Hello and Welcome to HealingWell. You may want to call your own Physician and ask him why he chose Efexor over Prozac for you and your son.
Sometimes a combination using small doses of prozac along with Effexor seems to be the answer. No contraindication that I am aware of. Please remember I am not a professional.
Perhaps another member will have better input.
Kitt, Co-Moderator: Anxiety/Panic & Depression& GERD Forums*~*
Prozac would be the easiest on your daughter. I didn't gain any weight. After some years on it, it stopped working and I am on Celexa now. Celexa is in the Prozac family. Effexor is very strong and may not be the first drug she should be on.
But, I am not a doctor.
I'm currently taking both prozac and wellbutrin xl. I've taken prozac on and off for 18 years, and it has never caused weight gain in me. Same with the wellbutrin. I just started taking them together a couple of years ago. It's been awhile since I was able to only take one med for depression. I know that when I tried effexor, after a week, it was making me feel very weird, and not in a good way.
My mom takes effexor and prozac, her doctor jokingly refers to it as "rocket fuel", supposedly it really makes a person feel activated. Finding the right meds for yourself (or your daughter) is really a trial and error process. Sometimes the first med tried works, and life goes on. Other times, you need trials on a couple before finding the right one. I hope your daughter finds one that works for her soon.