Application Information

This drug has been submitted to the FDA under the reference 020151/001.

Names and composition

"EFFEXOR" is the commercial name of a drug composed of VENLAFAXINE HYDROCHLORIDE.

Forms

ApplId/ProductId Drug name Active ingredient Form Strenght
020151/001 EFFEXOR VENLAFAXINE HYDROCHLORIDE TABLET/ORAL EQ 12.5MG BASE **Federal Register determination that product was not discontinued or withdrawn for safety or efficacy reasons**
020151/002 EFFEXOR VENLAFAXINE HYDROCHLORIDE TABLET/ORAL EQ 25MG BASE **Federal Register determination that product was not discontinued or withdrawn for safety or efficacy reasons**
020151/003 EFFEXOR VENLAFAXINE HYDROCHLORIDE TABLET/ORAL EQ 50MG BASE **Federal Register determination that product was not discontinued or withdrawn for safety or efficacy reasons**
020151/004 EFFEXOR VENLAFAXINE HYDROCHLORIDE TABLET/ORAL EQ 75MG BASE **Federal Register determination that product was not discontinued or withdrawn for safety or efficacy reasons**
020151/005 EFFEXOR VENLAFAXINE HYDROCHLORIDE TABLET/ORAL EQ 100MG BASE **Federal Register determination that product was not discontinued or withdrawn for safety or efficacy reasons**
020151/006 EFFEXOR VENLAFAXINE HYDROCHLORIDE TABLET/ORAL EQ 37.5MG BASE **Federal Register determination that product was not discontinued or withdrawn for safety or efficacy reasons**

Similar Active Ingredient

ApplId/ProductId Drug name Active ingredient Form Strenght
020151/001 EFFEXOR VENLAFAXINE HYDROCHLORIDE TABLET/ORAL EQ 12.5MG BASE **Federal Register determination that product was not discontinued or withdrawn for safety or efficacy reasons**
020151/002 EFFEXOR VENLAFAXINE HYDROCHLORIDE TABLET/ORAL EQ 25MG BASE **Federal Register determination that product was not discontinued or withdrawn for safety or efficacy reasons**
020151/003 EFFEXOR VENLAFAXINE HYDROCHLORIDE TABLET/ORAL EQ 50MG BASE **Federal Register determination that product was not discontinued or withdrawn for safety or efficacy reasons**
020151/004 EFFEXOR VENLAFAXINE HYDROCHLORIDE TABLET/ORAL EQ 75MG BASE **Federal Register determination that product was not discontinued or withdrawn for safety or efficacy reasons**
020151/005 EFFEXOR VENLAFAXINE HYDROCHLORIDE TABLET/ORAL EQ 100MG BASE **Federal Register determination that product was not discontinued or withdrawn for safety or efficacy reasons**
020151/006 EFFEXOR VENLAFAXINE HYDROCHLORIDE TABLET/ORAL EQ 37.5MG BASE **Federal Register determination that product was not discontinued or withdrawn for safety or efficacy reasons**
020699/001 EFFEXOR XR VENLAFAXINE HYDROCHLORIDE CAPSULE, EXTENDED RELEASE/ORAL EQ 37.5MG BASE
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020699/003 EFFEXOR XR VENLAFAXINE HYDROCHLORIDE CAPSULE, EXTENDED RELEASE/ORAL EQ 100MG BASE
020699/004 EFFEXOR XR VENLAFAXINE HYDROCHLORIDE CAPSULE, EXTENDED RELEASE/ORAL EQ 150MG BASE
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Answered questions

Stimulant effects from effexor ?
I have been taking effexor Xr on the lowest dose have been up the last couple days but still feel all energetic even though I haven't slept I feel like I smoked meth but no jitters will this go away or has anyone experienced this ????? Asked by Madeleine Cornelia 1 year ago.

Effexor XR Extended-Release Capsules All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome when using Effexor XR Extended-Release Capsules: Abnormal dreams; blurred vision; changes in taste; constipation; decreased sexual desire or ability; dizziness; drowsiness; dry mouth; flushing; headache; increased sweating; loss of appetite; nausea; nervousness; stomach upset; trouble sleeping; vomiting; weakness; weight loss; yawning. Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur when using Effexor XR Extended-Release Capsules: Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); bizarre behavior; blood in the stool; chest pain or discomfort; confusion; decreased concentration; decreased coordination; decreased urination; fainting; fast or irregular heartbeat; fever, chills, or sore throat; hallucinations; memory problems; new or worsening aggressiveness, agitation, anxiety, hostility, impulsiveness, inability to sit still, irritability, panic attacks, or restlessness; persistent or severe ringing in the ears; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin; seizures; severe or persistent anxiety, nervousness, or trouble sleeping; severe or persistent cough; severe or persistent headache, dizziness, stomach pain, or weakness; shortness of breath; significant weight loss; suicidal thoughts or attempts; tremor; trouble concentrating; unsteadiness or loss of coordination; unusual bruising or bleeding; unusual or severe mental or mood changes; unusual weakness; vision problems; worsening of depression. This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA. Effexor XR Extended-Release Tablets All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome when using Effexor XR Extended-Release Tablets: Abnormal dreams; blurred vision; changes in taste; constipation; decreased sexual desire or ability; dizziness; drowsiness; dry mouth; flushing; headache; increased sweating; loss of appetite; nausea; nervousness; stomach upset; trouble sleeping; vomiting; weakness; weight loss; yawning. Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur when using Effexor XR Extended-Release Tablets: Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); bizarre behavior; blood in the stool; chest pain or discomfort; confusion; decreased concentration; decreased coordination; decreased urination; fainting; fast or irregular heartbeat; fever, chills, or sore throat; hallucinations; memory problems; new or worsening aggressiveness, agitation, anxiety, hostility, impulsiveness, inability to sit still, irritability, panic attacks, or restlessness; persistent or severe ringing in the ears; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin; seizures; severe or persistent anxiety, nervousness, or trouble sleeping; severe or persistent cough; severe or persistent headache, dizziness, stomach pain, or weakness; shortness of breath; significant weight loss; suicidal thoughts or attempts; tremor; trouble concentrating; unsteadiness or loss of coordination; unusual bruising or bleeding; unusual or severe mental or mood changes; unusual weakness; vision problems; worsening of depression. ズ丂╋乇レノイム Answered by Lashawnda Morgner 1 year ago.

Yes, that's very much the case. However, I recommend you getting off effexor and finding another antidepressant/anxiety medication that is not an SSRI. Just read about effexor withdrawls. I'm going throught them right now. It will literaly ruin your life and put you in the hospital. I have been on effexor for 6 years now. I also have tourette's so I always thought that my nervousness, etc was from the tourett'es However just dropping my dosage has calmed me down tremendously. Seriously, please look into something else and read about the withdrawls. There has actually been several lawsuits agains the maker of effexor bc of what it does to your body. Answered by Luna Gonales 1 year ago.

Ask lestermount Answered by Delora Kearn 1 year ago.

Effrxor sucks Answered by Arlena Masson 1 year ago.


Effexor - Help!!!???
I feel like this drug is no longer working for me. I am very irritable lately. I have developed a nervous habits and twitches and overall I feel unbalanced. I have been on this for a few years now, but I don't feel as calm as I was before on this drug. Albeit, I also have gained weight and feel bloated,... Asked by Nathan Steenhoven 1 year ago.

I feel like this drug is no longer working for me. I am very irritable lately. I have developed a nervous habits and twitches and overall I feel unbalanced. I have been on this for a few years now, but I don't feel as calm as I was before on this drug. Albeit, I also have gained weight and feel bloated, more than ever before. Yet I eat healthy and get proper exercise. I don't understand this. Help or thoughts??? Answered by Ardell Oblander 1 year ago.

i suggest u tell ur doc and switch to a different med. i've been on effexor for a few months now and i feel the same way. its not helping at all and i feel really unbalanced and irritable as well.. tell ur doc to switch u to a different med.. maybe paxil or lexapro? Answered by Valene Ramler 1 year ago.

Effexor made me the worst person you can imagine being around. It all depends on how it reacts with your body. If you are unhappy with it, talk to your doctor. Good luck. Answered by Venice Krakowsky 1 year ago.

i know exactly what u r feeling.i been on this horrible drug for almost a year now and i take 300 mg's and i want to be taken off of this and never be put on it again.this drug doesn't help me and i hate the side effects with it.ask your doc to put you on something else in the ssri's categories. Answered by Liane Folwell 1 year ago.

definately speak to your physician, they should probably go ahead and look into switching your antidepressant Answered by Argelia Garen 1 year ago.


Why did I get tremors from effexor?
i started a new dose of EFFEXOR today, over 200mlgs, i started shaking uncuntrolable, like tremors or slight seizure..has anyone else experienced this? from this particular med? "Thanks"! for any HELP! Asked by Conrad Garsee 1 year ago.

Effexor is the strongest of the SSRI"s and the most difficult to come off of(many have to stay on it for life, due the very unpleasant withdrawl symptoms). I was started on effexor over a year ago, on the lowest dosage. I was ok with this.....then, when the doc upped the dosage, I became violently ill to my stomach with vomitting and nausea and pain. I also began to shake uncontrollably...........it was sort of agitation with the shaking....this is a common side effect with the SSRI's, but worst with effexor. IF you can find another SSRI that is more suitable, I suggest you try it, and stay away from the effexor. DOcs do not tell you how strong effexor is, and how coming off it is so hard.....................even at the low dosages I was taking for a couple of weeks...............the vomitting had a side effect of completely depleting the sodium in my body. I was close to having a brain seizure by the time I got to emergency. This is a wicked medicine, and should only be reserved for the most severe cases. Instead, docs just hand it out like candy. Answered by Lynetta Kijek 1 year ago.

Effexor Tremors Answered by Brian Perencevich 1 year ago.

I used to be on Effexor and had similar side effects. I was constantly shaking. But just remember that it is side effects. If it continues tell your doctor. Maybe a different medication would be better for you. Answered by Saul Riggan 1 year ago.

Stay as far away from effexor as you can. I was on only 75MGs and later to 35.7mgs and if i ever missed a "dose" then worst headache will ensue... The shaking is constant. Save yourself the trouble and stay away! Answered by Marcella Gunsolley 1 year ago.

TOOK IT FOR 6 YEARS, UNCONTROLLABLE SHAKING OF HANDS. TAKE BUSPAR NOW, BUT R HAND STILL SHAKES AND IS AGGRAVATED BY STRESS, COFFEE, CIGARETTES, LACK OF SLEEP. THEY TRY TO TELL YOU IT IS PARKINSON S DISEASE. DON T BUY IT AS TRUTH UNTIL YOU KNOW ALL THE SYMPTOMS. Answered by Andree Hulcy 1 year ago.

My sister is on this drug she says: You should see your doc ASAP. Since you just started the dose today you would be okay not taking it until you see your doctor. It's for depression and not for a life threatening illness, so you would okay not taking it until your doctor is able to reassess you. Answered by Garnet Hadsall 1 year ago.


Effexor users............?
Can you tell me the results of taking Effexor, was there any change? Did it make you better? People that have actually used it only. Thanks (My dr. gave it to me and I guess I just would like some personal feedback before I start taking it) Thx Asked by Denis Stolfi 1 year ago.

I'm on Effexor. Previously I tried Citalopram/Celexa and also Prozac, and neither even dented my depression. I'm assuming you've tried other antidepressants first; Effexor is usually the third or fourth one prescribed, as it works well on people who haven't responded to 'first line' medications like Prozac and Citalopram/Celexa. If this is your first anti depressant, do ask your doctor why he's chosen this one. The crucial thing about Effexor is to get the dose right. I began on 37.5mg morning and night - but I felt ghastly! I phoned my doctor who then told me to up the dose to 75mg in the morning, and stay on 37.5 at night. Still no improvement! The doctor then told me to start taking 75mg at night as well as in the morning - and finally the Effexor began working! The depression began to shift. Today I had to increase the dose again, so in the morning I'm now taking a bit more, and in a week I will be doing the same in the evening. I'm feeling more relaxed, much less depressed, and am very hopeful that this improvement will continue! Don't be surprised if you feel rough during your first few weeks on Effexor, it can take a while for the side effects - if you get them - to settle down. I experienced insomnia, anxiety, stomach upset, and in fact I still have a constant dry mouth. Keep in touch with your doctor and if after three or four weeks you don't feel any better, ask the doctor if your dose needs to be changed. Don't change it without medical advice. Also: Effexor must never be stopped abruptly. People who have stopped it too quickly have experienced very bad withdrawal problems, so if you take it and then have to stop it, get medical advice on how to do it properly. Also, if you're on it for a while, and on a high dose, get your blood pressure checked from time to time, as Effexor can cause it to either fall or rise. Finally: read the leaflet that comes with the medication, so you know which side effects must be reported to your doctor. I really hope you feel good on the Effexor; it does seem to help a lot of people. Answered by Junko Temples 1 year ago.

I took it about 4 yrs ago...didn't do anything for me, except make me feel so high. REMEMBER...though we are not all the same, and no 2 people experience the same side effects. For me..I didn't suffer from depression at all...my problem was and still is anxiety/panic attacks. The effexor just made them come on more often. I would not recommend it. However I do a g/f who takes it and after only 5 days, she doesn't feel any of the side effects and says she feels happier. She is extremely depressed..but it started bringing on anxiety, and her doctor gave her some additonal medication for that. Good luck..if your doc recommended it take it...if you don't like it, talk to your doc about other meds, there are alot of them out there. He cannot force you to take anything you don't like. But do remember the majority of anti-depressants normally take about anywhere from 4 to 8 weeks to work. Good luck. Answered by Sibyl Vrias 1 year ago.

Keep in mind as I tell you this that everybody reacts to medication differently. I took Effexor 1 year ago for severe depression. I had been on Prozac before, and it had stopped working, so they switched me. My first side effects were inconvient; frequent urination, severe gas and heartburn. 1 month after starting it I began to experience a worsening in my depression, with symptoms I had never experienced; self-mulitlation. When I informed my doctor of this, she took me off and told me that either people do great on Effexor or terrible. Obviously, your doctor prescribed this to you for a reason, and you should take it, but just as with any medication, you should be aware of the side effects and keep track of them. Most people will only get mild side effects, just like it tells you on the drug information packet you got with your prescription. Hope it works for you. Answered by Avis Ogg 1 year ago.

Effexor XR is the best medication for me. I have tried a few other medications before it and it is the only one that really helped. It's definitely worth a try!...but remember everyone is different. It does (well did for me anyways) take at least 4-6 weeks to reach the full effect of each dosage level.....so you really have to be patient. There is slow change at first, but when your up to the correct dosage for you, your good to go. I hope you have success with this medication like I have. :) Answered by Tarsha Emoto 1 year ago.

I do not understand questions like this. It sounds like if you get a few negative replies from the few people who are in YA AT THIS VERY MOMENT, you will go against your doctor's recommendation. If you had spasms in your back and the Dr gave you something like flexeril to calm those spasms, would you ask people what experience they had with flexeril, even though you were in pain? Personally, I was on Effexor between 1998 and 2004 and it greatly helped me with my depression. But each person reacts differently to each drug, " Answered by Audrea Hanhardt 1 year ago.

Lestermount Answered by Minh Dalleva 1 year ago.

It hasn't done anything for me but i am one of the 30% who have treatment resistant depression. I've tried about 9 different kinds and had ECT. I hope it works for you, it may well do. Good luck Answered by Soo Silvia 1 year ago.

I have been taking it for almost 10 months, it has helped immensly. Now I have an even keel and can be active with out being consumed with emptiness..send msg with further info if you want... Answered by Diedre Stranak 1 year ago.

It didn't do anything for me. But like jade said, everyone's body will react to every drug differently. Just keep an open mind about things and let your doctor work with you. Answered by Dung Daria 1 year ago.

It is helping me. My depression has gotten better, i have motivation and i actually feel happy. Answered by Adella Helwick 1 year ago.


Effexor withdrawal?
i decided to stop effexor, i was on 75 mg since october. i feel so much better now and i think its time to stop.its my 2nd day without it and i feel great, a little dizzy but thats it. tried to google over this subject but all i can find is horrible story, has anyone went through this without those horrible things... Asked by Elenore Kirschenmann 1 year ago.

i decided to stop effexor, i was on 75 mg since october. i feel so much better now and i think its time to stop.its my 2nd day without it and i feel great, a little dizzy but thats it. tried to google over this subject but all i can find is horrible story, has anyone went through this without those horrible things i read? any suggestions, i heard benadryl can help Answered by Percy Range 1 year ago.

Is it because of Effexor that you feel better? I'm not intending to promote the use of medications, but I've heard a sequence of events that is supposedly (and understandably) common - a person starts taking a medication, feels better, decides he or she no longer needs the medication, stops taking it, then starts feeling down again and the symptoms return. That's actually happened to me, too. Just think about that and if/when you do stop taking it or start weening yourself off of it pay attention and self-monitor to catch any 'relapses' early. When you research anything, it's important to ask yourself if you're getting the whole story. Many times the internet is a place for people to vent about frustrations and you don't hear about the ones who did well getting off of the medication. I took Effexor for about two months and getting off of it was not as bad as when I was on it - I had many bad reactions on the medication. However, I don't think that my reactions of getting off of it are really of any interest to you since it didn't agree with me in the first place. I have heard that Benadryl can be relaxing. I think it's the antihistamine that relaxes the muscles? Not sure exactly on that one, but I know it helps some people go to sleep even though it keeps me awake. Remember - everyone is different and reactions vary just the same. I think you should definitely talk to a doctor and it might be best to talk to the person who originally prescribed it for you. If you can't do that then ween yourself off of it. I think it's easiest and best to break pills in half or smaller and take something every day, but the Effexor I had was gelcaps or something that couldn't be broken. Oh, I found someone who didn't have any problems coming off of Effexor - see "Ferengi" (person's name) withing the threads at the link below. Try drinking plenty of water - maybe the Effexor effected your body's water usage? I really don't know, but when I'm dehydrated I get dizzy and it's worth a shot. Good luck!! Answered by Lorna Sedita 1 year ago.

I don't know what you read, but I can tell you it was probably the extreme side effects of withdrawal. To withdraw from Effexor or simiular anti depressants you should never just go cold turkey. You should have your doctor tritrate you off the med. And of course you feel much better now, the meds are working. But since you are deciding to take your self off, you should never just stop them, because the liklihood of falling into a severe depression is great. Take your reg dose, skip one day, take one the next day. Skip 2 days, take a dose then skip for 2, take dose then skip 3. You should not experience side effects and you should be able to notice if your depression is returning. Again I encourage you to speak with your doc... watch for signs of depression or thoughts of suicide.... good luck. Answered by Elodia Polit 1 year ago.

your suppose to wean yourself off by reducing the amount you take over time. you should consult your doctor. plus most doctors would like patients to be on anti-depressants for 18-24 months. if you want to get off you should slowly wean yourself off with the help of your doctor. if yo do it yourself you may cause harm to yourself. Answered by Jenice Salsbury 1 year ago.


Taking St Johns wort after stopping effexor?
I just wondered how soon after stopping effexor, can I try St Johns wort?I'm hoping it will help me with my depression, which hasn't been too bad lately, but I know is still there,I stopped effexor because I think it was the main reason for me being so tired most days, I struggled to stay... Asked by Tora Bibb 1 year ago.

I just wondered how soon after stopping effexor, can I try St Johns wort? I'm hoping it will help me with my depression, which hasn't been too bad lately, but I know is still there, I stopped effexor because I think it was the main reason for me being so tired most days, I struggled to stay awake. Hoping someone can tell me if it has helped them? Answered by Sherrell Goggans 1 year ago.

Effexor has quite a few side effects, and stopping it is not necessarily a bad thing. St. John's Wort, though is a slippery idea. For one, in the US, we have no "standardization" of herbal products that require the product you buy to be matched to those used in studies. For instance, if you read a successful study that shows St. John's Wort actually working. It may indicate that there is a certain milligram used in conjunction with another herb, a certain base, and maybe drank with chamomile tea. What you might buy can be very different, because we just don't regulate the products in that manner here in the US. If you do try it, you can try as early as a week or two after going off the effexor, and you need to find a brand that is at least European Standardized. That means that someone on this planet as certified it to contain those ingredients! I have not met anyone who has had any luck with St. John's Wort. From what I read, it has psychosomatic results at best. You may want to discuss with your doctor going to another product like lexapro or wellbutrin depending on your symptoms if they begin to return. In any case, at least inform him/her of your decision to stop Effexor and they/you should keep an eye on withdraw symptoms, and returning to depression symptoms. Quitting Effexor is no light matter. The withdraw from this drug can be HORRIBLE! Be sure to at least call the doc and let them know you intend this. Good luck! Answered by Rose Mccloughan 1 year ago.

