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Posted by headachegirl on April 18, 2004, at 9:06:14

In reply to Re: THE GOOD THINGS?????-Sira, posted by Angela Young on April 17, 2004, at 22:10:22

I think trial and error is the process for finding the right AD. I experienced the best results from Prozac with the usual number of side effects. I was tired of the non-existent libido and tried the Effexor to see if I had better results. I really didn't, though I was on 75 mg and don't know if increasing the does would've helped.

I did notice, however, the awful consequences of missing a dose. I would be slammed by the brain zaps, headaches, and nausea. I work in the high tech industry and can often do 12-14 hours in front of the computer for days at a time. Things like rembering to refill your prescription would fall between the cracks and the resulting almost immediate withdrawal effects made work miserable.

Plus, I was experiencing the elevated BP and weight gain. So, I'm taking myself off. I think the key to this (as well as with any other AD) is to wean off, not go cold turkey. Reducing my dose over several weeks, while taking extra supplements has almost totally prevented withdrawal symptoms.

So, everyone is different. If Effexor works for you, stay with it. If you decide you need to get off; don't go cold turkey. My advice.




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