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Quitting after 3 days

Hi thank you for any insight..I've only been on Effexor xr 37.5 for three days and I'm freaking out! My chest is heavy legs are tingly im out of it but highly anxious and tired all at the same time. I've read tons of discussions about sticking it out but have made the choice to discontinue. I spoke with a pharmacist who said it'd be ok to just stop since I seem to be really sensitive to it. Only haven taken 3 doses, He said I will probably not have any withdrawals but if I do to open a capsule and sprinkle half on something. I'm looking for asstrances. I'm scared on this stuff but am also scared to just stop. He gave me assurances though that at such a low dose for such a short period, I should be ok. It's Saturday and Dr isn't in until Tuesday, no way am...

Tapering off of Effexor XR -- Remove the beads slowly!

I am an MD who was RX Effexor XR for depression over 10 years ago. I took 75mg for many years and felt fine for a long time, but then wanted to get off of it. I would be in a panic if I forgot to take my pill and would experience strange dizzy/buzzing sensation behind my eyes. I was able to taper down to the 37.5mg pretty easily by alternating daily between 75mg/37.5mg. Then I got stuck and tried taking the lower dose every other day or every 36 hours but the side effects were too great. Then luckily, my new partner suggested opening up the capsules and tapering off with beads. I have been doing that now for about a year and a half. The original generic brand capsule had about 39 beads in and I was able to get down to 6 beads. When I tried to stop I couldn't function. I was shocked ...

Dangerous Switch from Prozac to Effexor but still on it

I was on prozac for two years -- a gradual increase from 0 to 60mg. At first it worked and then it seemed to stop working (for depression). I started to become more depressed than I was before (loss of appetite, sleeping more, no motivation etc.) and my doctor decided to switch me from Prozac to Effexor saying that the transition would be fine. I went from taking 60mg of prozac one day to the next taking 225mg of Effexor. The result was not good. For the next couple days I had extremely blurred vision/ I couldn't go outside because the sun hurt my eyes. It was hard for me to go from lying down to standing up and four days after starting the 225mg I had a seizure in the shower. Despite this, my doctor insisted that this was because I wasn't eating/hydrating properly and sleeping ...

effexor and adderall

I have been taking adderall ir 10mg twice daily and recently was prescribed 75mg Venlafaxine (effexor) one daily. And ive been noticing that my adderall has not been working and have been very out of focused and tired even when taking my medications. I may be building a tolerance to adderall, but that still doesnt explain why it would stop working as well very sudden. Has anyone else experience effexor causing adderall not to be as effective? ## You may just be experiencing side effects of the Venlafaxine, it is an SNRI antidepressant that is used to treat various mental health conditions, so it can cause drowsiness, dizziness, headache, dry mouth, mood changes, and weight changes, as side effects. Generally, once your body gets used to a new medication, side effects should start to tap...

Effexor XR, Clonazepam, Prazocin and alcohol...

I'm getting concerned about my husband. He has been put on Effexor XR 75 mg, together with Prazosin, and Clonazepam 1 mg, for depression and anxiet and PTSD. When he feels more anxious he will take another Clonazepam, or a half mg of it. I realize his dosages aren't high on these medications but he is also extremely sensitive to meds, so for him this may well be a lot. Lately he has been drinking, after being completely off the alcohol for quite a few years. He will start drinking wine after work, and will drink 3 or more 16 oz glasses. Then he will take another 1.5 of clonazepam some nights, or else 2 Tylenol PM's and go to sleep. I know the drill about drinking and I try not to nag him but I did tell him this pattern is dangerous, against his doctor's instructions and ...

Effexor long term

been on effexor for about 17yrs i think initially it was fine but over the last eight years find im constantly sick (flue like symptons) tired, non motivated and pretty fed up...But also very scared of being stuck on them now as i know its difficult to come off (was never told this) angry that drs put you on meds send you off and thats it, therapy should be offered also and constant monitoring!!! Feel like i havent been myself for a very long time and i find that really sad i also know life is vey precious but most the time i just want to lay around and be left alone.... ## I feel the same way on it, but I've been on for 2 years. 300 mg a day ## Effexor has been hit by the "opioid epidemic''. The drug no longer works as it should. I remember getting these guys in blister...