Do not use St. John's wort at all. It can be very dangerous and the quality is not guarenteed. Espeacially don't use it if you take NSAIDs or drink. If you try it wait two weeks, but please try something else instead. Maybe you shouldn't even stop effexor yet. Stopping effexor soon after improvement is not thought of as a good idea, but I understand why you want to do it. If you stop effexor too early, depression could come back worse than before. How soon you should stop effexor is in debate currently. There are ways to boast your energy while on effexor. I had similiar problems with Prozac and I discovered that if I take it at a different time of the day (I switched from morning to evening), I felt less tired in the day and could sleep better at night. That trick has helped others with tiredness from antidepressants. Also try chocolate. Add morning exercise to your schedule. There has been a recent announcement take you don't need to drink 8 cups of water per day. That doesn't however prove that some people can't benefit from drinking more water. Water certainly does increase alertness. You may need more or less than 8 cups per day. Only you can determine how much you need. Light therapy can be just as effective as antidepressants and much safer. Look into it. Answered by Christiana Sobotta 1 year ago.

I know a number of people who swear by the use of St Johns Wort for mild anxiety/depression and have been surprised by its efficacy. However, I have a vague memory that it may not be advisable in some circumstances and may interact negatively with other types of medication and for this reason it is sensible to consult ones GP before using St Johns Wort. Many GPs now accept that complementary medicines are part of a holistic approach to healthcare. Answered by Suzi Sour 1 year ago.


WEight gain and Effexor??
I've been on Effexor 37.5mg for a month now and have started to gain weight already. I'm usually very consistant with my weight, but have gone up 5 lbs already. HAve you experienced this with this medication???? Asked by Elane Pletsch 1 year ago.

effexor may not be working for you. It does effect everyone differently. I have recently changed to elavil. however even on the effexor I gained 17 pounds. then dieted and lost 35.If you can eat a dole pineapple parfait before every meal and at snacks it helps alot. pineapple reduces ones appetite. really enjoy that pineapple cup. feel every single piece of pineapple in your mouth take your time eating and really enjoying the texture. wait 30 minutes after eating it to eat anything else. it helps immensely ...with meals only eat the size of your fist. meaning if you eat a piece of chicken and potatoe and corn take only a half of piece of chicken and maybe a 1/2 to 3/4 cup of potatoe and 1/2 cup of corn. after eating the pineapple 30 mi utes earlier it will be possible to reduce the size of your meals immensely thus eating 4 meals a day and spread out. your stomach will shrink thus needing less food to get you full. I lost 35 pounds doing this on the effexor.... Answered by Shiela Singeltary 1 year ago.

I have been taking stronger dose than you, but it doesn't effect my weight much. May be it's just temporarily until your body will get used to the med,. For me the reason I can not lose weight is the hormonal therapy. It's that med's one of the side effects but not from Effexor. Answered by Oscar Husaini 1 year ago.


What are some symptoms of Effexor withdrawal?
Asked by Billi Calin 1 year ago.

If Effexor is discontinued gradually, meaning slowly reducing the dose usually by 37.5 or 75 mg at a time, there are very few, if any, symptoms. According to the medication insert that physicians are given it says "dysphoric mood, irritability, agitation, dizziness, sensory disturbances (e.g. paresthesias such as electric shock sensations), anxiety, confusion, headache, lethargy, emotional lability, insomnia, hypomania, tinnitus, and seizures". What I have experienced myself just recently from being reduced from 450 mg to 0 mg in 3 days (yes a psychiatrist was doing this to me because I needed to get off Effexor because of a medical condition that I didn't have when I started Effexor several years ago) I experienced what I would call flu like symptoms. By this I mean that I was achy all over with no one spot being worse than another. I had a headache. I also had some sudo-seizures. I slept for almost 5 days straight beginning after the first day of being reduced from 450 mg to 300 mg. I was in the hospital so I was being watched carefully. I was on an IV of saline so I wouldn't get dehydrated. I wasn't eating, I had no desire to try even. I was being woken up three times a day to make sure I was doing ok, I was also given some of my meds that I usually take during these times so I wouldn't be going through withdrawal from everything. What I am saying is that I've gone off of several antidepressants before with no problem but it has always been done slowly. What the drug company says could happen with Effexor didn't feel anything like I went through. I've talked to several doctors about what I went through and they all say that it is normal when not weining off of it. I hope that this helps you. Answered by Asha Capriccioso 1 year ago.

I've been off Effexor for a week and a half. I quit cold turkey from 150 mg/day. The withdrawal has not been terrible. I think that's just the luck of the draw. Of course, the reason I was put on Effexor was because I've tried so many antidepressants and felt no response. Effexor is the only one I can say truly helped me, so I would take it again if I felt I needed to. I've had vivid dreams that are not restful. Instead of the fuzzy, dream-like quality of normal dreams, Effexor withdrawal dreams are so detailed and logical that they are mentally draining to have. I get them for missing a dose and they're so different that I don't even have to look at my pill box in the morning to realize I've forgotten a dose. The other symptom I've experienced in withdrawal is dizziness. It feels like I'm being spun around on my own private, invisible merry-go-round, particularly if I try to focus my eyes on a spot near the ground. But it does not affect my walking or ability to drive. It just feels a little jarring. I've had no serious brain zaps, but I've had something that felt like my brain is set on scanning for radio channels but can only pick up faint buzzings. Those stopped when I started taking 1 gram of inositol a day. I've been really lucky that the withdrawal hasn't reached to the hellish levels others have described. I've been through much worse just dealing with the depression without medication. Answered by Denae Hovorka 1 year ago.

Ok I was on Effexor and the withdraw is like something I have never felt before and to be honest I did not even know that this is what I was going through until I got online and read some of the other symptoms that other people were having. I felt like my brain was having surges and my mouth was dry alot and to concentrate was not going down at all .. I just could not focus at all but I do say this once your body has rid itself of that chemical its all good just drink lots of water and bear through it. They say to not stop at once and I think that was my mistake I ran out of pills and decided that I would just quit them all together and stopped instantly big mistake if you still have some of the pills slowly decrease the amount you take and then eventually stop hope this helps .... Answered by Louise Evjen 1 year ago.

It's pretty bad for most people, but not everyone! If you react like I did, expect uncomfortable sensations, disturbances to your sleep patterns, and maybe some GI issues. I found that Dramamine (OTC motion sickness medication) helped me SO much with Effexor withdrawal. I'm finally off of it. I took it before bed to help me sleep (because the cessation was giving me horrible insomnia), and even in the morning the "brain zaps" were less, and eventually, gone. Just wanted to spread this information because I feel for anyone else going through this experience. It’s worth a try. Answered by Rhea Billig 1 year ago.

Lestermount Answered by Shandra Dressler 1 year ago.


What did you experience when starting Effexor?
Asked by Kacey Osmanski 1 year ago.

When I started Effexor, my mouth would be so dry.. A trick for dry mouth is to suck on Tic Tac's. It really does help. I tried that. Another bad side effect with Effexor is the weight gain. I've never had weight issues my entire life, that is until I started Effexor. It can either icnrease your appetite or decrease it. Causes extreme fatigue. Something else that people may not mention is that it causes enlarged pupils.. And I mean very enlarged pupils. My doctor prescribed me Effexor and I went back to see him, and he asked me what drugs I had taken because my pupils were so dilated. And the worst part about Effexor is the withdrawals. If you're on Effexor for depression or suicidal thoughts, you've seen nothing yet. It is pure hell when you try and get off that medication. I tried so many times ot get off of it, and during that time, I attempted suicide countless times. It messed me up so much. I went to lie down on the railroad tracks and just closed my eyes and waited to get hit by a train. It was during the day and I don't even know why I did it. I don't even know what happened but cars stopped and than the police and ambulance came and they carried me up off the railroad tracks. I was just lying there ready to die. Effexor is a medication I would never ever take again Answered by Oren Beltrami 1 year ago.

My low blood sugar cravings were less, and I guess I felt less anxiety about eating a snack. I lost 15 pounds! Answered by Dionna Vallin 1 year ago.


Effexor???????????????????????...
i take lithium for mania....can effexor make my lithium bad or cause the mania? Asked by Doyle Abato 1 year ago.

Important Safety Information Suicide in Children and Teenagers Antidepressants increased the risk of suicidal thinking and behavior in children and teenagers. Patients who are started on therapy should be observed closely for clinical worsening, suicidality, or unusual changes in behavior. EFFEXOR XR® (venlafaxine HCl) is not approved for use in children and teenagers. People taking MAOIs should not take EFFEXOR XR. Adult and pediatric patients taking antidepressants should be watched closely for signs that their condition is getting worse or that they are becoming suicidal, especially when they first start therapy, or when their dose is increased or decreased. Patients should also be watched for becoming agitated, irritable, hostile, impulsive, or restless. Such symptoms should be reported to the patient's doctor right away. EFFEXOR XR may raise blood pressure in some patients. Your blood pressure should be controlled before starting treatment and should be monitored regularly. When people suddenly stop using or quickly lower their daily dose of EFFEXOR XR, discontinuation symptoms may occur. Talk to your doctor before discontinuing or reducing your dose of EFFEXOR XR. Pregnant or nursing women shouldn't take any antidepressant without consulting their doctor. Before starting EFFEXOR XR, tell your doctor about any medicines you're taking, including over-the-counter drugs and herbal supplements. Until you see how EFFEXOR XR affects you, be careful doing such activities as driving a car or operating machinery. Avoid drinking alcohol while taking EFFEXOR XR. In clinical studies, the most common side effects with EFFEXOR XR (reported in at least 10% of patients and at least twice as often as with placebo) were constipation, dizziness, dry mouth, insomnia, loss of appetite, nausea, nervousness, sexual side effects, sleepiness, sweating, and weakness. Ask your doctor if EFFEXOR XR is right for you. Answered by Kimiko Velovic 1 year ago.


Stimulant effects from effexor ?
I have been taking effexor Xr on the lowest dose have been up the last couple days but still feel all energetic even though I haven't slept I feel like I smoked meth but no jitters will this go away or has anyone experienced this ????? Asked by Maribel Gerthung 1 year ago.

Effexor XR Extended-Release Capsules All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome when using Effexor XR Extended-Release Capsules: Abnormal dreams; blurred vision; changes in taste; constipation; decreased sexual desire or ability; dizziness; drowsiness; dry mouth; flushing; headache; increased sweating; loss of appetite; nausea; nervousness; stomach upset; trouble sleeping; vomiting; weakness; weight loss; yawning. Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur when using Effexor XR Extended-Release Capsules: Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); bizarre behavior; blood in the stool; chest pain or discomfort; confusion; decreased concentration; decreased coordination; decreased urination; fainting; fast or irregular heartbeat; fever, chills, or sore throat; hallucinations; memory problems; new or worsening aggressiveness, agitation, anxiety, hostility, impulsiveness, inability to sit still, irritability, panic attacks, or restlessness; persistent or severe ringing in the ears; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin; seizures; severe or persistent anxiety, nervousness, or trouble sleeping; severe or persistent cough; severe or persistent headache, dizziness, stomach pain, or weakness; shortness of breath; significant weight loss; suicidal thoughts or attempts; tremor; trouble concentrating; unsteadiness or loss of coordination; unusual bruising or bleeding; unusual or severe mental or mood changes; unusual weakness; vision problems; worsening of depression. This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA. Effexor XR Extended-Release Tablets All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome when using Effexor XR Extended-Release Tablets: Abnormal dreams; blurred vision; changes in taste; constipation; decreased sexual desire or ability; dizziness; drowsiness; dry mouth; flushing; headache; increased sweating; loss of appetite; nausea; nervousness; stomach upset; trouble sleeping; vomiting; weakness; weight loss; yawning. Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur when using Effexor XR Extended-Release Tablets: Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); bizarre behavior; blood in the stool; chest pain or discomfort; confusion; decreased concentration; decreased coordination; decreased urination; fainting; fast or irregular heartbeat; fever, chills, or sore throat; hallucinations; memory problems; new or worsening aggressiveness, agitation, anxiety, hostility, impulsiveness, inability to sit still, irritability, panic attacks, or restlessness; persistent or severe ringing in the ears; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin; seizures; severe or persistent anxiety, nervousness, or trouble sleeping; severe or persistent cough; severe or persistent headache, dizziness, stomach pain, or weakness; shortness of breath; significant weight loss; suicidal thoughts or attempts; tremor; trouble concentrating; unsteadiness or loss of coordination; unusual bruising or bleeding; unusual or severe mental or mood changes; unusual weakness; vision problems; worsening of depression. ズ丂╋乇レノイム Answered by Yan Varnon 1 year ago.

Yes, that's very much the case. However, I recommend you getting off effexor and finding another antidepressant/anxiety medication that is not an SSRI. Just read about effexor withdrawls. I'm going throught them right now. It will literaly ruin your life and put you in the hospital. I have been on effexor for 6 years now. I also have tourette's so I always thought that my nervousness, etc was from the tourett'es However just dropping my dosage has calmed me down tremendously. Seriously, please look into something else and read about the withdrawls. There has actually been several lawsuits agains the maker of effexor bc of what it does to your body. Answered by Tosha Bibeau 1 year ago.

Ask lestermount Answered by Chris Mandel 1 year ago.

Effrxor sucks Answered by Lucilla Hemeyer 1 year ago.


Effexor - Help!!!???
I feel like this drug is no longer working for me. I am very irritable lately. I have developed a nervous habits and twitches and overall I feel unbalanced. I have been on this for a few years now, but I don't feel as calm as I was before on this drug. Albeit, I also have gained weight and feel bloated,... Asked by Tenesha Linderman 1 year ago.

I feel like this drug is no longer working for me. I am very irritable lately. I have developed a nervous habits and twitches and overall I feel unbalanced. I have been on this for a few years now, but I don't feel as calm as I was before on this drug. Albeit, I also have gained weight and feel bloated, more than ever before. Yet I eat healthy and get proper exercise. I don't understand this. Help or thoughts??? Answered by Florencia Spruiell 1 year ago.

i suggest u tell ur doc and switch to a different med. i've been on effexor for a few months now and i feel the same way. its not helping at all and i feel really unbalanced and irritable as well.. tell ur doc to switch u to a different med.. maybe paxil or lexapro? Answered by Louis Nolfe 1 year ago.

Effexor made me the worst person you can imagine being around. It all depends on how it reacts with your body. If you are unhappy with it, talk to your doctor. Good luck. Answered by Krystle Riis 1 year ago.

i know exactly what u r feeling.i been on this horrible drug for almost a year now and i take 300 mg's and i want to be taken off of this and never be put on it again.this drug doesn't help me and i hate the side effects with it.ask your doc to put you on something else in the ssri's categories. Answered by Arvilla Solum 1 year ago.

definately speak to your physician, they should probably go ahead and look into switching your antidepressant Answered by Vera Luangamath 1 year ago.


Why did I get tremors from effexor?
i started a new dose of EFFEXOR today, over 200mlgs, i started shaking uncuntrolable, like tremors or slight seizure..has anyone else experienced this? from this particular med? "Thanks"! for any HELP! Asked by Whitney Fouts 1 year ago.

Effexor is the strongest of the SSRI"s and the most difficult to come off of(many have to stay on it for life, due the very unpleasant withdrawl symptoms). I was started on effexor over a year ago, on the lowest dosage. I was ok with this.....then, when the doc upped the dosage, I became violently ill to my stomach with vomitting and nausea and pain. I also began to shake uncontrollably...........it was sort of agitation with the shaking....this is a common side effect with the SSRI's, but worst with effexor. IF you can find another SSRI that is more suitable, I suggest you try it, and stay away from the effexor. DOcs do not tell you how strong effexor is, and how coming off it is so hard.....................even at the low dosages I was taking for a couple of weeks...............the vomitting had a side effect of completely depleting the sodium in my body. I was close to having a brain seizure by the time I got to emergency. This is a wicked medicine, and should only be reserved for the most severe cases. Instead, docs just hand it out like candy. Answered by Harley Kibler 1 year ago.

Effexor Tremors Answered by Latrina Morta 1 year ago.

I used to be on Effexor and had similar side effects. I was constantly shaking. But just remember that it is side effects. If it continues tell your doctor. Maybe a different medication would be better for you. Answered by Marion Deschepper 1 year ago.

Stay as far away from effexor as you can. I was on only 75MGs and later to 35.7mgs and if i ever missed a "dose" then worst headache will ensue... The shaking is constant. Save yourself the trouble and stay away! Answered by Norbert Stephco 1 year ago.

TOOK IT FOR 6 YEARS, UNCONTROLLABLE SHAKING OF HANDS. TAKE BUSPAR NOW, BUT R HAND STILL SHAKES AND IS AGGRAVATED BY STRESS, COFFEE, CIGARETTES, LACK OF SLEEP. THEY TRY TO TELL YOU IT IS PARKINSON S DISEASE. DON T BUY IT AS TRUTH UNTIL YOU KNOW ALL THE SYMPTOMS. Answered by Isadora Corsi 1 year ago.

My sister is on this drug she says: You should see your doc ASAP. Since you just started the dose today you would be okay not taking it until you see your doctor. It's for depression and not for a life threatening illness, so you would okay not taking it until your doctor is able to reassess you. Answered by Stefany Salm 1 year ago.


Effexor users............?
Can you tell me the results of taking Effexor, was there any change? Did it make you better? People that have actually used it only. Thanks (My dr. gave it to me and I guess I just would like some personal feedback before I start taking it) Thx Asked by Estella Microni 1 year ago.

I'm on Effexor. Previously I tried Citalopram/Celexa and also Prozac, and neither even dented my depression. I'm assuming you've tried other antidepressants first; Effexor is usually the third or fourth one prescribed, as it works well on people who haven't responded to 'first line' medications like Prozac and Citalopram/Celexa. If this is your first anti depressant, do ask your doctor why he's chosen this one. The crucial thing about Effexor is to get the dose right. I began on 37.5mg morning and night - but I felt ghastly! I phoned my doctor who then told me to up the dose to 75mg in the morning, and stay on 37.5 at night. Still no improvement! The doctor then told me to start taking 75mg at night as well as in the morning - and finally the Effexor began working! The depression began to shift. Today I had to increase the dose again, so in the morning I'm now taking a bit more, and in a week I will be doing the same in the evening. I'm feeling more relaxed, much less depressed, and am very hopeful that this improvement will continue! Don't be surprised if you feel rough during your first few weeks on Effexor, it can take a while for the side effects - if you get them - to settle down. I experienced insomnia, anxiety, stomach upset, and in fact I still have a constant dry mouth. Keep in touch with your doctor and if after three or four weeks you don't feel any better, ask the doctor if your dose needs to be changed. Don't change it without medical advice. Also: Effexor must never be stopped abruptly. People who have stopped it too quickly have experienced very bad withdrawal problems, so if you take it and then have to stop it, get medical advice on how to do it properly. Also, if you're on it for a while, and on a high dose, get your blood pressure checked from time to time, as Effexor can cause it to either fall or rise. Finally: read the leaflet that comes with the medication, so you know which side effects must be reported to your doctor. I really hope you feel good on the Effexor; it does seem to help a lot of people. Answered by Shaneka Hagen 1 year ago.

I took it about 4 yrs ago...didn't do anything for me, except make me feel so high. REMEMBER...though we are not all the same, and no 2 people experience the same side effects. For me..I didn't suffer from depression at all...my problem was and still is anxiety/panic attacks. The effexor just made them come on more often. I would not recommend it. However I do a g/f who takes it and after only 5 days, she doesn't feel any of the side effects and says she feels happier. She is extremely depressed..but it started bringing on anxiety, and her doctor gave her some additonal medication for that. Good luck..if your doc recommended it take it...if you don't like it, talk to your doc about other meds, there are alot of them out there. He cannot force you to take anything you don't like. But do remember the majority of anti-depressants normally take about anywhere from 4 to 8 weeks to work. Good luck. Answered by Freddie Gauch 1 year ago.

Keep in mind as I tell you this that everybody reacts to medication differently. I took Effexor 1 year ago for severe depression. I had been on Prozac before, and it had stopped working, so they switched me. My first side effects were inconvient; frequent urination, severe gas and heartburn. 1 month after starting it I began to experience a worsening in my depression, with symptoms I had never experienced; self-mulitlation. When I informed my doctor of this, she took me off and told me that either people do great on Effexor or terrible. Obviously, your doctor prescribed this to you for a reason, and you should take it, but just as with any medication, you should be aware of the side effects and keep track of them. Most people will only get mild side effects, just like it tells you on the drug information packet you got with your prescription. Hope it works for you. Answered by Bessie Dietrick 1 year ago.

