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Re: effexor - disclaimer

Posted by Shirley on January 1, 1999, at 14:15:24

In reply to Re: effexor - sleeplessness?, posted by Shirley on January 1, 1999, at 13:13:28

In reading over past Effexor and Trazodone posts, I'm struck by the widely divergent responses and recommendations with these medications (indeed for all of the AD's).

My disclaimer: It's always best to take your physician's advice first, since most of us are not medical professionals. Maybe I'm just stating the (duh) obvious. That being said, I find this site to be an outstanding source of "real life" information about the psychopharmceuticals and related illnesses.

Everyone seems to respond differently to these drugs, and I have come to understand that finding the right med for depression is equal parts art and science.

I have noticed something frustrating, though, about relying upon my doctor (and therapist) to help me: They don't always seem to have much in the way of advice. I have been adjusting my own meds up or down as I see fit, and they both approve of this. I'm at a point now where I have exhausted my own limited understanding of how to proceed with treatment, and I'm not sure what to do next (I have experienced a dramatic relapse after having felt better on Effexor). Does anyone else have this experience with their medical professionals? I WANT my doctor to tell me what is best, but he seems to think I know what I'm doing. My therapist told me to come back on an "as needed" basis after a couple of weeks of feeling better. I'm sort of amazed that a person trained to be providing mental health counseling doesn't seem to know (or doesn't want to know?) what questions to ask.

I went off on a tangent. Sorry....





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