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Old 08-21-2008, 10:28 PM   #1
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Effexor-your experiences?

hi. i am not sure which 'category' or board i should be on, so this seemed the one Effexor is prescribed the most for. i have several issues, like many people. so i asked my doc if she thought i should try Effexor. i have been on other meds in past, first one worked, but gave me aweful restless leg so i quit. then later another i tryed nearly a year, told doc at 3 months it wasnt working, so he upped the dose. i couldnt handle the sleep issues to i stayed same dose. eventually quit. sooo... its been 1 1/2 to 2 yrs on nothing. usually i perk right up in summer when it is sunny. not so much this year. i have 2 friends on effexor, and my daughter. last night i took my first pill (37.5). now i know everyone reacts differently to different meds. i felt i was awake all night, although i had gone to bed early. i was flip flopping, and had warm flushes off and on. but the part that bothered me was my MIND was so active and nonsensical. almost like coffee, but not high, just distorted. i suppose because it is a phsycoactive drug. so my question there anyone out there who has had these problems in the beginning, that went on to continue taking effexor with positive results in the end. my friend feels it works for her, but she did not have my side effects. oh yes, and i was clenching my jaw for 20 hours. i am only now starting to feel normalish, so i fear taking it again, as i drive for living and need some sleep. i am not suicidal, just looking for something to allow me to focus, supposedly i am BPD, but i suspect ADD as my son has it , and in reading books on it i "see" myself. Effexor is listed as being used for both the above, and depression. sorry so long. anyone have experiences with what worked or doesnt for them for these three diagnoses?
mainly also, i need to stop being sluggish, a kick start to my day. i oversleep

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Old 08-21-2008, 10:30 PM   #2
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also, it makes my stomach 'churn' like when one has great anxiety. the good side is, i didnt want to eat much , overeat today. love that

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Everyone reacts differently to these drugs. For one it's great and another it's not. Makes sense as everyones chemistry is different. For me, Effexor was not a good experience. It made me feel out of control and gave me mood swings that were scary. I know of others that it works great for.

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thanks for your reply. i should probably have this medication issue dealt with by the appropriate specialist (psychiatrist) but i am not sure medical covers it here unless i was seriously ill.
i had hoped that since my daughter and i are blood relatives perhaps my reaction to the medicine would be positive as well. i know that was a ridiculously naive idea now. sigh...rats.
but of the three people i know that take it successfully, none had the "racing, distorted thinking" as a beginning side effect. in fact, it makes one drowsy which is why she takes it at night.

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I'm on effexor- have been for almost a year.
At first I had to weather many side effects, including the coffee effect you described- I felt like I was pumped full of caffeine.
Had blurry vision, bruised easily and wanted to stop taking it but I waited 6 weeks and the side effects eased and started to see some positive changes.

Unless the side effects are excruciating I'd try to stay on for about 6 weeks then reassess- it can take 6 weeks for the drugs to work and the side effects (some of them) may subside. If it's still a problem then switch meds as it may not be the right one for you.

I almost gave up on the stuff but now it's been working really well.

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I started effexor a couple months ago and was only on it for about a week. I threw up every single time I took it, i tried to take it at bed time so that I would sleep through the sickness, but it would wake me up. I could not eat anything. I hated it.

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jeni, sorry u had such awful effects, thats pretty bad. hope u found something else to help.
sarah, thanks as well. the problem is, i drive 10 hours a day, dealing with the public, so must be in top shape. i am kicking myself for not getting the meds before, as i just had 3 months off work for other medical reasons including foot surgery. might have been a good time to try.
i may wait until such time as i may be off work again. it is good to know it helped you in spite of the initial side effects. that is what i was wondering, if anyone had toughed it out with good results. i will discuss with my doc. thanks again. Dee

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I used for Effexor for about a year with a number of other meds and it worked pretty well. The problem was when I began to slip it was difficult to tell which med was not doing its job (I was on Effexor, Wellbutrin, Remeron, Zyprexa, Lithium) so the doctor decided to stop all of these meds and move me over to the MAOI class. I went through a massive withdrawal basically stopped all the previous listed meds in about five days but I was on a psych ward at the time. I stopped Nardil due to med interactions and the need for dental work. A couple of months ago I started Effexor again and it has made slight changes but I am still optimistic as we have yet to hit a pretty high dose. I have a complicated diagnosis and I am med resistant so finding the right one is a neat trick but Effexor has been doing pretty good. A thing to keep in mind is Effexor is one of the highest prescribed antidepressants on the market so it is working for a lot of people.

