Effexor xr during pregnancy

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Avatar n tn I'm a stay at home Mom of a 3 year old and since deciding to try for #2, my husband and I thought it would be safest to be med free during my pregnancy, since the effects of Effexor in pregnancy has not really been studied. I took 75mg of Effexor XR for a little over a year for general anxiety. I have been weaning for almost 3 months as gradually as I could. My last weaning was for almost a month at 18.5mg.
Avatar n tn There are not enough adequate studies on humans during pregnancy to quantify advocation of Effexor during pregnancy. Neither are there enough studies on Zoloft and Celexa (both being SSRIs, both carrying the SAME risks re adverse effects regardless of "ONE" study mentioned below - was the study independent? Are there other studies you can find? These are questions you need to research). Here is a government site where you can search each drug: http://www.nlm.nih.
Avatar n tn Do you think it's wise to taper down on the Effexor as much as possible during the first 6 months of pregnancy, then go off completely for the last trimester? I've slowly weaned down on the Effexor over the past 6 weeks, and am now down to 75 mg, since I thought I could try to go off completely before getting pregnant. However, I'm already noticing a change, back to the depression (not quite the anxiety) and major mood swings.
173732 tn?1226762294 According to the manufacturer of Effexor, there are no available reports on the use of Effexor during human pregnancy. Effexor should be used in pregnancy only where the benefit to the mother clearly outweighs any potential risk to the fetus. Alternative agents should/may be considered. If the doctor and patient decide to continue venlafaxine during pregnancy, discontinuation symptoms should be considered in the newborn at birth.
Avatar n tn On the other hand, are you sure Zoloft is any safer during pregnancy? Whatever the case, you'll have to taper very carefully off Effexor before you start Zoloft so you can tell which is a side effect of Zoloft and which is a withdrawal effect of Effexor. But research this -- your child needs to know. I always thought none of these were acceptable for somebody wanting to get pregnant.
Avatar n tn I have been taking Effexor XR for a total of about three months including the transition from 37.5 miligrams up to 150 miligrams but am weening myself back off of it. I still had some 75 miligrams left so I started taking them about a week ago. I felt a little agitated yesterday morning at work and I almost snapped at someone which just doesn't happen normally or if ever in the 20 years I have been there. Then I forgot to take a pill yesterday.
Avatar n tn First, my heart goes out to all who have posted their stories of horrible withdrawal symptoms as a result of discontinuing usage of Effexor XR. I started on Effexor XR about ten months ago due to severe depression and anxiety. Just over two weeks ago, I started to wean myself off of my maximum daily dosage of 112.5 mg. For 8 days, I took 75 mg per day, and then lowered it to 37.5 mg for another 8 days.
468784 tn?1207160705 I just finished getting off Effexor XR after a year and a half. I started reducing March 11, stopped taking Effexor totally 10 days later (doc assisted, too). If you aren't pregnant, I took a dose of SAM-E to help with those withdrawal feelings. I took it every day for 3 days, then every other day for 4 days after stopping the Effexor and that seemed to help with the icky feelings. Only took it after that if the feelings were really strong (and occassionally they were).
Avatar n tn I have read the closed forum headed "Withdrawal Symptons from Effexor XR" to see if other's are/have experiences when stopping Effexor. I have gone 'cold turkey" which I know I should not have after only taking a small dose of 75mg in the morning along with 2 Ritalin for about 2 years (before that taking 150mg). I had forgotten to get my script and I thought I should try to see if I could do without the Effexor.
Avatar n tn I am 33 years old that would like to have a family. Has anyone gone through a pregnancy that was on Effexor XR prior and/or during the pregnancy?
2036568 tn?1330486358 I am wondering if anyone else out there has been on Effexor XR 75 mg before and had to be taken off of it. My OB doctor switched my med's recently because my anxiety in this pregnancy has been way too extreme and I am wondering if some of the feelings I have been having could be from changing the med's. I have been dizzy and light headed .. sometimes feel like the world is spinning and I am getting headaches. I am looking for anyone else who has been on this med and taken off of it before.
Avatar n tn Comming of of Effexor,,Effexor XR needs to be done slowly,,I myself just stopped and had symptoms for a little over a weak,,the dizziness,,this wierd buzzing in my head all the time,,,just really wierd things happening. Tell your doc you owuld like some help comming off of this med,,is he the one who put you on it in the first place.
Avatar n tn I need help, advice, anything. I am currently on 150mg of Effexor XR dropped down from 187.5mg, have been for a year now. My husband and I would like to become pregnant again but I fear coming off this medicine. My DO says to stay on the medicine and have Faith that the baby will be okay but my OB says to come off of the medicine. I have a beautiful little girl who thankfully was born prior to the panic attacks, which were so bad I wanted to check myself into the hospital.
