Venlafaxine, also known by its trade name as Effexor, is an antidepressant. It is used for the treatment of major depressive disorder and anxiety disorders, and specifically for generalized anxiety disorder and social anxiety disorder. Physicians are becoming more likely to prescribe Effexor to treat other symptoms and conditions as well. Since Effexor works by regulating serotonin and norepinephrine levels in the brain, it can effectively help treat pain caused by severe migraines and diabetic neuropathy. This tablets is available on prescription only.
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While symptoms of depressed mood and lack of interest in activities may need up to 4-6 weeks to improve; disturbances in sleep, appetite or energy may show some improvement within the first 1-2 weeks. Improvement in these physical symptoms can be an important early signal that the medication is working.
Effexor comes in immediate-release tablets of 25 mg, 37.5 mg, 50 mg, 75 mg, and 100 mg, and in extended-release capsules of 37.5 mg, 75 mg, 150 mg, and 225 mg. If taken as an immediate-release pill, the dose is usually split up and taken two or three times during the day, with food. If you're taking the extended-release capsules, take your dose at breakfast or dinner, ideally at the same time every day. You need to swallow the capsule whole: do no crush, chew or place it in a liquid.
Paxil (Paroxetine) is a prescription medicine used to treat depression. It is important to talk with your healthcare provider about the risks of treating depression and also the risks of not treating it. You should discuss all treatment choices with your healthcare provider. PAXIL is also used to treat: major depressive disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder. This medicine is available only with your doctor's prescription.
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Sleep, appetite or energy may show some improvement within the first 1-2 weeks. Improvement in these physical symptoms can be an important early signal that the medication is working. Depressed mood and lack of interest in activities may need up to 6-8 weeks to fully improve.
Paxil comes in four dosages: 10 mg, 20 mg, 30 mg, and 40 mg. You'll typically take Paxil once daily, in the morning or evening. You don't have to take Paxil with food, but that could help prevent an upset stomach. Be sure to take Paxil whole: Don't crush or chew the medication. People usually start by taking 20 mg a day. Your doctor may increase your dose by 10 mg each day but your dose shouldn't exceed 60 mg a day.
My physician started me out on 37.5 mg/day for 1 week then increased the dosage to 75 mg/day for another week and, finally, to 150 mg/day. After taking 150 mg/day for about a week, I felt it was too much... my heart was always racing, I couldn't sleep, and I generally just felt "nervous". My physician dropped my dosage back to 75 mg/day and that seemed to work best for me. I absolutely feel that the Effexor helped lift my depression. However, I eventually chose to stop taking it because of the sexual side effects. After being on Effexor for about a year, I both wanted and needed to have a healthy sexual relationship with my husband again. I dropped the dosage back to 37.5 mg/day for a week, then one every other day for about another week before stopping altogether. I don't recall having any "withdrawal" symptoms. Within a few days of the last dose, all sexual functions were back.
Effexor helped me immensely with pulling out of a very long/recurrent depression. I think I started at 75mg, and had mild side effects that pretty much went away. Some people cant tolerate it at all, but if you can, it can be very effective. I maxed out at 450mg for something like 6 months and while it was great for my depression, it never helped with my anxiety problems. After my first several-days-long hypomanic episode though I'm rediagnosed bipolar ii and coming off effexor. And thats where most of the effexor horror stories start - a lot of us get withdrawal symptoms. I had no problems tapering back down to 150 but get "the zaps" and nausea etc below that. But there are ways to manage and reduce it. Overall, even though the med has some downsides, its definitely been a positive experience for me.
I've been taking 10mg of paxil for 2 weeks. I feel worse than when I started taking it. I'm taking paxil for menopause and anxiety. I also take ativan. My 19 year old son shot himself 4 1/2 years ago. I've been on so many different anti depressant and anti anxiety meds. When will this start working? I feel like there is no hope for me.
I was given 12.5 mg of generic Paxil 5 days ago. My anxiety started to manifest itself with uncontrollable crying. While it's has been only 5 days, the crying has stopped. So I'm happy with that. However, I am experiencing side effects: lightheaded, pin prick feelings in arms and legs, some joint pain, lower back pain, and lethargy that makes me feel like doing/caring about nothing. Because the side effects come and go, I'm willing to wait it out to see if everything mellows out.
I had taken Paxil when I was younger and it worked wonders with my depression and social disorder. However, this time around it is different, but still better with than without. My husband has been on it for close to 5 years. He used to be so angry all the time about everything, this helped him. It helped us because I am a person who does not do well with yelling and arguing. He did try to stop a few months back and it was terrible because his aggressiveness and irritability was off the wall, scarey. His mood swings came on quick and he realized he was better off staying on the Paxil. We are both on 40 mg a day.