Hello I believe I can help you with your concern
I am so sorry that you are suffering from these symptoms, I can understand why this would distress you
May I ask, what dosage of the Xanax and Effexor are you taking?
Well those are significant dosages for your age, because as we age we metabolize medications at a slower rate, so that means more of the medication is in our system at any given time. The mixture of Effexor and Xanax can cause dizziness, drowsiness, impaired thinking, and difficulty concentrating, so that may be why you are feeling these symptoms because dizziness can cause nausea and the impaired thinking/difficulty concentrating can cause headaches.
Here is a look at all the interaction effects from your medications too
You can see that the dizziness, drowsiness, impaired thinking, and difficulty concentrating is primarily surrounded with the Xanax and one interaction with the Effexor, but mostly I believe that the Xanax is the chief cause for your symptoms
Well i think you may be able to reduce the dosage of the Xanax and possibly take as needed, so that you are not getting these side effects from it. And you can try a medication called Buspar that is relatively new and very effective for anxiety that will not cause you have these side effects at all. The Buspar will help with general anxiety you are having, and then if you take the Xanax as needed for panic attacks, I think you will be fine and not as effected by these side effects from the medication. If you take the Buspar, you will have to reduce or discontinue the Effexor
It really depends on how much of the Buspar you would want to be prescribed, but I would suggest going back to 125mg and then gradually increasing the Buspar. Buspar is very effective for anxiety and the Effexor will be effective for the depressive symptoms.
Start at 7.5mg to see how you react to it and then gradually increase it. But I would stay at 20-30mg max for you. The Buspar, Effexor, and Xanax should help a lot with your anxiety and hopefully you will not get these side effects you currently have once you reduce the Xanax
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