Quote from Lady_Raven:So far I've heard nothing about Effexor XR. My doctor took me off of zoloft because I was gaining too much weight and said the effexor could help. I've already started taking it but it would be really encouraging to hear some positive feedback about the drug. Anyone??? I'm getting desperate!
Hi there! I'm pasting below what I wrote about effexor XR elsewhere on this board -- my experience with anti-depressants is limited compared to most people here, I guess, and effexor has been good and bad for me. Sometimes I think I'm too self-aware to really get a clear idea of what these drugs are doing for me. Anyway, here's what I wrote about effexor if you haven't read that thread already:
Hi there. About three months ago, I weaned off of zoloft, which wasn't doing anything for me and never did during the three months I took it, and switched to effexor xr (took 37.5 mg for a week, then went up to 75 mg). After a couple months, I felt like the 75 mg was helping me slightly, but not too much, and I was having trouble sleeping. My doctor increased my dosaged to 150 mg, and also put me on 25 mg of elavil to help me go to sleep at night. I'm still having a little trouble falling asleep, but less so, and the 150 mg of effexor seems to help more, but I'm still suffering from some anxiety. And I kind of feel numb sometimes, like I know something should upset me, and I'd almost rather I'd burst into tears like I would have pre-effexor, but now I just wonder if I'll explode...
No weight gain from zoloft or effexor so far, but I've heard it doesn't affect weight in some people until they've been on it for a year or so.
Oh, also, although I've always had some issues with anxiety and depression, things got worse when I went on Yasmin28 (the birth control pill). My doctors have told me I have PMDD, and I'm hoping that when I go off Yasmin, I'll feel the full effect of the Effexor.
Good luck to you!
Oh wait, one more thing -- probably the biggest difference I've noticed in myself since going on effexor is I have become much more outgoing. Before effexor, though I wouldn't think I was suffering from social anxiety disorder or anything, I just couldn't speak out in front of people. Thoughts would go through my head that I wanted to share in classes and such, and I just couldn't get up the courage to say what I was thinking. After I started effexor, professors commented that my class participation improved drastically. In social situations, I've started to speak my mind a lot more (sometimes a good thing, sometimes not so much). Overall, however, I consider this a good thing.
I guess, in conclusion, until I go off the birth control, at least, I feel like effexor is helping me FUNCTION better, but I'm not sure I feel too much better. If that makes any sense?