Effexor XR is the best medication for me. I have tried a few other medications before it and it is the only one that really helped. It's definitely worth a try!...but remember everyone is different. It does (well did for me anyways) take at least 4-6 weeks to reach the full effect of each dosage level.....so you really have to be patient. There is slow change at first, but when your up to the correct dosage for you, your good to go. I hope you have success with this medication like I have. :) Answered by Renee Mentel 1 year ago.

I do not understand questions like this. It sounds like if you get a few negative replies from the few people who are in YA AT THIS VERY MOMENT, you will go against your doctor's recommendation. If you had spasms in your back and the Dr gave you something like flexeril to calm those spasms, would you ask people what experience they had with flexeril, even though you were in pain? Personally, I was on Effexor between 1998 and 2004 and it greatly helped me with my depression. But each person reacts differently to each drug, " Answered by Lauri Carlos 1 year ago.

Lestermount Answered by Silvia Saris 1 year ago.

It hasn't done anything for me but i am one of the 30% who have treatment resistant depression. I've tried about 9 different kinds and had ECT. I hope it works for you, it may well do. Good luck Answered by Lindsy Lavina 1 year ago.

I have been taking it for almost 10 months, it has helped immensly. Now I have an even keel and can be active with out being consumed with emptiness..send msg with further info if you want... Answered by Madalyn Tress 1 year ago.

It didn't do anything for me. But like jade said, everyone's body will react to every drug differently. Just keep an open mind about things and let your doctor work with you. Answered by Katie Schegetz 1 year ago.

It is helping me. My depression has gotten better, i have motivation and i actually feel happy. Answered by Alix Rozek 1 year ago.


Effexor withdrawal?
i decided to stop effexor, i was on 75 mg since october. i feel so much better now and i think its time to stop.its my 2nd day without it and i feel great, a little dizzy but thats it. tried to google over this subject but all i can find is horrible story, has anyone went through this without those horrible things... Asked by Charley Derogatis 1 year ago.

i decided to stop effexor, i was on 75 mg since october. i feel so much better now and i think its time to stop.its my 2nd day without it and i feel great, a little dizzy but thats it. tried to google over this subject but all i can find is horrible story, has anyone went through this without those horrible things i read? any suggestions, i heard benadryl can help Answered by Janee Vedder 1 year ago.

Is it because of Effexor that you feel better? I'm not intending to promote the use of medications, but I've heard a sequence of events that is supposedly (and understandably) common - a person starts taking a medication, feels better, decides he or she no longer needs the medication, stops taking it, then starts feeling down again and the symptoms return. That's actually happened to me, too. Just think about that and if/when you do stop taking it or start weening yourself off of it pay attention and self-monitor to catch any 'relapses' early. When you research anything, it's important to ask yourself if you're getting the whole story. Many times the internet is a place for people to vent about frustrations and you don't hear about the ones who did well getting off of the medication. I took Effexor for about two months and getting off of it was not as bad as when I was on it - I had many bad reactions on the medication. However, I don't think that my reactions of getting off of it are really of any interest to you since it didn't agree with me in the first place. I have heard that Benadryl can be relaxing. I think it's the antihistamine that relaxes the muscles? Not sure exactly on that one, but I know it helps some people go to sleep even though it keeps me awake. Remember - everyone is different and reactions vary just the same. I think you should definitely talk to a doctor and it might be best to talk to the person who originally prescribed it for you. If you can't do that then ween yourself off of it. I think it's easiest and best to break pills in half or smaller and take something every day, but the Effexor I had was gelcaps or something that couldn't be broken. Oh, I found someone who didn't have any problems coming off of Effexor - see "Ferengi" (person's name) withing the threads at the link below. Try drinking plenty of water - maybe the Effexor effected your body's water usage? I really don't know, but when I'm dehydrated I get dizzy and it's worth a shot. Good luck!! Answered by Avery Apuzzi 1 year ago.

I don't know what you read, but I can tell you it was probably the extreme side effects of withdrawal. To withdraw from Effexor or simiular anti depressants you should never just go cold turkey. You should have your doctor tritrate you off the med. And of course you feel much better now, the meds are working. But since you are deciding to take your self off, you should never just stop them, because the liklihood of falling into a severe depression is great. Take your reg dose, skip one day, take one the next day. Skip 2 days, take a dose then skip for 2, take dose then skip 3. You should not experience side effects and you should be able to notice if your depression is returning. Again I encourage you to speak with your doc... watch for signs of depression or thoughts of suicide.... good luck. Answered by Dorsey Seki 1 year ago.

your suppose to wean yourself off by reducing the amount you take over time. you should consult your doctor. plus most doctors would like patients to be on anti-depressants for 18-24 months. if you want to get off you should slowly wean yourself off with the help of your doctor. if yo do it yourself you may cause harm to yourself. Answered by Taisha Grip 1 year ago.


Taking St Johns wort after stopping effexor?
I just wondered how soon after stopping effexor, can I try St Johns wort?I'm hoping it will help me with my depression, which hasn't been too bad lately, but I know is still there,I stopped effexor because I think it was the main reason for me being so tired most days, I struggled to stay... Asked by Herbert Discipio 1 year ago.

I just wondered how soon after stopping effexor, can I try St Johns wort? I'm hoping it will help me with my depression, which hasn't been too bad lately, but I know is still there, I stopped effexor because I think it was the main reason for me being so tired most days, I struggled to stay awake. Hoping someone can tell me if it has helped them? Answered by Margot Schuh 1 year ago.

Effexor has quite a few side effects, and stopping it is not necessarily a bad thing. St. John's Wort, though is a slippery idea. For one, in the US, we have no "standardization" of herbal products that require the product you buy to be matched to those used in studies. For instance, if you read a successful study that shows St. John's Wort actually working. It may indicate that there is a certain milligram used in conjunction with another herb, a certain base, and maybe drank with chamomile tea. What you might buy can be very different, because we just don't regulate the products in that manner here in the US. If you do try it, you can try as early as a week or two after going off the effexor, and you need to find a brand that is at least European Standardized. That means that someone on this planet as certified it to contain those ingredients! I have not met anyone who has had any luck with St. John's Wort. From what I read, it has psychosomatic results at best. You may want to discuss with your doctor going to another product like lexapro or wellbutrin depending on your symptoms if they begin to return. In any case, at least inform him/her of your decision to stop Effexor and they/you should keep an eye on withdraw symptoms, and returning to depression symptoms. Quitting Effexor is no light matter. The withdraw from this drug can be HORRIBLE! Be sure to at least call the doc and let them know you intend this. Good luck! Answered by Warner Hornbaker 1 year ago.

Do not use St. John's wort at all. It can be very dangerous and the quality is not guarenteed. Espeacially don't use it if you take NSAIDs or drink. If you try it wait two weeks, but please try something else instead. Maybe you shouldn't even stop effexor yet. Stopping effexor soon after improvement is not thought of as a good idea, but I understand why you want to do it. If you stop effexor too early, depression could come back worse than before. How soon you should stop effexor is in debate currently. There are ways to boast your energy while on effexor. I had similiar problems with Prozac and I discovered that if I take it at a different time of the day (I switched from morning to evening), I felt less tired in the day and could sleep better at night. That trick has helped others with tiredness from antidepressants. Also try chocolate. Add morning exercise to your schedule. There has been a recent announcement take you don't need to drink 8 cups of water per day. That doesn't however prove that some people can't benefit from drinking more water. Water certainly does increase alertness. You may need more or less than 8 cups per day. Only you can determine how much you need. Light therapy can be just as effective as antidepressants and much safer. Look into it. Answered by Katerine Torrance 1 year ago.

I know a number of people who swear by the use of St Johns Wort for mild anxiety/depression and have been surprised by its efficacy. However, I have a vague memory that it may not be advisable in some circumstances and may interact negatively with other types of medication and for this reason it is sensible to consult ones GP before using St Johns Wort. Many GPs now accept that complementary medicines are part of a holistic approach to healthcare. Answered by Rheba Vanhowe 1 year ago.


WEight gain and Effexor??
I've been on Effexor 37.5mg for a month now and have started to gain weight already. I'm usually very consistant with my weight, but have gone up 5 lbs already. HAve you experienced this with this medication???? Asked by Bryant Woodell 1 year ago.

effexor may not be working for you. It does effect everyone differently. I have recently changed to elavil. however even on the effexor I gained 17 pounds. then dieted and lost 35.If you can eat a dole pineapple parfait before every meal and at snacks it helps alot. pineapple reduces ones appetite. really enjoy that pineapple cup. feel every single piece of pineapple in your mouth take your time eating and really enjoying the texture. wait 30 minutes after eating it to eat anything else. it helps immensely ...with meals only eat the size of your fist. meaning if you eat a piece of chicken and potatoe and corn take only a half of piece of chicken and maybe a 1/2 to 3/4 cup of potatoe and 1/2 cup of corn. after eating the pineapple 30 mi utes earlier it will be possible to reduce the size of your meals immensely thus eating 4 meals a day and spread out. your stomach will shrink thus needing less food to get you full. I lost 35 pounds doing this on the effexor.... Answered by Fritz Nuchols 1 year ago.

I have been taking stronger dose than you, but it doesn't effect my weight much. May be it's just temporarily until your body will get used to the med,. For me the reason I can not lose weight is the hormonal therapy. It's that med's one of the side effects but not from Effexor. Answered by Mac Radford 1 year ago.


What are some symptoms of Effexor withdrawal?
Asked by Micaela Torian 1 year ago.

If Effexor is discontinued gradually, meaning slowly reducing the dose usually by 37.5 or 75 mg at a time, there are very few, if any, symptoms. According to the medication insert that physicians are given it says "dysphoric mood, irritability, agitation, dizziness, sensory disturbances (e.g. paresthesias such as electric shock sensations), anxiety, confusion, headache, lethargy, emotional lability, insomnia, hypomania, tinnitus, and seizures". What I have experienced myself just recently from being reduced from 450 mg to 0 mg in 3 days (yes a psychiatrist was doing this to me because I needed to get off Effexor because of a medical condition that I didn't have when I started Effexor several years ago) I experienced what I would call flu like symptoms. By this I mean that I was achy all over with no one spot being worse than another. I had a headache. I also had some sudo-seizures. I slept for almost 5 days straight beginning after the first day of being reduced from 450 mg to 300 mg. I was in the hospital so I was being watched carefully. I was on an IV of saline so I wouldn't get dehydrated. I wasn't eating, I had no desire to try even. I was being woken up three times a day to make sure I was doing ok, I was also given some of my meds that I usually take during these times so I wouldn't be going through withdrawal from everything. What I am saying is that I've gone off of several antidepressants before with no problem but it has always been done slowly. What the drug company says could happen with Effexor didn't feel anything like I went through. I've talked to several doctors about what I went through and they all say that it is normal when not weining off of it. I hope that this helps you. Answered by Daryl Sumaran 1 year ago.

I've been off Effexor for a week and a half. I quit cold turkey from 150 mg/day. The withdrawal has not been terrible. I think that's just the luck of the draw. Of course, the reason I was put on Effexor was because I've tried so many antidepressants and felt no response. Effexor is the only one I can say truly helped me, so I would take it again if I felt I needed to. I've had vivid dreams that are not restful. Instead of the fuzzy, dream-like quality of normal dreams, Effexor withdrawal dreams are so detailed and logical that they are mentally draining to have. I get them for missing a dose and they're so different that I don't even have to look at my pill box in the morning to realize I've forgotten a dose. The other symptom I've experienced in withdrawal is dizziness. It feels like I'm being spun around on my own private, invisible merry-go-round, particularly if I try to focus my eyes on a spot near the ground. But it does not affect my walking or ability to drive. It just feels a little jarring. I've had no serious brain zaps, but I've had something that felt like my brain is set on scanning for radio channels but can only pick up faint buzzings. Those stopped when I started taking 1 gram of inositol a day. I've been really lucky that the withdrawal hasn't reached to the hellish levels others have described. I've been through much worse just dealing with the depression without medication. Answered by Johnathan Arbizo 1 year ago.

Ok I was on Effexor and the withdraw is like something I have never felt before and to be honest I did not even know that this is what I was going through until I got online and read some of the other symptoms that other people were having. I felt like my brain was having surges and my mouth was dry alot and to concentrate was not going down at all .. I just could not focus at all but I do say this once your body has rid itself of that chemical its all good just drink lots of water and bear through it. They say to not stop at once and I think that was my mistake I ran out of pills and decided that I would just quit them all together and stopped instantly big mistake if you still have some of the pills slowly decrease the amount you take and then eventually stop hope this helps .... Answered by Kaitlyn Oliphant 1 year ago.

It's pretty bad for most people, but not everyone! If you react like I did, expect uncomfortable sensations, disturbances to your sleep patterns, and maybe some GI issues. I found that Dramamine (OTC motion sickness medication) helped me SO much with Effexor withdrawal. I'm finally off of it. I took it before bed to help me sleep (because the cessation was giving me horrible insomnia), and even in the morning the "brain zaps" were less, and eventually, gone. Just wanted to spread this information because I feel for anyone else going through this experience. It’s worth a try. Answered by Agueda Musitano 1 year ago.

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What did you experience when starting Effexor?
Asked by Robena Dicara 1 year ago.

When I started Effexor, my mouth would be so dry.. A trick for dry mouth is to suck on Tic Tac's. It really does help. I tried that. Another bad side effect with Effexor is the weight gain. I've never had weight issues my entire life, that is until I started Effexor. It can either icnrease your appetite or decrease it. Causes extreme fatigue. Something else that people may not mention is that it causes enlarged pupils.. And I mean very enlarged pupils. My doctor prescribed me Effexor and I went back to see him, and he asked me what drugs I had taken because my pupils were so dilated. And the worst part about Effexor is the withdrawals. If you're on Effexor for depression or suicidal thoughts, you've seen nothing yet. It is pure hell when you try and get off that medication. I tried so many times ot get off of it, and during that time, I attempted suicide countless times. It messed me up so much. I went to lie down on the railroad tracks and just closed my eyes and waited to get hit by a train. It was during the day and I don't even know why I did it. I don't even know what happened but cars stopped and than the police and ambulance came and they carried me up off the railroad tracks. I was just lying there ready to die. Effexor is a medication I would never ever take again Answered by Melissia Feighner 1 year ago.

My low blood sugar cravings were less, and I guess I felt less anxiety about eating a snack. I lost 15 pounds! Answered by Eboni Monforte 1 year ago.


Effexor???????????????????????...
i take lithium for mania....can effexor make my lithium bad or cause the mania? Asked by Myrle Maleck 1 year ago.

Important Safety Information Suicide in Children and Teenagers Antidepressants increased the risk of suicidal thinking and behavior in children and teenagers. Patients who are started on therapy should be observed closely for clinical worsening, suicidality, or unusual changes in behavior. EFFEXOR XR® (venlafaxine HCl) is not approved for use in children and teenagers. People taking MAOIs should not take EFFEXOR XR. Adult and pediatric patients taking antidepressants should be watched closely for signs that their condition is getting worse or that they are becoming suicidal, especially when they first start therapy, or when their dose is increased or decreased. Patients should also be watched for becoming agitated, irritable, hostile, impulsive, or restless. Such symptoms should be reported to the patient's doctor right away. EFFEXOR XR may raise blood pressure in some patients. Your blood pressure should be controlled before starting treatment and should be monitored regularly. When people suddenly stop using or quickly lower their daily dose of EFFEXOR XR, discontinuation symptoms may occur. Talk to your doctor before discontinuing or reducing your dose of EFFEXOR XR. Pregnant or nursing women shouldn't take any antidepressant without consulting their doctor. Before starting EFFEXOR XR, tell your doctor about any medicines you're taking, including over-the-counter drugs and herbal supplements. Until you see how EFFEXOR XR affects you, be careful doing such activities as driving a car or operating machinery. Avoid drinking alcohol while taking EFFEXOR XR. In clinical studies, the most common side effects with EFFEXOR XR (reported in at least 10% of patients and at least twice as often as with placebo) were constipation, dizziness, dry mouth, insomnia, loss of appetite, nausea, nervousness, sexual side effects, sleepiness, sweating, and weakness. Ask your doctor if EFFEXOR XR is right for you. Answered by Genny Goltra 1 year ago.


Stimulant effects from effexor ?
I have been taking effexor Xr on the lowest dose have been up the last couple days but still feel all energetic even though I haven't slept I feel like I smoked meth but no jitters will this go away or has anyone experienced this ????? Asked by Dione Mosier 1 year ago.

Effexor XR Extended-Release Capsules All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome when using Effexor XR Extended-Release Capsules: Abnormal dreams; blurred vision; changes in taste; constipation; decreased sexual desire or ability; dizziness; drowsiness; dry mouth; flushing; headache; increased sweating; loss of appetite; nausea; nervousness; stomach upset; trouble sleeping; vomiting; weakness; weight loss; yawning. Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur when using Effexor XR Extended-Release Capsules: Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); bizarre behavior; blood in the stool; chest pain or discomfort; confusion; decreased concentration; decreased coordination; decreased urination; fainting; fast or irregular heartbeat; fever, chills, or sore throat; hallucinations; memory problems; new or worsening aggressiveness, agitation, anxiety, hostility, impulsiveness, inability to sit still, irritability, panic attacks, or restlessness; persistent or severe ringing in the ears; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin; seizures; severe or persistent anxiety, nervousness, or trouble sleeping; severe or persistent cough; severe or persistent headache, dizziness, stomach pain, or weakness; shortness of breath; significant weight loss; suicidal thoughts or attempts; tremor; trouble concentrating; unsteadiness or loss of coordination; unusual bruising or bleeding; unusual or severe mental or mood changes; unusual weakness; vision problems; worsening of depression. This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA. Effexor XR Extended-Release Tablets All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome when using Effexor XR Extended-Release Tablets: Abnormal dreams; blurred vision; changes in taste; constipation; decreased sexual desire or ability; dizziness; drowsiness; dry mouth; flushing; headache; increased sweating; loss of appetite; nausea; nervousness; stomach upset; trouble sleeping; vomiting; weakness; weight loss; yawning. Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur when using Effexor XR Extended-Release Tablets: Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); bizarre behavior; blood in the stool; chest pain or discomfort; confusion; decreased concentration; decreased coordination; decreased urination; fainting; fast or irregular heartbeat; fever, chills, or sore throat; hallucinations; memory problems; new or worsening aggressiveness, agitation, anxiety, hostility, impulsiveness, inability to sit still, irritability, panic attacks, or restlessness; persistent or severe ringing in the ears; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin; seizures; severe or persistent anxiety, nervousness, or trouble sleeping; severe or persistent cough; severe or persistent headache, dizziness, stomach pain, or weakness; shortness of breath; significant weight loss; suicidal thoughts or attempts; tremor; trouble concentrating; unsteadiness or loss of coordination; unusual bruising or bleeding; unusual or severe mental or mood changes; unusual weakness; vision problems; worsening of depression. ズ丂╋乇レノイム Answered by Jacquetta Alborn 1 year ago.

Yes, that's very much the case. However, I recommend you getting off effexor and finding another antidepressant/anxiety medication that is not an SSRI. Just read about effexor withdrawls. I'm going throught them right now. It will literaly ruin your life and put you in the hospital. I have been on effexor for 6 years now. I also have tourette's so I always thought that my nervousness, etc was from the tourett'es However just dropping my dosage has calmed me down tremendously. Seriously, please look into something else and read about the withdrawls. There has actually been several lawsuits agains the maker of effexor bc of what it does to your body. Answered by Gaynell Kulla 1 year ago.

Ask lestermount Answered by Ashleigh Lamberson 1 year ago.

Effrxor sucks Answered by Dan Vongkhamchanh 1 year ago.


Effexor - Help!!!???
I feel like this drug is no longer working for me. I am very irritable lately. I have developed a nervous habits and twitches and overall I feel unbalanced. I have been on this for a few years now, but I don't feel as calm as I was before on this drug. Albeit, I also have gained weight and feel bloated,... Asked by Sabine Sclavi 1 year ago.

I feel like this drug is no longer working for me. I am very irritable lately. I have developed a nervous habits and twitches and overall I feel unbalanced. I have been on this for a few years now, but I don't feel as calm as I was before on this drug. Albeit, I also have gained weight and feel bloated, more than ever before. Yet I eat healthy and get proper exercise. I don't understand this. Help or thoughts??? Answered by Darlene Fitgerald 1 year ago.

i suggest u tell ur doc and switch to a different med. i've been on effexor for a few months now and i feel the same way. its not helping at all and i feel really unbalanced and irritable as well.. tell ur doc to switch u to a different med.. maybe paxil or lexapro? Answered by Jaime Makinson 1 year ago.

