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    Old 01-29-2001, 04:40 PM   #1
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    PMS, Update, Reconsidering Effexor

    Have any other women noticed a link between the severity of their depression/anxiety and menstrual cycles? I don't think it's only PMS because I deal with depression all of the time, but I have noted several times when I was feeling extremely anxious, couldn't concentrate, the world was ending, etc. - and then I started my period. Within a day or two, I was feeling less extreme. I guess I should discuss this with my doc. Anyone else notice a connection?

    Just a general update: I had been doing better at work but today I began to feel panicky, couldn't concentrate on my work and left 2 hours early. I hope I can make myself go to work in the morning. I have both a psychiatrist and counseling appt. on Wednesday. I am beginning to consider the Effexor after all. Am I crazy to consider this after all I've read about withdrawal? The reports of it WORKING are what tempts me. Nothing has worked for me so far. I've read a few posts saying they got off the drug without too much trouble. I keep thinking that there may be a lot who haven't had problems but they're less likely to post. If I start getting real panicky again or having suicidal thoughts, I am probably going to risk it...

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    Old 01-30-2001, 04:32 PM   #2
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    Re: PMS, Update, Reconsidering Effexor

    I'm pretty much the poster child for pms. A few days before I'm severily angry, irratible, annoyed, and just ****** off! It usually goes away as soon as I start though.

    Glad to hear you're feeling a little better. Try the Effexor and see what happens. I tried it and I was horribly sick but from my reading you should start at a low dosage with Effexor. I was started on 75mg. Apparently starting at a low dose and working upwards slowly is the better route. I guess my doc didn't know that. :0(

    I wouldn't worry yourself too much about the withdrawl; everyone is different and some people have a more difficult time of it and they are most likely to post then the ones who had no problems. I came of Luvox a few years ago and it wasn't too bad. I was nervous, irratible, sweat a lot, had a bad headache. It only lasted for a few days then I was ok. Effexor is supposed to be a pretty good med. I'm personally going to ask the pdoc for Wellbutrin cause I don't want the weight gain and sexual dysfunction associated with the SSRIs.

    Good luck and Take care,

    Old 01-30-2001, 05:02 PM   #3
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    Re: PMS, Update, Reconsidering Effexor

    Angie, thanks for the reply. Did your doctor change anything about your medicine based on the PMS?

    Are you still on an upswing? I think you mentioned having to resist spending sprees and drinking too much. Are you doing o.k.? I asked my doctor once if she thought I might be bipolar and she said she'd never seen me manic. I guess I have no idea what that's like. I have swings but it's from deep (nearly suicidal) depression to milder depression.

    I've noticed how good you are about responding to posts. You share a lot of good thoughts and give encouragement. Thanks for sharing yourself to help others out. I hope we're here for you too when you need it.

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    Re: PMS, Update, Reconsidering Effexor

    Hi,i definitly feel a connection between p.m.s. and depression.I used to get extremly irritable during my pms week before prozac and now that i'm on that it's not half as bad.Also Eli Lilly the makers of prozac also came out with another drug for pms that has the same exact drugs in it that prozac does they just changed the name to sarafem or something like that to get more sales from women who don't realize they could have depression and think it's just pms.Good luck in what you decide to do.Joanne <IMG SRC="">

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    I too have noticed a change in my depression and the onset of my period. I am currently taking EffexorXR (225mg the maximum dosage) and it has not helped alieviate this problem at all, if anything it seems to be getting worse. If I miss a dose I experience withdrawal symptoms and those to are getting worse the longer I take Effexor. I know medications react differently for everyone. But don't put all your hope in Effexor. Ask more questions and demand more options from you doctors - psych and gyn. Patsy

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    I can totally relate to emotionalism and can my husband! I'm starting to think most of my instability stems from PMS, because I feel fine the day it starts. I seem to go downhill during ovulation. I'm on Prozac, so it's less severe, but still a problem. I can get so mean and threatening, that I find it incredible I'm still married. I thank God my husband understands PMS and is forgiving. I swear it's like a menses demon takes over my body!!! I will never underestimate the power of hormones!!


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    Hi, My name is Judy. I have suffered with major depression all of my life and have tried every medication. Effexor was the hardest withdrawel for me but I found that slowly cutting down dosage helps ALOT!
    I too, suffer from severe PMS. My DR. has me double my dose about a week before I am suppose to start and that does seem to help except that I don't keep track. I just can't think straight or remember anything anymore. I am also so extremely tired all the time. Anyway, I would definitly try some form of meds, most do help. Just remember that when you are ready to stop taking them, to do it slowly. Hope this helps, Judy

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