Novo-Venlafaxine XR

Novo-Venlafaxine XR

There are 264 comments on the C-Health story from Aug 6, 2007, titled Novo-Venlafaxine XR. In it, C-Health reports that:

How does Novo-Venlafaxine XR work? What will it do for me? Venlafaxine belongs to the class of antidepressant medications known as serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors . via C-Health

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conserned wife

Fergus, Canada

#103 May 15, 2008
My husband is on this medication along with oxicontin 60 to 80 mg a day along with smoking weed is this safe?????
Mark

Ottawa, Canada

#104 Jun 7, 2008
Yeh so you will not want to take effexor or novo-venlafaxine past 6:00pm in the evening...remember this medication boosts you..so to take one in the evening will only cause you problems.
Take care!

“I Love Life, People & Animals”

Since: Feb 07

El Paso, Texas

#105 Jun 8, 2008
conserned wife wrote:
my husband takes this medication and smokes about 1/4 weed in 2 days is this safe?He is having weird dreams and is sleeping like 10 to 12 hours a day is this normal along with taking 60 mg of oxicontin Please someone help he has mood swings and is crazy if he has no weed
Medication alone doesn't help to cure anyone. Therapy actually provides the larger portion in helping anyone in over coming their problems.

If your husband is experiencing mood swings, than you need to report that to his doctor immediatelly.

As for his using Marijuana, I have severeal clients suffering PTSD and cancer who utilize it. But, they either grow it themselves or they know that their supply is safe in using.

That is a situation where most people do not know what is actually mixed in the Marijuana they buy and that may or may not be dangerous. But, it's still a crutch that really isn't that successful in treatment.

The better recomendation would be to readjust or change his medications along with his getting involved in therapy.

Cheers
Lori

Valleyfield, Canada

#106 Jun 9, 2008
Hi! was prescribed effexor for GAD but afraid of taking it. can anyone help me?

“I Love Life, People & Animals”

Since: Feb 07

El Paso, Texas

#107 Jun 9, 2008
Lori wrote:
Hi! was prescribed effexor for GAD but afraid of taking it. can anyone help me?
Discuss this fear you have of taking the medication with your doctor.

Evidently your doctor (he/she) had a good reason for prescribing the Effexor in the first place for your GAD.

Purchase a copy of: PDR: Pocket Guide to Prescription Drugs, which usually coasts under $10.00. It will tell you everying that you need to know about all the prescription drugs.

Cheers
Dave

Northampton, UK

#108 Jun 10, 2008
conserned wife wrote:
My husband is on this medication along with oxicontin 60 to 80 mg a day along with smoking weed is this safe?????
I'm no doctor but just from reading reports in scientific journals I would say NO WAY! Having been on effexor for a long time I would avoid mixing it with any type of drug (including alchohol). Weed affects the way you think and is (perhaps) not the best drug to take when you feel low or are on anti-depressants!!!!!

“I Love Life, People & Animals”

Since: Feb 07

El Paso, Texas

#109 Jun 10, 2008
Dave wrote:
<quoted text>
I'm no doctor but just from reading reports in scientific journals I would say NO WAY! Having been on effexor for a long time I would avoid mixing it with any type of drug (including alchohol). Weed affects the way you think and is (perhaps) not the best drug to take when you feel low or are on anti-depressants!!!!!
Good Points Dave.

Cheers
Rowan

Victoria, Canada

#110 Jun 19, 2008
I found this page due to searching for info about the Novo Venlafaxine vs the name brand, Effexor XR.
I have been on Novo since the Canadian Gov't decided only to cover the Novo on the Medical Services Plan.
I started on Effexor XR 3 yrs ago, and was on the name brand for about 2 yrs. It worked just fine for me at just 150mg/day. Over this past year I have been experiencing rage attacks and occasional bouts of depression. I am on it for GAD and dysythmia (mild-moderate constant depression). When I complain to general doctors that I am having this rage/massive irritability they just want to up the dosage. Now, I realize that GAD people never want to u p the doses of their drugs, but I have a good reason for not wanting to: it causes me to be MORE irritable and I get manic in an abitious way. As in, I zoom around doing everything at once, and just get super-efficient. This is ok now and again, but I have a toddler and as a single parent I can't just keep multi-tasking on EVERYTHING all the time! I'll burn out, and ignore my son.:(
Does anybody in Canada know if we can get MSP to cover the name brand if a doctor says we have to have that, not the Generic???:S
Rowan