Effexor made me the worst person you can imagine being around. It all depends on how it reacts with your body. If you are unhappy with it, talk to your doctor. Good luck. Answered by Ebony Gowins 1 year ago.

i know exactly what u r feeling.i been on this horrible drug for almost a year now and i take 300 mg's and i want to be taken off of this and never be put on it again.this drug doesn't help me and i hate the side effects with it.ask your doc to put you on something else in the ssri's categories. Answered by Shanda Perrilloux 1 year ago.

definately speak to your physician, they should probably go ahead and look into switching your antidepressant Answered by Ignacia Henriques 1 year ago.


Why did I get tremors from effexor?
i started a new dose of EFFEXOR today, over 200mlgs, i started shaking uncuntrolable, like tremors or slight seizure..has anyone else experienced this? from this particular med? "Thanks"! for any HELP! Asked by Jefferson Ludtke 1 year ago.

Effexor is the strongest of the SSRI"s and the most difficult to come off of(many have to stay on it for life, due the very unpleasant withdrawl symptoms). I was started on effexor over a year ago, on the lowest dosage. I was ok with this.....then, when the doc upped the dosage, I became violently ill to my stomach with vomitting and nausea and pain. I also began to shake uncontrollably...........it was sort of agitation with the shaking....this is a common side effect with the SSRI's, but worst with effexor. IF you can find another SSRI that is more suitable, I suggest you try it, and stay away from the effexor. DOcs do not tell you how strong effexor is, and how coming off it is so hard.....................even at the low dosages I was taking for a couple of weeks...............the vomitting had a side effect of completely depleting the sodium in my body. I was close to having a brain seizure by the time I got to emergency. This is a wicked medicine, and should only be reserved for the most severe cases. Instead, docs just hand it out like candy. Answered by Edwin Carli 1 year ago.

Effexor Tremors Answered by Henrietta Decarolis 1 year ago.

I used to be on Effexor and had similar side effects. I was constantly shaking. But just remember that it is side effects. If it continues tell your doctor. Maybe a different medication would be better for you. Answered by Bryce Hornyak 1 year ago.

Stay as far away from effexor as you can. I was on only 75MGs and later to 35.7mgs and if i ever missed a "dose" then worst headache will ensue... The shaking is constant. Save yourself the trouble and stay away! Answered by Warner Oberloh 1 year ago.

TOOK IT FOR 6 YEARS, UNCONTROLLABLE SHAKING OF HANDS. TAKE BUSPAR NOW, BUT R HAND STILL SHAKES AND IS AGGRAVATED BY STRESS, COFFEE, CIGARETTES, LACK OF SLEEP. THEY TRY TO TELL YOU IT IS PARKINSON S DISEASE. DON T BUY IT AS TRUTH UNTIL YOU KNOW ALL THE SYMPTOMS. Answered by Oleta Stowbridge 1 year ago.

My sister is on this drug she says: You should see your doc ASAP. Since you just started the dose today you would be okay not taking it until you see your doctor. It's for depression and not for a life threatening illness, so you would okay not taking it until your doctor is able to reassess you. Answered by Rebekah Farlow 1 year ago.


Effexor users............?
Can you tell me the results of taking Effexor, was there any change? Did it make you better? People that have actually used it only. Thanks (My dr. gave it to me and I guess I just would like some personal feedback before I start taking it) Thx Asked by Latisha Mazurkiewicz 1 year ago.

I'm on Effexor. Previously I tried Citalopram/Celexa and also Prozac, and neither even dented my depression. I'm assuming you've tried other antidepressants first; Effexor is usually the third or fourth one prescribed, as it works well on people who haven't responded to 'first line' medications like Prozac and Citalopram/Celexa. If this is your first anti depressant, do ask your doctor why he's chosen this one. The crucial thing about Effexor is to get the dose right. I began on 37.5mg morning and night - but I felt ghastly! I phoned my doctor who then told me to up the dose to 75mg in the morning, and stay on 37.5 at night. Still no improvement! The doctor then told me to start taking 75mg at night as well as in the morning - and finally the Effexor began working! The depression began to shift. Today I had to increase the dose again, so in the morning I'm now taking a bit more, and in a week I will be doing the same in the evening. I'm feeling more relaxed, much less depressed, and am very hopeful that this improvement will continue! Don't be surprised if you feel rough during your first few weeks on Effexor, it can take a while for the side effects - if you get them - to settle down. I experienced insomnia, anxiety, stomach upset, and in fact I still have a constant dry mouth. Keep in touch with your doctor and if after three or four weeks you don't feel any better, ask the doctor if your dose needs to be changed. Don't change it without medical advice. Also: Effexor must never be stopped abruptly. People who have stopped it too quickly have experienced very bad withdrawal problems, so if you take it and then have to stop it, get medical advice on how to do it properly. Also, if you're on it for a while, and on a high dose, get your blood pressure checked from time to time, as Effexor can cause it to either fall or rise. Finally: read the leaflet that comes with the medication, so you know which side effects must be reported to your doctor. I really hope you feel good on the Effexor; it does seem to help a lot of people. Answered by Felecia Haus 1 year ago.

I took it about 4 yrs ago...didn't do anything for me, except make me feel so high. REMEMBER...though we are not all the same, and no 2 people experience the same side effects. For me..I didn't suffer from depression at all...my problem was and still is anxiety/panic attacks. The effexor just made them come on more often. I would not recommend it. However I do a g/f who takes it and after only 5 days, she doesn't feel any of the side effects and says she feels happier. She is extremely depressed..but it started bringing on anxiety, and her doctor gave her some additonal medication for that. Good luck..if your doc recommended it take it...if you don't like it, talk to your doc about other meds, there are alot of them out there. He cannot force you to take anything you don't like. But do remember the majority of anti-depressants normally take about anywhere from 4 to 8 weeks to work. Good luck. Answered by Lashell Rynne 1 year ago.

Keep in mind as I tell you this that everybody reacts to medication differently. I took Effexor 1 year ago for severe depression. I had been on Prozac before, and it had stopped working, so they switched me. My first side effects were inconvient; frequent urination, severe gas and heartburn. 1 month after starting it I began to experience a worsening in my depression, with symptoms I had never experienced; self-mulitlation. When I informed my doctor of this, she took me off and told me that either people do great on Effexor or terrible. Obviously, your doctor prescribed this to you for a reason, and you should take it, but just as with any medication, you should be aware of the side effects and keep track of them. Most people will only get mild side effects, just like it tells you on the drug information packet you got with your prescription. Hope it works for you. Answered by Felecia Mcmillan 1 year ago.

Effexor XR is the best medication for me. I have tried a few other medications before it and it is the only one that really helped. It's definitely worth a try!...but remember everyone is different. It does (well did for me anyways) take at least 4-6 weeks to reach the full effect of each dosage level.....so you really have to be patient. There is slow change at first, but when your up to the correct dosage for you, your good to go. I hope you have success with this medication like I have. :) Answered by Brandie Stegmaier 1 year ago.

I do not understand questions like this. It sounds like if you get a few negative replies from the few people who are in YA AT THIS VERY MOMENT, you will go against your doctor's recommendation. If you had spasms in your back and the Dr gave you something like flexeril to calm those spasms, would you ask people what experience they had with flexeril, even though you were in pain? Personally, I was on Effexor between 1998 and 2004 and it greatly helped me with my depression. But each person reacts differently to each drug, " Answered by Herman Ditti 1 year ago.

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It hasn't done anything for me but i am one of the 30% who have treatment resistant depression. I've tried about 9 different kinds and had ECT. I hope it works for you, it may well do. Good luck Answered by Shyla Garriga 1 year ago.

I have been taking it for almost 10 months, it has helped immensly. Now I have an even keel and can be active with out being consumed with emptiness..send msg with further info if you want... Answered by Danica Barsanti 1 year ago.

It didn't do anything for me. But like jade said, everyone's body will react to every drug differently. Just keep an open mind about things and let your doctor work with you. Answered by Sena Silveri 1 year ago.

It is helping me. My depression has gotten better, i have motivation and i actually feel happy. Answered by Aldo Eilders 1 year ago.


Effexor withdrawal?
i decided to stop effexor, i was on 75 mg since october. i feel so much better now and i think its time to stop.its my 2nd day without it and i feel great, a little dizzy but thats it. tried to google over this subject but all i can find is horrible story, has anyone went through this without those horrible things... Asked by Ariel Beine 1 year ago.

i decided to stop effexor, i was on 75 mg since october. i feel so much better now and i think its time to stop.its my 2nd day without it and i feel great, a little dizzy but thats it. tried to google over this subject but all i can find is horrible story, has anyone went through this without those horrible things i read? any suggestions, i heard benadryl can help Answered by Phoebe Brouk 1 year ago.

Is it because of Effexor that you feel better? I'm not intending to promote the use of medications, but I've heard a sequence of events that is supposedly (and understandably) common - a person starts taking a medication, feels better, decides he or she no longer needs the medication, stops taking it, then starts feeling down again and the symptoms return. That's actually happened to me, too. Just think about that and if/when you do stop taking it or start weening yourself off of it pay attention and self-monitor to catch any 'relapses' early. When you research anything, it's important to ask yourself if you're getting the whole story. Many times the internet is a place for people to vent about frustrations and you don't hear about the ones who did well getting off of the medication. I took Effexor for about two months and getting off of it was not as bad as when I was on it - I had many bad reactions on the medication. However, I don't think that my reactions of getting off of it are really of any interest to you since it didn't agree with me in the first place. I have heard that Benadryl can be relaxing. I think it's the antihistamine that relaxes the muscles? Not sure exactly on that one, but I know it helps some people go to sleep even though it keeps me awake. Remember - everyone is different and reactions vary just the same. I think you should definitely talk to a doctor and it might be best to talk to the person who originally prescribed it for you. If you can't do that then ween yourself off of it. I think it's easiest and best to break pills in half or smaller and take something every day, but the Effexor I had was gelcaps or something that couldn't be broken. Oh, I found someone who didn't have any problems coming off of Effexor - see "Ferengi" (person's name) withing the threads at the link below. Try drinking plenty of water - maybe the Effexor effected your body's water usage? I really don't know, but when I'm dehydrated I get dizzy and it's worth a shot. Good luck!! Answered by Graham Janson 1 year ago.

I don't know what you read, but I can tell you it was probably the extreme side effects of withdrawal. To withdraw from Effexor or simiular anti depressants you should never just go cold turkey. You should have your doctor tritrate you off the med. And of course you feel much better now, the meds are working. But since you are deciding to take your self off, you should never just stop them, because the liklihood of falling into a severe depression is great. Take your reg dose, skip one day, take one the next day. Skip 2 days, take a dose then skip for 2, take dose then skip 3. You should not experience side effects and you should be able to notice if your depression is returning. Again I encourage you to speak with your doc... watch for signs of depression or thoughts of suicide.... good luck. Answered by Rachal Longabaugh 1 year ago.

your suppose to wean yourself off by reducing the amount you take over time. you should consult your doctor. plus most doctors would like patients to be on anti-depressants for 18-24 months. if you want to get off you should slowly wean yourself off with the help of your doctor. if yo do it yourself you may cause harm to yourself. Answered by Evan Trofholz 1 year ago.


Taking St Johns wort after stopping effexor?
I just wondered how soon after stopping effexor, can I try St Johns wort?I'm hoping it will help me with my depression, which hasn't been too bad lately, but I know is still there,I stopped effexor because I think it was the main reason for me being so tired most days, I struggled to stay... Asked by Cheree Lian 1 year ago.

I just wondered how soon after stopping effexor, can I try St Johns wort? I'm hoping it will help me with my depression, which hasn't been too bad lately, but I know is still there, I stopped effexor because I think it was the main reason for me being so tired most days, I struggled to stay awake. Hoping someone can tell me if it has helped them? Answered by Debbra Vanderbie 1 year ago.

Effexor has quite a few side effects, and stopping it is not necessarily a bad thing. St. John's Wort, though is a slippery idea. For one, in the US, we have no "standardization" of herbal products that require the product you buy to be matched to those used in studies. For instance, if you read a successful study that shows St. John's Wort actually working. It may indicate that there is a certain milligram used in conjunction with another herb, a certain base, and maybe drank with chamomile tea. What you might buy can be very different, because we just don't regulate the products in that manner here in the US. If you do try it, you can try as early as a week or two after going off the effexor, and you need to find a brand that is at least European Standardized. That means that someone on this planet as certified it to contain those ingredients! I have not met anyone who has had any luck with St. John's Wort. From what I read, it has psychosomatic results at best. You may want to discuss with your doctor going to another product like lexapro or wellbutrin depending on your symptoms if they begin to return. In any case, at least inform him/her of your decision to stop Effexor and they/you should keep an eye on withdraw symptoms, and returning to depression symptoms. Quitting Effexor is no light matter. The withdraw from this drug can be HORRIBLE! Be sure to at least call the doc and let them know you intend this. Good luck! Answered by Alyson Caldas 1 year ago.

Do not use St. John's wort at all. It can be very dangerous and the quality is not guarenteed. Espeacially don't use it if you take NSAIDs or drink. If you try it wait two weeks, but please try something else instead. Maybe you shouldn't even stop effexor yet. Stopping effexor soon after improvement is not thought of as a good idea, but I understand why you want to do it. If you stop effexor too early, depression could come back worse than before. How soon you should stop effexor is in debate currently. There are ways to boast your energy while on effexor. I had similiar problems with Prozac and I discovered that if I take it at a different time of the day (I switched from morning to evening), I felt less tired in the day and could sleep better at night. That trick has helped others with tiredness from antidepressants. Also try chocolate. Add morning exercise to your schedule. There has been a recent announcement take you don't need to drink 8 cups of water per day. That doesn't however prove that some people can't benefit from drinking more water. Water certainly does increase alertness. You may need more or less than 8 cups per day. Only you can determine how much you need. Light therapy can be just as effective as antidepressants and much safer. Look into it. Answered by Natisha Whitaker 1 year ago.

I know a number of people who swear by the use of St Johns Wort for mild anxiety/depression and have been surprised by its efficacy. However, I have a vague memory that it may not be advisable in some circumstances and may interact negatively with other types of medication and for this reason it is sensible to consult ones GP before using St Johns Wort. Many GPs now accept that complementary medicines are part of a holistic approach to healthcare. Answered by Mayra Woolridge 1 year ago.


WEight gain and Effexor??
I've been on Effexor 37.5mg for a month now and have started to gain weight already. I'm usually very consistant with my weight, but have gone up 5 lbs already. HAve you experienced this with this medication???? Asked by Tashia Hoefle 1 year ago.

effexor may not be working for you. It does effect everyone differently. I have recently changed to elavil. however even on the effexor I gained 17 pounds. then dieted and lost 35.If you can eat a dole pineapple parfait before every meal and at snacks it helps alot. pineapple reduces ones appetite. really enjoy that pineapple cup. feel every single piece of pineapple in your mouth take your time eating and really enjoying the texture. wait 30 minutes after eating it to eat anything else. it helps immensely ...with meals only eat the size of your fist. meaning if you eat a piece of chicken and potatoe and corn take only a half of piece of chicken and maybe a 1/2 to 3/4 cup of potatoe and 1/2 cup of corn. after eating the pineapple 30 mi utes earlier it will be possible to reduce the size of your meals immensely thus eating 4 meals a day and spread out. your stomach will shrink thus needing less food to get you full. I lost 35 pounds doing this on the effexor.... Answered by Althea Farron 1 year ago.

I have been taking stronger dose than you, but it doesn't effect my weight much. May be it's just temporarily until your body will get used to the med,. For me the reason I can not lose weight is the hormonal therapy. It's that med's one of the side effects but not from Effexor. Answered by Merideth Neiswonger 1 year ago.


What are some symptoms of Effexor withdrawal?
Asked by Shanita Hevia 1 year ago.

If Effexor is discontinued gradually, meaning slowly reducing the dose usually by 37.5 or 75 mg at a time, there are very few, if any, symptoms. According to the medication insert that physicians are given it says "dysphoric mood, irritability, agitation, dizziness, sensory disturbances (e.g. paresthesias such as electric shock sensations), anxiety, confusion, headache, lethargy, emotional lability, insomnia, hypomania, tinnitus, and seizures". What I have experienced myself just recently from being reduced from 450 mg to 0 mg in 3 days (yes a psychiatrist was doing this to me because I needed to get off Effexor because of a medical condition that I didn't have when I started Effexor several years ago) I experienced what I would call flu like symptoms. By this I mean that I was achy all over with no one spot being worse than another. I had a headache. I also had some sudo-seizures. I slept for almost 5 days straight beginning after the first day of being reduced from 450 mg to 300 mg. I was in the hospital so I was being watched carefully. I was on an IV of saline so I wouldn't get dehydrated. I wasn't eating, I had no desire to try even. I was being woken up three times a day to make sure I was doing ok, I was also given some of my meds that I usually take during these times so I wouldn't be going through withdrawal from everything. What I am saying is that I've gone off of several antidepressants before with no problem but it has always been done slowly. What the drug company says could happen with Effexor didn't feel anything like I went through. I've talked to several doctors about what I went through and they all say that it is normal when not weining off of it. I hope that this helps you. Answered by Ying Potier 1 year ago.

I've been off Effexor for a week and a half. I quit cold turkey from 150 mg/day. The withdrawal has not been terrible. I think that's just the luck of the draw. Of course, the reason I was put on Effexor was because I've tried so many antidepressants and felt no response. Effexor is the only one I can say truly helped me, so I would take it again if I felt I needed to. I've had vivid dreams that are not restful. Instead of the fuzzy, dream-like quality of normal dreams, Effexor withdrawal dreams are so detailed and logical that they are mentally draining to have. I get them for missing a dose and they're so different that I don't even have to look at my pill box in the morning to realize I've forgotten a dose. The other symptom I've experienced in withdrawal is dizziness. It feels like I'm being spun around on my own private, invisible merry-go-round, particularly if I try to focus my eyes on a spot near the ground. But it does not affect my walking or ability to drive. It just feels a little jarring. I've had no serious brain zaps, but I've had something that felt like my brain is set on scanning for radio channels but can only pick up faint buzzings. Those stopped when I started taking 1 gram of inositol a day. I've been really lucky that the withdrawal hasn't reached to the hellish levels others have described. I've been through much worse just dealing with the depression without medication. Answered by Eura Ruther 1 year ago.

Ok I was on Effexor and the withdraw is like something I have never felt before and to be honest I did not even know that this is what I was going through until I got online and read some of the other symptoms that other people were having. I felt like my brain was having surges and my mouth was dry alot and to concentrate was not going down at all .. I just could not focus at all but I do say this once your body has rid itself of that chemical its all good just drink lots of water and bear through it. They say to not stop at once and I think that was my mistake I ran out of pills and decided that I would just quit them all together and stopped instantly big mistake if you still have some of the pills slowly decrease the amount you take and then eventually stop hope this helps .... Answered by Wanita Yozamp 1 year ago.

It's pretty bad for most people, but not everyone! If you react like I did, expect uncomfortable sensations, disturbances to your sleep patterns, and maybe some GI issues. I found that Dramamine (OTC motion sickness medication) helped me SO much with Effexor withdrawal. I'm finally off of it. I took it before bed to help me sleep (because the cessation was giving me horrible insomnia), and even in the morning the "brain zaps" were less, and eventually, gone. Just wanted to spread this information because I feel for anyone else going through this experience. It’s worth a try. Answered by Veda Angry 1 year ago.

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What did you experience when starting Effexor?
Asked by Jimmie Eastling 1 year ago.

When I started Effexor, my mouth would be so dry.. A trick for dry mouth is to suck on Tic Tac's. It really does help. I tried that. Another bad side effect with Effexor is the weight gain. I've never had weight issues my entire life, that is until I started Effexor. It can either icnrease your appetite or decrease it. Causes extreme fatigue. Something else that people may not mention is that it causes enlarged pupils.. And I mean very enlarged pupils. My doctor prescribed me Effexor and I went back to see him, and he asked me what drugs I had taken because my pupils were so dilated. And the worst part about Effexor is the withdrawals. If you're on Effexor for depression or suicidal thoughts, you've seen nothing yet. It is pure hell when you try and get off that medication. I tried so many times ot get off of it, and during that time, I attempted suicide countless times. It messed me up so much. I went to lie down on the railroad tracks and just closed my eyes and waited to get hit by a train. It was during the day and I don't even know why I did it. I don't even know what happened but cars stopped and than the police and ambulance came and they carried me up off the railroad tracks. I was just lying there ready to die. Effexor is a medication I would never ever take again Answered by Verda Magri 1 year ago.

My low blood sugar cravings were less, and I guess I felt less anxiety about eating a snack. I lost 15 pounds! Answered by Marlana Mcdavis 1 year ago.


Effexor???????????????????????...
i take lithium for mania....can effexor make my lithium bad or cause the mania? Asked by Jill Cassada 1 year ago.

