What's the difference between adavans and venlafaxine?
Ativan is a benzodiazepine prescribed as an anti anxiety medication. It is quick acting, but is short acting as well. Venlafaxine is an antidepressant that is prescribed not only for depression, but also for anxiety. It takes awhile to build in your system to begin to work and must be taken every day about the same time. Once it has reached therapeutic levels in your blood it can take upwards of a month to reach peak effectiveness. Once this state is reached it will hopefully control your anxiety throughout the day and night without having to take further medications. You may notice some side effects in the beginning, but these usually subside in the first couple of weeks.
Hi, Tina! I think you mean Ativan (which is often spelled Adavan) and that is a benzodiazepine medication that produces mild sedation. You may have heard of Valium which is also a benzodiazepine.
Venlafaxine (Effexor) is an entirely different drug called an SSNRI antidepressant. It affects the neurotransmitters serotonin and norepinephrine in your brain to help relieve depression and it's myriad of symptoms.
Here is a link to lots of information about venlafaxine that you should know:
If you have specific questions about it or need advice, please feel free to post again. Many of us here have taken or are taking venlafaxine so we're very familiar with it.
Best wishes, WCV
- Venlafaxine Information for Consumers
- Venlafaxine Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Venlafaxine (detailed)
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