Hi there isn't a big difference actually. Both drugs are in the same group of anti-depressants; SSRI's and work in the same way. They also have very similar side effects, etc. They have different active ingredients though so may be more or less affective depending on the person. It is a good drug to try if the effexor isn't working for you. I take them myself and they are working well for me : )
Celexa is an SSRI, and increases seratonin only. Effexor is an SNRI,
which would likely make you more energetic because it works on NorEpinepherin as well as seratonin.
They are not exactly the same and Celexa would likely calm you more than the Effexor. But everyone reacts differently. There must be some reason he is taking you off the Effexor, so take your doctor's advice and let him know how you feel.
Venlafaxine is used to treat depression. Venlafaxine extended-release (long-acting) capsules are also used to treat generalized anxiety disorder (GAD; excessive worrying that is difficult to control), social anxiety disorder (extreme fear of interacting with others or performing in front of others that interferes ...
Never took it, so I only know what I read online.
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