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Re: Zyprexa and Effexor

Posted by MEJ on September 8, 2005, at 14:56:46

In reply to Zyprexa and Effexor, posted by MEJ on September 1, 2005, at 9:21:59

> Hi there,
> About a year ago I slowly weaned off Effexor and experience TERRIBLE withdrawal. I lost a tremendous amount of weight had backlash depression so bad I admitted myself into a crises centre for two weeks...but refused to go back on because I was so afraid to come off. My pdoc prescribed Luvox which lifted the depression a bit, but put on maybe 5 pound in 6 months.
> So after a lot of angst and research, I asked my doctor to put me back on effexor..has been four weeks now...feel a lot better moodwise and energy wise..but don't seem to be putting on any weight. Not losing mind you. My appetite is three healthy meals a day and a couple of snacks in between when I can fit them in....
> So yesterday...concerned about my weight my doctor told me that Zyprexa has been suggested for mood disorders and that it puts on weight really fast would I consider stopping Effexor and switching...I told him I was TERRIFIED to stop he suggested that I take a small dose (2.5 to 5 mg) of Zyprexa for a couple of weeks in addition to Effexor and see how I felt..he says if there are any problems I can just stop without any withdrawal (which is what scares me). He said normally would not prescribe a medication for its side effects but since Zyprexa also works for mood disorders, a small dose might be just what I need...
> Does anybody have any experience with taking these two meds together? Or any experience with the effects of Zyprexa?
> Anything at all would be helpful...thanks!




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