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Posted by SLS on May 28, 2001, at 15:56:34

Sorry for all of the yelling. :-)

For some reason, few people have ever bothered to participate in my previous attempts at surveying different issues. I took a shower today, brushed my teeth, and used my deodorant, so I know that if no one participates here, it will be because the post stinks.

I don't have the energy to read every post, but if I'm not mistaken, Effexor doesn't seem to poop-out for people who respond well to it. Some have needed to increase their dosage occasionally, but I don't find posts that complain about its pooping-out completely or relapsing.

So here's the question:

Does Effexor poop-out?

The SSRIs can.

It would be important to determine if Effexor is significantly less likely to stop working than Prozac or the other SSRIs.

The results of this question will be most meaningful if answered by people who:

1. Feel that Effexor has produced a remarkable improvement such that they feel almost normal or that it has allowed them to regain a substantial degree of improvement in depressed mood, sadness, rumination, motivation, energy, return to interests and hobbies, initiating activities, satisfaction or pleasure derived from activities, functionality at home and at work, ability to concentrate, assertiveness, self-esteem, etc....

2. Have felt substantially well for at least 6 months. One remains eligible as a responder if, after relapsing, they are able to regain the improvement by simply adjusting the dosage.

3. Have taken Effexor continuously up until poop-out or relapse such that no dosage adjustment can recapture the antidepressant response.

4. Take no other antidepressants, stimulants, Lamictal, or antipsychotics.

* For anyone who has had Effexor poop-out on them, please include the maximum dosage that you had tried.

It is becoming increasingly apparent that some people don't respond well to Effexor until the dosage is brought up to at least 600mg per day.

I am grateful to anyone who contributes to this survey.



- Scott




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