Avatar f tn Hello, I'm 6 weeks pregnant and have been taking effexor e X-ray 150mg for about 6 years. My doctor explained this drug should not be taken during pregnancy. She has me weaning off. I took 75 mg. for three days then went to 37.5 mg for three days. Then I am supposed to take the 37.5 capsule every other day for a week. Basically the withdrawal symptoms are horrible. I'm nauseated beyond brief, my head is spinning and pounding. I'm constantly sweating.
Avatar m tn I have been on effexor xr for nearly 6 years............I too am going through many of the withdrawals as everyone else has. The insomnia, the electric zap feelings in my head, tremors, anxiety, crying for no reason. I was wondering if anyone had anything good to say about going off it, how they felt, how long it took, etc.
541196 tn?1293556536 It's not recommended for pregnancy. I was put on Effedor XR while pregnant and breastfeeding. I'm sure there would probably be some info on what drugs are safe if you googled it. I was on Zoloft after my first bout of Post Natal Depression and was told that I had to be off that for at least six months before trying to get pregnant. But at that stage my depression wasn't as bad as it is now.
Avatar m tn I nursed on Effexor XR too. My son never had any withdrawal. I don't advise taking the effexor if you can stop it before you become pregnant, but for my situation it was the right thing to do. Best of luck and I hope others find answers here as well. TELL your doctor that you want a plan that involves medicines for the withdrawal stage. You shouldn't have to suffer through it. BEWARE there are terrible withdrawal symptoms for Lyrica as well.
Avatar f tn A study released in May 2010 by the Canadian Medical Association Journal suggests use of venlafaxine doubles the risk of miscarriage. Consequently, venlafaxine should only be used during pregnancy if clearly needed. Prospective studies have not shown any statistically significant congenital malformations. There have, however, been some reports of self-limiting effects on newborn infants.
Avatar f tn While I believe you DO need to get off the Effexor during your pregnancy, I think your OB/GYN was in error telling you stop this medication abruptly. I personally would recommend that you see another doctor immediately. You could also speak with your local pharmacist, who is a Doctor of Pharmacology and tell him/her your situation. He/she cannot change your dosage, but they CAN tell you if what your original OB advised was the best/only route for you to take.
Avatar n tn I am a 26 yr old female. I started taking Effexor XR (75mg) for anxiety and panic attacks. Recently found out I am pregnant. I am wondering the safest and quickest way to get off this drug. And is there any reason to be concerned for my baby's health as a result of being on effexor? Any info would be appreciated.
Avatar n tn hi i been on effexor xr since july 2006 in jan i had a ovary and tube removed and 2 weeks later i had a bad panic attack i then went to my family dr he gave me xanax 1 mg 3 times a day in feb i stayed on them then in may i was in walmart and had a very severe attack but this was all due from too much stress on me at once i dont like the effexor xr 75 i started out on 37.
Avatar n tn It may be 'non habit forming' because it does not provide the user with a feeling of euphoria - but studies have proven Effexor's addictive qualities. Mothers who took Effexor for brief periods of time during the pregnancy had neo-natal fetuses suffering from Withdrawal Syndrome. Who was on Effexor withdrawal but Andrea Yates herself when she drowned her children (supposedly, anyways). I have tried three times unsuccessfully to taper Effexor.
Avatar n tn Anyway you are over with Effexor XR. Effexor is an SNRI while Lexapro is SSRI. But they are more or less the same with regards to classification, efficacy and side effects. Lexapro claims to be an improved formula of Celexa, which is another SSRI. The pharmaceutical companies that launches these products tends to include an exhaustive list of possible side effects from the established papers to safeguard themselves from possible litigation.
Avatar n tn iv been on effexor xr iv gained 50 lbs.my biggest concern for you is the withdrawl symptoms when stopping it.just 2or3 days without it is hell.moodswings ,headaces,vomiting,flu like feeling,hot flashes. please talk to your doc about that.they dont tell you when you start it.
Avatar f tn I know many people still on it and they report that they had a much better response to the name brand Effexor XR than with the Geneic Effexor XR. If it were me and I could afford it, I would go with the name brand.
318928 tn?1248181016 Of course the only empirical data on the effects of Effexor XR are on Lab Rats and Rabbits. Knowing just the immediate effects is scary but what are the long term affects on a child? Are they neurologically compromised? What about adolescent brain development? I feel strongly that a rapid taper will put my health both physically and mentally in jepoardy.
318928 tn?1248181016 Of course the only empirical data on the effects of Effexor XR are on Lab Rats and Rabbits. Knowing just the immediate effects is scary but what are the long term affects on a child? Are they neurologically compromised? What about adolescent brain development? I feel strongly that a rapid taper will put my health both physically and mentally in jepoardy.