I've been on Effexor for about 3 weeks; has anyone had any swelling of the extremities? I do, and I'm thinking of stopping use and returning to wellbutrin and prozac (which I was on before). ## Swelling of the extremities is not a side effect of Effexor; however, high blood pressure is. Since Effexor can raise your blood pressure, you might retain fluid and need a simple water pill or blood pressure pill. I would ask the doctor about this before abandoning the medication,especially if the medication is helping with the depression. ## you might want to go to a grocery store each day for about a week, sit down for five minutes and then take your blood pressure. It should not be any higher than 140/88. That is even a little borderline high. ## when i miss a dose of effector xr i be...

Tapering off effexor

Hi, I've been on Effexor/Venlafaxine (delayed release) for about ten years, most of which was at 300mg daily. The side effects have suddenly increased, the most annoying being night sweats so heavy I have to sleep on incontinence bed pads and waterproof cushions, but also I get violent involuntary leg twitches every couple of minutes starting with a pain in my feet at night and I frequently can't sleep (some nights I don't sleep at all). I'm thinking this is seretonin syndrome. I'm in the UK and have tried to see a psychiatrist but no joy.... and my doctor won't change my psych meds.... so I'm stuck. I've heard about tapering by opening the capsules and removing beads. This seems like a good idea. I wondered if anyone out there had tapered from 300mg, wha...

Esexor 75

Does esexor 75 work as intended? ## Greetings, I was unable to find any drugs under the name Esexor. I was however able to find a drug named Effexor that comes in a 75mg dosage. Is this the medication that you were talking about? Just in case I provided some information below pertaining to Effexor 75mg. According to the National Institute of Health Effexor 75mg, also known as venlafaxine hydrochloride, is indicated for the treatment of major depressive disorder (MDD), generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), social anxiety disorder (SAD) and panic disorder (PD). This medication should be administered only once a day after a meal, it is instructed to be consistent in administering this medication at the same time every day. The NIH warns that this medication should be administered with fluid ...

Effexor taper having chest pains, had heart attack 2 mos ago

I had a heart attack on 9-26-16...I was doing decent afterward for several weeks. I decided to go off effexor 150mg. after 10+ years. The reason is because effexor can cause high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and weight gain, all in which I have problems with and especially now I need to control them more. I've been tapering for a month with mild withdrawal, some days better or worse than others. Mostly irritability, vertigo, brain fog, tired all the time, yet I cannot sleep. Headaches come and go and quite a bit of body, muscle, joint aches. What's concerning me at this point is my chest is very sore, left side. I'm wondering if the tapering is causing discomfort? As of 2 days ago I decreased again and am down to 37.5. I thought I'd be feeling a lot worse, maybe tha...

Should i switch off of Effexor?

I have suffering from what my doctor says is a low grade depression. I physically have no engery to get up and do things i love to do. I decided on my own in the past year to try antidepressants. I started off with prozac but i was allergic. I switched to effexor which i am currently one. Starting dose was 37.5, i went up to 75 after a couple months which i didn't find to help more or less. While one the 75mg i started to sweat a lot while at work. I am a custodian, i do everything at my own pace. I am sweating profusely at work, sweat pouring from my face, underboobs, etc. I an overweight female, losing weight has been a difficult thing for me. My doctor brings up my weight everytime i see her. When i told her i was still having problems with Effexor (which is the only thing thats ...

effexor mixed 5658 dan

I normally take Effexor and I was wondering if it was alright to mix it with the muscle relaxer 5658 dan ## Hello, Ashley! How are you? No, these two medications should actually not be mixed! They can both increase serotonin levels and it can be life threatening if your levels go to high. Please do not mix these medications, unless your doctor has specifically said that it's safe for you to do so. Learn more Effexor details here. Learn more Cyclobenzaprine details here. Is there anything else I can help with? ## Good catch. This person could have easily ended up with serotonin storm.

