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Re: Effexor

Posted by Toby on December 14, 1998, at 10:48:33

In reply to Re: Help for others, posted by DL on December 11, 1998, at 23:10:31

Effexor blocks serotonin and norepinephrin reuptake into the neuron (which keeps it in the synapse longer which lets it have more of an effect on the mood receptors). At low doses, it only blocks serotonin reuptake so it acts exactly like an SSRI (which is why it made you feel like the SSRI's did). At medium doses it blocks both serotonin and norepinephrine (and acts like a tricyclic antidepressant) and at very high doses it blocks monoamines like dopamine (so it acts like an MAOI and also like Wellbutrin). So it is a very complex drug and is many drugs in one, depending on the dose.




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