Important Safety Information Suicide in Children and Teenagers Antidepressants increased the risk of suicidal thinking and behavior in children and teenagers. Patients who are started on therapy should be observed closely for clinical worsening, suicidality, or unusual changes in behavior. EFFEXOR XR® (venlafaxine HCl) is not approved for use in children and teenagers. People taking MAOIs should not take EFFEXOR XR. Adult and pediatric patients taking antidepressants should be watched closely for signs that their condition is getting worse or that they are becoming suicidal, especially when they first start therapy, or when their dose is increased or decreased. Patients should also be watched for becoming agitated, irritable, hostile, impulsive, or restless. Such symptoms should be reported to the patient's doctor right away. EFFEXOR XR may raise blood pressure in some patients. Your blood pressure should be controlled before starting treatment and should be monitored regularly. When people suddenly stop using or quickly lower their daily dose of EFFEXOR XR, discontinuation symptoms may occur. Talk to your doctor before discontinuing or reducing your dose of EFFEXOR XR. Pregnant or nursing women shouldn't take any antidepressant without consulting their doctor. Before starting EFFEXOR XR, tell your doctor about any medicines you're taking, including over-the-counter drugs and herbal supplements. Until you see how EFFEXOR XR affects you, be careful doing such activities as driving a car or operating machinery. Avoid drinking alcohol while taking EFFEXOR XR. In clinical studies, the most common side effects with EFFEXOR XR (reported in at least 10% of patients and at least twice as often as with placebo) were constipation, dizziness, dry mouth, insomnia, loss of appetite, nausea, nervousness, sexual side effects, sleepiness, sweating, and weakness. Ask your doctor if EFFEXOR XR is right for you. Answered by Mickey Cheney 1 year ago.


Stimulant effects from effexor ?
I have been taking effexor Xr on the lowest dose have been up the last couple days but still feel all energetic even though I haven't slept I feel like I smoked meth but no jitters will this go away or has anyone experienced this ????? Asked by Berenice Dami 1 year ago.

Effexor XR Extended-Release Capsules All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome when using Effexor XR Extended-Release Capsules: Abnormal dreams; blurred vision; changes in taste; constipation; decreased sexual desire or ability; dizziness; drowsiness; dry mouth; flushing; headache; increased sweating; loss of appetite; nausea; nervousness; stomach upset; trouble sleeping; vomiting; weakness; weight loss; yawning. Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur when using Effexor XR Extended-Release Capsules: Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); bizarre behavior; blood in the stool; chest pain or discomfort; confusion; decreased concentration; decreased coordination; decreased urination; fainting; fast or irregular heartbeat; fever, chills, or sore throat; hallucinations; memory problems; new or worsening aggressiveness, agitation, anxiety, hostility, impulsiveness, inability to sit still, irritability, panic attacks, or restlessness; persistent or severe ringing in the ears; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin; seizures; severe or persistent anxiety, nervousness, or trouble sleeping; severe or persistent cough; severe or persistent headache, dizziness, stomach pain, or weakness; shortness of breath; significant weight loss; suicidal thoughts or attempts; tremor; trouble concentrating; unsteadiness or loss of coordination; unusual bruising or bleeding; unusual or severe mental or mood changes; unusual weakness; vision problems; worsening of depression. This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA. Effexor XR Extended-Release Tablets All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome when using Effexor XR Extended-Release Tablets: Abnormal dreams; blurred vision; changes in taste; constipation; decreased sexual desire or ability; dizziness; drowsiness; dry mouth; flushing; headache; increased sweating; loss of appetite; nausea; nervousness; stomach upset; trouble sleeping; vomiting; weakness; weight loss; yawning. Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur when using Effexor XR Extended-Release Tablets: Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); bizarre behavior; blood in the stool; chest pain or discomfort; confusion; decreased concentration; decreased coordination; decreased urination; fainting; fast or irregular heartbeat; fever, chills, or sore throat; hallucinations; memory problems; new or worsening aggressiveness, agitation, anxiety, hostility, impulsiveness, inability to sit still, irritability, panic attacks, or restlessness; persistent or severe ringing in the ears; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin; seizures; severe or persistent anxiety, nervousness, or trouble sleeping; severe or persistent cough; severe or persistent headache, dizziness, stomach pain, or weakness; shortness of breath; significant weight loss; suicidal thoughts or attempts; tremor; trouble concentrating; unsteadiness or loss of coordination; unusual bruising or bleeding; unusual or severe mental or mood changes; unusual weakness; vision problems; worsening of depression. ズ丂╋乇レノイム Answered by Carissa Keis 1 year ago.

Yes, that's very much the case. However, I recommend you getting off effexor and finding another antidepressant/anxiety medication that is not an SSRI. Just read about effexor withdrawls. I'm going throught them right now. It will literaly ruin your life and put you in the hospital. I have been on effexor for 6 years now. I also have tourette's so I always thought that my nervousness, etc was from the tourett'es However just dropping my dosage has calmed me down tremendously. Seriously, please look into something else and read about the withdrawls. There has actually been several lawsuits agains the maker of effexor bc of what it does to your body. Answered by Shirely Imperial 1 year ago.

Ask lestermount Answered by Ladonna Hartlage 1 year ago.

Effrxor sucks Answered by Florrie Gumprecht 1 year ago.


Effexor - Help!!!???
I feel like this drug is no longer working for me. I am very irritable lately. I have developed a nervous habits and twitches and overall I feel unbalanced. I have been on this for a few years now, but I don't feel as calm as I was before on this drug. Albeit, I also have gained weight and feel bloated,... Asked by Mercedez Langdon 1 year ago.

I feel like this drug is no longer working for me. I am very irritable lately. I have developed a nervous habits and twitches and overall I feel unbalanced. I have been on this for a few years now, but I don't feel as calm as I was before on this drug. Albeit, I also have gained weight and feel bloated, more than ever before. Yet I eat healthy and get proper exercise. I don't understand this. Help or thoughts??? Answered by Santiago Chauvette 1 year ago.

i suggest u tell ur doc and switch to a different med. i've been on effexor for a few months now and i feel the same way. its not helping at all and i feel really unbalanced and irritable as well.. tell ur doc to switch u to a different med.. maybe paxil or lexapro? Answered by Berry Scialpi 1 year ago.

Effexor made me the worst person you can imagine being around. It all depends on how it reacts with your body. If you are unhappy with it, talk to your doctor. Good luck. Answered by Marco Dummer 1 year ago.

i know exactly what u r feeling.i been on this horrible drug for almost a year now and i take 300 mg's and i want to be taken off of this and never be put on it again.this drug doesn't help me and i hate the side effects with it.ask your doc to put you on something else in the ssri's categories. Answered by Roseanne Vandewege 1 year ago.

definately speak to your physician, they should probably go ahead and look into switching your antidepressant Answered by Holli Hartfiel 1 year ago.


Why did I get tremors from effexor?
i started a new dose of EFFEXOR today, over 200mlgs, i started shaking uncuntrolable, like tremors or slight seizure..has anyone else experienced this? from this particular med? "Thanks"! for any HELP! Asked by Sylvester Spagnola 1 year ago.

Effexor is the strongest of the SSRI"s and the most difficult to come off of(many have to stay on it for life, due the very unpleasant withdrawl symptoms). I was started on effexor over a year ago, on the lowest dosage. I was ok with this.....then, when the doc upped the dosage, I became violently ill to my stomach with vomitting and nausea and pain. I also began to shake uncontrollably...........it was sort of agitation with the shaking....this is a common side effect with the SSRI's, but worst with effexor. IF you can find another SSRI that is more suitable, I suggest you try it, and stay away from the effexor. DOcs do not tell you how strong effexor is, and how coming off it is so hard.....................even at the low dosages I was taking for a couple of weeks...............the vomitting had a side effect of completely depleting the sodium in my body. I was close to having a brain seizure by the time I got to emergency. This is a wicked medicine, and should only be reserved for the most severe cases. Instead, docs just hand it out like candy. Answered by Nubia Habermann 1 year ago.

Effexor Tremors Answered by Rebbeca Terrill 1 year ago.

I used to be on Effexor and had similar side effects. I was constantly shaking. But just remember that it is side effects. If it continues tell your doctor. Maybe a different medication would be better for you. Answered by Shanna Delvecchio 1 year ago.

Stay as far away from effexor as you can. I was on only 75MGs and later to 35.7mgs and if i ever missed a "dose" then worst headache will ensue... The shaking is constant. Save yourself the trouble and stay away! Answered by Maricela Frankl 1 year ago.

TOOK IT FOR 6 YEARS, UNCONTROLLABLE SHAKING OF HANDS. TAKE BUSPAR NOW, BUT R HAND STILL SHAKES AND IS AGGRAVATED BY STRESS, COFFEE, CIGARETTES, LACK OF SLEEP. THEY TRY TO TELL YOU IT IS PARKINSON S DISEASE. DON T BUY IT AS TRUTH UNTIL YOU KNOW ALL THE SYMPTOMS. Answered by Saran Butaud 1 year ago.

My sister is on this drug she says: You should see your doc ASAP. Since you just started the dose today you would be okay not taking it until you see your doctor. It's for depression and not for a life threatening illness, so you would okay not taking it until your doctor is able to reassess you. Answered by Letitia Demarsico 1 year ago.


Effexor users............?
Can you tell me the results of taking Effexor, was there any change? Did it make you better? People that have actually used it only. Thanks (My dr. gave it to me and I guess I just would like some personal feedback before I start taking it) Thx Asked by Roy Jungers 1 year ago.

I'm on Effexor. Previously I tried Citalopram/Celexa and also Prozac, and neither even dented my depression. I'm assuming you've tried other antidepressants first; Effexor is usually the third or fourth one prescribed, as it works well on people who haven't responded to 'first line' medications like Prozac and Citalopram/Celexa. If this is your first anti depressant, do ask your doctor why he's chosen this one. The crucial thing about Effexor is to get the dose right. I began on 37.5mg morning and night - but I felt ghastly! I phoned my doctor who then told me to up the dose to 75mg in the morning, and stay on 37.5 at night. Still no improvement! The doctor then told me to start taking 75mg at night as well as in the morning - and finally the Effexor began working! The depression began to shift. Today I had to increase the dose again, so in the morning I'm now taking a bit more, and in a week I will be doing the same in the evening. I'm feeling more relaxed, much less depressed, and am very hopeful that this improvement will continue! Don't be surprised if you feel rough during your first few weeks on Effexor, it can take a while for the side effects - if you get them - to settle down. I experienced insomnia, anxiety, stomach upset, and in fact I still have a constant dry mouth. Keep in touch with your doctor and if after three or four weeks you don't feel any better, ask the doctor if your dose needs to be changed. Don't change it without medical advice. Also: Effexor must never be stopped abruptly. People who have stopped it too quickly have experienced very bad withdrawal problems, so if you take it and then have to stop it, get medical advice on how to do it properly. Also, if you're on it for a while, and on a high dose, get your blood pressure checked from time to time, as Effexor can cause it to either fall or rise. Finally: read the leaflet that comes with the medication, so you know which side effects must be reported to your doctor. I really hope you feel good on the Effexor; it does seem to help a lot of people. Answered by Joslyn Northum 1 year ago.

I took it about 4 yrs ago...didn't do anything for me, except make me feel so high. REMEMBER...though we are not all the same, and no 2 people experience the same side effects. For me..I didn't suffer from depression at all...my problem was and still is anxiety/panic attacks. The effexor just made them come on more often. I would not recommend it. However I do a g/f who takes it and after only 5 days, she doesn't feel any of the side effects and says she feels happier. She is extremely depressed..but it started bringing on anxiety, and her doctor gave her some additonal medication for that. Good luck..if your doc recommended it take it...if you don't like it, talk to your doc about other meds, there are alot of them out there. He cannot force you to take anything you don't like. But do remember the majority of anti-depressants normally take about anywhere from 4 to 8 weeks to work. Good luck. Answered by Cyndi Astley 1 year ago.

Keep in mind as I tell you this that everybody reacts to medication differently. I took Effexor 1 year ago for severe depression. I had been on Prozac before, and it had stopped working, so they switched me. My first side effects were inconvient; frequent urination, severe gas and heartburn. 1 month after starting it I began to experience a worsening in my depression, with symptoms I had never experienced; self-mulitlation. When I informed my doctor of this, she took me off and told me that either people do great on Effexor or terrible. Obviously, your doctor prescribed this to you for a reason, and you should take it, but just as with any medication, you should be aware of the side effects and keep track of them. Most people will only get mild side effects, just like it tells you on the drug information packet you got with your prescription. Hope it works for you. Answered by Aurore Poeppelman 1 year ago.

Effexor XR is the best medication for me. I have tried a few other medications before it and it is the only one that really helped. It's definitely worth a try!...but remember everyone is different. It does (well did for me anyways) take at least 4-6 weeks to reach the full effect of each dosage level.....so you really have to be patient. There is slow change at first, but when your up to the correct dosage for you, your good to go. I hope you have success with this medication like I have. :) Answered by Isabella Jelen 1 year ago.

I do not understand questions like this. It sounds like if you get a few negative replies from the few people who are in YA AT THIS VERY MOMENT, you will go against your doctor's recommendation. If you had spasms in your back and the Dr gave you something like flexeril to calm those spasms, would you ask people what experience they had with flexeril, even though you were in pain? Personally, I was on Effexor between 1998 and 2004 and it greatly helped me with my depression. But each person reacts differently to each drug, " Answered by Charla Decardo 1 year ago.

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It hasn't done anything for me but i am one of the 30% who have treatment resistant depression. I've tried about 9 different kinds and had ECT. I hope it works for you, it may well do. Good luck Answered by Qiana Penha 1 year ago.

I have been taking it for almost 10 months, it has helped immensly. Now I have an even keel and can be active with out being consumed with emptiness..send msg with further info if you want... Answered by Jewell Leger 1 year ago.

It didn't do anything for me. But like jade said, everyone's body will react to every drug differently. Just keep an open mind about things and let your doctor work with you. Answered by Elsy Blaser 1 year ago.

It is helping me. My depression has gotten better, i have motivation and i actually feel happy. Answered by Titus Wingham 1 year ago.


Effexor withdrawal?
i decided to stop effexor, i was on 75 mg since october. i feel so much better now and i think its time to stop.its my 2nd day without it and i feel great, a little dizzy but thats it. tried to google over this subject but all i can find is horrible story, has anyone went through this without those horrible things... Asked by Katrina Lowing 1 year ago.

i decided to stop effexor, i was on 75 mg since october. i feel so much better now and i think its time to stop.its my 2nd day without it and i feel great, a little dizzy but thats it. tried to google over this subject but all i can find is horrible story, has anyone went through this without those horrible things i read? any suggestions, i heard benadryl can help Answered by Marcela Neblock 1 year ago.

Is it because of Effexor that you feel better? I'm not intending to promote the use of medications, but I've heard a sequence of events that is supposedly (and understandably) common - a person starts taking a medication, feels better, decides he or she no longer needs the medication, stops taking it, then starts feeling down again and the symptoms return. That's actually happened to me, too. Just think about that and if/when you do stop taking it or start weening yourself off of it pay attention and self-monitor to catch any 'relapses' early. When you research anything, it's important to ask yourself if you're getting the whole story. Many times the internet is a place for people to vent about frustrations and you don't hear about the ones who did well getting off of the medication. I took Effexor for about two months and getting off of it was not as bad as when I was on it - I had many bad reactions on the medication. However, I don't think that my reactions of getting off of it are really of any interest to you since it didn't agree with me in the first place. I have heard that Benadryl can be relaxing. I think it's the antihistamine that relaxes the muscles? Not sure exactly on that one, but I know it helps some people go to sleep even though it keeps me awake. Remember - everyone is different and reactions vary just the same. I think you should definitely talk to a doctor and it might be best to talk to the person who originally prescribed it for you. If you can't do that then ween yourself off of it. I think it's easiest and best to break pills in half or smaller and take something every day, but the Effexor I had was gelcaps or something that couldn't be broken. Oh, I found someone who didn't have any problems coming off of Effexor - see "Ferengi" (person's name) withing the threads at the link below. Try drinking plenty of water - maybe the Effexor effected your body's water usage? I really don't know, but when I'm dehydrated I get dizzy and it's worth a shot. Good luck!! Answered by Rupert Post 1 year ago.

I don't know what you read, but I can tell you it was probably the extreme side effects of withdrawal. To withdraw from Effexor or simiular anti depressants you should never just go cold turkey. You should have your doctor tritrate you off the med. And of course you feel much better now, the meds are working. But since you are deciding to take your self off, you should never just stop them, because the liklihood of falling into a severe depression is great. Take your reg dose, skip one day, take one the next day. Skip 2 days, take a dose then skip for 2, take dose then skip 3. You should not experience side effects and you should be able to notice if your depression is returning. Again I encourage you to speak with your doc... watch for signs of depression or thoughts of suicide.... good luck. Answered by Ken Bringas 1 year ago.

your suppose to wean yourself off by reducing the amount you take over time. you should consult your doctor. plus most doctors would like patients to be on anti-depressants for 18-24 months. if you want to get off you should slowly wean yourself off with the help of your doctor. if yo do it yourself you may cause harm to yourself. Answered by Leanne Ellingwood 1 year ago.


Taking St Johns wort after stopping effexor?
I just wondered how soon after stopping effexor, can I try St Johns wort?I'm hoping it will help me with my depression, which hasn't been too bad lately, but I know is still there,I stopped effexor because I think it was the main reason for me being so tired most days, I struggled to stay... Asked by Caroline Rusten 1 year ago.

I just wondered how soon after stopping effexor, can I try St Johns wort? I'm hoping it will help me with my depression, which hasn't been too bad lately, but I know is still there, I stopped effexor because I think it was the main reason for me being so tired most days, I struggled to stay awake. Hoping someone can tell me if it has helped them? Answered by Mary Frandeen 1 year ago.

Effexor has quite a few side effects, and stopping it is not necessarily a bad thing. St. John's Wort, though is a slippery idea. For one, in the US, we have no "standardization" of herbal products that require the product you buy to be matched to those used in studies. For instance, if you read a successful study that shows St. John's Wort actually working. It may indicate that there is a certain milligram used in conjunction with another herb, a certain base, and maybe drank with chamomile tea. What you might buy can be very different, because we just don't regulate the products in that manner here in the US. If you do try it, you can try as early as a week or two after going off the effexor, and you need to find a brand that is at least European Standardized. That means that someone on this planet as certified it to contain those ingredients! I have not met anyone who has had any luck with St. John's Wort. From what I read, it has psychosomatic results at best. You may want to discuss with your doctor going to another product like lexapro or wellbutrin depending on your symptoms if they begin to return. In any case, at least inform him/her of your decision to stop Effexor and they/you should keep an eye on withdraw symptoms, and returning to depression symptoms. Quitting Effexor is no light matter. The withdraw from this drug can be HORRIBLE! Be sure to at least call the doc and let them know you intend this. Good luck! Answered by Brigitte Riesenweber 1 year ago.

Do not use St. John's wort at all. It can be very dangerous and the quality is not guarenteed. Espeacially don't use it if you take NSAIDs or drink. If you try it wait two weeks, but please try something else instead. Maybe you shouldn't even stop effexor yet. Stopping effexor soon after improvement is not thought of as a good idea, but I understand why you want to do it. If you stop effexor too early, depression could come back worse than before. How soon you should stop effexor is in debate currently. There are ways to boast your energy while on effexor. I had similiar problems with Prozac and I discovered that if I take it at a different time of the day (I switched from morning to evening), I felt less tired in the day and could sleep better at night. That trick has helped others with tiredness from antidepressants. Also try chocolate. Add morning exercise to your schedule. There has been a recent announcement take you don't need to drink 8 cups of water per day. That doesn't however prove that some people can't benefit from drinking more water. Water certainly does increase alertness. You may need more or less than 8 cups per day. Only you can determine how much you need. Light therapy can be just as effective as antidepressants and much safer. Look into it. Answered by Mitchell Atchley 1 year ago.

I know a number of people who swear by the use of St Johns Wort for mild anxiety/depression and have been surprised by its efficacy. However, I have a vague memory that it may not be advisable in some circumstances and may interact negatively with other types of medication and for this reason it is sensible to consult ones GP before using St Johns Wort. Many GPs now accept that complementary medicines are part of a holistic approach to healthcare. Answered by Katharine Weickum 1 year ago.


