I know that Celexa is an SSRI and Effexor is an SSNRI. So, another way to rephase what I'm asking is what exactly is norepinephine and what is it's relation to serotonin?
Hi, aspie! Both norepinephrine and serotonin are neurotransmitters that transmit impulses to and within the brain. Too many impulses hitting the brain can cause psychological and psychosomatic symptoms. Drugs like Celexa and Effexor can inhibit these chemical impulses.
The effects of medications can be different from person to person, but personally, I've been taking Effexor for several years and I'm very happy with it. Effective, and I've had no side effects at all.
Good luck and best wishes, WCV
I've read on a couple of sites that Effexor (venlafaxine) doesn't really start to effect your norepinephrine levels until you get to much higher does (225mg+), so at 75mg it works just like an SSRI, which is the same type of drug as Celexa (and Lexapro). I'm not a doctor, just relaying what I've read.
I moved from Lexapro to Effexor about a week ago and my doctor told me the two drugs were similar enough that I didn't need to taper off one for the other, just swap at my next dose. Just my two cents.
For anyone going on Effexor I suggest you look up side effects and withdrawals. I was on Celexa for several years then got switched to Effexor and it is the worst drug I have ever encountered and nearly impossible to get off of. I could quit Celexa anytime I wanted but this is a whole different story. Even just lowering the dosage results in stabbing headaches, dizziness, fogginess, nausea and several other uncomfortable feelings such as complete detachment from the world and terrible sadness. I don't think doctors really understand this as they only prescribe by what they're told to. Check it out yourself but my opinion would be take anything BUT this drug. It does work better in the short term but will screw up your mind.
Does anyone have any suggestions of what medication to switch to that won't cause fogginess or short-term memory recall "lag".? I'm currently taking 75 mg of venlafaxine(Effexor XR) and notice fogginess as well as sleeplessness. I have to take a couple of muscle relaxers at bed-time in order to sleep through the night. I had taken 150mg but noticed increased fogginess from 75. Why have people switched from Celexa to Effexor XR?
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