Re: I'm taking the plunge
Thanks for the replies Kyle, Joy, TrickDick and Gail! They really do make me feel better. For me, sometimes just knowing that other people know what I'm talking about helps tremendously.
Kyle - You're absolutely right. I am probably worrying over this more than I should. I'm not "normally" this way. I think my depression definitely changes the way I think. My doctor and I decided to switch to Zoloft. So as we decrease the Effexor, we'll increase the Zoloft. Hopefully the Zoloft will be effective, or I could be out of work for quite a while. I used to take Remeron and I do think it helped my mood. Unfortunately, I was gaining weight quite rapidly and the effects of that kinda countered with the positive effects of the med. Silly, I know. So we replaced the Remeron with Serzone and that seemed to worked well enough. My usual daily cocktail has consisted of Effexor XR, Wellbutrin and Serzone. That's wonderful that Remeron has helped you so much! I'm sure it will continue to do so.
Joy - I didn't realize that Paxil had withdrawl symptoms as well. It sounds like my doc is taking the same course of action as yours ended up doing. It should take me about 5 weeks to be entirely off the Effexor and my doctor said I shouldn't be worried about withdrawl at all. I'm glad to hear it was successful for you. Makes me feel better after reading all of those posts about how horrible Effexor ends up being.
TrickyDick - I've never heard of taking VitB and zinc supplements. I'll definitely have to look into it. I'd much rather take those then the med I was perscribed for anxiety. Besides, they never seemed to work much anyway.
Gail - You are the first person I've encountered so far that has said that they are taking the same dose as I. It seems to be a rather high one. But it worked well for me for almost two years. And my doc had originally wanted to increase the dosage this time around, but I was against it. It's clear I'm going to have to take all this stuff for the rest of my life, and to be perfectly honest, I'd like to have a sex life. I don't care much about it right now, but I will when I'm better. I'm sure Zoloft has the same side effect, but my experience has been the lower the dose the less the side effects. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
Thanks again for all of your posts! (Sorry for such a wordy reply)