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Re: Effexor Withdrawal

Posted by jtc on March 11, 2003, at 20:49:20

In reply to Re: Effexor Withdrawal , posted by maliak on March 11, 2003, at 11:42:14

> I am a mom of a 13 year old boy who has just been prescribed Effexor. He has been on Adderall for 2 years and some type of ADHD med for almost 8 years. Every time we thought we had his ADHD under control we would hear from school to find out we didn't. Since hitting Middle School things progressed for the worse. 6 months ago his therapist and pediatrician started him on Paxil changing his dose 3 times with no difference. He is now expelled from school due to lack of respect for authority. He simply can not stay focused and will not stop running his mouth. He is not violent nor does he have a drug and/or alcohol problem. It is heart breaking to watch him and listen to him when all he can do is cry because he can't help himself.
> The good I hear is that this drug is the preferred combo with Adderall (noted on more than just this site) but in adults. I am excited about what could be the answer to our prayers not to mention his misery. The problem is I can not find ANYTHING on the effects in a teenager going through puberty on top of everything else. HELP! I can not bare to think of him dealing with the withdrawal issues posted on this site. As an adult we tend to grind our teeth and get through it. For a teen who gets the flu and thinks the world is coming to an end I can not imagine telling him to hang in there and it will eventually subside over time.
> I do not question his pediatrician or his counselor for wanting to try Effexor. His doctor has been there since he was born and his counselor comes with high recommendations. I just fear the "unknown". I know they believe this is his best option right now and would hate to turn it down if it could truly help.
> I find a lot of info on how Effexor treats depression but how does it work in combo with ADHD and is it really worth the side effects and withdrawals, because if it is he will receive his first dose tonight and we will learn how to deal with everything that comes with it. Main item here is to help my son grow in to a respectful and responsible adult, his success will be my Effexor!
> Thanks!

My daughter will be 9 in May and she has been on Effexor XR 37.5 mg for about four months now. I am really scared for her to be on it. She has severe anxiety and worry to the point it was affecting her school work. She was not paying attention in school and her teacher thought she might have ADD so we had her tested at a psychologist's office and he thinks it is just anxiety. He says she is a very bright girl and she does not have attention deficit but that her mind is going in 10 different directions and because of her anxiety she cannot concentrate on the task at hand but I think she might have a small degree of ADD just because she doesn't listen to me at home. The psychologist referred us to a psychiatrist and the psychiatrist suggested that we try Effexor so I talked with my daughter's pediatrician, who has been her doctor since she was born, and she said she thought it might help my daughter's anxiety to try the Effexor. It has helped the anxiety to a certain extent but she is still having a hard time staying focused at school. She is also having some outbursts when she doesn't get her way. She is in third grade and she is reading sixth grade level books. I think she is very intelligent and her teacher says she can do the work but is not applying herself. She has trouble with math though. I am going to take her off the Effexor during the summer and see how she does off of it. Good luck to your son. Keep us posted. This is a really good website. Take care, JC




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