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Re: AD question 4 you- Kristi, Cindylou

Posted by galtin on September 24, 2001, at 22:42:56

In reply to Re: AD question 4 you Cindylou, posted by Kristi on September 22, 2001, at 22:49:29

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> > I have to second Kristi's point here -- I have a horrible time with SSRI side effects, and I had an even WORSE time with Effexor.
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> > > > Oh.... definately don't start with effexor. There are so many side effects and it's just awful to come off of. Even doctors and pharmacists are finally admitting this now. My doctor won't even prescribe it.... and a friend of mines husband is a pharmacist, and he says he cringes everytime he receives a script for it. You know yourself best tho, do what you think is right for yourself. Good luck, Kristi
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> > > For some people, yes. For others, like myself, there are no side effects. Some of the problems people associate with Effexor are due to underdosing. Low doses can equal a high level of side effects, not to mention leaving the depression untouched.
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> > > > > I can't tolerate SSRI's...At All..Hate them..I find SSRI's make me obnoxious, irritable, anxious, agitated, cause my face to swell, I gain weight, want to sleep all the time, sexual problems, no emotions, and muscle pains.
> > > > > Have chronic depression w/ lots of severe anxiety frequent double depression that is severe (frequent suicidal thoughts). More of the fatigued overeater type though.
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> > > > > If given the choice which would you try first?
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> > > > > 1)Effexor XR
> > > > > 2)Serzone
> > > > > 3)Remeron
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> > > > > If none of these.. what then?

After this post I will try to keep out of the Effexor wars, othewise I'll get blocked for being tedious.

If not for personal experience, the posters here would convince me to test the anti-depressant properties of strychnine before considering Effexor. Maybe satisfied Effexor customers don't write in. It is not that Effexor is a unique wonder-med, but there are people who have done well on it. Me, for example. It eradicated a killer depression. And at fairly high doses I have had only a couple mild side effects and have suffered no side effects at all the several times I have stopped taking it.

I know several other people who, like myself, were rescued by Effexor at that point of desperation when all else has failed. I have no idea what medication any given person should take. Maybe Effexor should be a second or third option. But I hope that people who have not been helped by other meds won't rule it out based on the bad experiences some have had with it.

galtin


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