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If on Effexor too long, can it have reverse effects?

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Old 09-14-2008, 12:58 PM   #1
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If on Effexor too long, can it have reverse effects?

I've been on Effexor for over a year now. I started it after having a complete hysterectomy (ovaries too) in April of 2007 and not being able to tolerate any hormone replacement therapy due to migraines. I have a very demanding job, child, etc., and was crumbling under the stress of it all with no hormone replacement. It did help for a while, but now I find myself in a new "spot". I currently could care less about anything except my son. This includes my house, job - and myself. I can't ever remember a time before when I truly didn't care enough to even shower. How disgusting is that? Over the last 2 years I've gained a horrible amount of weight, don't exercise any more and am barely maintaining my life. If it wasn't for my son, I wouldn't care if I lived or died. Believe me, I know this is not healthy or normal - especially for me. I'm one of those people who used to be a control freak with everything having to be in a certain place, the house clean and picked up, not to mention taking care of myself. I just don't care any more - about ANYTHING - except my son and I'm beginning to wonder if the Effexor is working too well, and making me not care at all. Is that possible? If so, what should I do?

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Old 09-14-2008, 01:17 PM   #2
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Re: If on Effexor too long, can it have reverse effects?

It is difficult to say whether it is a matter of the med working way to all or possibly that your body has accustomed to the med where an increase might be needed. Some people are lucky and can stay on the same med at the same dose for years where others require a dosage and possibly med change during a rather short time period. Take care.
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Old 09-15-2008, 01:06 PM   #3
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Re: If on Effexor too long, can it have reverse effects?

I was on Effexor for about eight years. I was so apathetic that I didn't care about anything. I think it is caused lack of effect and is a common side effect. I didn't know that at the time. During this time my youngest daughter was a teenager and going though a horrible time. Rebellion, suicide attempts, etc., following a divorce when she was 13. It was a blessing and a curse to be on Effexor at the time. I probably would have had a nervous breakdown if I hadn't been on it with all that was going on, but I have to wonder if I hadn't been on it, I might have been stronger in my parenting skills and been more of a help to my daughter. If I wasn't in the looney bin myself, that is. Yes, it is defninately the Effexor. I wasn't interested in anything (even more so than when I am depressed), didn't do anything, gained weight and didn't want to be around anyone.

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Re: If on Effexor too long, can it have reverse effects?

Apathy is a side effect of Effexor and other depression medications.

Old 09-15-2008, 07:31 PM   #5
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Re: If on Effexor too long, can it have reverse effects?

Thanks to all for the replies. I think it might be time to try to see how things go without the Effexor. I guess I should see my physician to make sure I go off of it the right way.

Old 09-15-2008, 08:34 PM   #6
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Re: If on Effexor too long, can it have reverse effects?

been on Effexor 4 yrs. now. Yes, at times I am lets say, emotionless. I feel like me "on dim" if you will. However, I would not stop taking it and encourage the pain and suffering to flood my world again. I ran out of meds a few times and I will tell you that "getting off" Effexor is not easy nor by any means quick. You must discuss the tapering with your Dr.
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