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Desvenlafaxine is an antidepressant drug belonging to the group called serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI), which is used to treat major depression. Avoid decreasing or stopping the medication suddenly, as it might lead to withdrawal symptoms.

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I am taking two 50 mg tablets of Desvenlafaxine daily, as an alternative to one 100 mg tablet. Is this an appropriate alternative?

Query: Hello doctor,I take a 100 mg tablet of Desvenlafaxine daily. However, due to the unavailability of the 100 mg tablets, I am currently taking two 50 mg tablets together. Is this an appropriate alternative? My work involves multiple shifts, which vary between starting at 7 a.m., 3 p.m., and 11 p.m. Co...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashok Kumar

Answer: Hello,Welcome to is no harm in taking two 50 mg tablets to achieve a 100 mg dose. You can take them at any time. If you experience sedation while taking this medication, consider taking it before bedtime. If there is no sedation after taking it, you can opt to take it in the mornin...  Read Full »

I am taking medicines for depression and how to stop it?

Query: Hi doctor, I have depression for a year. My doctor gave me Desvenlafaxine 50 mg for ten days. After that, he advised me to take 100 mg and I also take Clonazepam 0.25 mg, and Propranol 20 once a day. When can I stop these medicines?   Read Full »

Dr. Seikhoo Bishnui

Answer: Hi, Welcome to If you are doing good without any symptoms, then you can try to reduce the dosage of these drugs. As these are psychoactive drugs, so dose reduction should be done in a gradual manner. The dose of Desvenlafaxine can be reduced to 50 mg for the next four weeks and th...  Read Full »

I experience certain issues after taking Desvenlafaxine. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been taking Desvenlafaxine for anxiety and I was just prescribed the medicine two weeks back. I have been having consistent stabbing heart pain that comes and goes but lasts for minutes at a time. I went and checked my blood pressure and it was high and I was told that I hav...  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Andrews

Answer: Hello, Welcome to We are elated to have you on board at icliniq. Based on the information that you have provided, the tablet Desvenlafaxine can sometimes cause side effects such as heart palpitations, high blood pressure, and dizziness. It is also possible that these sympto...  Read Full »

What causes reduced semen spurts?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 47-year-old male in good health. Within the last six months when I ejaculated, I only had one to three large spurts. Previously, I had about four to six. The volume is still good. I am on Prestiq and Xanax. Is this problem reversible and is it a sign of more problems to come?  Read Full »

Dr. Karthik Rajan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through your query. I would like to know whether there is any decrease in your sexual drive or erections. If there is not any then as long as your semen volume is normal, I do not think there are any concerns as of right now. If the problem persists, I woul...  Read Full »

Why is my head aching on and off for more than five years?

Query: Hello doctor, I am having headaches with on and off episodes for more than five years. Sometimes the pain is in the back of my head, and other times it is in the forehead region. I recently started feeling pain on the right side when I touch my head or pressure in a specific zone. The overall headac...  Read Full »

Dr. Aida Abaz Quka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your blood laboratory tests indicate an infection or inflammation (attachments removed to protect the patient’s identity). Regarding the headaches, based on your description, it is suggestive of tension-type headaches, except for the light intolerance, which is a c...  Read Full »

What are the side effects of tablet Ventab?

Query: Hello doctor, I was on Nexito forte for some months as it created sexual erectile issues, it was changed to Ventab plus 50 which worked too good but for a month only. Now, I have depression, very low concentration, and low motivation. Initially, it was good but now again facing the issues. I am 34 y...  Read Full »

Dr. Alok Vinod Kulkarni

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You can taper and stop Ventab plus (Desvenlafaxine and Clonazepam) over a period of one week. We can try you on Bupropion-SR (Bupropion) 150 mg once in the morning for one week followed by 150 mg 1-0-1 (that is one dose in the morning and one dose at night). It does not ...  Read Full »

Is Effexor safe for chronic anxiety?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 34-year-old woman, and I have chronic anxiety that is getting worse and worse as years go by. Yesterday was the first day I went to a psychiatrist. He told me that I have a generalized anxiety disorder, and he prescribed me Effexor, and he said that it is a beta-blocker. He said...  Read Full »

Dr. Ramchandra Lamba

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Effexor (Venlafaxine) is SNRI (serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor) class of drug that is used to treat depression, anxiety disorder, and panic attacks. This drug is helpful in managing your problem but as you mentioned it has few side effects but usually go away...  Read Full »

I am taking Pristiq 50 mg per day for anxiety issues, and it has shown no effectiveness yet. Why?

Query: Hi doctor,I have started taking Pristiq 50 mg per day for anxiety issues, and it has shown no effectiveness yet. Does it take a longer time to work?  Read Full »

Dr. Ashok Kumar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. Our last consultation was around 13 days back, and I hope that you started taking Pristiq (Desvenlafaxine). It takes around two to three weeks to start working, as I told you during our online consultation. At three weeks of ...  Read Full »

Do medications taken for anxiety affect my routine life?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 29 years old. I had panic attacks and anxiety for the last 1.5 years. It does not happen daily, but twice in a week. My BP and BPM will be increased due to palpitations, and I sweat a lot. Hence, I visited a psychiatrist yesterday. The psychiatrist has suggested me to take D Veniz 50...  Read Full »

Dr. Manjunadh M

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Those drugs are for panic disorder. They are approved for these indications. They are safe. It will not affect your classes. If it causes any drowsiness (very unlikely), then you can consider reducing the night dose to half of the prescribed dosage. Please consult your s...  Read Full »

How long does it take for Desvenlafaxine to be effective?

Query: Hi doctor,I am a 42 years old male. I had low mood with anxiety problem around two years back. I was on Desvenlafaxine 50 mg ER tablet prescribed by GP. I took it for around eight months and felt better. Then I consulted my psychiatrist and told that I have only anxiety. So, he prescribed Clonazepam...  Read Full »

Dr. Seikhoo Bishnui

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern. Desvenlafaxine is a good antidepressant and anti-anxiety drug. The drug should be continued for long time to see its full effects. Drugs like Benzodiazepines (Clonazepam, Alprazolam or Nitrazepam) can help to control anxiety symptoms immedia...  Read Full »

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