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Re: Effexor - Is it worth increasing - Zoe/Kai

Posted by Denise528 on June 7, 2002, at 11:37:02

In reply to Re: Effexor - Is it worth increasing the dose? Denise528, posted by Zo on June 5, 2002, at 23:12:20


Thanks to both of you for the advice. I probably didn't explain myself very well in my previous thread just for clarity. This is a rundown of my history.

Age 17 - 23 Mild depression for about 6 years (didn't take medication). Didn't know it was depression at the time just thought there was something physically wrong with me.

Age 23 - 28 Depression got worse, went for numourous blood tests, lung tests etc again didn't realise it was depression until doctor prescribed me with prothiaden (tryciclic) which worked great almost immediately, I felt like I was in a different world.
Stayed on Prothiaden until age 28 when I started getting adverse effects.

Age 28 - 31 On Zooloft then Paxil, both worked great.

Age 31 - 35 Came off medication completely and was fine for 4 years, never as good as when I was on ADs but life was ok.

As of September of last year started feeling unwell again, went to Portugal for a holiday thinking I just needed a holiday but spent the whole holiday feeling totally miserable, anxious (for no reason) and sometimes suicidal, since then have been on:-

Seroxat for about a month - I was very agitated, pacing up and down, practically climbing the walls, not eating at all.

Mirtazapine for about a month - Same as above.

300 Prothaiden for about 10 weeks - Same as above. Zyprexa was the only thing that seemed to help and instantly.

Psychiatrist added 40mg of prozac to the prothiaden and had a seizure.

Came off prothiaden. Dr added lithium to the prozac which made me sick and flat.

Started effexor about 2 months ago and admittedly I haven't been taking them as prescribed, which was 2 x 37.5. I have been upping them, lowering them and sometimes coming off them completely. I am now back on 2 x 37.5mg only and they seem to be helping a little, I am not anxious at all, can concentrate quite well, have an appetite but feel extremely antisocial, tired and like I have no emotions or sense of humour anymore. I'd like to try going up to around 300mg but didn't like the way I felt on 150mg so reluctant to increase the dose gradually. But if someone can convince me that it is worth it I might give it a try. If somebody else felt bad at 150 but then good at say 300, I would consider it. Has that been the case for you?





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