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Both drugs are different chemically and therefore one person may respond to one and not the other. They are both ordinarily tolerated quite well. Effexor has an indication for Major Depression and General Anxiety Disorder. Celexa has an indication for Major Depression and nerve related pain secondary to Diabetes. Doctors may also use the drugs for other conditions (called off label use). Both drugs effect serotonin and norepinephrine neurotransmitters that can be related to depression, with Effexor requiring a higher dose to bring out the norepinephrine effect. Importantly one should give adequate time, at least 3 weeks to see the full effect at any one dose and not give up too quickly. Often at a low dose a person may not get a full response or any at all, so to insure that a medication "doesn't work" be sure that the dose has been titrated up to an adequate dosage for a sufficient time period. In addition Effexor has been around for much longer time and has 2 additional indications to those mentioned above Social Anxiety Disorder and Panic Disorder.

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Can you take Effexor XR and Cymbalta together?

Since these are both SNRIs (serotonin norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors), it is not indicated to take both Effexor XR and Cymbalta simultaneously. If a second antidepressant is needed, an SSRI or other class of antidepressant should be used to augment the SNRI.

What is efferin xr?

XR at the end of the name of a medication indicates the medication is extended release. Efferin XR is not an actual medication, but Effexor XR is. Effexor XR is an antidepressant. It is prescribed for depression as well as anxiety.

What has medications have Effexor xr in it?

Effexor XR is the American brand name for the drug venlafaxine.

How do you switch from taking 225 mg of Effexor to 60 mg of Cymbalta?

3-4 days@ 150 mg Effexor and 30mg Cymbalta 3-4 days @75 mg Effexor and 30 mg Cymbalta 3-4 days @37.5 mg Effexor and 60 mg Cymbalta I am changing from 300mg of effexor to cymbalta the doc is first dropping the effexor xr 75mg to 225 for a week, and then down 150 for a week, clymbalta increasing to 60mg, and from the 150mg, down 37.5mg until weaned off effexor with increasing cymbalta. that is how my doctor wants to do it, however over Christmas holidays we are not touching anything, and at any time if i feel wrong i am to go directly to the hospital. talk to your doc. good luck

Is there a difference between Effexor xr and venlafaxine xr?

It is the same drug, Effexor XR is the brand name drug made by Wyeth (now owned by Pfizer). Effexor XR is Venlafaxine XR however a generic drug would just say Venlafaxine rather than Effexor.

Can you take xanax zoloft and seroquel safetly together?

I don't know how safe it is, but I have been taking Xanax, Seroquel and Cymbalta (or Effexor XR before the Cymbalta) for about 1 1/2 years now. I take them together at night to sleep and it works well.

Can you eat grapefruit while taking Effexor xr?

can I take grapefruits while taking effexor xr

Can you take xanax and Effexor xr together?

I take effexor xr 225ml. and 1mg.of xanax on a daily basis...i have for years...

Is venlafaxine hcl generic for Effexor?

Venlafaxine is the generic for effexor xr

Is Effexor xr a controlled substance?


Can you cut Effexor xr in half?


Can you take Tylenol pm with Effexor xr?

can you take effexor and tylenol p.m.

What does Effexor xr show up as in a urine drug test?

Effexor XR will not be detected by standard pre-employment type drug screens.

Can you take tramadol with Effexor?

I am not a physician, but I have been prescribed Tramadol while on Effexor Xr.

What will Effexor xr test positive for in a drug test?

Second person to ask, NO, they do not test for antidepressants. - - - - - Effexor XR is known to throw off false positives for PCP.

Can you mix cocaine and Effexor xr?

Probably not a good mixture.

Is the anti-depressant Effexor 275mg xr generic available in us Where?

There's a generic form of Effexor XR but it is in a tablet, NOT a capsule. Ask your doctor about whether it will affect you differently.

Can you take Effexor xr with sulfame trimethoprim?

I've had a drug interaction between it and effexor-xr. I think it has boosted the antidpressant. Would like to know if anyone else has had the same happen to them.

Can I mix NyQuil with Effexor?

can you mix NyQuil and effexor xrYou should ask a doctor whenever you have doubts about combining medications.

Can you mix Adderall and Cymbalta?

I have been on 20mg of Adderall XR 2x a day plus 60mg of Cymbalta for a couple years now.

Can you take Herbalife and Effexor XR together?"

Can you take imitrex with Effexor xr?

i hope so cause that is what my doctor has given me

What are the withdrawal symptoms for Effexor XR?

The withdrawal symptoms of Effexor XR include restlessness, irritability, weight gain, and tremors. Dose reduction is recommended to reduce possible side effects. Discontinuing use suddenly is not recommended.

Can you take diazepam while you are taking efexor-xr?

Should you take Effexor xr and Diazepam together and if so what are the effects of long term use of both? (A period of 4yrs)

Does seroquel help with depression?

I cannot answer for everyone, but it helps with my depression. I was diagnosed with severe clinical depression. In an effort to avoid hospitalization, I was prescribed Effexor XR for the depression and Lunesta for the related insomnia. After two days the Lunesta did not work and the antidepressant was not helping either. My psychiatrist increased the Effexor and put me on Seroquel (as a "mood stablizer"), it has been the perfect conbination. I currently take 225mg of Effexor XR & 300mg of Seroquel.