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Re: Renee Tapering Off Effexor-update dancingstar

Posted by not2late4u on January 14, 2005, at 0:06:03

In reply to Re: Renee Tapering Off Effexor-update not2late4u, posted by dancingstar on January 13, 2005, at 23:42:00

HI Bebe,

I had suffered off and on since I was 18 yrs old from anxiety/panic attacks. I am now 37. About 6 years ago I had a major anxiety episode with heart palpitations and heart racing etc. I was able to move through it over time with natural alternatives, vitamins etc. Then about 4 years ago, (I had about 4-5 major stressors happen in about 2 month period of time) I had a SEVERE major anxiety episode that I tried for about 7-8 months to move beyond and wasnt able to with the natural alternative pathways as I was able to previously, but this one was far worse in so many different ways. I was seeing so many doctors for so many symptoms and no relief. (the anxiety was CONSTANT 24/7 then I'd have panic attacks on top of the constant state of anxiety, it was my own personal hell.) I look back and I see that the ONLY way I was able to get up, go to work and come to home to sleep and NOT get fired for falling asleep in my car a few times) is God, He was carrying me and I didnt even know it at the time. Finally gave in to taking Paxil, (which really gave me the same side effects that effexor did). It eliviated the anxiety but then I was left with depression and alot of weight gain. Finally had a doctor listen to me and was switched to Effexor. That addressed the depression for me. The temporary trade off of side effects for me was worth the relief I got physically and mentally so I could function and get myself to a place where I could (hopefully) be anxiety/depression free. Now, I need to "recover" from the weight gain and my sleeping pattern. There really are so much more details in the anxiety episode, but I think I answered your question? I hope this helps, I dont mind answering because I hope this will help someone. :) Renee. p.s not feeling the best today, took a Klonopin.




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