was on Effexor xr for 9 years but it never really stopped my anxiety. I am now on Prozac. Was on 30 mg for 8 weeks and had to go down to 20 mg because of really bad headaches, libido issues and serious diarrhea. now I am feeling the anxiety come back a bit. doc is saying I should add another med. which one should I consider. I asked my doc and she is thinking of switching me to Pristiq
Most all the meds you have mention may not work for anxiety, but more for depression. The start up (1st couple of weeks) of most antidepressants can increase anxiety, as well as dosage changes can do that also. Have you tried Zoloft? It is suppose to be for both. I take Buspar for anxiety, but it does not always work for everyone.
The side effects should have decreased by 8 weeks. You may not be able to handle the Prozac even at a lower does even with adding Pristiq.
There are lots of meds out there. Best if you can do a little research on the internet for drugs that work for both anxiety and depression. That is assuming you were on the Effexor for depression & anxiety?
There are also great people on this site to help and be supportive.
Hope you feel better soon.
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