This content has not been reviewed within the past year and may not represent Web MD's most up-to-date information. To find the most current information, please enter your topic of interest into our search box. " March 16, 2000 (New York) -- In two head-to-head comparison studies, people with major depression treated with Effexor (venlafaxine) were more likely to recover completely than those treated with either Prozac (fluoxetine) or Zoloft (sertraline). "These findings are important because up until [now], there's been a general feeling that antidepressant drugs are all equal in [effectiveness]," says lead author of the Prozac investigation Richard L. "In the last few years, there's been mounting evidence that this may not be entirely true, particularly when you look at [recovery rates]." Researchers are starting to see evidence that certain classes of drugs, particularly those that act on two brain chemicals, may be better than those antidepressants that act on just one, Rudolph tells Web MD. Rudolph is senior director of clinical research and development at Wyeth-Ayerst Research, which supported both studies. There are multiple ways in which antidepressants work, explains Richard Shelton, MD, of the psychiatry department of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. Older medicines like the tricyclic group act by influencing two important chemicals in the brain thought to contribute to mood control: norepinephrine and serotonin. "These medicines are very effective in reducing symptoms of depression, but have many other side effect problems," he says. I am thinking of switching my meds for depression I started on Paxil which made me blow up like a balloon in turn making me more depressed, Cymbalta, I slept about 14 hours a day and finally Zoloft. I have been on 75mg of Zoloft for about four years, I absolutely feel better than i did. My side effects are still weight gain not like the paxil, trouble having orgasms and constipation which has become the real battle. I was thinking about switching to effexor, I know a few people on it who say good things although everybodys bodys are so different. If you don't mind my asking as I just recently got switched to Effexor XR and also have taken abilify in the past... I gained a little weight with the abilify but it was years ago and I know our bodies change. My question really, is their anybody who was taking Zoloft liked it but switched to effexor and liked it even better without some of the side effects i listed. I didn't get the full effect I would have like to so I started taking Abilify with the Effexor Xr and it works wonders! I'm able to leave my bed, talk to my family and strangers. I am trying desperately to loose weight so I am scared to try Effexor. After many years on Zoloft at 200mg, it wasn't as effective, so started on 2.5mg of Abilify. YES it increased the effectiveness of Zoloft, but soon I noticed I was HUNGRY all the time, gained 10 lbs and had trouble with my balance. I would love to try Effexor, but dread coming off Zoloft. Hi deebeee - I have been taking Effexor xr for 10 years now and can say that for me, there has been no weight gain at all. Or should i jus stick with Zoloft and not waste my time with Effexor. Keep doing your research until you think you've found what you're looking for. I was on an older style AD before which made me very groggy and hungry. I cannot remember the name of the old style but it wasn't an SSRI or SNRI. Personally for me the citalopram was the most effective. I have heard many say that combining the Effexor WITH abilify makes people gain weight.
Prescribed for Major Depressive Disorder, Anxiety, Autism, Depression, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Postpartum Depression, Panic Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Vulvodynia. Effexor XR may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide. " Prescribed for Major Depressive Disorder, Anxiety, Autism, Depression, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Postpartum Depression, Panic Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Vulvodynia. more Zoloft is an effective antidepressant with less potential for drowsiness than many other antidepressants. Prescribed for Depression, Panic Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Postpartum Depression, Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder. Zoloft may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide. "I started taking effexol 4 years ago to take the edge off my anxiety because my job is stressful and I have to shoulder a lot of responsibility. Overall, I have found it to be a great leveller, but the consequences of missing one dose is bad... missing 2 or 3 is pretty horrific, with head shocks, disorientation and feeling miserable. It's good medication, but do not forget it if you are travelling. Best wishes I'm a 31 year old Male who has had challenges with depression and anxiety throughout my life. Antidepressant medications are used to treat a variety of conditions, including depression and other mental/mood disorders. These medications can help prevent suicidal thoughts/attempts and provide other important benefits. However, a small number of people (especially people younger than 25) who take antidepressants for any condition may experience worsening depression, other mental/mood symptoms, or suicidal thoughts/attempts. Therefore, it is very important to talk with the doctor about the risks and benefits of antidepressant medication (especially for people younger than 25), even if treatment is not for a mental/mood condition. Tell the doctor right away if you notice worsening depression/other psychiatric conditions, unusual behavior changes (including possible suicidal thoughts/attempts), or other mental/mood changes (including new/worsening anxiety, panic attacks, trouble sleeping, irritability, hostile/angry feelings, impulsive actions, severe restlessness, very rapid speech). Be especially watchful for these symptoms when a new antidepressant is started or when the dose is changed. Show More Venlafaxine is used to treat depression, anxiety, panic attacks, and social anxiety disorder (social phobia). It may improve your mood and energy level and may help restore your interest in daily living.
Answers - Posted in effexor, zoloft, depression - Answer I. 3 wks ago so now my anxiety is back in full force and destroying me. however I. Answers - Posted in a-25, effexor, effexor xr, lexapro, zoloft, anxiety - Answer Zoloft is an ssri, a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor.