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.
Wellbutrin Sr (Bupropion) is a prescription medicine used to treat adults with a certain type of depression called major depressive disorder. Doctors have also prescribed Wellbutrin off-label to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and in tandem with other medications - particularly SSRIs - to treat bipolar disorder. It works by affecting the balance of chemicals that occur naturally in the brain. This medication may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Under the brand name Zyban, bupropion has also been prescribed to help people quit smoking.
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While depressed mood and lack of interest in activities may need up to 4-6 weeks to improve, disturbances in sleep, energy, or appetite 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.
The usual recommended dose is 100 mg to 150 mg once daily. In some cases, doses of up to 300 mg per day may be used. Daily doses over 150 mg are divided into two doses. Do not exceed the maximum dose of 300 mg per day, and do not take a single dose greater than 150 mg. Multiple daily doses should be taken at least 8 hours apart. It is very important that Wellbutrin Sr pills be swallowed whole and not chewed, broken, or crushed.
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 just wanted to say that I had a lot of these negative symptoms when I was in the generic "Buproprion" (headaches, vivid nightmares) but after switching to the "name brand only" I no longer had those horrible side effects.. It's hard to tell in these reviews which people are taking the generic version ( which was horrific) and who is reviewing the actual Wellbutin SR. The name brand worked so much better!!!
The first 3 days were like how other describe as a mild acid trip. There was no sleeping. After that things normalized quickly until i did not even noticed i was on any meds except i was less depressed. The anxiety took a few years to get under control. I also get 30x0.5mg xanax a month to stop any panic attacks when they start. I have never needed to increase my benzo because i refuse to use them in a way that builds tolerance. I may go a few days without taking one then i will have an attack and may need 3 over the course of the day. I didnt think much about drinking on Wellbutrin because i didnt notice a difference. Then i have read horror stories about combining drinking and Wellbutrin. I do not have those or any other ill effects but i dont recommend it for others due to what i read
27 year old male with a history of anxiety and depression. I can honestly say this is the best antidepressant I have taken. I have tried many with terrible side effects that did not work but Wellbutrin 300 close worked wonders. It has given me energy and hope that I didn't think was possible after being extremely suicidal and lethargic. Constipation and very vivid dreams are the only side effect I can report which are not deal breakers for me. Glad I tried it. Been on it for over a month and still feeling hopeful.