WEight gain and Effexor??
I've been on Effexor 37.5mg for a month now and have started to gain weight already. I'm usually very consistant with my weight, but have gone up 5 lbs already. HAve you experienced this with this medication???? Asked by Rayford Preister 1 year ago.

effexor may not be working for you. It does effect everyone differently. I have recently changed to elavil. however even on the effexor I gained 17 pounds. then dieted and lost 35.If you can eat a dole pineapple parfait before every meal and at snacks it helps alot. pineapple reduces ones appetite. really enjoy that pineapple cup. feel every single piece of pineapple in your mouth take your time eating and really enjoying the texture. wait 30 minutes after eating it to eat anything else. it helps immensely ...with meals only eat the size of your fist. meaning if you eat a piece of chicken and potatoe and corn take only a half of piece of chicken and maybe a 1/2 to 3/4 cup of potatoe and 1/2 cup of corn. after eating the pineapple 30 mi utes earlier it will be possible to reduce the size of your meals immensely thus eating 4 meals a day and spread out. your stomach will shrink thus needing less food to get you full. I lost 35 pounds doing this on the effexor.... Answered by Jannet Heyliger 1 year ago.

I have been taking stronger dose than you, but it doesn't effect my weight much. May be it's just temporarily until your body will get used to the med,. For me the reason I can not lose weight is the hormonal therapy. It's that med's one of the side effects but not from Effexor. Answered by Pasquale Defonce 1 year ago.


What are some symptoms of Effexor withdrawal?
Asked by Tess Pomilla 1 year ago.

If Effexor is discontinued gradually, meaning slowly reducing the dose usually by 37.5 or 75 mg at a time, there are very few, if any, symptoms. According to the medication insert that physicians are given it says "dysphoric mood, irritability, agitation, dizziness, sensory disturbances (e.g. paresthesias such as electric shock sensations), anxiety, confusion, headache, lethargy, emotional lability, insomnia, hypomania, tinnitus, and seizures". What I have experienced myself just recently from being reduced from 450 mg to 0 mg in 3 days (yes a psychiatrist was doing this to me because I needed to get off Effexor because of a medical condition that I didn't have when I started Effexor several years ago) I experienced what I would call flu like symptoms. By this I mean that I was achy all over with no one spot being worse than another. I had a headache. I also had some sudo-seizures. I slept for almost 5 days straight beginning after the first day of being reduced from 450 mg to 300 mg. I was in the hospital so I was being watched carefully. I was on an IV of saline so I wouldn't get dehydrated. I wasn't eating, I had no desire to try even. I was being woken up three times a day to make sure I was doing ok, I was also given some of my meds that I usually take during these times so I wouldn't be going through withdrawal from everything. What I am saying is that I've gone off of several antidepressants before with no problem but it has always been done slowly. What the drug company says could happen with Effexor didn't feel anything like I went through. I've talked to several doctors about what I went through and they all say that it is normal when not weining off of it. I hope that this helps you. Answered by Deneen Erholm 1 year ago.

I've been off Effexor for a week and a half. I quit cold turkey from 150 mg/day. The withdrawal has not been terrible. I think that's just the luck of the draw. Of course, the reason I was put on Effexor was because I've tried so many antidepressants and felt no response. Effexor is the only one I can say truly helped me, so I would take it again if I felt I needed to. I've had vivid dreams that are not restful. Instead of the fuzzy, dream-like quality of normal dreams, Effexor withdrawal dreams are so detailed and logical that they are mentally draining to have. I get them for missing a dose and they're so different that I don't even have to look at my pill box in the morning to realize I've forgotten a dose. The other symptom I've experienced in withdrawal is dizziness. It feels like I'm being spun around on my own private, invisible merry-go-round, particularly if I try to focus my eyes on a spot near the ground. But it does not affect my walking or ability to drive. It just feels a little jarring. I've had no serious brain zaps, but I've had something that felt like my brain is set on scanning for radio channels but can only pick up faint buzzings. Those stopped when I started taking 1 gram of inositol a day. I've been really lucky that the withdrawal hasn't reached to the hellish levels others have described. I've been through much worse just dealing with the depression without medication. Answered by Tamica Rousselle 1 year ago.

Ok I was on Effexor and the withdraw is like something I have never felt before and to be honest I did not even know that this is what I was going through until I got online and read some of the other symptoms that other people were having. I felt like my brain was having surges and my mouth was dry alot and to concentrate was not going down at all .. I just could not focus at all but I do say this once your body has rid itself of that chemical its all good just drink lots of water and bear through it. They say to not stop at once and I think that was my mistake I ran out of pills and decided that I would just quit them all together and stopped instantly big mistake if you still have some of the pills slowly decrease the amount you take and then eventually stop hope this helps .... Answered by Machelle Huereca 1 year ago.

It's pretty bad for most people, but not everyone! If you react like I did, expect uncomfortable sensations, disturbances to your sleep patterns, and maybe some GI issues. I found that Dramamine (OTC motion sickness medication) helped me SO much with Effexor withdrawal. I'm finally off of it. I took it before bed to help me sleep (because the cessation was giving me horrible insomnia), and even in the morning the "brain zaps" were less, and eventually, gone. Just wanted to spread this information because I feel for anyone else going through this experience. It’s worth a try. Answered by Agustina Ligget 1 year ago.

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What did you experience when starting Effexor?
Asked by Fran Aiu 1 year ago.

When I started Effexor, my mouth would be so dry.. A trick for dry mouth is to suck on Tic Tac's. It really does help. I tried that. Another bad side effect with Effexor is the weight gain. I've never had weight issues my entire life, that is until I started Effexor. It can either icnrease your appetite or decrease it. Causes extreme fatigue. Something else that people may not mention is that it causes enlarged pupils.. And I mean very enlarged pupils. My doctor prescribed me Effexor and I went back to see him, and he asked me what drugs I had taken because my pupils were so dilated. And the worst part about Effexor is the withdrawals. If you're on Effexor for depression or suicidal thoughts, you've seen nothing yet. It is pure hell when you try and get off that medication. I tried so many times ot get off of it, and during that time, I attempted suicide countless times. It messed me up so much. I went to lie down on the railroad tracks and just closed my eyes and waited to get hit by a train. It was during the day and I don't even know why I did it. I don't even know what happened but cars stopped and than the police and ambulance came and they carried me up off the railroad tracks. I was just lying there ready to die. Effexor is a medication I would never ever take again Answered by Steffanie Solt 1 year ago.

My low blood sugar cravings were less, and I guess I felt less anxiety about eating a snack. I lost 15 pounds! Answered by Eloy Emberley 1 year ago.


Effexor???????????????????????...
i take lithium for mania....can effexor make my lithium bad or cause the mania? Asked by Trenton Alessandroni 1 year ago.

Important Safety Information Suicide in Children and Teenagers Antidepressants increased the risk of suicidal thinking and behavior in children and teenagers. Patients who are started on therapy should be observed closely for clinical worsening, suicidality, or unusual changes in behavior. EFFEXOR XR® (venlafaxine HCl) is not approved for use in children and teenagers. People taking MAOIs should not take EFFEXOR XR. Adult and pediatric patients taking antidepressants should be watched closely for signs that their condition is getting worse or that they are becoming suicidal, especially when they first start therapy, or when their dose is increased or decreased. Patients should also be watched for becoming agitated, irritable, hostile, impulsive, or restless. Such symptoms should be reported to the patient's doctor right away. EFFEXOR XR may raise blood pressure in some patients. Your blood pressure should be controlled before starting treatment and should be monitored regularly. When people suddenly stop using or quickly lower their daily dose of EFFEXOR XR, discontinuation symptoms may occur. Talk to your doctor before discontinuing or reducing your dose of EFFEXOR XR. Pregnant or nursing women shouldn't take any antidepressant without consulting their doctor. Before starting EFFEXOR XR, tell your doctor about any medicines you're taking, including over-the-counter drugs and herbal supplements. Until you see how EFFEXOR XR affects you, be careful doing such activities as driving a car or operating machinery. Avoid drinking alcohol while taking EFFEXOR XR. In clinical studies, the most common side effects with EFFEXOR XR (reported in at least 10% of patients and at least twice as often as with placebo) were constipation, dizziness, dry mouth, insomnia, loss of appetite, nausea, nervousness, sexual side effects, sleepiness, sweating, and weakness. Ask your doctor if EFFEXOR XR is right for you. Answered by Babette Santee 1 year ago.


Stimulant effects from effexor ?
I have been taking effexor Xr on the lowest dose have been up the last couple days but still feel all energetic even though I haven't slept I feel like I smoked meth but no jitters will this go away or has anyone experienced this ????? Asked by Candie Haag 1 year ago.

Effexor XR Extended-Release Capsules All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome when using Effexor XR Extended-Release Capsules: Abnormal dreams; blurred vision; changes in taste; constipation; decreased sexual desire or ability; dizziness; drowsiness; dry mouth; flushing; headache; increased sweating; loss of appetite; nausea; nervousness; stomach upset; trouble sleeping; vomiting; weakness; weight loss; yawning. Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur when using Effexor XR Extended-Release Capsules: Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); bizarre behavior; blood in the stool; chest pain or discomfort; confusion; decreased concentration; decreased coordination; decreased urination; fainting; fast or irregular heartbeat; fever, chills, or sore throat; hallucinations; memory problems; new or worsening aggressiveness, agitation, anxiety, hostility, impulsiveness, inability to sit still, irritability, panic attacks, or restlessness; persistent or severe ringing in the ears; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin; seizures; severe or persistent anxiety, nervousness, or trouble sleeping; severe or persistent cough; severe or persistent headache, dizziness, stomach pain, or weakness; shortness of breath; significant weight loss; suicidal thoughts or attempts; tremor; trouble concentrating; unsteadiness or loss of coordination; unusual bruising or bleeding; unusual or severe mental or mood changes; unusual weakness; vision problems; worsening of depression. This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA. Effexor XR Extended-Release Tablets All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome when using Effexor XR Extended-Release Tablets: Abnormal dreams; blurred vision; changes in taste; constipation; decreased sexual desire or ability; dizziness; drowsiness; dry mouth; flushing; headache; increased sweating; loss of appetite; nausea; nervousness; stomach upset; trouble sleeping; vomiting; weakness; weight loss; yawning. Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur when using Effexor XR Extended-Release Tablets: Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); bizarre behavior; blood in the stool; chest pain or discomfort; confusion; decreased concentration; decreased coordination; decreased urination; fainting; fast or irregular heartbeat; fever, chills, or sore throat; hallucinations; memory problems; new or worsening aggressiveness, agitation, anxiety, hostility, impulsiveness, inability to sit still, irritability, panic attacks, or restlessness; persistent or severe ringing in the ears; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin; seizures; severe or persistent anxiety, nervousness, or trouble sleeping; severe or persistent cough; severe or persistent headache, dizziness, stomach pain, or weakness; shortness of breath; significant weight loss; suicidal thoughts or attempts; tremor; trouble concentrating; unsteadiness or loss of coordination; unusual bruising or bleeding; unusual or severe mental or mood changes; unusual weakness; vision problems; worsening of depression. ズ丂╋乇レノイム Answered by Ariana Trebesch 1 year ago.

Yes, that's very much the case. However, I recommend you getting off effexor and finding another antidepressant/anxiety medication that is not an SSRI. Just read about effexor withdrawls. I'm going throught them right now. It will literaly ruin your life and put you in the hospital. I have been on effexor for 6 years now. I also have tourette's so I always thought that my nervousness, etc was from the tourett'es However just dropping my dosage has calmed me down tremendously. Seriously, please look into something else and read about the withdrawls. There has actually been several lawsuits agains the maker of effexor bc of what it does to your body. Answered by Nicholle Leston 1 year ago.

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Effrxor sucks Answered by Hoa Katoa 1 year ago.


Effexor - Help!!!???
I feel like this drug is no longer working for me. I am very irritable lately. I have developed a nervous habits and twitches and overall I feel unbalanced. I have been on this for a few years now, but I don't feel as calm as I was before on this drug. Albeit, I also have gained weight and feel bloated,... Asked by Alysia Vafiades 1 year ago.

I feel like this drug is no longer working for me. I am very irritable lately. I have developed a nervous habits and twitches and overall I feel unbalanced. I have been on this for a few years now, but I don't feel as calm as I was before on this drug. Albeit, I also have gained weight and feel bloated, more than ever before. Yet I eat healthy and get proper exercise. I don't understand this. Help or thoughts??? Answered by Sabine Drda 1 year ago.

i suggest u tell ur doc and switch to a different med. i've been on effexor for a few months now and i feel the same way. its not helping at all and i feel really unbalanced and irritable as well.. tell ur doc to switch u to a different med.. maybe paxil or lexapro? Answered by Ellis Linsner 1 year ago.

Effexor made me the worst person you can imagine being around. It all depends on how it reacts with your body. If you are unhappy with it, talk to your doctor. Good luck. Answered by Catheryn Starace 1 year ago.

i know exactly what u r feeling.i been on this horrible drug for almost a year now and i take 300 mg's and i want to be taken off of this and never be put on it again.this drug doesn't help me and i hate the side effects with it.ask your doc to put you on something else in the ssri's categories. Answered by Dannielle Vanhofwegen 1 year ago.

definately speak to your physician, they should probably go ahead and look into switching your antidepressant Answered by Yanira Streb 1 year ago.


Why did I get tremors from effexor?
i started a new dose of EFFEXOR today, over 200mlgs, i started shaking uncuntrolable, like tremors or slight seizure..has anyone else experienced this? from this particular med? "Thanks"! for any HELP! Asked by Nicholas Bellotti 1 year ago.

Effexor is the strongest of the SSRI"s and the most difficult to come off of(many have to stay on it for life, due the very unpleasant withdrawl symptoms). I was started on effexor over a year ago, on the lowest dosage. I was ok with this.....then, when the doc upped the dosage, I became violently ill to my stomach with vomitting and nausea and pain. I also began to shake uncontrollably...........it was sort of agitation with the shaking....this is a common side effect with the SSRI's, but worst with effexor. IF you can find another SSRI that is more suitable, I suggest you try it, and stay away from the effexor. DOcs do not tell you how strong effexor is, and how coming off it is so hard.....................even at the low dosages I was taking for a couple of weeks...............the vomitting had a side effect of completely depleting the sodium in my body. I was close to having a brain seizure by the time I got to emergency. This is a wicked medicine, and should only be reserved for the most severe cases. Instead, docs just hand it out like candy. Answered by Shanita Neyman 1 year ago.

Effexor Tremors Answered by Arnette Garwin 1 year ago.

I used to be on Effexor and had similar side effects. I was constantly shaking. But just remember that it is side effects. If it continues tell your doctor. Maybe a different medication would be better for you. Answered by Rosy Plancarte 1 year ago.

Stay as far away from effexor as you can. I was on only 75MGs and later to 35.7mgs and if i ever missed a "dose" then worst headache will ensue... The shaking is constant. Save yourself the trouble and stay away! Answered by Raven Sidoti 1 year ago.

TOOK IT FOR 6 YEARS, UNCONTROLLABLE SHAKING OF HANDS. TAKE BUSPAR NOW, BUT R HAND STILL SHAKES AND IS AGGRAVATED BY STRESS, COFFEE, CIGARETTES, LACK OF SLEEP. THEY TRY TO TELL YOU IT IS PARKINSON S DISEASE. DON T BUY IT AS TRUTH UNTIL YOU KNOW ALL THE SYMPTOMS. Answered by Jeremy Newer 1 year ago.

My sister is on this drug she says: You should see your doc ASAP. Since you just started the dose today you would be okay not taking it until you see your doctor. It's for depression and not for a life threatening illness, so you would okay not taking it until your doctor is able to reassess you. Answered by Valarie Urreta 1 year ago.


Effexor users............?
Can you tell me the results of taking Effexor, was there any change? Did it make you better? People that have actually used it only. Thanks (My dr. gave it to me and I guess I just would like some personal feedback before I start taking it) Thx Asked by Leatrice Harde 1 year ago.

I'm on Effexor. Previously I tried Citalopram/Celexa and also Prozac, and neither even dented my depression. I'm assuming you've tried other antidepressants first; Effexor is usually the third or fourth one prescribed, as it works well on people who haven't responded to 'first line' medications like Prozac and Citalopram/Celexa. If this is your first anti depressant, do ask your doctor why he's chosen this one. The crucial thing about Effexor is to get the dose right. I began on 37.5mg morning and night - but I felt ghastly! I phoned my doctor who then told me to up the dose to 75mg in the morning, and stay on 37.5 at night. Still no improvement! The doctor then told me to start taking 75mg at night as well as in the morning - and finally the Effexor began working! The depression began to shift. Today I had to increase the dose again, so in the morning I'm now taking a bit more, and in a week I will be doing the same in the evening. I'm feeling more relaxed, much less depressed, and am very hopeful that this improvement will continue! Don't be surprised if you feel rough during your first few weeks on Effexor, it can take a while for the side effects - if you get them - to settle down. I experienced insomnia, anxiety, stomach upset, and in fact I still have a constant dry mouth. Keep in touch with your doctor and if after three or four weeks you don't feel any better, ask the doctor if your dose needs to be changed. Don't change it without medical advice. Also: Effexor must never be stopped abruptly. People who have stopped it too quickly have experienced very bad withdrawal problems, so if you take it and then have to stop it, get medical advice on how to do it properly. Also, if you're on it for a while, and on a high dose, get your blood pressure checked from time to time, as Effexor can cause it to either fall or rise. Finally: read the leaflet that comes with the medication, so you know which side effects must be reported to your doctor. I really hope you feel good on the Effexor; it does seem to help a lot of people. Answered by Kati Etchinson 1 year ago.

I took it about 4 yrs ago...didn't do anything for me, except make me feel so high. REMEMBER...though we are not all the same, and no 2 people experience the same side effects. For me..I didn't suffer from depression at all...my problem was and still is anxiety/panic attacks. The effexor just made them come on more often. I would not recommend it. However I do a g/f who takes it and after only 5 days, she doesn't feel any of the side effects and says she feels happier. She is extremely depressed..but it started bringing on anxiety, and her doctor gave her some additonal medication for that. Good luck..if your doc recommended it take it...if you don't like it, talk to your doc about other meds, there are alot of them out there. He cannot force you to take anything you don't like. But do remember the majority of anti-depressants normally take about anywhere from 4 to 8 weeks to work. Good luck. Answered by Antonia Eheler 1 year ago.

Keep in mind as I tell you this that everybody reacts to medication differently. I took Effexor 1 year ago for severe depression. I had been on Prozac before, and it had stopped working, so they switched me. My first side effects were inconvient; frequent urination, severe gas and heartburn. 1 month after starting it I began to experience a worsening in my depression, with symptoms I had never experienced; self-mulitlation. When I informed my doctor of this, she took me off and told me that either people do great on Effexor or terrible. Obviously, your doctor prescribed this to you for a reason, and you should take it, but just as with any medication, you should be aware of the side effects and keep track of them. Most people will only get mild side effects, just like it tells you on the drug information packet you got with your prescription. Hope it works for you. Answered by Man Fiorentini 1 year ago.

Effexor XR is the best medication for me. I have tried a few other medications before it and it is the only one that really helped. It's definitely worth a try!...but remember everyone is different. It does (well did for me anyways) take at least 4-6 weeks to reach the full effect of each dosage level.....so you really have to be patient. There is slow change at first, but when your up to the correct dosage for you, your good to go. I hope you have success with this medication like I have. :) Answered by Bobby Cadenas 1 year ago.

I do not understand questions like this. It sounds like if you get a few negative replies from the few people who are in YA AT THIS VERY MOMENT, you will go against your doctor's recommendation. If you had spasms in your back and the Dr gave you something like flexeril to calm those spasms, would you ask people what experience they had with flexeril, even though you were in pain? Personally, I was on Effexor between 1998 and 2004 and it greatly helped me with my depression. But each person reacts differently to each drug, " Answered by Billi Culpepper 1 year ago.

Lestermount Answered by Maire Aburto 1 year ago.

It hasn't done anything for me but i am one of the 30% who have treatment resistant depression. I've tried about 9 different kinds and had ECT. I hope it works for you, it may well do. Good luck Answered by Loria Sakiestewa 1 year ago.

I have been taking it for almost 10 months, it has helped immensly. Now I have an even keel and can be active with out being consumed with emptiness..send msg with further info if you want... Answered by Timika Delker 1 year ago.

It didn't do anything for me. But like jade said, everyone's body will react to every drug differently. Just keep an open mind about things and let your doctor work with you. Answered by Keeley Chrisjohn 1 year ago.

It is helping me. My depression has gotten better, i have motivation and i actually feel happy. Answered by Lucinda Swiderski 1 year ago.


