I was prescribed effexor generic 37.5 for anxiety/panic and mild depression. Been taking it for 2 1/2 weeks... only take once per day. My anxiety is awful still. Will this med ever start working. I get so scared and aggravated. I don't know where to turn. My doctor has no idea anything about antidepressants I don't think. I also take low dose trazadone at night to help with insomnia. Any help would be appreciated. I took Cymbalta 30mg before and it worked great for me... I was actually back to normal with it... but my insurance will not pay for it anymore. Please help with info
Effexor (venlafaxine) is similar to Cymbalta in that they are both what is called SNRI type antidepressants. You are on a very low dose and it can take upwards of a month to reach maximum effectiveness. I suspect you will have to go up on the dose to get relief, but be patient and see what happens over the next week to 10 days.
The other responses are spot on. Let me add that you should have doctor visit schedule 6 weeks after you started to evaluate your dosage level. It takes about 4 weeks for Effexor to titrate. The 6 week evaluation is to determine if the dosage is correct.
At this point you need to hang in there. I know that will be tough. Changing medications is one of the most difficult problems in dealing with depression, anxiety and panic.
You have my sympathy and my support.
<RANT> Insurance companies are a PITA. With some of the things we go through to get well it is overwhelmingly frustrating for an insurance company to say that we can't have the drugs that work because they think they know better than our doctors.</RANT>. There, I feel better for you already.
All answers are right on line. Laurie Shay is absolutely correct the two drugs are the same. I suspect having been there that the dose will need to be increased but maybe not. It is going to take up to 6 weeks to find out if the dose you are on is right for you. Friend these type drugs take time and everyone reacts to them in different ways. Good luck.
Hi VSP - It sounds to me like you could benefit by seeing a psychiatrist... getting properly diagnosed and telling that doctor what you have been on before that works. I sure don't like it when PCP prescribe psych meds for the very reason you stated... "My doctor has no idea about antidepressants... ". So, I sure wouldn't take anything else from that doctor. You haven't been on the other med long enough really some of them can up to 4-6 weeks to feel the benefit and then you might need a dosage adjustment. Cymbalta is a great med and a psychiatrist might be able to give you samples. I got my all by my self... just samples... for a long time. 30mg of Cymbalta is a small dose, too.
See if you can find a psychiatrist in your area or ask your doctor's office for a referral or contact your local hospital and ask for a doctor referral for a psychiatrist. All the hospitals have those services...
Be well and take good care of you.
Well i started taking effexor now about 12/13 years ago,at first it was 150mg up to 225mg.To be honest since looking back i have never ever found a lift or good mood for depression at all..nothing.I do know it can mess with maybe your hormones a bit or a streak of sexwhich goes through you constantly.Its an odd one.Remember though,once you are on the stuff,it is the hardest chemical to get off in any case.Even if reduced a pill at a time,this stuff has a nighytmare withdrawl.ok good lk.
well I have been on venlafaxine150mg nearly 3 months ( 13 weeks ) so far and it has not really benefited me at all which is extremely frustrating so I cant tell if it is going to work for me , I had been on sertraline for 3 months and that didn't work so now I'm 13 weeks on venlafaxine and its doing jack all for my anxiety and depression , they say it takes 6 - 8 weeks ( I wish ) , I have been ill for nearly 7 months and still no improvements , I think these tablets are just designed to give you hope , sam
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