Posted by Cindy W on June 19, 2000, at 9:00:40
In reply to Re: Anyone had success on Effexor XR? , posted by Noa on October 24, 1999, at 18:36:00
> I take effexor xr. Currently on 375 mg. It works better for me than Paxil or Prozac or Wellbutrin, although actually what I mean is that it works without as many negative effects. But there are some. It is activating for me, so sleep is hard. also, I am fidgety at this dose, and have some tics when sleepy, or just when waking up. I was on a much lower dose for a long time, and then got REALLY depressed. I think the lower dose was insufficient and I was struggling with ongoing depression. Then, some major stress, and I really hit bottom (I hope it is really bottom, cuz I wouldn't want to go longer). Then I increased the dose a bit, and started to take serzone as an augmentor, and also as a sleep aid (I had been taking a small dose of trazodone as a sleep aid, but its effectiveness was wearing off). I also take ritalin 3x/day, and synthroid and cytomel ( I tested as hypothyroid), all to augment the effexor. I personlly have liked the xr version of effexor much more than the regular. One dose is always easier, but it also seems to cause less sleep problems and motor twitches, and also much less sweating , which was a major hassle on the regular effexor. ALso, when I ws on higher doses of regular effexor, I would come close to fainting when I stood up or when I laughed real hard. That doesn't happen on the xr version. Hope this helps. OF course, keep in mind that every individual's experience is different. BTW, I only take one dose of serzone--150 mg. in the late afternoon/early evening. It helps me sleep, and the sedation wears off enough by wake up time in the am. If I had to take it in the morning, I think I would also find it too sedating. It is, however, less sedating than trazodone, which had a shorter term effect, but was very intensely sedating for me.
Noa, I'm so glad to see you're back! Also glad to hear you're doing well. Am also taking Effexor-XR 375 mg/day, and it seems to really help. Also, I take Serzone 50 mg/night to help me sleep. Best wishes!