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I have been on venlafaxine years and have down very well on

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I have been on venlafaxine for 2 years and have down very well on it with a mild recurrence on 75 so the dr needed to up the dose to 150. Now the effect has worn off and my symptoms are back. The GP has just added a 5 mg citalopram today. Is this approach okay ?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Dr. Z replied 1 year ago.

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Hello and thank you for using JustAnswer. There is no harm in adding such a low dose of Citalopram to your Venlafaxine, but usually it would be more appropriate to continue increasing the dose of your Venlafaxine since at 150mg/day you are only taking a moderate dose. Increasing the dose of the Venlafaxine to 225mg/day is normally the next step. But your doctor may be adding the Citalopram at 5mg as a consideration for switching you from Venlafaxine to Citalopram in the near your doctor may start to increase the Citalopram and decrease the Venlafaxine as he/she feels you may have a better response on Citalopram.

Expert:  Dr. Z replied 1 year ago.

Hello, I am just checking in to see if you need anything else.