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Question for James Re: Effexor

Posted by Nikki on April 25, 1999, at 1:05:41

In reply to Re: Effexor SR, posted by saintjames on April 21, 1999, at 21:13:40

I was reading here and elsewhere about your experience and knowledge of Effexor. You are one of the few people I have heard that have good effects with Effexor. What really scares me is one person on another thread said that their doctor found liver damage from the Effexor. Albeit it seemed reversible, but what other toxicities will be found. The manufacturer has a responsibility to thoroughly test for the contraindications and side effects of treatment with these drugs as well as the docs must let their patients know about any possible side effects so that they can make an educated choice about the medication. I feel that my pyschiatrist gave me this because it was new, novel and well... I had been on just about everything else. Now I am trapped to continue taking this medication if I don't want to be depressed and phsyically ill. I am unemployed now (probably due to the effects of depression on my ability to work), and can't afford the pills, but everytime I go off I can barely move. You get seriously "wigged" out when your neurotransmitter levels are plummeting, your mood is getting worse and worse, you feel like you have the flu, like you were hit by a Mack truck you are so achy, and then the runs start. This must be what hell is like.
> I read one woman who said her boyfriend killed himself because he couldn't take the side effects. At this point I begginning to think I don't blame him.

All this to say, I hope you don't mind if I ask a few questions. what other meds have you been on? Is this the only one that worked? Have you tried Wellbutrin? You spoke in another place about missing doses because of limited funds, would you know about getting mental health assistance cheaper or for free? Have you or anyone else ever tried Social Security disability for depression and if yes, how does it work?

You seem so knowledgeable so I hope you don't mind the nosiness. Thanks.




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