... taking a drug called Venlafaxine 75mg for depression but when I checked this site last night for interactions with other meds I'm on I found it has some potentionally dangerous interactions, what would be a safer drug choice for depression with less of a chance of interactions with other drugs like , Oxycocet (oxycodone) , Fentanyl patch 50 mcg, and clonazepam 1mg. I was on Celexa before going on Venlafaxine, I never had a problem with it, it just seemed to not work so well anymore so my Dr. switch me to Venlafaxine 75mg which I've also had no problems with but seeing these potential interactions is a little scary
As long as your doctor knows the other medication you are taking, you should be fine.
If you read a little more on this site, you'll probably see that many people are taking multiple drugs and many times they have the risk of severe interactions. But if your doctor knows about your other meds and you're taking them as they prescribed, you should be fine. Just make sure to report to your doctor ANYTHING that doesn't feel right. You have to be honest and thorough with them so that you can get the best treatment for YOU. Like I always say, everyone is different. One person's drug combination is NOT necessarily going to work for someone else. And if you ask anyone what the PERFECT combination of medication is... I can promise you, nobody will know, because there isn't one (unfortunately).
One thing I would say though, is MAKE SURE you're taking the Venlafaxine as directed and DON'T miss a dose. Many people (including me) have had bad experiences with missing doses of this drug and it can be debilitating. So be careful.
If you have any other questions I'd be happy to try to help. I'm no doctor, just experienced a lot with meds for Bipolar 2. Good luck with whatever it is you're battling!
Your doctor needs to know all the medicines you are taking and he/she should be aware of any interactions that might be a problem. When I plugged all my medicines into the drug checker there were many interactions too, but I know my doctor knows everything I am taking and I trust him. Sometimes the benefits out weigh the risks. Don't hesitate to ask your doctor about your concerns. It is very impotant that you have a doctor that you can trust.
The most important advice I can give is to be proactive in your own health issues... don't always take every pill the doctor pushes at you... and if you are concerned about interactions and need a second opinion..go to your local pharmacy and ask for a consult and find out their opinion... they should know. I had a friend who for years continued to fill prescription and prescription that her family doctor ordered for her to take, she is now in a lot of trouble after years of this and come to find out she was on over 20 prescriptions for this problem or that problem... her liver and pancreas are affected now and it is like she is toxic. I don't mean to scare you at all... but it is wise to be aware yourself... ask questions of your doctor, pharmacist and be informed as a patient. I was on venlafaxine as well but think it caused eye pressure and problems, every person is different of course...
I know it is necessary sometimes to take these anti depressants but truthfully it only masks the ongoing problems and helps you deal with them... it does nothing to solve them... I am thankfully not taking them anymore, weaned off them myself... Good luck to you.
- Venlafaxine Information for Consumers
- Venlafaxine Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Venlafaxine (detailed)
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