together for many years and it never effected my memory. I'm pretty sure it's safe to take Lithium and Paxil together, not sure about the Adderall. Lithium can put stress on the Kidneys over time. The Kindneys have to work harder to deal with the Lithium. That's why your supposed to get regular blood work done if taking Lithium. Just to be sure the kidneys are still functioning properly.
Avatar n tn in the morning these are the meds I take 1 300mg. Lithium, 1 10mg. Enalapril Maleate, 1 75mg Effexor Tablet, 2 0.125mg. Synthroid and 1 MultiVitamin/Mineral at bedtime I take 2 300mg. Lithium, 1 25mg Hydroxyzine Pamoate, 1 10mg. Enalapril Maleate, 2 60mg. of Geodon, 1 80mg Zocor, 1 75mg.
12043143 tn?1423151465 If I get on an anti-convulsant/mood stabilizer like Depakote or Lithium will she take me off of Effexor and Abilify and just have me on one - say Lithium? Until then, I just want to take my non-threatening and easy going Effexor until she switches up my meds to Depakote for example.
Avatar n tn I'm currently taking Lithium 3x day, zyprexa 2.5mg (5) tabs, Effexor 300mg, xanax 1mg 3xday, norvasc 5mg 2xday, amotriptline 25mg (4) tabs hs, immitrex 100mg x2 a day prn, hydarxyzine x3 day. I know that this is a cocktail for someone to take daily. I want to know if I need to adjust something b/c i can't take all of these meds in nursing school. I need some advice.
599945 tn?1240382354 ) before i started lithium. i have just come off effexor. and pdoc is talking about lamictal. i am ready to give up on meds. have been low now for nearly a year.
Avatar m tn I have Bipolar and have been recently taking Lithium Carbonate, Effexor XR, Geodon, and Klonopin. My psychatrist has been lowering my Effexor dose over the last few months. And I have been having issues with some dizziness with each decrease in dose. A little over two weeks ago, I took my last Effexor dose. Since then I've been having problems with severe vertigo, nausea, and "brain zaps.
Avatar n tn (this list is NOT comprehensive - just the only ones I can think of off the top of my head): zoloft, effexor, paxil, wellbutrin, depakote, tegretol, lithium, desyrel, pamelor, cyproheptadine, ambien, xanax, valium, zyprexa, stellazine, atavan, and others (particularly anti-depressants) which I can't remember. I am always compliant on my meds, never ever abuse them, and meds are not part of my suicide plan. Most of these I was resistant to.
599945 tn?1240382354 stopped today. no problems at all.
Avatar f tn I have been bipolar for many years and have tried many meds. recently I was taking lamictal and effexor. they havn't seemed to help. I am lethargic and have no motivation whatsoever. It has become a challenge to take a shower or make dinner for my family. sometimes I will have fits of rage where I will throw/break objects. I did see my dr today and she wants me to discontinue the lamictal and start taking lithium 300 mill 3xday.