Effexor withdrawal problems

I was perscribed Eddexor XR 75MG for one year after suffering from depression after the death of a family member. 10 days ago I stoped using this medication and I have had strange side effects I contribute to withdrawl. I get waves of tingling thruout my body. Like an electric shock feeling. I wanted to know if anyone else has had this feeling after discontuning Effexor XR. ## i was on effexor for nearly 4 years, a dose of 150mg i had somewhat intense withdraw that lasted for a couple of weeks. i had to comae of them slowly. ## I know EXACTLY what you're going through, Lori. I'm not exactly drug-compliant, I forget easily depending on my stress levels and I take 150mg 2x daily. If I miss a dose I feel the same as you which I've called twitchy. However, recently I realized I ...


what are the side effects of the medicine Efferin. Would like to know before I take.fl ## The brand name Effexor is the closest match I can find to Efferin, as Efferin does not show up under any drug databases. I'm assuming this is just a common misspelling, but please correct me if I'm wrong. This drug is used primarily for the treatment of major depression, generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, OCD, and panic disorder in adults. Side effect information can be viewed in the link below: NOTE: You may need to scroll down to section called "Adverse Effects". Hope this helps! ## NOTE: You may need to scroll down to section called "Adverse Effects

Please help me: Int'l student with Depression, anxiety & ADHD

Hi, I'm a sophomore, International student with a scholarship from my government. I'm 36 years old and male. I have depression, anxiety and ADD/ADHD! I have 4 classes for this semester and I got this morning grade: D+. And I'm using this coming list everyday. Effexor 150mg 2 everyday, Concerta ER 54 mg, 1 a day, and Ritalin 20 mg, 3 a day. But my anxiety become very high! Should I ask my DR. To give me anything for my anxiety, and how can I improve my grade, what's the problem? I do not want to lose my scholarship, please help me what should I do? I go to a counselor 2 times a month, and I go to the learning center in my college everyday, also I have extra time 50% in my test. Thank you for your time of reading my problem and Thank you for your help :) ## I'm a littl...

Drug Test Effexor Xr

Will effexor xr 150 mg show on a drug screening? ## In theory it shouldn't, because it contains the active ingredient Venlafaxine, which is an SNRI antidepressant and is not something that is tested for on a drug screen. However, on some of the cheaper, less precise tests, it has been known to cause a false positive for PCP. Are there any other questions? ## can effexor give me a false positive for pcp,i failed a drug test at work for pcp only drug i have ever taken is effexor for the past 5yrs. ## Can venlafaxine er 3.7.5 mg medication give me a hot u.a ## Just had a drug test my dr gave me and I do not do drugs. I only take what he gives me (Effexor). It's hard to believe that I've been seeing him for almost 20 years and he treats me like I am a druggie. Does he not know w...

coronary angiogram and effexor xr 75mg

I have been on venlafaxine (Effexor XR 75 mg) for a 15 years. I have coronary angiogram procedure next week. I'm worried about the risks as I have read on the internet of the mortality rates after the procedure due to use of this particular antidepressant. Does anyone knows or has any statistics or advice?

maoi inhibitors

My 21 year old son is on Effexor xr, 75 mg's per day. He has been on this drug for almost 9 months. He has gained 20 pounds or so he is not motivated at all about anything. He can't work. He is not suicidal, but it is not helping him. His girlfriend is ready to leave him. I am at a loss. He has what seems to be brain zaps from what I have read. He calls it electricity jolts. Please send me some information so that I can figure out what to do to help him. He will not do anything about it . He never sleeps at night. He sleeps all day long. He takes the medicine at bedtime. Thank you, Dana Aaron ## Hello, As a patient with depression, I have taken Effexor on many occasions. I never had a problem with Effexor increasing my appetite or weight. But it did stop working after a few mont...

Effexor Champix

I'm on effexor 15mg want to take champix to quit smoking is this ok ## I won't to stop smoking and try champix but I'm taking 75mg Effexor will it help me ## No, you should not take both, unless your doctor feels that it is safe for you to do so. The NIH warns that combining them could result in someone developing a dangerous condition known as Serotonin Syndrome, which can has the potential to be fatal. Have either of you consulted your doctors?

effexor- effectiveness and side effects

I am keeping this brief: I have been taking Effexor for 3 months. I only take 75 mg. I have Major Dep and have tried many different meds for it. I am extremely sensitive to antidepressants and their side effects. So much so that I can't even go above 75mg per day. So here is me of Effexor: it helped right away. It was the best med for Dep I have taken so far. It is powerful and seems to hit the spot with me. I felt calmer, more alert, and all around happier- for about 2 months. Then the side effects started to get bad. When I first started on it, I had one or two Side Efx- excessive thirst, sweating. They were minor and a fair trade off for the effect of the drug. But my the start of the 3rd month, the side effects multiplied- excessive sweating, sleepiness, insomnia, thirst, loss o...


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