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Re: effexor and GAD

Posted by Bruce on April 23, 1999, at 16:01:59

In reply to effexor and GAD, posted by Mendel on April 15, 1999, at 0:21:21

> It looks like effexor has been officially approved for generalized anxiety disorder. Is this a marketing ploy or does this drug have a unique niche in treating anxiety? Please educate me.

Effexor seemed to make me more anxious, at least more jittery or nervous. Since anxiety is one of my primary problems I got off the Effexor after a month and started taking Buspar for the anxiety, hoping it would also help with the depression.
It's been a month now, and I'm not sure the Buspar is doing me much good. But I know for sure that the Effexor and several other SSRI's made me feel more anxious. MAybe I wasn't distinguishing correctly between real anxiety and the feeling of uncomfortable nervousness, jitters, but it sure felt as uncomfortable as anxiety.
I couldn't see any reason to take something that would make me feel that way. So while Effexor may be recognized for treating anxiety with depression, you have to see how it makes you feel. If it makes you feel physically uncomfortable or shakey, that in itself can cause anxiety.
Good luck. The quest to find the right med or combination of meds to give you some feeling of peace and relief from depression and anxiety at times seems to make those conditions worse. It can be really stressful trying one drug after another for a month or two at a time to find the right one, because each one that doesn't work also causes unpleasant side-effects both physical and emotional.
Sometimes it seems like the best thing to do is get off of everything for a while if you can and see where you really are and what "YOU" really feels like. How much jerking around by one drug after another can those poor neuro-transmitters take before they burn out completely?




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