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Re: celexa from effexor

Posted by Mark on May 10, 1999, at 5:34:03

In reply to celexa from effexor, posted by Laurie on January 8, 1999, at 13:48:03

Effexor discontinuation can be difficult but
it is time-limited. It's like a bad flu and
Celexa, as is your experience, is will treat it
pretty well. These symptoms are not dangerous
and are not permanent. Celexa, like it's
cousins Prozac, Zoloft, Luvox, and Paxil,
works by increasing serotonin. Effexor
does this but also increases another chemical
called norephinephrine. Effexor and all the
SSRi's can have discontinuation/withdrawal
symptoms but none are permanent. (Prozac
is least likely to cause these symptoms since
it is so long-lasting.

> I have just recently been switched from Effexor to Celexa. I was only off of the effexor for four days, and had horrible side effects. I did some web-searching, and found out there were many with the same symptoms as I had.
> I have only taken the celexa for three days now. The 'brain snapping' has almost dissapeared, but I still feel dizzy and disoriented. I am worried about three things:
> 1) Will the withdrawls from the celexa be as bad as from the effexor?
> 2) How similar are these drugs in effect and compostion?
> 3) Will there be any long-term damage from either of these drugs?
> I was quite frightened when I read some of the effexor-withdrawl postings at another site. It seems that many that posted were still feeling horrible effects months after the termination of usage. I haven't really found anything about the effects of withdrawl from celexa. My doctors gave me these drugs as a short-term help through a hard time... I don't plan on taking them forever, and am now wondering if I should have taken them at all. The effexor-withdrawl symptoms are not as bad while taking the celexa, but I'm still feeling very strange. I don't think I can function very well; thank goodness I don't have to leave the house...
> Has anyone withdrawn from celexa?
> I was taking 37.5 mg of effexor in capsule form daily for about three months. I tried to take the double dose suggested, but thought the 37.5mg was enough. I now am starting 20 mg. of celexa/day.




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