Posted by flipsactown on July 22, 2005, at 7:42:08
In reply to Re: Anyone had success on Effexor XR?, posted by DPRJR on July 22, 2005, at 6:13:22
I have been on Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, Celexa, Elavil, Desipramine, Remeron, Lithium, Nardil etc., and currently on Lexapro, Wellbutrin and Trazodone. Prozac in combo with Desipramine worked for 7 years, sometimes switching to Zoloft with Despramine with great success in relieving my unipolar depression. However, all the AD's that were effective eventually poop out which is the case of my current combo.
Yesterday my pdoc increased my Wellbutrin to max 400mg and hopefully that will extend the effectiveness of the current combo. I am also on 30mg Lexapro which my pdoc says is max and the 100mg Trazodone taken before bedtime is primarily to help me sleep. I did try Effexor XR for nearly 4 weeks, but the nauseousness, constipation was too much for me to handle and I was drinking lots of Metamucil. The constipation was probably made even worse because I take lots of Tylenol/Codeine for chronic back pain. If my current combo becomes totally ineffective, as I have been on it for nearly 18 months, I may ask my pdoc for another trial of Effexor XR and give it more time for my body to adjust.
Have you taken any other AD's or is Effexor XR the first? Also, even at present, I still have delayed orgasm or sometimes none at all. I have been on AD's nearly 15 years. I am married, 54 and male.
> >None at all
> Did you experience weight gain and constipation?
> > Thanks,
> > FST
> > > I have been on Effexor for a little over a year. I started with 37.5 MG and went to 75 MG two weeks later. I started taking it in the morning but had difficulty sleeping. I switched to taking it at night and that corrected the problem. I experienced nauseousness for about 2 weeks. The first six months, motivation, or the lack there of, caused great concern for me. This eventually subsided. The long term side effects that I still experience are sweating, and prolonged orgasms. I now sweat more profusely than I ever have. It also takes quite long for me to reach orgasm. That's not at all bad considering before Effexor, I experienced pre-mature ejaculation. This drug has been a positive life altering drug for me. I no longer experience depression, my sex life is great, and my co-workers enjoy the fact that I no longer bite their head off.
> > > I will gladly tolerate the mild side effects I experience. The pros of this drug, for me, far outweigh the cons. Tom Cruise eat your heart out.
> > >