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Old 11-27-2004, 08:12 PM   #1
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my doctor insists i start effexor

i used to be on anitidepressants a couple of years ago i tried zoloft(led to insomnia) and then serezone(600mg a day) until i decided to quit since i felt they did nothing for me and the weight gain was one of the biggest factors concerning me. AS of then i decided antidepressants were not for me and my depression was only min over matter and i thought i could fight back. the last two yrs have been extremely stressfull and its beginning to take its toll on me. i was recently diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome and started seeing a psychiatrist about a yr ago. my psychiatrist and my physician feel i am chronically depressed and need to get on antidepressants(effexor). i have been told that this would help alleviate the syptoms of ibs. i have also abt 40lbs and now weigh only 88lbs.
i am reluctant to get on the effexor for variouus reasons the main one being the weigh gain my doc tells me the weight gain would help me right now and i agree but the problem with antidepressants or so i feel is that once u start putting on the weight the weight doesn't stop until u're off the antidep.
i am really depressed and my doctor tells me there is a cost of not taking the antidepressants and i realse that but is it really worth the sideeffects? i mean do i really need medicine to be happy.

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Old 11-28-2004, 07:36 AM   #2
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Re: my doctor insists i start effexor

Of course, ultimately you decide whether or not you want to take medicine, but from what you're describing--the stress, etc--I too think you would benefit from taking effexor. I personally take effexor and my mind has never felt as clear. I suffer from ibs too, but it didn't get any better after taking the antidepressants. I'm on a high dose of zelnorm which helps.

Are you underweight? From what I read, you weigh only 88 lbs? If you're really concerned about gaining weight from the drug, I wonder if you have some sort of body image disorder b/c it doesn't seem right that you would be scared of gaining a few lbs. And in all honesty, if you can control what you eat, you won't gain a lot of weight.

Try not to think of it as taking a pill to make you happy. The medicine helps to clear up your mind and helps you focus. It has given me a clarity that I never thought I would have, and I'm not as "on edge". But my day to day moods are just that--I have to decide when I wake up in the morning if I'm going to have a good day or a bad day, and I choose what's going to bother me. The medicine does not do it for you, but it can help you rationalize, prioritize, and basically live more healthily.

Good luck.

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