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Review: Effexor and Prozac





Summary: drug interactions are reported among people who take Effexor and Prozac together.

This review analyzes the effectiveness and drug interactions between Effexor and Prozac. It is created by eHealthMe based on reports of 2,158 people who take the same drugs from FDA and social media, and is updated regularly.

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What are the drugs

Effexor has active ingredients of venlafaxine hydrochloride. It is often used in depression. (view latest outcomes from 55,069 users)

Prozac has active ingredients of fluoxetine hydrochloride. It is often used in depression. (view latest outcomes from 42,269 users)

On Nov, 24, 2014: 2,158 people who take Effexor, Prozac are studied

Effexor, Prozac outcomes

Drug combinations in study:
- Effexor (venlafaxine hydrochloride)
- Prozac (fluoxetine hydrochloride)

Drug effectiveness over time :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ yearsnot specified
Effexor is effective0.00%
(0 of 2 people)
12.50%
(1 of 8 people)
0.00%
(0 of 3 people)
42.86%
(3 of 7 people)
33.33%
(4 of 12 people)
66.67%
(2 of 3 people)
50.00%
(1 of 2 people)
n/a
Prozac is effective20.00%
(1 of 5 people)
14.29%
(2 of 14 people)
0.00%
(0 of 4 people)
25.00%
(1 of 4 people)
75.00%
(3 of 4 people)
50.00%
(1 of 2 people)
28.57%
(2 of 7 people)
n/a

Most common drug interactions over time * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ yearsnot specified
Drug IneffectiveAggressionSuicide AttemptDepressionAnxietyAnxietySerotonin SyndromeAnxiety
Suicide AttemptSuicidal IdeationTachycardiaAnxietyType 2 Diabetes MellitusVertigoLoss Of ConsciousnessDepression
AgitationDepressionRashVertigoChest PainDepressionWeight IncreasedPain
Muscle SpasmsDrug Withdrawal SyndromeAntipsychotic Drug Level IncreasedOsteonecrosisBlood Cholesterol IncreasedArthropathyBack PainSuicidal Ideation
DepressionSuicide AttemptHypotensionTemporomandibular Joint SyndromeInsomniaCerebral CystRenal FailureNausea
TremorGrand Mal ConvulsionSuicidal IdeationOral HerpesBlood Triglycerides IncreasedTemporomandibular Joint SyndromeRhabdomyolysisBack Pain
Weight IncreasedAffect LabilityMental ImpairmentCerebral CystOsteoporosisWoundAbnormal BehaviourFatigue
AggressionDrug IneffectiveSocial Avoidant BehaviourWoundBack PainOsteonecrosisAnxietyDiabetes Mellitus
Suicidal IdeationCompleted SuicideCachexiaArthropathyParaesthesiaOral HerpesRenal Failure AcuteFall
Disturbance In AttentionOverdoseGeneral Physical Health DeteriorationAphthous StomatitisAbdominal PainForeign Body TraumaPneumonia AspirationHeadache

Drug effectiveness by gender :

FemaleMale
Effexor is effective33.33%
(10 of 30 people)
14.29%
(1 of 7 people)
Prozac is effective21.88%
(7 of 32 people)
28.57%
(2 of 7 people)

Most common drug interactions by gender * :

FemaleMale
AnxietyAnxiety
PainDepression
DepressionSuicidal Ideation
NauseaPain
Suicidal IdeationDrug Withdrawal Syndrome
FatigueDrug Ineffective
HeadacheBack Pain
Back PainConstipation
FallAggression
Weight IncreasedArthralgia

Drug effectiveness by age :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Effexor is effectiven/an/a0.00%
(0 of 4 people)
16.67%
(1 of 6 people)
5.00%
(2 of 40 people)
17.65%
(3 of 17 people)
6.67%
(1 of 15 people)
66.67%
(4 of 6 people)
Prozac is effectiven/an/a0.00%
(0 of 4 people)
33.33%
(2 of 6 people)
2.44%
(1 of 41 people)
11.76%
(2 of 17 people)
6.67%
(1 of 15 people)
50.00%
(3 of 6 people)

Most common drug interactions by age * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Diabetes MellitusAggressionAggressionSuicidal IdeationDepressionAnxietyAnxietyAnxiety
Chest PainSedationSuicidal IdeationDrug Withdrawal SyndromeSuicidal IdeationDiabetes MellitusPainPain
Bundle Branch Block RightWeight IncreasedSuicide AttemptSuicide AttemptDiabetes MellitusDepressionDepressionFall
Type 2 Diabetes MellitusAngerDepressionAnxietyFatigueFallOsteonecrosis Of Jaw
GastritisAgitationVision BlurredNauseaType 2 Diabetes MellitusOedema PeripheralDiarrhoea
OsteoarthritisDepressionAnxietySuicide AttemptPainConstipationBack Pain
Renal FailureCompleted SuicideAggressionDrug Withdrawal SyndromeNauseaPain In ExtremityDepression
SinusitisSomnolenceOverdoseParaesthesiaHeadacheArthralgiaBone Disorder
PancreatitisGrand Mal ConvulsionConstipationInsomniaBack PainBack PainFatigue
Back PainIntentional Self-injuryCompleted SuicideWeight DecreasedDrug Withdrawal SyndromeNauseaVitreous Floaters

* Some reports may have incomplete information.

