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Re: effexor lawsuit

Posted by Pandora on February 8, 2001, at 14:53:40

In reply to effexor lawsuit, posted by Maxine on February 7, 2001, at 16:29:24

I agree with MarkinBoston... no drug is perfect and we all choose to take the good with the bad if we continue on certain meds. If you feel you are "owed" something from the makers of effexor then you have every right to persue that, but don't punish the untold number of people who have found this to be the only drug that has helped keep them sane, and in some cases, alive.

As for your statement, "It's not exactly cheap to be addicted to this drug that you build up a tolerance for and therefore is no longer even effective", just because a person needs to increase their dosage does not necessarily imply that it's because they have built up a tolerance for it or are becomming addicted. Brain chemistry is still a big mystery. These drugs sometimes take a while to regulate things to a point where no more "tweeking" of the dose is required. Plus, as with other disorders, the more severe the depression, the more dramatic even a slight improvement will feel. I took a low dose at first and felt so much better that I just about bought stock in the company. After a few months, my doctor and I decided to increase the dose to see if I could feel even better - I was not in a black pit anymore but wasn't at my best either. An increase definitely helped and probably was the dose i needed in the first place, but a conservative apporach by my doc (which I wholeheartedly support) made finding my ideal dose a long term mission instead of just putting me on the maximum regardless of my actual needs... Anyway, I'm rambling now. Point is, there are many people this drug has helped and many of us who will continue to take it even though we know all the "horror stories".




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