I'm taking Effexor xr 75 mg (for a week) and I'm thinking of switching to cymbalta Bc the side effects of effex are really bad for me. Has anyone switched and liked cymbalta better? Less side effects? Thanks!
Has anyone taken cymbalta vs Effexor xr?
- 10 Jul 2016 by Hopefrog23
- 11 July 2016
- cymbalta, effexor, effexor xr, side effect
Yes. Cymbalta's increase in norepinephrine is much stronger and not dose-dependent like Effexor [XR]. The net effect of Cymbalta is that it tends to be more on the activating and stimulating side. Effexor [XR] increases serotonin more than anything else esp. at doses 75 mg/day or less, however it increases norepinephrine at doses: 150-225 mg, and then dopamine at 300 or more mg... So low doses of Effexor [XR] can feel more sedating, almost like Paxil... it's when you get to the high doses of Effexor [XR] that it acts much more like Cymbalta... Higher doses of Effexor [XR] is not getting more of the same, it's like adding a new drug, such as Paxil with Wellbturin or Strattera added to it, that's the interesting part... in contrast taking more and more of a drug such as Xanax will get you more of the same effect and stronger, but that's not the case with Effexor [XR].
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