... brand name here is Avanza. I have a long history of depression and anxiety, and have been on Zoloft and more recently Effexor XR. I have been off Effexor for a little while, but I'm not quite right, so I think I need a little bit of protection. My doc prescribed Avanza. Does anyone know how this one differs from SSRI/SNRI meds, as I am reading that it is in a different class of meds. Also, when you first start taking it, do you take the full dose (30 mg) or do you halve it for the first week. I hear that initial side affects are worse if you halve it, which sounds weird. Thanks for any comments- it's good to talk