Improves mood and helps you relax. Effexor (Venlafaxine) is good for treating depression and anxiety. May work when other antidepressants haven't, it's but more likely to cause side effects and withdrawal symptoms than other antidepressants. Helps you relax. Ativan (Lorazepam) is okay for occasional or short-term use (up to 4 weeks) for anxiety and sleep. Less likely to have drug interactions, but more likely to cause withdrawal symptoms compared to similar drugs. Find lowest prices Save on your next prescription. Be sure you’re getting the lowest price for your medication, even if you have insurance.
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Side effects Effexor Ativan More Effexor side effects » More Ativan side effects » How it works Effexor Ativan Effexor (Venlafaxine) is a serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI) antidepressant. It increases serotonin and norepinephrine activity in the brain, which regulate mood. Ativan (Lorazepam) is a fast-acting benzodiazepine. It affects neurotransmitters in the brain and calms the nervous system. This reduces anxiety and can cause sleepiness. Type of medication Effexor Ativan Prescription only Prescription only Available as Effexor Ativan Used for Effexor Ativan Risk factors for serious side effects Effexor Ativan › Age 24 years or younger › Using other medications that affect serotonin › Stopping Effexor (Venlafaxine) suddenly › History of high blood pressure › Taking other blood-thinning drugs › History of bipolar disorder › At risk for bipolar disorder Detailed Effexor (venlafaxine) risks & warnings » › Taking more than the prescribed dose › Taking longer than 4 weeks › History of drug abuse › Alcohol › Taking other medicines that make you less alert Detailed Ativan (lorazepam) risks & warnings »
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Interactions Effexor Ativan No interactions related info. › Less likely to have drug interactions compared to other benzodiazepines, so it might be a better option if you're taking multiple medications.
Alcohol Effexor Ativan No alcohol related info. › Can be habit-forming, so it's not typically used for long-term treatment, or for people who've had problems with drug or alcohol abuse. › Not safe to use with alcohol.
Sex Effexor Ativan › Can cause sexual side effects like low libido and an inability to orgasm or ejaculate. No sex related info.
Sleep Effexor Ativan No sleep related info. › Can cause memory problems, drowsiness, dizziness, and confusion. › Can cause temporary dizziness and drowsiness. Upsides and benefits Effexor Ativan › Effective at relieving depression and anxiety symptoms. › Lowers relapse rates of depression. › Causes more sleepiness than other antidepressants, so it's good for people who have trouble sleeping. › Six out of ten people who use an antidepressant for the first time find that it works for them. › Might work when other antidepressants haven't worked since it affects two chemicals in the brain that impact your mood. Many other antidepressants affect only serotonin, but not norepinephrine too. › Effective at relieving short-term anxiety and sleeplessness. › Can be used together with antidepressants to manage anxiety disorders. Especially helpful for anxiety symptoms while you wait for an antidepressant to kick in (it can take several weeks). › Less likely to have drug interactions compared to other benzodiazepines, so it might be a better option if you're taking multiple medications. Downsides and risks Effexor Ativan › Can cause sexual side effects like low libido and an inability to orgasm or ejaculate. › Not the best option for people with high blood pressure. › Overdosing on this medication could be fatal. › It's more likely to cause nausea and vomiting or make you feel sick if you miss a dose than other antidepressants. Also causes more sleepiness than others. › Like most antidepressants, it can cause a higher risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior for people younger than 24. › The first antidepressant you try doesn't always work or it can cause side effects you really don't like. You might need to try a few different medications until you find one that works for you. › Can cause memory problems, drowsiness, dizziness, and confusion. › Can be habit-forming, so it's not typically used for long-term treatment, or for people who've had problems with drug or alcohol abuse. › Compared to other benzodiazepines, more likely to cause withdrawal if you take it for a long time and then stop suddenly. › Most people find that it gets less effective over time. Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication Effexor Ativan › Takes about 8 to 12 weeks to see the medication's full effects on your mood. › You can take the extended-release form once a day with food either in the morning or in the evening at about the same time each day. › Extended-release capsules should be swallowed whole. If you can’t swallow pills, open the capsule, sprinkle it on a spoonful of applesauce and then swallow it without chewing. › Stop taking it slowly to avoid getting withdrawal symptoms. › Tell your doctor if you notice sudden mood changes or unusual thoughts. › Good for short-term relief of anxiety symptoms. › Starts working in 45 minutes when swallowed. › Starts working in 10 to 20 minutes when dissolved under your tongue. › Can cause temporary dizziness and drowsiness. › Addictive. Long-term use can cause dependence or abuse. › Not safe to use with alcohol. Learn more More about Effexor Side effects Reviews & ratings Alternatives FDA package insert More about Ativan Side effects Reviews & ratings Alternatives FDA package insert