Hi nutmeg, first welcome to healing well forum, we are happy to have you. I am wondering if your doctor who is prescribing it is a PCP or a psychiatrist? The thing is that all antidepressants do have the potential to over time build up in our bodies and become less effective. I had this problem with Zoloft after taking it for about 6 years.
There are several options you can take:
1. If you’re seeing a regular primary care physician for treatment of your depression then I would suggest seeking out a psychiatrist as these physicians are most knowledgeable on antidepressants and the treatment of depression.
2. Depending on what dosage of Effexor XR your taking you could see if the dosage could be increased to help level you off. Often times an adjustment in dosage does work wonders.
3. Or you could see about switching to another medication. There are many new meds on the market now that are proving to help greatly. But I would only do this under the close supervision of your physician as going off of Effexor is extremely difficult and your dosage will need to be titrated down slowly.
I too take Effexor XR and am on 225mg. I was doing well at 150mg but my psychiatrist bumped up the dosage to help with a medical problem I have of low blood pressure. Effexor has the side effect of raising BP. He has said that it could be adjusted higher than this, but I have trouble imaging taking more than I already am.
As I said I don’t know how much your taking but according to Mosby's Drug Reference 375 mg is the max that a patient should be given. So maybe you can see if an increase in your dosage would help before you seek to switch meds. Please let us know how it goes...Take care
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Thank you so much for the welcome and for the information. this helps me alot. I am on 150mg of Effexor XR. and have been on this dose for about a year. I am leery of going higher, fearing that it will be even more difficult to go off of it if I need a different one. I am only seeing my GP and I think you are right in that i need someone who is up on the latest information. Are there newer antidepressants than Effexor? I was so happy to have these SSRIs or SNRIs because years ago, nothing worked for me!
thanks again for your help!
You’re most welcome nutmeg, which is what we are here for. The newest antidepressant is Cymbalta; I think there are a few people who post here that are taking this med. Followed by Lexapro, and Celexa which are the newest ones on the market in the last few years. I haven’t been on any of these so I am not much help on them as far as how well they work.
I am going to post a link below for you on all the antidepressants and generic (trade names) so you can research them if you would like to. I understand your reluctance in wanting to increase dosage of Effexor. I have heard horror stories of this being one of the most difficult meds to come off of if not the hardest. That is one of my biggest fears that it will one day stop working for me as Zoloft did.
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