Victoria, Canada

#111 Jun 19, 2008
Lori wrote:
Hi! was prescribed effexor for GAD but afraid of taking it. can anyone help me?
Lori- I strongly suggest trying this drug out for at least 3 months. I have GAD and have had to constantly remind myself that it's the GAD talking when I worry about taking drugs, possible side effects, and how much to take. These are CLASSIC GAD things to do/think! Sometimes we have to force ourselves to trust, even though it is not our nature to do so. We're incredible self-preservationists but I have found that convincing myself that trusting a doctor (to a certain extent) actually HELPS preserve the self, in that sometimes their training DOES know best. This doesn't mean we shouldn't all be questioning to a degree and aware of what we put into our bodies and do to ourselves of course. ;) Just... try to find a balance.
Diane

AOL

#112 Jun 20, 2008
If it helps you and you have no side effects more power to you. Unfortunately, for myself and others it is horrible. And we should not be taking it. Honesty, I could write a screenplay from all these wild dreams I have been having, and probably win an academy award (just trying to be cute). Seriously, though, this stuff is bad news. My thoughts were so bizarre and frightening, I just wanted off. It is not normal and I think I would rather deal with the depression and talk to a counselor. I believe that all people who are taking anti's should see a counselor. Never again will I take an anti-depressant. And what the hell is this crap on commercials for; we are not doctors and we should not recommend this or any prescription seen on TV, etc. In conclusion, we need to talk to a good friend/counselor and learn to express our feelings in a positive way. Good Luck to All!
Starlyght

Regina, Canada

#113 Jun 27, 2008
I totaly agree with you i had a dream lastnight that i etentialy killed my pet lizard with bread now that's not a normal dream.... also i cant fall asleep at night i just started with the 150's about a week ago and notice a change but cant sleep.. and my eyes have been hurting..
oliver

Vancouver, Canada

#114 Jul 6, 2008
I've been on it for week. I can't fall asleep at all. I am feeling better, but insomia is seriuos because I've a very demanding job.
The other half

Banff, Canada

#115 Aug 1, 2008
My boyfriend of 3 months has just been diagnosed with depression and now on this nova venlafaxine xr. He is now on the full strength in his 2nd week and I have noticed that he has much more ambition to do his tasks but no sex drive. He is noticeably verbally aggressive and drives like a maniac now. He is rude to people and puts me down all the time now. I try to think of it as just the meds talking but it is becoming a problem. He also drinks a couple glasses of wine at night with some cheese and is taking a decongestant. The bigger problem is that he has not told me that he has been diagnosed as depressed and is on medication (I found out from a relative). Can anyone suggest what I should do to help him tell me. When I ask him to open up to me he just gets made and tells me he doesn't know what I am talking about and leaves. He is breaking my heart and I don't feel like I should have to take the verbal abuse. To give you a quick insite to how he got this way, he is going through a divorce, selling his house and has no job. Any suggestions would be of great help.
michelle

Oshawa, Canada

#116 Aug 13, 2008
Hi I have been taking effexer now for six mounths and find that it has been working for me. I am however curiouse about what kind of effexe this drug would have on a baby durring pregnancy and breast feeding?
penelope

Port Coquitlam, Canada

#117 Oct 15, 2008
as per OHMY...
I'm starting effexor today, and i'm scared shytless. What the hell? why do they make these things and so many people auffer from them, there has to be a way to happiness? Do any of you meditate? see a therapist? pray?
this world is a mess... sorry to be so negative but i can't believe what humans go through to be happy... im really nervous about taking this now... any words of comfort?
OHMY.
I have been going through cancer treatment for the past year. The chemo put me into early menopause, thus hot flashes (and slight depression). The most helpful thing I did was back in August I went to a vipassana 10 day meditation retreat please check it out on line it changed my life and will yours too. It is not religious, non secular and is located in merrit. It is the meditation that enlightened Buddha, and is still taught in it's pure form,the only meditation that works on your deep subconscious mind. I wish you well.
Metta, Penelope
Lisa Canada

Hamilton, Canada

#118 Nov 8, 2008
I have been on this drug for about 2 months...while i find it has helped my anxiety attacks, and my concentration....the panic attackes are getting through....I have had a few symptoms on the the weird dreams...sweats (like i am going through menopause lol).......and I am a lot more quieter...I keep to myself more now than before....
lorna

UK

#119 Nov 8, 2008
captain cannabis wrote:
<quoted text>NO NO NO NO!!!..DO NOT smoke weed while on effexor. marijuana affects (raises) your seretonin levels....if you toke while you take effexor, you can REALLY REALLY cause problems with your seretonin levels...seriously, give up one orthe other...DON"T DO BOTH
i totally agree i have heard of ppl going into seretonin shock because of this and it can be fatal

“Got my High from the Most High”

