Posted by menolly57 on August 18, 2002, at 17:23:48
In reply to You people are scaring the hell out of me!, posted by sly on August 15, 2002, at 7:51:54
Sly, I was on Effexor for years and it worked very, very well. If I were you I would be very careful about going off medication if it is working so well for you. If you do it, you should taper off gradually and be prepared to go back on it if the depression returns.
Every medication works differently on different people, so you should NOT assume that what happened to others will happen to you. For example, Paxil seems to be a wonder drug for some people, but it didn't help me much and I gained 20 pounds on it. Effexor gave me almost no problems. Side effects are far from universal, so don't let the horror stories scare you too much.
If the Effexor works for you, I'd say let it work for you. Don't just go off it because you feel you "should." It is better to be on drugs and happy than to be drug-free and suicidal.
Take care and good luck with everything.