I need to go on a cheaper anti-depressant like Paxil.
I would slowly reduce the Effexor before starting another antidperessant. Once you are on a lower dosage you can start the other antidepressant at a low dose and slowly increase. Best to do this with the instruction of the doctor. Effexor does have a generic though which is venlafaxine. Have you tried it?
Just to explain something, Effexor affects two brain chemicals, serotonin and norepinephrine. The Paxil you mentioned only effects one, serotonin. The cheapest antidepressant that affects both of these brain chemicals is venalafaxine I believe. Other antidepressants that affect both of these chemicals are Pristiq and Cymbalta but they do not have generics and will be more expensive.
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