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Old 10-07-2008, 04:27 PM   #1
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Effexar stopped working? What the sam hill...

I have never posted on the depression board before. I am a rheumatoid arthritus and fybromyalgia patient. Became disabled this March due to just can't work anymore. Doc has been advising it for 4 years so had no problem with recieving disability ect. I knew that once my work life was done that I would likely have to go on some sort of low dose antidepressent because I had been getting very down about this life of pain but didn't have time to be depressed. Anyway that is what I did. Doc thought it a great idea to try 37.5 effexar and increase to 75 in two weeks. I loved it. Within three days I was waking up looking forward to the day instead of crying. Hubby was sooo pleased as well. The teo weeks went by and I increased to 75. I am into week 7 now and all of a sudden somethings not right. I do nothing but sleep. I am crabby all the time I'm awake. I don't feel that depressed but I just feel bad. I don't take a lot of other prescription drugs. Methotrexate and vitamins and any painkillers I can find when needed. Mostly toradol. The painkillers are not a problem. I hate drugs that slow me down so I only take them when absolutely nessesary. Does anyone have a clue what I should do next? I do not want to go to a higher dose. I am 49 years old and have led an extremely active life untill the last few years. I have had a great life till now. I am a musician and an avid snowmobiler and outdoor person. I was so happy that the effexar was making me feel alive again after loosing the ability do do all the fun things I used to do, and now I feel myself sliding back down. This stuff is all new to me and I need some advise from those who have been there. I do not have a psych doc. I don't think we have one here. I am in the country and 100 miles from a city big enough to have anything more than GPs. My RA doc comes up once a month to see patients but thats it. Sorry this is so long Don't want to bore anyone too badly.

 
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Old 10-08-2008, 01:34 PM   #2
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Re: Effexar stopped working? What the sam hill...

I take effexor also. I find it I stay on the 37.5 I feel alot better. Maybe you should asked your doctor about staying on the 37.5 mg . I was always tired on the 75mg. I hope this helps. keep me posted how you're doing on the effexor.

 
Old 10-08-2008, 05:18 PM   #3
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Re: Effexar stopped working? What the sam hill...

Cuddles...Are you actually saying that you went to 75 and opted for going back down to 37.5? That thought actually crossed my mind today. But I couldn't imagine 37.5 being enough to do anything. I did notice it's effects right away though. Maybe you are right. Will give it a little longer for now but if I don't get going soon, I will try that. I'm taking up coffee and diet coke allready! Day befor yesterday, I started watching and slept through three movies. Eck.

 
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Re: Effexar stopped working? What the sam hill...

Yes, I went back to the 37.5mg. There are people that can only take the 37.5mg. I would just talk to your doctor about it, if the75mg doesn't work.

 
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