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.
Zoloft is the brand name of sertraline, an antidepressant used to treat major depressive disorders (post traumatic stress disorder, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, social anxiety disorder and premenstrual dysphoric disorder). Zoloft is in a class of antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). They work by controlling levels of serotonin in the brain. Zoloft relieves symptoms of depression without the side effects that many people experience with the older tricyclic antidepressants and MAO inhibitors.
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Although some symptoms (sleep, energy or appetite) may improve within a matter of days, it is important to allow four to six or even eight weeks for the medication to be fully effective. If no improvement is seen in two to four weeks, another medication can be tried.
Zoloft is administered once daily by mouth in the morning or evening:
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You can not buy effexor and zoloft without prescription in the US, Canada, UK and most other countries in the world. You need to get a prescription for antidepressants from your doctor before being able to access the meds. If you have a prescription, Walgreens, CVS, Walmart or any other online pharmacy will sell drugs for you.
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'm 45 years old and have been on Zoloft for 20 years. I have slowly weaned myself off the drug over the last 12 months. It has now been 2 months without the drug. I am totally debilitated by brain fog, loss of memory, lack of concentration, and irritability. Can anyone please help me with might be happening to me or has anyone been through similar experiences to mine? I'm so upset everyday.... thanks!
I was on Zoloft for about 8 years for severe generalized anxiety disorder and major depressive disorder. I was eventually maxed out (200mg) and I felt awful. I couldn't feel emotions at all, it was almost like depression but less hopeless. I felt like a zombie. Or a robot. I also had pretty severe sexual side effects as well. Got taken off, and I feel like a real human again. I'm on Wellbutrin now.
I was prescribed zoloft in the past and it worked well, so my doctor thought that we should try it again for my anxiety and depression. it worked very well in a short amount of time. it was worth the night sweats to have normal days.