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I have been on Effexor XR, 75 mg for the past 4 years or so,

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I have been on Effexor XR, 75 mg for the past 4 years or so, but over the past six months I have experienced some of the old symptoms of depression and anxiety; not to the extent that it used to be in my twenties, but its creeping back like a bad dreem.

is my body building up resistance to the meds? should I increase the dossage with my doctor? or change medications completely? It makes me sad to have the meds not work as they have really changed my life.
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Ralph LMHC replied 7 years ago.



It is common after a number of year for an SRNI like Effexor to cease working. When that happens there are a number of options. The doctor can try another SNRI like Prestiq, switch to an SSRI like Zoloft, or Celexa, etc, or try an add on like Abilify, etc.Do not despair there are several options and what you are experiencing is quite common and the solution is finding the correct regimen.




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Customer: replied 7 years ago.
What is the difference between an ssni ans ssri? Do they both help with anxiety and depression? Would it help to just increase the dose of the effexor xr 75 to 150? Or would it just increase drowsiness and or side effects?
Expert:  Ralph LMHC replied 7 years ago.

An SSRI is a Selective Seratonin Uptake Inhibitor and works on the brain neuro transmitter Seratonin. A SNRI is a Selective Noroepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitor and works on the brain neuro transmitter Norepinephrine. They both work on depressin and anxiety. 160 mgs is a moderate dose and should not cause problems, although the higher you go the more likely are side effects.



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Expert:  Ralph LMHC replied 7 years ago.

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