I'm a week into a cross taper from citalopram to Effexor XR, after another week I will drop the last of the citalopram and increase Effexor to 75mg. So I've been incredibly tired, a bit jittery/anxious, chills and low. So I guess after crossing to 75mg I will have a few more side effects but I read that 75mg Effexor is the same dosage as 20mg citalopram. So I'm wondering could 75mg as a dose still be effective for me since it's a different medication as I always only needed 20mg cit unless I had a depressive episode where I went up to 30mg. My psych doesn't think I'll need too high a dose but i can't even remember when I felt better after taking the citalopram at first as it was 12 years ago.
Can anyone inform me what is the difference in dosages between the two drugs?
Debs; This really is hard to compare per mg. It's kind of matching on apple to an Orange But one thing I can say when you started the Citalopram it normally works within a month for most people and it could be about the same with the switch on the Effexor 75mg because your tapering off it should not take as long but normally it would be 6 to 8 weeks part right now is the withdrawal of the citalopram and adding the Effexor and most really do pretty well on the 75mg of that or you may need to go up to 150 which is the mid dose range which would possibly take a few weeks to adjust to the Effexor and that is only because your coming off of a medication close to the Effexor.Hope that is clear enough. It gets very confusing But if you hit the 75mg of the Effexor I would hold off a few weeks to really see if you need to go up to the 150mg and like I said once your level is up to the 75mg dose the difference might only be a few weeks to reach the level of Effexor you need. LET ME KNOW IF YOU DON'T QUITE GET IT THIS IS PRETTY HARD TO EXPLAIN. chuck1957
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