Effexor withdrawal?
i decided to stop effexor, i was on 75 mg since october. i feel so much better now and i think its time to stop.its my 2nd day without it and i feel great, a little dizzy but thats it. tried to google over this subject but all i can find is horrible story, has anyone went through this without those horrible things... Asked by Rosemary Stengel 1 year ago.

i decided to stop effexor, i was on 75 mg since october. i feel so much better now and i think its time to stop.its my 2nd day without it and i feel great, a little dizzy but thats it. tried to google over this subject but all i can find is horrible story, has anyone went through this without those horrible things i read? any suggestions, i heard benadryl can help Answered by Jeraldine Iruegas 1 year ago.

Is it because of Effexor that you feel better? I'm not intending to promote the use of medications, but I've heard a sequence of events that is supposedly (and understandably) common - a person starts taking a medication, feels better, decides he or she no longer needs the medication, stops taking it, then starts feeling down again and the symptoms return. That's actually happened to me, too. Just think about that and if/when you do stop taking it or start weening yourself off of it pay attention and self-monitor to catch any 'relapses' early. When you research anything, it's important to ask yourself if you're getting the whole story. Many times the internet is a place for people to vent about frustrations and you don't hear about the ones who did well getting off of the medication. I took Effexor for about two months and getting off of it was not as bad as when I was on it - I had many bad reactions on the medication. However, I don't think that my reactions of getting off of it are really of any interest to you since it didn't agree with me in the first place. I have heard that Benadryl can be relaxing. I think it's the antihistamine that relaxes the muscles? Not sure exactly on that one, but I know it helps some people go to sleep even though it keeps me awake. Remember - everyone is different and reactions vary just the same. I think you should definitely talk to a doctor and it might be best to talk to the person who originally prescribed it for you. If you can't do that then ween yourself off of it. I think it's easiest and best to break pills in half or smaller and take something every day, but the Effexor I had was gelcaps or something that couldn't be broken. Oh, I found someone who didn't have any problems coming off of Effexor - see "Ferengi" (person's name) withing the threads at the link below. Try drinking plenty of water - maybe the Effexor effected your body's water usage? I really don't know, but when I'm dehydrated I get dizzy and it's worth a shot. Good luck!! Answered by Corene Barbu 1 year ago.

I don't know what you read, but I can tell you it was probably the extreme side effects of withdrawal. To withdraw from Effexor or simiular anti depressants you should never just go cold turkey. You should have your doctor tritrate you off the med. And of course you feel much better now, the meds are working. But since you are deciding to take your self off, you should never just stop them, because the liklihood of falling into a severe depression is great. Take your reg dose, skip one day, take one the next day. Skip 2 days, take a dose then skip for 2, take dose then skip 3. You should not experience side effects and you should be able to notice if your depression is returning. Again I encourage you to speak with your doc... watch for signs of depression or thoughts of suicide.... good luck. Answered by Sherry Cassler 1 year ago.

your suppose to wean yourself off by reducing the amount you take over time. you should consult your doctor. plus most doctors would like patients to be on anti-depressants for 18-24 months. if you want to get off you should slowly wean yourself off with the help of your doctor. if yo do it yourself you may cause harm to yourself. Answered by Claudia Douglas 1 year ago.


Taking St Johns wort after stopping effexor?
I just wondered how soon after stopping effexor, can I try St Johns wort?I'm hoping it will help me with my depression, which hasn't been too bad lately, but I know is still there,I stopped effexor because I think it was the main reason for me being so tired most days, I struggled to stay... Asked by Lorita Aquilino 1 year ago.

I just wondered how soon after stopping effexor, can I try St Johns wort? I'm hoping it will help me with my depression, which hasn't been too bad lately, but I know is still there, I stopped effexor because I think it was the main reason for me being so tired most days, I struggled to stay awake. Hoping someone can tell me if it has helped them? Answered by Catharine Kartes 1 year ago.

Effexor has quite a few side effects, and stopping it is not necessarily a bad thing. St. John's Wort, though is a slippery idea. For one, in the US, we have no "standardization" of herbal products that require the product you buy to be matched to those used in studies. For instance, if you read a successful study that shows St. John's Wort actually working. It may indicate that there is a certain milligram used in conjunction with another herb, a certain base, and maybe drank with chamomile tea. What you might buy can be very different, because we just don't regulate the products in that manner here in the US. If you do try it, you can try as early as a week or two after going off the effexor, and you need to find a brand that is at least European Standardized. That means that someone on this planet as certified it to contain those ingredients! I have not met anyone who has had any luck with St. John's Wort. From what I read, it has psychosomatic results at best. You may want to discuss with your doctor going to another product like lexapro or wellbutrin depending on your symptoms if they begin to return. In any case, at least inform him/her of your decision to stop Effexor and they/you should keep an eye on withdraw symptoms, and returning to depression symptoms. Quitting Effexor is no light matter. The withdraw from this drug can be HORRIBLE! Be sure to at least call the doc and let them know you intend this. Good luck! Answered by Era Hankinson 1 year ago.

Do not use St. John's wort at all. It can be very dangerous and the quality is not guarenteed. Espeacially don't use it if you take NSAIDs or drink. If you try it wait two weeks, but please try something else instead. Maybe you shouldn't even stop effexor yet. Stopping effexor soon after improvement is not thought of as a good idea, but I understand why you want to do it. If you stop effexor too early, depression could come back worse than before. How soon you should stop effexor is in debate currently. There are ways to boast your energy while on effexor. I had similiar problems with Prozac and I discovered that if I take it at a different time of the day (I switched from morning to evening), I felt less tired in the day and could sleep better at night. That trick has helped others with tiredness from antidepressants. Also try chocolate. Add morning exercise to your schedule. There has been a recent announcement take you don't need to drink 8 cups of water per day. That doesn't however prove that some people can't benefit from drinking more water. Water certainly does increase alertness. You may need more or less than 8 cups per day. Only you can determine how much you need. Light therapy can be just as effective as antidepressants and much safer. Look into it. Answered by Betsey Studdard 1 year ago.

I know a number of people who swear by the use of St Johns Wort for mild anxiety/depression and have been surprised by its efficacy. However, I have a vague memory that it may not be advisable in some circumstances and may interact negatively with other types of medication and for this reason it is sensible to consult ones GP before using St Johns Wort. Many GPs now accept that complementary medicines are part of a holistic approach to healthcare. Answered by Roxana Kneefe 1 year ago.


WEight gain and Effexor??
I've been on Effexor 37.5mg for a month now and have started to gain weight already. I'm usually very consistant with my weight, but have gone up 5 lbs already. HAve you experienced this with this medication???? Asked by Laveta Ledue 1 year ago.

effexor may not be working for you. It does effect everyone differently. I have recently changed to elavil. however even on the effexor I gained 17 pounds. then dieted and lost 35.If you can eat a dole pineapple parfait before every meal and at snacks it helps alot. pineapple reduces ones appetite. really enjoy that pineapple cup. feel every single piece of pineapple in your mouth take your time eating and really enjoying the texture. wait 30 minutes after eating it to eat anything else. it helps immensely ...with meals only eat the size of your fist. meaning if you eat a piece of chicken and potatoe and corn take only a half of piece of chicken and maybe a 1/2 to 3/4 cup of potatoe and 1/2 cup of corn. after eating the pineapple 30 mi utes earlier it will be possible to reduce the size of your meals immensely thus eating 4 meals a day and spread out. your stomach will shrink thus needing less food to get you full. I lost 35 pounds doing this on the effexor.... Answered by Marita Kirchmann 1 year ago.

I have been taking stronger dose than you, but it doesn't effect my weight much. May be it's just temporarily until your body will get used to the med,. For me the reason I can not lose weight is the hormonal therapy. It's that med's one of the side effects but not from Effexor. Answered by Vanita Nussbaumer 1 year ago.


What are some symptoms of Effexor withdrawal?
Asked by Romelia Sison 1 year ago.

If Effexor is discontinued gradually, meaning slowly reducing the dose usually by 37.5 or 75 mg at a time, there are very few, if any, symptoms. According to the medication insert that physicians are given it says "dysphoric mood, irritability, agitation, dizziness, sensory disturbances (e.g. paresthesias such as electric shock sensations), anxiety, confusion, headache, lethargy, emotional lability, insomnia, hypomania, tinnitus, and seizures". What I have experienced myself just recently from being reduced from 450 mg to 0 mg in 3 days (yes a psychiatrist was doing this to me because I needed to get off Effexor because of a medical condition that I didn't have when I started Effexor several years ago) I experienced what I would call flu like symptoms. By this I mean that I was achy all over with no one spot being worse than another. I had a headache. I also had some sudo-seizures. I slept for almost 5 days straight beginning after the first day of being reduced from 450 mg to 300 mg. I was in the hospital so I was being watched carefully. I was on an IV of saline so I wouldn't get dehydrated. I wasn't eating, I had no desire to try even. I was being woken up three times a day to make sure I was doing ok, I was also given some of my meds that I usually take during these times so I wouldn't be going through withdrawal from everything. What I am saying is that I've gone off of several antidepressants before with no problem but it has always been done slowly. What the drug company says could happen with Effexor didn't feel anything like I went through. I've talked to several doctors about what I went through and they all say that it is normal when not weining off of it. I hope that this helps you. Answered by Elijah Perce 1 year ago.

I've been off Effexor for a week and a half. I quit cold turkey from 150 mg/day. The withdrawal has not been terrible. I think that's just the luck of the draw. Of course, the reason I was put on Effexor was because I've tried so many antidepressants and felt no response. Effexor is the only one I can say truly helped me, so I would take it again if I felt I needed to. I've had vivid dreams that are not restful. Instead of the fuzzy, dream-like quality of normal dreams, Effexor withdrawal dreams are so detailed and logical that they are mentally draining to have. I get them for missing a dose and they're so different that I don't even have to look at my pill box in the morning to realize I've forgotten a dose. The other symptom I've experienced in withdrawal is dizziness. It feels like I'm being spun around on my own private, invisible merry-go-round, particularly if I try to focus my eyes on a spot near the ground. But it does not affect my walking or ability to drive. It just feels a little jarring. I've had no serious brain zaps, but I've had something that felt like my brain is set on scanning for radio channels but can only pick up faint buzzings. Those stopped when I started taking 1 gram of inositol a day. I've been really lucky that the withdrawal hasn't reached to the hellish levels others have described. I've been through much worse just dealing with the depression without medication. Answered by Cynthia Lacount 1 year ago.

Ok I was on Effexor and the withdraw is like something I have never felt before and to be honest I did not even know that this is what I was going through until I got online and read some of the other symptoms that other people were having. I felt like my brain was having surges and my mouth was dry alot and to concentrate was not going down at all .. I just could not focus at all but I do say this once your body has rid itself of that chemical its all good just drink lots of water and bear through it. They say to not stop at once and I think that was my mistake I ran out of pills and decided that I would just quit them all together and stopped instantly big mistake if you still have some of the pills slowly decrease the amount you take and then eventually stop hope this helps .... Answered by Candance Nakamura 1 year ago.

It's pretty bad for most people, but not everyone! If you react like I did, expect uncomfortable sensations, disturbances to your sleep patterns, and maybe some GI issues. I found that Dramamine (OTC motion sickness medication) helped me SO much with Effexor withdrawal. I'm finally off of it. I took it before bed to help me sleep (because the cessation was giving me horrible insomnia), and even in the morning the "brain zaps" were less, and eventually, gone. Just wanted to spread this information because I feel for anyone else going through this experience. It’s worth a try. Answered by Sabine Vanderweide 1 year ago.

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What did you experience when starting Effexor?
Asked by Roslyn Almasi 1 year ago.

When I started Effexor, my mouth would be so dry.. A trick for dry mouth is to suck on Tic Tac's. It really does help. I tried that. Another bad side effect with Effexor is the weight gain. I've never had weight issues my entire life, that is until I started Effexor. It can either icnrease your appetite or decrease it. Causes extreme fatigue. Something else that people may not mention is that it causes enlarged pupils.. And I mean very enlarged pupils. My doctor prescribed me Effexor and I went back to see him, and he asked me what drugs I had taken because my pupils were so dilated. And the worst part about Effexor is the withdrawals. If you're on Effexor for depression or suicidal thoughts, you've seen nothing yet. It is pure hell when you try and get off that medication. I tried so many times ot get off of it, and during that time, I attempted suicide countless times. It messed me up so much. I went to lie down on the railroad tracks and just closed my eyes and waited to get hit by a train. It was during the day and I don't even know why I did it. I don't even know what happened but cars stopped and than the police and ambulance came and they carried me up off the railroad tracks. I was just lying there ready to die. Effexor is a medication I would never ever take again Answered by Parker Hyer 1 year ago.

My low blood sugar cravings were less, and I guess I felt less anxiety about eating a snack. I lost 15 pounds! Answered by Arron Bellflowers 1 year ago.


Effexor???????????????????????...
i take lithium for mania....can effexor make my lithium bad or cause the mania? Asked by Larissa Solverud 1 year ago.

Important Safety Information Suicide in Children and Teenagers Antidepressants increased the risk of suicidal thinking and behavior in children and teenagers. Patients who are started on therapy should be observed closely for clinical worsening, suicidality, or unusual changes in behavior. EFFEXOR XR® (venlafaxine HCl) is not approved for use in children and teenagers. People taking MAOIs should not take EFFEXOR XR. Adult and pediatric patients taking antidepressants should be watched closely for signs that their condition is getting worse or that they are becoming suicidal, especially when they first start therapy, or when their dose is increased or decreased. Patients should also be watched for becoming agitated, irritable, hostile, impulsive, or restless. Such symptoms should be reported to the patient's doctor right away. EFFEXOR XR may raise blood pressure in some patients. Your blood pressure should be controlled before starting treatment and should be monitored regularly. When people suddenly stop using or quickly lower their daily dose of EFFEXOR XR, discontinuation symptoms may occur. Talk to your doctor before discontinuing or reducing your dose of EFFEXOR XR. Pregnant or nursing women shouldn't take any antidepressant without consulting their doctor. Before starting EFFEXOR XR, tell your doctor about any medicines you're taking, including over-the-counter drugs and herbal supplements. Until you see how EFFEXOR XR affects you, be careful doing such activities as driving a car or operating machinery. Avoid drinking alcohol while taking EFFEXOR XR. In clinical studies, the most common side effects with EFFEXOR XR (reported in at least 10% of patients and at least twice as often as with placebo) were constipation, dizziness, dry mouth, insomnia, loss of appetite, nausea, nervousness, sexual side effects, sleepiness, sweating, and weakness. Ask your doctor if EFFEXOR XR is right for you. Answered by Lucilla Mariano 1 year ago.


Stimulant effects from effexor ?
I have been taking effexor Xr on the lowest dose have been up the last couple days but still feel all energetic even though I haven't slept I feel like I smoked meth but no jitters will this go away or has anyone experienced this ????? Asked by Romana Languirand 1 year ago.

Effexor XR Extended-Release Capsules All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome when using Effexor XR Extended-Release Capsules: Abnormal dreams; blurred vision; changes in taste; constipation; decreased sexual desire or ability; dizziness; drowsiness; dry mouth; flushing; headache; increased sweating; loss of appetite; nausea; nervousness; stomach upset; trouble sleeping; vomiting; weakness; weight loss; yawning. Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur when using Effexor XR Extended-Release Capsules: Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); bizarre behavior; blood in the stool; chest pain or discomfort; confusion; decreased concentration; decreased coordination; decreased urination; fainting; fast or irregular heartbeat; fever, chills, or sore throat; hallucinations; memory problems; new or worsening aggressiveness, agitation, anxiety, hostility, impulsiveness, inability to sit still, irritability, panic attacks, or restlessness; persistent or severe ringing in the ears; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin; seizures; severe or persistent anxiety, nervousness, or trouble sleeping; severe or persistent cough; severe or persistent headache, dizziness, stomach pain, or weakness; shortness of breath; significant weight loss; suicidal thoughts or attempts; tremor; trouble concentrating; unsteadiness or loss of coordination; unusual bruising or bleeding; unusual or severe mental or mood changes; unusual weakness; vision problems; worsening of depression. This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA. Effexor XR Extended-Release Tablets All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome when using Effexor XR Extended-Release Tablets: Abnormal dreams; blurred vision; changes in taste; constipation; decreased sexual desire or ability; dizziness; drowsiness; dry mouth; flushing; headache; increased sweating; loss of appetite; nausea; nervousness; stomach upset; trouble sleeping; vomiting; weakness; weight loss; yawning. Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur when using Effexor XR Extended-Release Tablets: Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); bizarre behavior; blood in the stool; chest pain or discomfort; confusion; decreased concentration; decreased coordination; decreased urination; fainting; fast or irregular heartbeat; fever, chills, or sore throat; hallucinations; memory problems; new or worsening aggressiveness, agitation, anxiety, hostility, impulsiveness, inability to sit still, irritability, panic attacks, or restlessness; persistent or severe ringing in the ears; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin; seizures; severe or persistent anxiety, nervousness, or trouble sleeping; severe or persistent cough; severe or persistent headache, dizziness, stomach pain, or weakness; shortness of breath; significant weight loss; suicidal thoughts or attempts; tremor; trouble concentrating; unsteadiness or loss of coordination; unusual bruising or bleeding; unusual or severe mental or mood changes; unusual weakness; vision problems; worsening of depression. ズ丂╋乇レノイム Answered by Nelly Aziz 1 year ago.

Yes, that's very much the case. However, I recommend you getting off effexor and finding another antidepressant/anxiety medication that is not an SSRI. Just read about effexor withdrawls. I'm going throught them right now. It will literaly ruin your life and put you in the hospital. I have been on effexor for 6 years now. I also have tourette's so I always thought that my nervousness, etc was from the tourett'es However just dropping my dosage has calmed me down tremendously. Seriously, please look into something else and read about the withdrawls. There has actually been several lawsuits agains the maker of effexor bc of what it does to your body. Answered by Patrica Chicharello 1 year ago.

Ask lestermount Answered by Delmy Witaker 1 year ago.

Effrxor sucks Answered by Barbera Ploude 1 year ago.


Effexor - Help!!!???
I feel like this drug is no longer working for me. I am very irritable lately. I have developed a nervous habits and twitches and overall I feel unbalanced. I have been on this for a few years now, but I don't feel as calm as I was before on this drug. Albeit, I also have gained weight and feel bloated,... Asked by Leon Widmaier 1 year ago.

I feel like this drug is no longer working for me. I am very irritable lately. I have developed a nervous habits and twitches and overall I feel unbalanced. I have been on this for a few years now, but I don't feel as calm as I was before on this drug. Albeit, I also have gained weight and feel bloated, more than ever before. Yet I eat healthy and get proper exercise. I don't understand this. Help or thoughts??? Answered by Yahaira Dudasik 1 year ago.

i suggest u tell ur doc and switch to a different med. i've been on effexor for a few months now and i feel the same way. its not helping at all and i feel really unbalanced and irritable as well.. tell ur doc to switch u to a different med.. maybe paxil or lexapro? Answered by Dagmar Gabel 1 year ago.

Effexor made me the worst person you can imagine being around. It all depends on how it reacts with your body. If you are unhappy with it, talk to your doctor. Good luck. Answered by Sonny Buckingham 1 year ago.

i know exactly what u r feeling.i been on this horrible drug for almost a year now and i take 300 mg's and i want to be taken off of this and never be put on it again.this drug doesn't help me and i hate the side effects with it.ask your doc to put you on something else in the ssri's categories. Answered by Dale Pulis 1 year ago.

definately speak to your physician, they should probably go ahead and look into switching your antidepressant Answered by Andra Eckenrode 1 year ago.


Why did I get tremors from effexor?
i started a new dose of EFFEXOR today, over 200mlgs, i started shaking uncuntrolable, like tremors or slight seizure..has anyone else experienced this? from this particular med? "Thanks"! for any HELP! Asked by Linnea Swagerty 1 year ago.

Effexor is the strongest of the SSRI"s and the most difficult to come off of(many have to stay on it for life, due the very unpleasant withdrawl symptoms). I was started on effexor over a year ago, on the lowest dosage. I was ok with this.....then, when the doc upped the dosage, I became violently ill to my stomach with vomitting and nausea and pain. I also began to shake uncontrollably...........it was sort of agitation with the shaking....this is a common side effect with the SSRI's, but worst with effexor. IF you can find another SSRI that is more suitable, I suggest you try it, and stay away from the effexor. DOcs do not tell you how strong effexor is, and how coming off it is so hard.....................even at the low dosages I was taking for a couple of weeks...............the vomitting had a side effect of completely depleting the sodium in my body. I was close to having a brain seizure by the time I got to emergency. This is a wicked medicine, and should only be reserved for the most severe cases. Instead, docs just hand it out like candy. Answered by Lisabeth Priest 1 year ago.

Effexor Tremors Answered by Delphine Villeneuve 1 year ago.

I used to be on Effexor and had similar side effects. I was constantly shaking. But just remember that it is side effects. If it continues tell your doctor. Maybe a different medication would be better for you. Answered by Roselyn Andalora 1 year ago.

