Posted by pafaye on November 13, 2004, at 10:56:39
In reply to I need advice, please,, posted by Habitsowner on November 9, 2004, at 17:23:39
> I'm a 64-year old widow whose MD prescribed Effexor last spring. I have not yet begun taking it because I have a "thing" about synthetic drugs. However, the bleakness I feel in the present, and definitely in looking ahead, the lack of interest in doing anything, the ennui, are things I need to get over.
> I've never taken drugs of this sort before except for Wellbutrin which I tried to take to stop smoking. Each time I used it I broke out in burning, itching, lesions from my face to my legs - and all in between. This happened within one hour of ingestion.
> Thus, I thought before taking Effexor I'd best check it out. I came upon your site and now I'm wondering if I should even start this stuff? Or should I request a different drug? Or, should I just say, "phooey" and muddle along, staring out at the world I used to enjoy?
> If anyone knows of a drug that might help me begin to care about life again that does not have the severe side effects of Effexor, would you please let me know.
> Thank you in advance for your time and advice. I really, really need it!
As many have said in previous posts different people react differently to different medications, different doses, etc; but my experience may help to influence at least a test on your part with Effexor XR.
I am now titrated up to 150mg, 3 times a day (obviously, a high dosage). I am experiencing some dry mouth occassionally; but no other significant side effect.
A significant symptom of depression that I was experiencing was loss of appetite. 6'3" and had gone down to 142 #'s. Appetite is fine today. I enjoy food again and have gained back almost 20#'s in a relatively short period of time.
We are approximately the same age. I'm 61. Would have liked the drug to have made me feel like 21 again; but I suppose that's asking a bit much - lol.
Hope you find the courage to "at least try."