About Effexor (Desvenlaxafine)
Desvenlafaxine also known as Effexor is an antidepressant medication. It affects chemicals in your brain that may become unbalanced and cause depression.Effexoris an SSRI.
Specific Uses for Effexor:Venlafaxine is used to relieve symptoms of depression such as feelings of sadness, worthlessness, or guilt; loss of interest in daily activities; changes in appetite; tiredness; sleeping too much;insomnia; and thoughts of death or suicide. Venlafaxine is also used to relieve symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder.
Drug makers claim that antidepressants are not “habit forming” but fail to mention that all antidepressants can cause withdrawal. People often do not realize that withdrawal is causing their symptoms. Some people have even mistaken "withdrawal depression" for evidence that the drug is working.
Gradual dose reduction (also know as tapering) will alleviate symptoms for most people. (For many people the reduction in dose needs to be in miniscule amounts requiring the painstaking cutting and measuring of medication.) And yet many doctors do not know the proper methods for withdrawal and fail to fully warn patients.
ANTIDEPRESSANT WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOMS.
1. Crying spells
2. Worsened mood
3. Low energy (fatigue, lethargy, malaise)
4. Trouble concentrating
5. Insomnia or trouble sleeping
6. Change in appetite
7. Suicidal thoughts
8. Suicide attempts
9. Anxious, nervous, tense
10. Panic attacks (racing heart, breathless)
11. Chest pain
12. Trembling, jittery,or shaking
14. Agitation (restlessness, hyperactivity)
18. Homicidal thoughts or urges
19. Confusion or cognitive difficulties
20. Memory problems or forgetfulness
Up to 78% of effexor users will experience withdrawal.This can happen with one missed dose. paxil 66% zoloft 60%
Reference: “The Antidepressant Solution” by Joseph Glenmullen, M.D. We have no connection with Dr. Glenmullen
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