Stay as far away from effexor as you can. I was on only 75MGs and later to 35.7mgs and if i ever missed a "dose" then worst headache will ensue... The shaking is constant. Save yourself the trouble and stay away! Answered by Isidra Sherrod 1 year ago.

TOOK IT FOR 6 YEARS, UNCONTROLLABLE SHAKING OF HANDS. TAKE BUSPAR NOW, BUT R HAND STILL SHAKES AND IS AGGRAVATED BY STRESS, COFFEE, CIGARETTES, LACK OF SLEEP. THEY TRY TO TELL YOU IT IS PARKINSON S DISEASE. DON T BUY IT AS TRUTH UNTIL YOU KNOW ALL THE SYMPTOMS. Answered by Santos Seary 1 year ago.

My sister is on this drug she says: You should see your doc ASAP. Since you just started the dose today you would be okay not taking it until you see your doctor. It's for depression and not for a life threatening illness, so you would okay not taking it until your doctor is able to reassess you. Answered by Mendy Abdin 1 year ago.


Effexor users............?
Can you tell me the results of taking Effexor, was there any change? Did it make you better? People that have actually used it only. Thanks (My dr. gave it to me and I guess I just would like some personal feedback before I start taking it) Thx Asked by Candy Esbensen 1 year ago.

I'm on Effexor. Previously I tried Citalopram/Celexa and also Prozac, and neither even dented my depression. I'm assuming you've tried other antidepressants first; Effexor is usually the third or fourth one prescribed, as it works well on people who haven't responded to 'first line' medications like Prozac and Citalopram/Celexa. If this is your first anti depressant, do ask your doctor why he's chosen this one. The crucial thing about Effexor is to get the dose right. I began on 37.5mg morning and night - but I felt ghastly! I phoned my doctor who then told me to up the dose to 75mg in the morning, and stay on 37.5 at night. Still no improvement! The doctor then told me to start taking 75mg at night as well as in the morning - and finally the Effexor began working! The depression began to shift. Today I had to increase the dose again, so in the morning I'm now taking a bit more, and in a week I will be doing the same in the evening. I'm feeling more relaxed, much less depressed, and am very hopeful that this improvement will continue! Don't be surprised if you feel rough during your first few weeks on Effexor, it can take a while for the side effects - if you get them - to settle down. I experienced insomnia, anxiety, stomach upset, and in fact I still have a constant dry mouth. Keep in touch with your doctor and if after three or four weeks you don't feel any better, ask the doctor if your dose needs to be changed. Don't change it without medical advice. Also: Effexor must never be stopped abruptly. People who have stopped it too quickly have experienced very bad withdrawal problems, so if you take it and then have to stop it, get medical advice on how to do it properly. Also, if you're on it for a while, and on a high dose, get your blood pressure checked from time to time, as Effexor can cause it to either fall or rise. Finally: read the leaflet that comes with the medication, so you know which side effects must be reported to your doctor. I really hope you feel good on the Effexor; it does seem to help a lot of people. Answered by Keeley Bierle 1 year ago.

I took it about 4 yrs ago...didn't do anything for me, except make me feel so high. REMEMBER...though we are not all the same, and no 2 people experience the same side effects. For me..I didn't suffer from depression at all...my problem was and still is anxiety/panic attacks. The effexor just made them come on more often. I would not recommend it. However I do a g/f who takes it and after only 5 days, she doesn't feel any of the side effects and says she feels happier. She is extremely depressed..but it started bringing on anxiety, and her doctor gave her some additonal medication for that. Good luck..if your doc recommended it take it...if you don't like it, talk to your doc about other meds, there are alot of them out there. He cannot force you to take anything you don't like. But do remember the majority of anti-depressants normally take about anywhere from 4 to 8 weeks to work. Good luck. Answered by Winford Brosky 1 year ago.

Keep in mind as I tell you this that everybody reacts to medication differently. I took Effexor 1 year ago for severe depression. I had been on Prozac before, and it had stopped working, so they switched me. My first side effects were inconvient; frequent urination, severe gas and heartburn. 1 month after starting it I began to experience a worsening in my depression, with symptoms I had never experienced; self-mulitlation. When I informed my doctor of this, she took me off and told me that either people do great on Effexor or terrible. Obviously, your doctor prescribed this to you for a reason, and you should take it, but just as with any medication, you should be aware of the side effects and keep track of them. Most people will only get mild side effects, just like it tells you on the drug information packet you got with your prescription. Hope it works for you. Answered by Etta Parness 1 year ago.

Effexor XR is the best medication for me. I have tried a few other medications before it and it is the only one that really helped. It's definitely worth a try!...but remember everyone is different. It does (well did for me anyways) take at least 4-6 weeks to reach the full effect of each dosage level.....so you really have to be patient. There is slow change at first, but when your up to the correct dosage for you, your good to go. I hope you have success with this medication like I have. :) Answered by Mckinley Edemann 1 year ago.

I do not understand questions like this. It sounds like if you get a few negative replies from the few people who are in YA AT THIS VERY MOMENT, you will go against your doctor's recommendation. If you had spasms in your back and the Dr gave you something like flexeril to calm those spasms, would you ask people what experience they had with flexeril, even though you were in pain? Personally, I was on Effexor between 1998 and 2004 and it greatly helped me with my depression. But each person reacts differently to each drug, " Answered by Cody Krossen 1 year ago.

Lestermount Answered by Merle Fitterer 1 year ago.

It hasn't done anything for me but i am one of the 30% who have treatment resistant depression. I've tried about 9 different kinds and had ECT. I hope it works for you, it may well do. Good luck Answered by Sima Phanor 1 year ago.

I have been taking it for almost 10 months, it has helped immensly. Now I have an even keel and can be active with out being consumed with emptiness..send msg with further info if you want... Answered by Leonel Leval 1 year ago.

It didn't do anything for me. But like jade said, everyone's body will react to every drug differently. Just keep an open mind about things and let your doctor work with you. Answered by Kendall Crum 1 year ago.

It is helping me. My depression has gotten better, i have motivation and i actually feel happy. Answered by Pete Ruud 1 year ago.


Effexor withdrawal?
i decided to stop effexor, i was on 75 mg since october. i feel so much better now and i think its time to stop.its my 2nd day without it and i feel great, a little dizzy but thats it. tried to google over this subject but all i can find is horrible story, has anyone went through this without those horrible things... Asked by Shane Bestwick 1 year ago.

i decided to stop effexor, i was on 75 mg since october. i feel so much better now and i think its time to stop.its my 2nd day without it and i feel great, a little dizzy but thats it. tried to google over this subject but all i can find is horrible story, has anyone went through this without those horrible things i read? any suggestions, i heard benadryl can help Answered by Danuta Durelli 1 year ago.

Is it because of Effexor that you feel better? I'm not intending to promote the use of medications, but I've heard a sequence of events that is supposedly (and understandably) common - a person starts taking a medication, feels better, decides he or she no longer needs the medication, stops taking it, then starts feeling down again and the symptoms return. That's actually happened to me, too. Just think about that and if/when you do stop taking it or start weening yourself off of it pay attention and self-monitor to catch any 'relapses' early. When you research anything, it's important to ask yourself if you're getting the whole story. Many times the internet is a place for people to vent about frustrations and you don't hear about the ones who did well getting off of the medication. I took Effexor for about two months and getting off of it was not as bad as when I was on it - I had many bad reactions on the medication. However, I don't think that my reactions of getting off of it are really of any interest to you since it didn't agree with me in the first place. I have heard that Benadryl can be relaxing. I think it's the antihistamine that relaxes the muscles? Not sure exactly on that one, but I know it helps some people go to sleep even though it keeps me awake. Remember - everyone is different and reactions vary just the same. I think you should definitely talk to a doctor and it might be best to talk to the person who originally prescribed it for you. If you can't do that then ween yourself off of it. I think it's easiest and best to break pills in half or smaller and take something every day, but the Effexor I had was gelcaps or something that couldn't be broken. Oh, I found someone who didn't have any problems coming off of Effexor - see "Ferengi" (person's name) withing the threads at the link below. Try drinking plenty of water - maybe the Effexor effected your body's water usage? I really don't know, but when I'm dehydrated I get dizzy and it's worth a shot. Good luck!! Answered by Lavern Malagarie 1 year ago.

I don't know what you read, but I can tell you it was probably the extreme side effects of withdrawal. To withdraw from Effexor or simiular anti depressants you should never just go cold turkey. You should have your doctor tritrate you off the med. And of course you feel much better now, the meds are working. But since you are deciding to take your self off, you should never just stop them, because the liklihood of falling into a severe depression is great. Take your reg dose, skip one day, take one the next day. Skip 2 days, take a dose then skip for 2, take dose then skip 3. You should not experience side effects and you should be able to notice if your depression is returning. Again I encourage you to speak with your doc... watch for signs of depression or thoughts of suicide.... good luck. Answered by Shena Denike 1 year ago.

your suppose to wean yourself off by reducing the amount you take over time. you should consult your doctor. plus most doctors would like patients to be on anti-depressants for 18-24 months. if you want to get off you should slowly wean yourself off with the help of your doctor. if yo do it yourself you may cause harm to yourself. Answered by Stacia Hinkle 1 year ago.


Taking St Johns wort after stopping effexor?
I just wondered how soon after stopping effexor, can I try St Johns wort?I'm hoping it will help me with my depression, which hasn't been too bad lately, but I know is still there,I stopped effexor because I think it was the main reason for me being so tired most days, I struggled to stay... Asked by Emilia Tannazzo 1 year ago.

I just wondered how soon after stopping effexor, can I try St Johns wort? I'm hoping it will help me with my depression, which hasn't been too bad lately, but I know is still there, I stopped effexor because I think it was the main reason for me being so tired most days, I struggled to stay awake. Hoping someone can tell me if it has helped them? Answered by Salena Vigorito 1 year ago.

Effexor has quite a few side effects, and stopping it is not necessarily a bad thing. St. John's Wort, though is a slippery idea. For one, in the US, we have no "standardization" of herbal products that require the product you buy to be matched to those used in studies. For instance, if you read a successful study that shows St. John's Wort actually working. It may indicate that there is a certain milligram used in conjunction with another herb, a certain base, and maybe drank with chamomile tea. What you might buy can be very different, because we just don't regulate the products in that manner here in the US. If you do try it, you can try as early as a week or two after going off the effexor, and you need to find a brand that is at least European Standardized. That means that someone on this planet as certified it to contain those ingredients! I have not met anyone who has had any luck with St. John's Wort. From what I read, it has psychosomatic results at best. You may want to discuss with your doctor going to another product like lexapro or wellbutrin depending on your symptoms if they begin to return. In any case, at least inform him/her of your decision to stop Effexor and they/you should keep an eye on withdraw symptoms, and returning to depression symptoms. Quitting Effexor is no light matter. The withdraw from this drug can be HORRIBLE! Be sure to at least call the doc and let them know you intend this. Good luck! Answered by Maggie Laroque 1 year ago.

Do not use St. John's wort at all. It can be very dangerous and the quality is not guarenteed. Espeacially don't use it if you take NSAIDs or drink. If you try it wait two weeks, but please try something else instead. Maybe you shouldn't even stop effexor yet. Stopping effexor soon after improvement is not thought of as a good idea, but I understand why you want to do it. If you stop effexor too early, depression could come back worse than before. How soon you should stop effexor is in debate currently. There are ways to boast your energy while on effexor. I had similiar problems with Prozac and I discovered that if I take it at a different time of the day (I switched from morning to evening), I felt less tired in the day and could sleep better at night. That trick has helped others with tiredness from antidepressants. Also try chocolate. Add morning exercise to your schedule. There has been a recent announcement take you don't need to drink 8 cups of water per day. That doesn't however prove that some people can't benefit from drinking more water. Water certainly does increase alertness. You may need more or less than 8 cups per day. Only you can determine how much you need. Light therapy can be just as effective as antidepressants and much safer. Look into it. Answered by Davis Ahuna 1 year ago.

I know a number of people who swear by the use of St Johns Wort for mild anxiety/depression and have been surprised by its efficacy. However, I have a vague memory that it may not be advisable in some circumstances and may interact negatively with other types of medication and for this reason it is sensible to consult ones GP before using St Johns Wort. Many GPs now accept that complementary medicines are part of a holistic approach to healthcare. Answered by Rutha Rothhaupt 1 year ago.


WEight gain and Effexor??
I've been on Effexor 37.5mg for a month now and have started to gain weight already. I'm usually very consistant with my weight, but have gone up 5 lbs already. HAve you experienced this with this medication???? Asked by Sharice Laitinen 1 year ago.

effexor may not be working for you. It does effect everyone differently. I have recently changed to elavil. however even on the effexor I gained 17 pounds. then dieted and lost 35.If you can eat a dole pineapple parfait before every meal and at snacks it helps alot. pineapple reduces ones appetite. really enjoy that pineapple cup. feel every single piece of pineapple in your mouth take your time eating and really enjoying the texture. wait 30 minutes after eating it to eat anything else. it helps immensely ...with meals only eat the size of your fist. meaning if you eat a piece of chicken and potatoe and corn take only a half of piece of chicken and maybe a 1/2 to 3/4 cup of potatoe and 1/2 cup of corn. after eating the pineapple 30 mi utes earlier it will be possible to reduce the size of your meals immensely thus eating 4 meals a day and spread out. your stomach will shrink thus needing less food to get you full. I lost 35 pounds doing this on the effexor.... Answered by Shanta Bonebrake 1 year ago.

I have been taking stronger dose than you, but it doesn't effect my weight much. May be it's just temporarily until your body will get used to the med,. For me the reason I can not lose weight is the hormonal therapy. It's that med's one of the side effects but not from Effexor. Answered by Kenisha Nevius 1 year ago.


What are some symptoms of Effexor withdrawal?
Asked by Estela Paterson 1 year ago.

If Effexor is discontinued gradually, meaning slowly reducing the dose usually by 37.5 or 75 mg at a time, there are very few, if any, symptoms. According to the medication insert that physicians are given it says "dysphoric mood, irritability, agitation, dizziness, sensory disturbances (e.g. paresthesias such as electric shock sensations), anxiety, confusion, headache, lethargy, emotional lability, insomnia, hypomania, tinnitus, and seizures". What I have experienced myself just recently from being reduced from 450 mg to 0 mg in 3 days (yes a psychiatrist was doing this to me because I needed to get off Effexor because of a medical condition that I didn't have when I started Effexor several years ago) I experienced what I would call flu like symptoms. By this I mean that I was achy all over with no one spot being worse than another. I had a headache. I also had some sudo-seizures. I slept for almost 5 days straight beginning after the first day of being reduced from 450 mg to 300 mg. I was in the hospital so I was being watched carefully. I was on an IV of saline so I wouldn't get dehydrated. I wasn't eating, I had no desire to try even. I was being woken up three times a day to make sure I was doing ok, I was also given some of my meds that I usually take during these times so I wouldn't be going through withdrawal from everything. What I am saying is that I've gone off of several antidepressants before with no problem but it has always been done slowly. What the drug company says could happen with Effexor didn't feel anything like I went through. I've talked to several doctors about what I went through and they all say that it is normal when not weining off of it. I hope that this helps you. Answered by Jeremiah Hardimon 1 year ago.

I've been off Effexor for a week and a half. I quit cold turkey from 150 mg/day. The withdrawal has not been terrible. I think that's just the luck of the draw. Of course, the reason I was put on Effexor was because I've tried so many antidepressants and felt no response. Effexor is the only one I can say truly helped me, so I would take it again if I felt I needed to. I've had vivid dreams that are not restful. Instead of the fuzzy, dream-like quality of normal dreams, Effexor withdrawal dreams are so detailed and logical that they are mentally draining to have. I get them for missing a dose and they're so different that I don't even have to look at my pill box in the morning to realize I've forgotten a dose. The other symptom I've experienced in withdrawal is dizziness. It feels like I'm being spun around on my own private, invisible merry-go-round, particularly if I try to focus my eyes on a spot near the ground. But it does not affect my walking or ability to drive. It just feels a little jarring. I've had no serious brain zaps, but I've had something that felt like my brain is set on scanning for radio channels but can only pick up faint buzzings. Those stopped when I started taking 1 gram of inositol a day. I've been really lucky that the withdrawal hasn't reached to the hellish levels others have described. I've been through much worse just dealing with the depression without medication. Answered by Korey Dela 1 year ago.

Ok I was on Effexor and the withdraw is like something I have never felt before and to be honest I did not even know that this is what I was going through until I got online and read some of the other symptoms that other people were having. I felt like my brain was having surges and my mouth was dry alot and to concentrate was not going down at all .. I just could not focus at all but I do say this once your body has rid itself of that chemical its all good just drink lots of water and bear through it. They say to not stop at once and I think that was my mistake I ran out of pills and decided that I would just quit them all together and stopped instantly big mistake if you still have some of the pills slowly decrease the amount you take and then eventually stop hope this helps .... Answered by Sunny Asaeli 1 year ago.

It's pretty bad for most people, but not everyone! If you react like I did, expect uncomfortable sensations, disturbances to your sleep patterns, and maybe some GI issues. I found that Dramamine (OTC motion sickness medication) helped me SO much with Effexor withdrawal. I'm finally off of it. I took it before bed to help me sleep (because the cessation was giving me horrible insomnia), and even in the morning the "brain zaps" were less, and eventually, gone. Just wanted to spread this information because I feel for anyone else going through this experience. It’s worth a try. Answered by Valeri Nonemaker 1 year ago.

Lestermount Answered by Lakeisha Stoll 1 year ago.


What did you experience when starting Effexor?
Asked by Natividad Garibaldi 1 year ago.

When I started Effexor, my mouth would be so dry.. A trick for dry mouth is to suck on Tic Tac's. It really does help. I tried that. Another bad side effect with Effexor is the weight gain. I've never had weight issues my entire life, that is until I started Effexor. It can either icnrease your appetite or decrease it. Causes extreme fatigue. Something else that people may not mention is that it causes enlarged pupils.. And I mean very enlarged pupils. My doctor prescribed me Effexor and I went back to see him, and he asked me what drugs I had taken because my pupils were so dilated. And the worst part about Effexor is the withdrawals. If you're on Effexor for depression or suicidal thoughts, you've seen nothing yet. It is pure hell when you try and get off that medication. I tried so many times ot get off of it, and during that time, I attempted suicide countless times. It messed me up so much. I went to lie down on the railroad tracks and just closed my eyes and waited to get hit by a train. It was during the day and I don't even know why I did it. I don't even know what happened but cars stopped and than the police and ambulance came and they carried me up off the railroad tracks. I was just lying there ready to die. Effexor is a medication I would never ever take again Answered by Shanti Wildridge 1 year ago.

My low blood sugar cravings were less, and I guess I felt less anxiety about eating a snack. I lost 15 pounds! Answered by Marvis Shackett 1 year ago.


Effexor???????????????????????...
i take lithium for mania....can effexor make my lithium bad or cause the mania? Asked by Chara Meth 1 year ago.

Important Safety Information Suicide in Children and Teenagers Antidepressants increased the risk of suicidal thinking and behavior in children and teenagers. Patients who are started on therapy should be observed closely for clinical worsening, suicidality, or unusual changes in behavior. EFFEXOR XR® (venlafaxine HCl) is not approved for use in children and teenagers. People taking MAOIs should not take EFFEXOR XR. Adult and pediatric patients taking antidepressants should be watched closely for signs that their condition is getting worse or that they are becoming suicidal, especially when they first start therapy, or when their dose is increased or decreased. Patients should also be watched for becoming agitated, irritable, hostile, impulsive, or restless. Such symptoms should be reported to the patient's doctor right away. EFFEXOR XR may raise blood pressure in some patients. Your blood pressure should be controlled before starting treatment and should be monitored regularly. When people suddenly stop using or quickly lower their daily dose of EFFEXOR XR, discontinuation symptoms may occur. Talk to your doctor before discontinuing or reducing your dose of EFFEXOR XR. Pregnant or nursing women shouldn't take any antidepressant without consulting their doctor. Before starting EFFEXOR XR, tell your doctor about any medicines you're taking, including over-the-counter drugs and herbal supplements. Until you see how EFFEXOR XR affects you, be careful doing such activities as driving a car or operating machinery. Avoid drinking alcohol while taking EFFEXOR XR. In clinical studies, the most common side effects with EFFEXOR XR (reported in at least 10% of patients and at least twice as often as with placebo) were constipation, dizziness, dry mouth, insomnia, loss of appetite, nausea, nervousness, sexual side effects, sleepiness, sweating, and weakness. Ask your doctor if EFFEXOR XR is right for you. Answered by Fiona Chrystal 1 year ago.


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