Since: Nov 08

Stroud

#120 Nov 8, 2008
The other half wrote:
My boyfriend of 3 months has just been diagnosed with depression and now on this nova venlafaxine xr. He is now on the full strength in his 2nd week and I have noticed that he has much more ambition to do his tasks but no sex drive. He is noticeably verbally aggressive and drives like a maniac now. He is rude to people and puts me down all the time now. I try to think of it as just the meds talking but it is becoming a problem. He also drinks a couple glasses of wine at night with some cheese and is taking a decongestant. The bigger problem is that he has not told me that he has been diagnosed as depressed and is on medication (I found out from a relative). Can anyone suggest what I should do to help him tell me. When I ask him to open up to me he just gets made and tells me he doesn't know what I am talking about and leaves. He is breaking my heart and I don't feel like I should have to take the verbal abuse. To give you a quick insite to how he got this way, he is going through a divorce, selling his house and has no job. Any suggestions would be of great help.
Well, seriously, you call yourself "the other half", and my question is the other half of what, a couple getting a divorce, and only three months into the deally?

I don't want to sound harsh, but dear heart, you sound kinda young, and might not realize this, but you're in a relationship where the guy you are with is on what is known as the "rebound".

In other words, hasn't even had time to get over, deal with, or allow some space in between her....and you. That puts you in a very bad position, and set up for a big hurt.

It also puts a huge strain on him dealing with both a divorce, and a new relationship. I take it you are living with him....more stress and responsibility.

Sounds like if he's not opening up, he's simply not there for you emotionally. Perhaps you need to step back and out, and give him some space to adjust meanwhile, taking care of your own needs first and allowing him to work out his own.

It may be painful to realize that he hasn't fully gotten over his wife, but better to stand back out of the way, than get 2x4'd.

Just something to think about.

Best wishes tho, hugs and prayers :)

“Got my High from the Most High”

Since: Nov 08

Stroud

#121 Nov 8, 2008
Lisa Canada wrote:
I have been on this drug for about 2 months...while i find it has helped my anxiety attacks, and my concentration....the panic attackes are getting through....I have had a few symptoms on the the weird dreams...sweats (like i am going through menopause lol).......and I am a lot more quieter...I keep to myself more now than before....
If you really feel you need a short course of an anti-depressant, there are other, safer ones.

Your quietness and withdrawal could be something to watch considering the long list of side effects.

And, there are other safer anti-depressants. Some of the natural therapies include St. John's Wort, which according to trials, is as effective as most prescription anti-depressants, and totally safe with no side effects.

You might try googling for natural anti-depressants and see what you come up with.

I think you'll be surprised.

Dr's usually throw some drugs at you, because, well, that's what Dr's do.

I hope things get better soon. Take care!

Blessings :)

“Got my High from the Most High”

Since: Nov 08

Stroud

#122 Nov 8, 2008
penelope wrote:
as per OHMY...
I'm starting effexor today, and i'm scared shytless. What the hell? why do they make these things and so many people auffer from them, there has to be a way to happiness? Do any of you meditate? see a therapist? pray?
this world is a mess... sorry to be so negative but i can't believe what humans go through to be happy... im really nervous about taking this now... any words of comfort?
OHMY.
I have been going through cancer treatment for the past year. The chemo put me into early menopause, thus hot flashes (and slight depression). The most helpful thing I did was back in August I went to a vipassana 10 day meditation retreat please check it out on line it changed my life and will yours too. It is not religious, non secular and is located in merrit. It is the meditation that enlightened Buddha, and is still taught in it's pure form,the only meditation that works on your deep subconscious mind. I wish you well.
Metta, Penelope
If you've managed to survive the chemo this past year, oh dear!! That's a miracle in itself, but it's small wonder you'd feel drained and depressed.

You asked about prayer, Penelope. Yes, I achieved my enlightenment via prayer in the Holy Spirit.

That was my healing and it was a mighty one I must say.

As for the Venlafaxine you started on, in your present recuperative condition, I would be very cautious. You've already indicated your apprehension and I think your instincts are serving you well.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Effexor_xr#Abort...

If you're off the chemo now, if it were me, I would start on a total nutritional, and herbal self therapy, including everything I could find to build my strength and energies back.

Walks in good weather, and basking in sunlight.

Mineral bathes, and lovely creams and lotions. Soft, clean fresh smelling sheets and pillows in a pretty bedroom.

And of course, laughter and all the fun you can ferret out. Visits with girlfriends or evenings with your husband or lover. Lovely music and dinner by candlelight :)

And again, food, wonderful fresh food to delight the senses and nourish the body.

How could you fail to recover?

Remember, you were fearfully and wonderfully made and your body is a masterpiece. Trust it to no one but yourself, and God. And.......be at peace :)

Shalom

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