Effexor Side Effects

Effexor Side Effects

Effexor side effects treatment is available in our luxurious Sedona residential setting, with a holistic program that dedicates itself, 365 days a year, to successfully tapering while adjusting the client's neurochemistry back to normal after drug damage.


The program has been helping clients for more than a decade, providing safe, gentle and meticulous clinical and medical oversight and proven protocols geared to our residents' success.  Our center, calmly nestled near the magnificent Red Rock Mountains, offers services from a carefully hand chosen staff that is compassionate, highly skilled, and ready to serve our clients' needs in every way possible. We understand how "medication-as-treatment" for depression can create adverse outcomes, and leave a person feeling trapped, with no way out.  When a person wants to stop a medication, this poses three main areas of difficulty, at a minimum. 

These are: 

1. The initial symptoms and conditions that led to medication, which may rebound more profoundly when stopping. 

2. The side effects of the drug. 

3. The withdrawal symptoms that arise when the person tries to stop. 

Each one of these areas of difficulty can be a lot to handle, but all three together are overwhelmingly too much to bear. Without assistance, most people will be unable to get out from under these problems without direction, guidance, and help. That is what we provide, in a safe and friendly setting - we offer a beacon of hope to all of our clients. 

WARNING:  The FDA recommends against abruptly stopping medications, including all antidepressants, such as SSRI and SNRI drugs. Effexor is an SNRI type antidepressant. (More information is below). Always seek help and medical oversight before attempting to taper from medications. 

What is an SNRI Antidepressant? 

They should be named SSNRI's, but be that as it may, Effexor is an SNRI drug.  The letters stand for:

Selective: having the ability to search for and pick one thing over other things, i.e., fingers on a keyboard are "selective" when typing. 

Serotonin: a stimulant type hormone

Norepinephrine: also called noradrenaline, a neurotransmitter or hormone that stimulates the adrenal glands and other centers into action.

Reuptake: refers to re-absorption by a neuron(nerve receptor cell) of a neurotransmitter (hormone, messenger) following its transmission across the nerve synapse (synapse is the space between nerve cells, like a hallway that leads to rooms in a motel) 

Inhibitor: a blocker, in this case, it locks out or suspends neurotransmitter messages or hormones from being absorbed and transmitted along nerve channels. (entry denied!)

An SNRI drug, such as Effexor, blocks the absorption of stimulating stress hormones (such as adrenaline and serotonin). The drug locks out adrenaline or norepinephrine or other stimulant hormones, and they accumulate in the hallway, using the above analogy of the motel halls/motel rooms. This floods the "hallway" (synapse) with these neurochemicals, and for a time, these will stimulate the person. This theory explains the way Effexor elevates or "brightens" a person's mood, to use pharmaceutical sales lingo.  

Sounds like a brilliant plan, surely. But unfortunately, you can't fool Mother Nature, even with prescription drugs.  These hormones that are being held or suspended in the synapse will rapidly metabolize/degrade and disappear. The drug does not create new hormones but because of the degradation, in truth, creates a deficiency of hormones, and the person now will suffer what is termed Effexor side effects. 

What Are Common Effexor Side Effects?

All of the antidepressants on the market today can cause nausea, headaches, dizziness, insomnia, tiredness, anxiety, anorexia, impotence, anorgasmia, dry mouth, sweating, and other adverse effects. Effexor, in particular, can cause rapid changes in high blood pressure, dilated pupils, anxiety and jittery nerves, likely due to the initial over-stimulation from the flood of neurotransmitters suspended in the synapses. 

Long Term Effexor Use

After the drug causes the deficiency of adrenaline, other side effects can emerge such as: 

  • Deepened depression
  • Suicidality
  • Serotonin Syndrome

What is Serotonin Syndrome? 

The term refers to the dangerous condition antidepressants cause with an overabundance of stimulant hormones in the synapses.

Symptoms of Serotonin Syndrome can be life-threatening, and include: 

  • seizures
  • high fever
  • unconsciousness
  • irregular heartbeat 
  • confusion
  • tachycardia 
  • a rapid rise in blood pressure
  • muscle rigidity
  • heavy sweating
  • diarrhea 

Serotonin Syndrome is a severe adverse reaction and should be treated immediately at an ER or hospital without delay. 

Where to Find Help for Medication Side Effects 

We urge you to find out more about the safe tapering programs offered at the Alternative to Meds Center in Sedona. Call us anytime to speak with a compassionate and informed staff member about the services we provide. Many of our clients had reached the point of hopelessness before finding us. We can help you plan your recovery, too. Today could be the beginning step that results in regaining your health, for real, without compromise. Call today and ask about our Effexor withdrawal treatments that address Effexor side effects.


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