Posted by linkadge on February 17, 2006, at 19:14:32
In reply to Re: Suicide on Effexor, posted by simon levane on February 17, 2006, at 19:00:46
I don't think I have bipolar disorder. I mean people who know me now (off drugs) think that I am stable as a rock. I had been prescribed effexor and ritalin at one time (a few yrs back). Let me tell you, it was a roller coaster from hell. The effexor greatly enhanced the stimulant effect of the ritalin. Mid-day my vision would be so bright that I can say I probably know what crack cocoaine feels like. By the end of the day I would crash so low it was unbelievable. I could bearly move. Sometimes I thought I went blind because when the drugs wore off I could barley see anything in the room. Usually I would literally go into my closit and curl up in a ball and cry and shake untill the low started to subside.
It was scarry stuff, and in hindsight I am lucky to have survived. But all I can tell you is that don't have a doubt in your mind that the drugs can influence things. During those lows, the ways that my brain would think of ways to end it all was scarry stuff. I thought about jumping infront of traffic, downing a bottle of tranquilizers, shooting myself at the foot of a bridge, the list goes on and on and on.
I would not doubt for a minaute that an effexor ritalin wouldn't have the potential to set one up for some MAJOR LOWS.