Sertraline vs. Effexor

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Date Joined May 2006
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   Posted 8/23/2007 9:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey everyone, I was just wondering if anyone has had experince with both Sertraline and Effexor at seperate times? I've been on Sertraline for the past 8 years and was doing pretty well with it and decided to go off of it when I started on another medication called Imuran used to treat ulcerative colitis because I was feeling too dizzy and tired all the time. After being off the sertraline for 5 months, I started feeling really anxious again...worrying about physical health, feeling like a zombie, like my mind was blank, difficulty concentrating, chest tension ect. So just recently my psychiatrist prescribed Effexor to me which works to increase both serotonin and norepinephrine. I just started today by taking one 37.5mg capsule and already feel nausea, headache, and definitely a different sensation than what I would get from the sertraline. I'm wondering if anyone has had experince with both these meds and if they found that sertraline had less side effects. I've heard that many people have struggled with withdrawl from Effexor and I didn't experince many horrible withdrawl effects from the sertraline. So part of me is thinking of not going any further with Effexor and seeing if my doc would prescribe me the Setraline again to go back on that. I'd very much appreciate some input! Thanks!

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Date Joined Apr 2007
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   Posted 8/23/2007 9:37 PM (GMT -6)   

Hello Flames

If the ZOLOFT(sertraline hydrochloride) worked for you in the past I would definitely talk to your physician about returning to it.

There are many members that like the Effexor and if you read through the topics  or search for Effexor in Search Site above you  will find threads about the med.

Take care and I am glad you have posted your question as it is wise to know your medications.

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   Posted 8/24/2007 12:13 AM (GMT -6)   
I've just gone back on zoloft after a break and pray that it will work again. (we're not sure if I grew tolerant or my anxiety wasn't covered when they stopped it) I've tried effexor and it didn't work for me I think it's a case of what med works for your body.
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