Originally Posted by SomePerson12
Are Paxil and effexor basically the same???? I know they are both ssri's and are both stimulating. I remember Paxil made me REAL happy(gitty) and effexor doesn't. I heard effexor is stimulating, but I haven't seen any evidence of it. Do you think I may need a higher dose of effexor? Also, what about zoloft? does it work like Paxil and Effexor? Which one is the most stimulating? ty.
They are not both SSRI's.
Paxil is an SSRI -- selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor
Effexor is an SNRI -- serotonin norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor
Effexor was not stimulating for me -- in fact it was the exact opposite.
The problem is these drugs all work differently on different people -- so asking which one is more stimulating is really not a question that you can get an accurate response to. You should really be talking to a doctor.