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I am Dr Vikas (M.D Psychiatry)and I’ll try to help you today.
Antidepressant like Effexor can cause sexual side effects like decrease libido and this side effect is commonly reported by many patients. The other possible reason for decreased libido is untreated depression.
Kindly mention your diagnosis?
Do you think that you are depressed even after taking Effexor 75 + 150 mg per day?
Please reply and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
no I'me fine, I am being treated for bi=polar2, but I have never been convinced
of the diagnosis
Thanks for your reply.
In that case, it is possible that you are experiencing sexual side effects due to Effexor. You are currently taking 225 mg per day of Effexor, am I correct?
are you there?
yes that's right
ok, no answer
please don't charge me for
I am here, I was just waiting for your reply so that we can discuss further
would you like to continue or not.
although, I need more information but it appears to me that you are again not on your computer, I am giving my answer on the basis of this information you have provided.
As I mentioned earlier, Effexor can cause sexual side effects and probably you are also experiencing those side effects. In such cases, there are two possible options to control these side effects.
First option is to decrease the dose and see if it helps, otherwise Effexor can be replaced by another antidepressant which usually does not cause sexual side effect like Wellbutrin or Remeron.
Second option is to add another antidepressant like Wellbutrin or Remeron in low dose. The advantage of adding Wellbutrin or Remeron is that these antidepressants may counteract the sexual side effect caused by Effexor in addition to augmenting its action.
I personally prefer the second option that is to add Bupropion (Wellbutrin) in patients complaining of sexual side effects due to Venlafaxine (Effexor)
You can discuss with your doctor about both the option and hopefully you will notice improvement very soon.
Would like to hear your views on my suggestion so that we can discuss further.
You have also mentioned that you are not satisfied with your diagnosis, is it possible for you to try this short online screening quiz and let me know about your scores.
It is possible that I will not be on my computer when you reply back, in that case, I will try to reply as soon as I can.
yes i will be happy to take on the on screen quiz
and thank u for your suggestion
You are most welcome.
you can try that quiz by clicking the link given above.
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