Improves mood and helps you relax. Effexor (Venlafaxine) is good for treating depression and anxiety. It may work when other antidepressants haven't, but it's more likely to cause side effects and withdrawal symptoms than other antidepressants. Helps you relax. Ativan (lorazepam) is an effective medicine for occasional or short-term anxiety. It's less likely to have drug interactions, but more likely to cause withdrawal symptoms compared to similar drugs. Reviews & ratings Everyone Men Women Filter group. All currently selected Everyone Men Women All ages 18-34 35-54 55+ Filter group. All currently selected All ages 18-34 35-54 55+ 5.07 Effexor
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Side effects Effexor Ativan
Dry mouth 11%
Sleep difficulty 8%
Abnormal ejaculation 16%
Muscle weakness 14%
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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 areas of the brain that help calm you down. 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 Detailed Effexor (venlafaxine) risks & warnings » › Taking with opioids › Taking more than the prescribed dose › Taking Ativan (lorazepam) for longer than 4 weeks › History of drug abuse › Long-term use Detailed Ativan (lorazepam) risks & warnings »
Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.
Interactions Effexor Ativan No interactions related info. › Less likely to have drug interactions compared to other drugs like it, so it might be a better option if you're taking multiple medications.
Alcohol Effexor Ativan No alcohol related info. › Not safe to use with alcohol. › 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.
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 temporary dizziness and drowsiness. › Can cause memory problems, drowsiness, dizziness, and confusion. 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. › Can be used together with antidepressants to manage anxiety disorders. Especially helpful for anxiety symptoms while you wait for an antidepressant to kick in. › Less likely to have drug interactions compared to other drugs like it, 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 similar medicines, Ativan (lorazepam) is more likely to cause withdrawal if you take it for a long time and then suddenly stop. › Most people find that Ativan (lorazepam) 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. › Can cause temporary dizziness and drowsiness. › Take only as much as your doctor prescribes. Taking more than directed or taking this for a long time can cause you to become dependent on it. › Not safe to use with alcohol. › Use caution or avoid use in older adults. Learn more More about Effexor Side effects Reviews & ratings Alternatives FDA package insert More about Ativan Side effects Reviews & ratings Alternatives FDA package insert