Posted by SLS on October 4, 2001, at 21:54:14
In reply to Has anyone noticed...., posted by Katey on September 30, 2001, at 11:26:32
> that effexor in either the regular form or the XR seems to be the new miracle drug that the gp's are pushing? it really makes you wonder just how intense the studies were before marketed. also....do you ever wish that the docs would actually try the meds they prescribe before they give them to us? i think it would make them so much more empathetic. but thats enough of my rambles for now.
Effexor has unequivocally shown itself to be statistically superior to the SSRIs. A recent study of over 2000 subjects verified this. Of course, *any* of the antidepressants can be effective for any one individual, even trazodone. Not only does Effexor get more people well than any of the SSRIs, it also tends to get them better and keep them better for longer. Effexor doesn't poop-out nearly as often as the SSRIs. The only real gripe that people have with this drug is that it is often difficult to discontinue due to withdrawal effects. A similar case can be made for Paxil. Although perhaps not as difficult as these two, almost any antidepressant will produce a withdrawal reaction if discontinued too abruptly. So I guess it sort of comes down to this: Effexor might be somewhat more difficult to discontinue than most of the SSRIs, but it is less likely that one would have to for lack of success.