I had been on Celexa 20mg for many years. It just seemed to stop working. I don't have major depression,but it is there, and I do have bouts with anxiety. After speaking with my new Dr., because of new great insurance, we switched me to Effexor XR. He started me out at 75mg which I read is the normal starting, he said he'd like to see me after about a month on this dose as it is roughly equal to the 20 mg of Celexa. My only concern is that I've also read that Effexor XR is simply acting as any other SSRI at 75 mg or less and you only get the SNRI effect at 150 mg. I'm not trying to find a problem that isn't there, just concerned that for the next month I will be not seeing any benefit.
Hi, I have been on Effexor 225mg for 12 years, having started on 75 and gradually increased by my doctor to 225. I'd been on many anti-depressants prior to this over a 25 year period, and I have to say this particular drug at my present dosage has been the best without doubt. Before I was always anxious, agorophobic, fear of tall buildings, etc., despite being on benzos as well (which I continue to take), so my life is about as "normal" as anyone else. Maybe you should ask your doctor about increasing your dose by 75mg at a time to see how you get on. good luck.
Here's the deal :)
If it works for you, then let it work! Try to think positively about it and expect it to work. Just keep an eye on your mood and if it shifts or anything, let your doctor know immediately. You may find the 75mg works great for you. If not, then talk to your doctor and go from there.
I think you'll be fine... just keep a positive mind-set or you'll make things a lot harder than they need to be. And if ANYTHING changes, don't hesitate to share it with your doctor asap. Write things down so you can remember details that will help them decide on the best changes to make.
I am on Celexa. I love it! I tried getting off of it bc I didn't like the fact of being on pills forever. Once I stopped taking it, I realized how much I needed it. My depression and anxiety was terrible. I've also been on Effexor. I always stayed at the lowest dosage the whole time I was on it. My Dr. never increased it; however, I was not a fan of Effexor. It did not work for me, and I gained A LOT of weight from it (at least 20 lbs) I have been thin all my life and I'm petite. It took forever to get that weight off!! My baby weight came off easier than that sh*t! Good Luck though =/
- Effexor XR Information for Consumers
- Effexor XR Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Effexor XR (detailed)
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