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Old 12-09-2008, 02:05 AM   #9
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Well.. i am completely new to this guys.. I have had lots of stress related issues for the past years (trapped in employment that is draining me, no companion or partner, no romantic life at the moment, feeling of loneliness, brother in trouble and seems ill be taking care of his wife and kid financially..etc..) .. have had deep depressions for so long and didnt know how to handle it... for the last 6 months I went nuts and tried to abuse substances just to feel high (ice, E, GHB, Ketamine..etc..) .. I decided to stop that at once as it did give me a high however the depressions after that is far worse ..combined to the normal blue feeling I had it was unbearable.

I went yesterday for the the first time to a psychiatrist and he diagnosed me with severe depressive fits as last month I had a panic attack in the car and simply rammed the vehicle into a wall. He prescribed me with Effexor XR.. probably silly of me to say if its working or not, however today is my second day. Im on low 75mg per diem... when i took it I swear i felt instantly the effects.. i calmed down, woke up... the main problem when having depressions is that I slept way too much and asked him for something that can regain my energy to get my mess together. I agree with the somewhat blurred vision and a bit of a daze but nothing serious... a bit of a loss of appetite otherwise nothing serious...

I guess I have to see what will it do once i am on the pills for a while... I guess I would rather endure physical pain than emotional pain and depression....

Its kind of soothing to see that I can belong to a community of people who understand how is it to live with bleak moods, constant self flagellation and deep depressions that affect your life turning you into someone you barely recognise... the more depressing is that I just turned 30 and it should be the time of my life... the best years to come....

hoping all better days... sound sleep and anxiety free moments...

Old 12-16-2008, 04:11 PM   #10
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I was on Effexor for several months and experienced blurry vision and pressure behind my eyes, headaches, sweating...... I finally stopped taking it because of the side effects. I think it did help somewhat with my depression, but it also made me not really feel *anything.* I didn't like that.

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I am glad this is here. I have been on Effexor-xr 150mg once a day now for a week. I was on Celexa 40mg for year before and it just was not working anymore. It was like taking candy. My doc says that can happen with being on some meds for a time. I had to be winged off of celexa by taking celexa one day and the other Effexor the next day. That was the worst week in my life!!! The ups and down were hard and the hot flashes. One day I would want to eat everything in site the next, I could not even look at food. Now that I am on effexor for a full week I am not really sure if it is working yet. I am still very moody and one moment I am happy, then sad, then mad as hell. I just don't know what effects I should be having. If I need more or this is not for me. My doc put me on this to take my hunger down cuz I am a diabetic and when I am down, I want to eat and that is something I don't need to be doing. I know this is a hard question to ask, but how do you feel when you know the meds are working? When I started celelxa I would sleep and I am one who does not sleep. I felt calm, but now I feel nothing.

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I'm a forty-something male.

I've been on effexor for about 3 months. Doc prescribed it after Paxil stopped working in the 12th year of taking it.

Effexor took 6 weeks to work on my depression. My doc increased my dose by 37.5 mgs per week. He wouldn't increase it any faster, even though I bugged him to do so. In hindsight, I'm glad that he increased it slowly. I am now on 150 mgs, and this medication is kicking the stuff out of my depression.

I am going to ask him to reduce my dose to 75mgs, because I am getting daily headaches that are an annoyance. I also have low-level nausea during the day, and restless legs at night. Sex drive and ability to have sex have not been negatively impacted.

I'm going to start taking Advil for the headaches, until I can see my doc next appointment.

If I have to trade the side-effects for the depression, I would pick the side-effects in a second!

That's my story.

Old 12-30-2008, 09:43 AM   #13
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On Effexor my brain felt bruised and forced tightly up against the side of my skull. My vision was off, tracking objects was impossible. I was nauseated and anxious. The doc insisted the effects would disappear with time. Never happened. Withdrawal was 10x worse. Going off this drug is a nightmare for too many people.

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I have now tried Celexa and Effexor and have had the same side effect with both. Within a few days of taking them, I feel like I've been run over by a truck, multiple times. It's like having the worst case of the flu, without the fever or respiratory problems.

I don't have mental or emotional issues, or the side effects most of you have mentioned. I physically feel terrible all over.

I am wondering if SSRIs are not good for me.

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colinette, that sounds like awful side effects from the effexor etc. although i had nasty reaction to effexor, i took paxil in the past and it was fine for a year. i was given prozac 20 yrs ago but only took one pill. i thought i was being given a sleeping pill, so when i didnt get drowsy i never took any more. bad communication with my doc. but i had no immediate nasty side effect like i did with one dose of the effexor. so perhaps not all ssri's will be bad for you? i hope you are able to find what works for you. i was given Escitalopram 10 mg (cipralex) back in december but never took it yet. i may try it this month while off work for a few weeks for a surgery. its hard to start something when i am working as i dont know how it will affect me.

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