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Re: New to effexor xp Nat A.

Posted by on September 28, 2001, at 13:19:55

In reply to New to effexor xp, posted by Nat A. on September 27, 2001, at 12:09:58

Hi Nat:

I think that Effexor is being increasingly
recognized as one of best medication for GAD,
with or without depression. For many people
Effexor increases anxiety - but surprising, people
with GAD seem to get the opposite effect, often
gaining substantial relief from anxiety.

If it's too stimulating, SSRI's like Paxil
and Celexa are worth trying.

The MAOI Parnate can be very effective for GAD
(and depression) also. It is a med usually to
try later though. Parnate often makes people
anxious but again ironically for those with GAD
often has the reverse effect. It has the
fortunate benefit (at least in low doses) of often
providing pro-sexual side effects as well!

Good Luck with Effexor. My brother loves it
for GAD (I have Social Anxiety by the way -
in control with treatment)...

> Hi, I am starting effexor xr this morning. It is rather scarey to see how it works or doesn't work for different people. This is the first med that
> I have ever tried. I got it from my gp for anxiety
> and depression. I just feel so glad that i am not the only one with this.. it seems from what I am reading that it is not the "wonder drug" that I
> was hoping for. My gp also gave me some ativan to sleep
> at night.. from what I hear about that, it is horrible stuff and to stay away from it. She said to just take it at night durring the first two weeks as
> I start on the effexor xr. Anyone with any imput for
> me... I would be greatful. This is so scary and new to be taking something although I know I need something. I just want my life back and to
> be able to be "normal" in life. I am starting on 37.5 mg for the
> first week and then bump up to 75 for week two. Thanks!!




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