Posted by dancingstar on February 17, 2006, at 11:55:26
In reply to Re: Please be civil, posted by simon levane on February 17, 2006, at 10:47:52
Please forgive me for the intrusion, SL. I think the problem is very complex. The reports upon which the decisions to prescribe these drugs are often based on three- to six-month studies, and it is my impression after reading hundreds of hours of material, that at least the manufacturer of Effexor was aware that things changed after that period of time. The results may be very different if there were more studies published using a one- two- or three-year time frame.
In my own case, it wasn't until I had taken Effexor for three to four months that I began to become very, very sleepy and in outrageous pain for no reason that I could think of, and it got worse as time went on.
Recently, I found out that since I stopped taking Effexor, though I take excellent care of my health, my entire endocrine system is out of balance, and virtually all of my hormones are quite low, my adrenals, thyroid, etc. I never even took Effexor for depression in the first place, but originally for back pain and to give me energy!
After doing a lot of reading, though I am admittedly not a medical professional nor a scientist, I have come to think that the way that Effexor works is to force certain areas of the body to work harder; thereby possibly putting pressure on other areas, causing them to become depleted. After a while, for many people, again, in my opinion, it seems like the whole process stops working properly, and it can cause severe depression among other serious problems.
But this is just my guess, and I would like for someone with a true and honest chemical background to examine my theory more closely.