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Can you answer these questions (Ask a question):

  • I'm starting 7.5 mg remeron tonight , how can i expect to feal in the morning? (1 answer)
    Long period of depression desperate to find something that will work quik and give me some energy.
  • Can nuvigil (vs adderall) be used simultaneously to help wean off 60mg/day of adderall? (1 answer)
    I have been on Adderall 30mg 2x daily for years!! I've had it lowered to 20mg, I've TRIED to go months without it (when not working) however I feel I've built up a tolerance level to the point that it's not as effective as it once was. My personal life has detoured WAY past anything an ADHD medication can possibly help as far as focusing on NEEDED tasks etc. I end up feeling wrapped up in what I'm doing at the moment that my anxiety increases due to all that I haven't been able to accomplish. I take various medications for various reasons, depression, anxiety, bulimia etc., and for the most part the doses have varied based on circumstances and current need at said time of prescription.. MY FAMILY HAS A HISTORY OF HEART DISEASE, And realizing that I'm already on the highest Adderall dosage scares me (and THEN as I think about it, it makes my heart race!). I've also noticed increased muscle spasms as well as extreme and intense pressure on my jaw (TMJ). MY QUESTION IS: does anyone have any experience LOWERING their Adderall dosage AND adding Nuvigil? The research I've done to date gives me impression that it could help balance out the more extreme effects of Adderall (60mg/day) but that the nuvigil would or could potentially help with the EXTREME exhaustion I feel as Adderall wears off. Some days I just crash, some days I sleep fine and others no matter how hard I tryyyy, I just CAN'T fall asleep, therefore making the next day worse! IDEALLY I'D LIKE TO BE MED FREE, right now I need them, but am hoping maybe I can speak with my doctor to lower Adderall and add Nuvigil to help wean me off the amphetamines as well as lower dosage intake. YES, a lot of the anxiety, sleeplessness and depression are related to current circumstances in my life, however, where I am is not where I want to be or where I'm headed.. Life is a journey, and all my meds have become a part of a journey I never thought I'd find myself taking. I don't want life/meds to define me, or create a me I no longer recognize, because scarily enough that seems to be a common pattern. As I overcome each and every daily obstacle, I also don't want to be "hooked" on my meds or needing "more" to wake up/sleep/function.. I'd like to work on finding a solution towards weaning off my meds NOW, and work my way off slowly, primarily the Adderall. I'm hoping by suggesting to my doctor and showing him my research he may agree (IF ITS EVEN A LOGICAL COMBO, CLEARLY IM NOT A DOCTOR) nuvigil could help me. I've already started taking less of my anti depressants, trazadone and xanax without discussing with doc because he is always busy.. My next appt I want to go in fully prepared with a plan and an overall goal to REDUCE my Adderall dose, but overall, I'm clueless!!! I have no idea what other meds other than nuvigil "could" potentially help if at all. I could be entirely wrong, Anyone with any experience using one vs other or both simultaneously, or anyone with constructive input, PLEASE COMMENT/SHARE!!
  • Is effexor xr induce paraphillia
    I am a hypocondriasis patient and taking medication last 3 year dose effexor xr 75 mg extendd release.. nw i heard some drug can induced paraphillia..then onwards i am fearing this effexor xr is coming under the category of paraphillia inducing drugs and ? And paraphillic nature vll get to me in future due to this effexor xe medication..about my history, there have no paraphilic nature to me at any point of time... so kindly give a reply soon
  • My sister has been taking depakote cogentin and geodon and suffers with great memory loss inability to carry on a conversation and drops things all the time is this the effect of these drugs? (1 answer)
    Sister takes over 16 perscriptions but the ones mentioned are severe.. due to being bi-polar, and severe agoraphobia and anxiety with depression..is this now her life? Not being able to fully comprehend or remember anything? Dropping things and falling when under the full impact of this medication? I either need to get some acceptance or find answers to the effects this medicine is causing..afraid to change up her medicines but needless to say I am worried...
  • Laryngitis from depression?
    I had a heart attack 3yrs ago, finding it hard to handle. Waiting for a complete knee replacement, also long history of back problems. Chronic pain. Diabetic on insulin.

