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Re: Effexor Replies - to Cindy

Posted by david on December 10, 1999, at 19:56:14

In reply to Re: Effexor Replies - thanks, posted by Cindy on December 1, 1999, at 8:29:09

> > >I just wanted to thank all those who replied to my question. *Dave*
> Dave, thanks for your reply! So far, the Effexor keeps me awake rather than making me sleepy, so will try your suggestion of taking it in the AM. Am supposed to increase it again next week to 225. Hope it helps with OCD as welll as depression. So far, I haven't noticed any bad side effects. Coudl this finally be "the one" (the right medication)??? I hope so!!!--Cindy

Hi Cindy- i hope everything is going well and the side effects are manageable. You mentioned OCD- I have heard some favourable reports about effexor and OCD. You probably know that effexor is mostly serotonergic- and ocd is supposed to be a problem caused by a dysfunction in this area, as well being a dopamine problem as well. Effexor is only slightly dopaminergic- but becomes more dopaminergic at increasingly high doses. The ssris are supposed to be effective for ocd as well. Anafranil (clomipramine) is also good for ocd- it is highly serotonergic- and moderately dopaminergic- but it is a tricyclic and has anticholinergic properties which causes typical tricyclic side effects. You might also suffer from some sexual dysfunction from the higher doses of effexor. I have experimented with Periactin, and found that it works to reverse these side effects, but Periactin does make you tired so it has side effects as well, but is worth keeping in mind.
I hope you get in control of your depression/OCD and that the side effects of the effexor are tolerable. All the best-david.




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