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What is the reason your doctor doesn't prescribe hormones?
While effexor (venlanfaxine) is well-studied, it has more acute toxicity (nausea and vomiting) and significant withdrawal symptoms. You should avoid it. Instead, you should use paroxetine (7.5 mg/day), cilalopram (20 mg/day), or escitalopram (20 mg/day).
In this site, I met a man in the UK who is suffering from significant withdrawal symptoms. You should not take it. You should change your doctor or see an OB & GYN doctor if your doctor is a primary care doctor.
Yes, I am an OB & GYN doctor. Okay. It is just my opinion. You should decide after I give you information. I will answer your questions. 1. Headache (38%), insomnia (15% to 24%), drowsiness (12% to 20%), dizziness (11% to 20%), diaphoresis (10% to 14%), weight loss (2% to 7%), nausea (21% to 35%), xerostomia (12% to 17%), anorexia (8% to 17%), weakness (8% to 19%). 2. Since it could cause insomnia, you should take it in the morning. 3. 4-6 weeks 4. When you stop therapy, you should gradually decrease to 37.5 mg for one week before stopping altogether.