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Can Effexor be taken instead of Wellbutrin without any side effects?

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Posted on Wed, 27 Jul 2016
Question: Can I switch from Effexor to Wellbutrin without weaning off of Effexor before I start the Wellbutrin. And does the Wellbutrin need to be added in increments up to the prescribed dose?
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Answered by Dr. Alexander H. Sheppe (17 minutes later)
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Hello, and thanks for your question.

Abruptly stopping Effexor will almost certainly give you withdrawal. SSRI/SNRI withdrawal can be unpleasant and include flu-like symptoms, malaise, "brain zaps," and blood pressure changes.

I recommend you slowly wean off the Effexor while also slowly increasing the dose of Wellbutrin. Going up to fast on the Wellbutrin dose can cause anxiety and GI upset. A slow process is much more tolerable. Speak with your prescribing doctor about this.

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Can Effexor be taken instead of Wellbutrin without any side effects?

Brief Answer: Consultation Detailed Answer: Hello, and thanks for your question. Abruptly stopping Effexor will almost certainly give you withdrawal. SSRI/SNRI withdrawal can be unpleasant and include flu-like symptoms, malaise, "brain zaps," and blood pressure changes. I recommend you slowly wean off the Effexor while also slowly increasing the dose of Wellbutrin. Going up to fast on the Wellbutrin dose can cause anxiety and GI upset. A slow process is much more tolerable. Speak with your prescribing doctor about this. Please remember to rate and close this answer thread when you are finished and satisfied.