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Re: Has anyone had success on Effexor

Posted by Minnie-Haha on January 25, 2005, at 11:15:33

In reply to Has anyone had success on Effexor FaithT, posted by dancingstar on January 24, 2005, at 16:44:45

> Everyone has been telling people how wonderful the drug is, and it's nice to be able find out that it is a potentially dangerous drug before one takes it, not some time down the line after it's already in one's body.

SOME people have reported how wonderful Effexor has been for them. (Just as some here have reported that Nardil or Wellbutrin or whatever have been wonderful for them.) SOME have also reported that Effexor was only a so-so or temporary solution for them. Then, yes, SOME have reported that Effexor has been a bad, or even horrible, experience for them.

The truth is that one only needs to be a member of this board for a short while to see that failures or bad experiences -- on ALL KINDS of drugs -- get reported more often than successes or good experiences. That seems to be why so many of us are here: We want to share what's not working and try to get advice about what might work. The truth as I see it is that Effexor has been good for some people (myself included, a few years ago) and bad for others... just like the dozens of other drugs discussed here.

I strongly urge all newbies here to not just take a doctor's or drug company's word about how safe something is, or a few posters words about how dangerous. One also has to do research, read those confusing package inserts carefully, and understand that all drugs have benefits AND risks. That's what you have to weigh with your doctors and your most trusted family members or friends.

Finally, I would urge everyone to carefully consider the decision to stop any med cold-turkey. I had to once because of an allergic reaction (not Effexor) and it was very painful. Both starting and stopping prescriptions should be carefully planned.




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