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Re: Feedbacks Please

Posted by T_R_D on March 31, 2003, at 13:45:17

In reply to Feedbacks Please, posted by Ssunflower on March 31, 2003, at 12:00:48

> Hi, I've struggled with depression off and on for years and it has recently come back after remarrying into a "blended" family...dealing with new kids and with our vindictive "EX'S." I have tried 5-6 different med's to much avail and am currently on effoexor "xr." I have been on it for only 1 week so far @ 37.4 mg's and have just started taking 2 the other day. I am not crying daily as I used to which is good and seem to have a hard time sleeping as I see other do as well. My main question is I still do not feel "happy" like I was hoping to. I do not feel the joy with my kids or husband. I feel I had more emotions when I was not on med's. It feels as though my emotions are now flatlined. Has anyone else felt this way? Do I need to be on it longer to feel the joy? Is this just a side effect that will disipate? Also, has anyone experienced sexual side effects and are they long term. Any info would be "greatly" appreciated!! God Bless..Ssunflower

Hi there! You will need to be on the drug for a while longer yet, before you feel any positive effects.
It could take a few weeks. Hang in there if you see signs of hope as it may be a good drug for you.
One other thing that is available are combination and or/augmentation strategies with the drugs.
Sometimes, another drug (an anti-depressant or other type) can be taken with the primary drug that will "boost"
it's effect.

I had some loss of sexual drive on the drug but at times I've often wondered whether or not the drugs cause
me loss of interest in sex or if the underlying depression is the culprit. They jury's still out on that one
but I do still have my relationship...for's on the rocks because of my present relapse.

The drugs can also "numb you out" a bit. I think they kind of keep you from getting too high or too low in
order to stabilize you on a more rational plane. The theory is that then, you'll be able to tackle other
"issues" that may be responsible for depression. It kind of sucks though when you're like me and don't seem to
need any talking therapy and just require the medication.

Try and hang in...I know what you're going through right now and it is downright unpleasant and difficult.
Don't give up hope yet!

Take care,




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