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Re: Effexor XR and alcohol LynnPerley, Lynnads

Posted by Nuncio on April 23, 2004, at 14:25:03

In reply to Re: Effexor XR and alcohol LynnPerley, Lynnads lucky, posted by lynnads on January 14, 2003, at 3:03:28

> I do like to hear what other people experience with Effexor XR so I do thank you, Lucky. It lets me know that there are quite a few other people who are having similar occurances to mine and I am not the only one. Although often times, I do wish it was just me (I hate having to see other people deal with anxiety and depression).
> Anywho, this is the third AD I have been prescribed. After my 10 year battle with depression, since my early teenage years, I figured it was time to do something. My doctor first prescribed me Celexa 1 1/2 years ago, and compared to how I had been feeling, the relief from Celexa seemed like it was an answer to prayer.
> Well the initial effect wore off and my doctor then prescribed me 20mg of Prozac. Which was soon booted up to 40 mg which soon again in early December of this year brought me to Effexor. I loooooooooove Effexor XR, but the side effects can tend to be a bit ruthless with everything from intense sweating, heart palpitations, and decreased libido (as if you wanted to hear that) to the feeling of complete numbness (emotionally) and plain old exhaustion.
> I am considering asking my doctor about Wellbutrin, but I am scared even that is going to mess with me in some way...that and I am afraid to come off Effexor. Some days I even consider going off the ADs altogether, but like your latest dealings with feeling unmotivated and overwhelmed, I have that problem AAAAAAAAALL the time(even right now).
> Which again brings me to another concern...are these pills supposed to help with motivation? Because when given the opportunity, I don't accomplish a thing. I would just assume sleep most the day then make it to my couch in time for the 5:00 news. Shower, eat dinner and go back to bed. In the back of my head I know I should be getting up to clean my house or run errands, but it doesn't seem important enough to get up for, and then nothing ever gets done. I am not necessarily sad, just not motivated.

I understand what you are saying... I've been on Effexor XR 75mg for a short while and just recently upped it to 150mg... I do have slightly more energy, but I am also experiencing heightened anxiety. It is usually quite difficult for me to want to do much of anything except go home, drink, and go to bed fairly early because the alcohol and Effexor act like a sedative for me. I don't really feel sad or frightened, but I am just unmotivated. I feel numb emotionally, as though things I would normally care about are just not significant anymore. Prior to taking Effexor I was on Lexapro for about 8 months, and for awhile that helped with the mild lack of energy I was experiencing. The feelings I am experiencing with Effexor are new to me and at this stage, I feel much worse than I did a year ago before I started taking any meds. However, I'm afraid to get off the meds because of how the withdrawls might hit me.




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