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Old 10-05-2002, 04:48 PM   #1
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first of all I wanted to say thank you for those of you that have replied to me this board has helped me so much and now to my question I was just
wondering has anyone who has taken effexor XR had homocidal tendecies? I am back on my zoloft and thank god I am I also wanted to know how some of you are doing been worried..
god bless,Renee'

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Old 10-05-2002, 10:05 PM   #2
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Hello Newdawn,

I'm sorry I don't have the answers to your questions, but I did want to say 'Hi' and hope someone comes along with some advice/info.

With Kindness

Old 10-05-2002, 10:32 PM   #3
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I don't have any experience with that, but you should definitely tell your psychiatrist about the side effects of the medications (ie: the homicidal tendencies)

Old 10-05-2002, 10:51 PM   #4
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Hi newdawn!!!! Funny, I just posted with a question regarding Effexor, as well....

I was on 225 mgs. a day. I was on it since January, and when my problems were discovered to be physiological, and not pschological, I began to taper off.... SLOWLY.

One thing happened to me once where I was taking the effexor, Ativan, benadryl, and steroids b/c the doctors decided to diagnose me with asthma and severe anxiety.

With the Effexor combined with the Prednisone, I had what was described as a psychotic episode.
I cried for hours every day for days, and became more rigid and depressed as time passed. I finally snapped and went over the edge with a razor to my body. I did not feel anything physically, I was just in RAGE.

I am not saying it wasn't there in the subconscious somewhere, but I am a non-violent person without self destructive tendencies normally. My behavior was so off the wall that my fiance called an ambulance and my family.

I cut myself bad enough that some of the cuts needed stitches. But it did not phase me until my head was clear a few weeks after my steroids were done and not mixing with the Effexor. THen, it turned around, And I became extremely scared of dying. I was on such a high dose of effexor that I had memory problems.... and every time I would yawn, my eye would twitch for about 10 minutes thereafter.

I would pass right by my house because I forgot to pull into the driveway, or I would simply forget where I was or going.

Hindsight is 20/20..... I realize how out of it I REALLY was now that I am almost off of it.

But the withdrawl effects are REALLY rough.
I spent almost the entire day in bed yesterday because I kept feeling like I was falling and I had a TERRIBLE headache.

I think it sounds as though you are either having an
adverse reaction or need a dosage adjustment.

I think more research needs to be done regarding the effects SSRIs have on people whose anxiety is NOT
a result of a chemical imbalance.

If your chemicals are not out of whack, what does a seratonin reuptake pill DO?
I would think it would exaderate behaviors and completely mess up your balance, no?


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