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Re: Effexor Withdrawal Highly Overrated

Posted by jtc on March 31, 2003, at 12:26:45

In reply to Re: Effexor Withdrawal Highly Overrated KRM123, posted by Paco on March 31, 2003, at 9:20:25

Hi Paco,
I agree with you about the Effexor being a help to some people as it was for me. But it was my psychiatrist's suggestion for me to go off of it for now. The withdrawal has only been bad for the past four days and I have done research on it and I think it will get better for me. I did not do much research on it before starting it about 10 months ago. I just took my psychiatrist's advice. I was on Luvox and it had stopped working. I agree with you that it is impossible to predict how it will affect people and that maybe people should give it a try.

> I don't know what you'd be taking Effexor for (or how badly you need it), but so far I've found it extremely helpful. As I understand it, some people experience withdrawl and others don't, just like some have serious side effects and others don't (I didn't). I thought Prozac was absolute hell. Others find it very helpful. Some have problems with Effexor. Others like it (like me). I believe it's impossible to predict how any antidepressant will affect you. I have also tried Zoloft, Paxil, and Prozac and they were bad for me also. A reason I am glad I am stopping the Effexor is because I had a lot of weight gain with it and also fluid retention so maybe those problems will correct themselves but I also take the birth control pill which is another problem in itself. I am so glad it helped you with the things you are going through. Take care and God Bless you,

> Something else to consider is that people that are having no problems with side effects or withdrawl are less likely to look for on-line support or information in places like this board. Why do you need to seek help if things are going great? I looked for information when I started taking Effexor because I was worried that it would be as bad as Prozac, Zoloft and Paxil were for me (terrible - all three, but as I said, they are helpful for others).
> You can find horror stories about any antidepressant - I've got some great ones about the SSRIs that I tried, but for me Effexor has so far been a success. I don't care if I have to go through a week of withdrawl (hopefully I don't), because right now the life I'm experiencing is a lot better than when I was staring at the ceiling all day wondering when I'm going to kill myself.
> Good luck.
> =====================================================
> > I was going to try Effexor but now I'm really scared =(




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