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Withdrawal symptoms of antidepressants - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Doctor :   OK
Doctor :   Proceed
User :   My question is...Is it safe to stop Cymbalta after a year... and now three days of Effexor...cold turkey?
User :   And How long will the side effects/withdrawels last?
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :  
they will usually last for a week
User :   Another question is... Is there an antidepressant that is better for not giving weight gain?
User :   since I've now packed on an extra 21 pounds in a year
User :   How do I find a Dr that is knowledgable in antidepressant medications...I feel like my Dr is playing a bit of a "guessing game."
Doctor :   there are number of other atypical antidepessants , of course venlafaxine is one among them
User :   What is an atypical antidepessants??

Doctor :   No . Never develop such type of feelings towards your doctor
Doctor :   Treating depression is a challenge for any physician .
User :   Ok that makes sense
Doctor :   Because e have to prescribe the medication on long term basis .
User :   The cymbalta worked just couldn't take the extreme weight gain
User :   that makes me feel better
Doctor :   If the patient is compliant and comfortable then we can contine the same drug
Doctor :   Otherwise we have to put the patient on another drug
User :   atypical antidepessants ? what is that?
Doctor :   venlafaxine is a wonderful drug , apart from these acute symptoms in few patients it as a very good drug
Doctor :   Atypical means they vary from typical drugs by different ways
Doctor :   Like their mechanism of action and side effects
Doctor :   there are least side effects with atypical antidepressants apart from some jittery symptoms what you felt
User :   Am I feeling side effects right now or withdrawals?

User :   Today is the first day that I didn't take anything.
Doctor :   Side effects and withdrawl symptoms are so close with venlafaxine
User :   Can I still take ibuprofen for a headache?
Doctor :   Usually patients feel Nausea ,dizziness ,. drowsy
Doctor :   Yes you can
Doctor :   Ans headaches
User :   and zyrtec for allergies is fine too, right?
Doctor :   yes , they are OTC medications
User :   thank you very much...I'm fine with dealing with the side effects, etc... just wanted to know if it was safe for me to be stopping everything now cold turkey.
Doctor :   there is no harm with their usgae
User :   I get so nervous with drugs/medications...I'm not a big medicine person
Doctor :   When are you going to meet your physician
User :   I will call in the am to see if he can see me tomorrow. I know he's in on Tuesdays definitely
User :   I spoke to him on Saturday
Doctor :   everybody suffers from similar trauma with drug side effects
Doctor :   OK
User :   Thank you
Doctor :   that is good
Doctor :   ok
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