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Issues about Effexor

Posted by Cass on October 15, 2004, at 23:20:58

I've been off anti-depressants for several years now. I haven't needed them. I made changes in my life, and I've become happier. I do believe that I have a genetic pre-disposition toward depression, but for the last few years, I've been able to handle it without drugs. In the last few weeks, I've found myself getting depressed. My doctor (not a psych doc) prescribed me Effexor when I told him I was depressed. I procrastinated starting it for about a week, but I did take one today. I don't know if it's psychological, but this evening I've been thinking a lot about alcohol and street drugs. I want them. I hardly ever drink anymore, and I haven't done street drugs for over a decade. I think I feel this way because I'm slightly altered by the Effexor.

Another issue is that in the last year or so, I've lost a lot of weight, and I've greatly improved my health with a good, healthy diet. I don't want the Effexor to make me put on weight, or make me start craving unhealthy foods. I've know Effexor can cause weight gain.

And what about sex drive? I've never been on an antidepressant that didn't ruin my sex drive. My husband would be pretty disappointed if I lost that.

Can any of you share your experiences or input with me? I'd appreciate it.




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