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    In 1999 I was prescribed 75mg time release Effexor. I took one pill and 4 hours later I became dizzy and it felt like a cold patch in the middle of my head. I ckecked my eyes as i started seeing too much light, my puples were dilated, all black. I managed to get up stairs and asked my mom to get me to hospital. I passed out, and as crazy as it sounds I had a vision of my nana. I knew I was gone.she told me to wake up. I wasn't breathing. I could hear my mom talking on the phone to 911saying I had no pulse. (She is an RN) the ambulance came and they couldn't find my blood pressure. I couldn't see very well. The ER doctors said to continue taking the meds and sent my home. I stopped taking the Effexor. I had the side effects for many months. I get aura migraines now and have extreme sensitivity to other drugs.
  • A life of depression and fatigue
    1) Family history of depression, 2) Diagnosed depression 1964-not treated until 1973, 3) Worked in medical field 35 years, 4) Emergency on-call 24/7, 5) Hospital 15 times major depression, 6) Tried nearly all MAOI, TCA, SSRI, SNRI, and ECT. 7) 100% Disability in 1998 for depression. Now at age 70 I have dysthymia, chronic fatigue, COPD, and PTSD. My recommendation to younger people - do not over stress,
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    I have been on these 2 drugs (Gabapentin and Baclofen) prescribed by my gp for osteoarthritis and nerve damage in my full back.Now also suffering from the grief of losing my beloved companion Harvey (dog),I was diagnosed with deep depression. I was given fluoxetine and have been taking this for almost 4 weeks (along with the other 2 meds) and today I have a very sore tongue and it has been white for a number of days,i am going to the pharmacy tomorrow to seek some advice as I am not sure I should be taking all these together? As I am on the highest dose of depression tablets with the fluoxetine I feel it is unsafe to take with the other 2 as the baclofen can also be used to treat certain types of depression. But I can not do without either and as I am allergic to codeine I am pretty much stuck.
  • I wish i had never taken ambien
    Ambien was prescribed after my sleep study showed severe sleep latency and awakening. In the five hours I slept I woke 85 times and had only 5 minutes of deep sleep. However, the doctors couldn't make a recommendation because they could detect no cause for the poor sleep pattern. My doctor offered Ambien and since I had obviously needed the help sleeping I took it. For the next 10 years I suffered incredible depression. For example I remember laying in bed staring at the ceiling with tears rolling into my ears but I was too tired to wipe them away and realizing that I wanted to die so badly but there was no way I could have done anything about it. The worst effects were the loss of consciousness and the verbal abuse that I heaped on my husband and son. An example of each : I actually had sex with my husband that I could not remember amd hundreds of other actions and discussions. My husband started asking every morning what I remembered of the night before. He could usually tell when I was Ambien-awake (his name for it) he said my eyes would get glassy and my voice cadence would be off. Unfortunately my oldest son was going from infant to 8 years old at this time and any ifraction or even without provocation I would scream horrible things in his face. I don't remember much of it but what I do remember causes me enormous regret. He went from a happy and active toddler to a terrified amd anxious pre-teen. We are still working through the effects of this behavior. Finally, after a surprise pregnancy (see example above) My baby was placed in NICU and I stayed at the Ronald McDonald House and my son and husband visited when they could. Somehow my Ambien prescription was stopped and so I began going through withdrawal but I had no idea what was going on. My vision became so blurred thqt I couldn't identify items unless they were very large and then only by colors. When I visited my son those several days in the NICU I couldn't walk straight and would try to aim myself toward my goal until I hit a wall and I would correct course. These things didn't bother me at all but the nurses in the NICU were with me nearly the entire day because they were afraid I would have a stroke or who knew. Finally, after discussing these symptoms we decided to gradually stop the medication. Thankfully, i didn't have any withdrawal symptoms then. I did feel like an incredibly heavy and black blanket had been lifted away. Ever since I have had very little trouble with depression despite the continuation of sleep disturbance and pain. On a scale from one to 10 for depression with 10 being committing suicide I think my 10 years on the medicine was probably an 8.5 (I desperately wanted to die) and since stopping the medication I don't think it has gone above a 4 and is usually a 2 or 3. I will spend the rest of my life trying to repair the damage my verbal abuse caused my oldest son and my husband. For 10 years they lived in fear of my rages if I had a bad episode with Ambien.

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  • I have become aware, within the last 2 years, that I have been moving the back of my tongue at a rapid rate. I didn't realize that I was doing it until about 2 years ago. I am able to stop doing it when I think about it, but when not paying attention, I start doing it again. When I am anxious or under pressure, it increases and becomes unpleasant for me. I was recently diagnosed with Tardive dyskinesia, but I don't know much about it. Could it get worse? My neurologist believes that my voice changed --- can tardive dyskinesia change one's speaking voice? I will be seeing the diagnosing doctor within the month.

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  • I have toxic shock syndrome from over medication. These different pills were supposed to work with eachother to "make me better" but never did anything but prolong the real issue.

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