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Friday, September 19, 2008 ru, Community Member, asks


I was on citalopram that did not work for me, then effexor but it raised my blood pressure, is another SSRI likely to work?

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Dr. Diana Walcutt, Health Guide
9/20/08 10:24am

Hi Ru:

I am not a physician, but you should speak with your psychiatrist about what medications might be effective for you and safe. I assume that as soon as you stopped the Effexor, then your blood pressure immediately went back to normal?


The problem with all SSRI's and SSNRI's is that they can all have hypertension as a side effect. They also all carry the warning that if you have high blood pressure, then you should not take it. Wellbutrin, a different class of antidepressant, can cause fatal spikes in blood pressure as well. It is in the aminoketone class and is chemically unrelated to tricyclic, tetracyclic, selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitor, or other known antidepressant agents.


I hope this helps,

Dr. Diana Walcutt


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By ru, Community Member— Last Modified: 06/20/12, First Published: 09/19/08