Psycho-Babble Medication Thread 3670

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Re: James' Ideas - A Question

Posted by dove on December 28, 2001, at 11:49:15

In reply to Re: James' Ideas - A Question, posted by stjames on December 25, 2001, at 2:06:16

> If someone has been on ADs for a relatively short period & then tapers off them after their depression is judged clinically better, or "cured", the relapses seem to be much less than those who are on ADs for a couple of years or more.
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I just read an article or abstract within the last two months that stated quite a different opinion on this subject. It stated that extending the length of time on the AD treatment proved to lessen the number of relapses significantly in those who had either suffered from a relapse in the past; or, were at risk (in their opinion) for a relapse in the future due to circumstance, genetics, and/or any co-morbid diseases, even if they had been clinically dxed as "better".

I *believe* I read this somewhere on http://psychiatry.medscape.com . If I find it I will post it ASAP.

dove

 

Re: James' Ideas - A Question

Posted by stjames on December 29, 2001, at 14:36:31

In reply to Re: James' Ideas - A Question, posted by dove on December 28, 2001, at 11:49:15

> > If someone has been on ADs for a relatively short period & then tapers off them after their depression is judged clinically better, or "cured", the relapses seem to be much less than those who are on ADs for a couple of years or more.

To be honest, I have never found the above to be true.


> I just read an article or abstract within the last two months that stated quite a different opinion on this subject. It stated that extending the length of time on the AD treatment proved to lessen the number of relapses significantly in those who had either suffered from a relapse in the past; or, were at risk (in their opinion) for a relapse in the future due to circumstance, genetics, and/or any co-morbid diseases, even if they had been clinically dxed as "better".


And the above to be very true.

Treating for 6 months to a year gives a better outcome that just a few months. Treating for just a few months makes it more likely to relapse.

j

 

Re: Effexor Withdrawl

Posted by OldSchool on December 30, 2001, at 17:28:50

In reply to Re: Effexor Withdrawl CMG, posted by Lucas on December 23, 2001, at 16:16:47

I have found the best way to deal with antidepressant "withdrawal" is to taper methodically and slowly. Never taper off fast as in cold turkery. And do a lot of aerobic exercise as you go off the AD, as Ive found intense exercise helps a lot to deal with those bad feelings I get from AD withdrawal.

I use aerobic exercise to "augment" my antidepressants. Aerobic exercise helps to smooth out those adjustment side effects when you go on and off ADs.

Old School.

 

Re: Effexor Withdrawl

Posted by slantie on June 1, 2002, at 17:57:23

In reply to Re: Effexor Withdrawl, posted by john on March 28, 1999, at 20:52:30

i'm coming of 37.5 efexor going cold turkey and feeling like one, dizzy fuzzy brain feels like its at sea if a force 10 flashing lights feeling hungry and sick feel flu like can't move too quick feel like my head has to catch up

took efexor feb2000 because of bad Pre natal depression ( don't get post ) baby 2 now seems ok & bright but i'm scared and guilty . I had high bp and post partum cardiomyopathy after . My docs as much use as a chocolate tea pot an not as tasty and the phyco help in my country is so bad. will some one out there help

regards

 

Re: Effexor Withdrawl slantie

Posted by johnlund on June 2, 2002, at 21:30:51

In reply to Re: Effexor Withdrawl, posted by slantie on June 1, 2002, at 17:57:23

I have experience Effexor withdrawl. It is not the greatest thing in the world to go through, but the bad feelings do go away eventually. I would not let the fact that the withdrawl symptoms being bad effect my decision to take the medication, especially if it helps the depression.

 

Re: Effexor Withdrawl

Posted by slantie on June 3, 2002, at 17:32:26

In reply to Re: Effexor Withdrawl slantie, posted by johnlund on June 2, 2002, at 21:30:51

thanks for reply, i came of efexor summer last year but had to go back on because i could feel a clinical depression creeping back. i've never had this in the past and i'm a bit worried at the moment that this will happen again.

i was on gammanal (not sure of spelling) and amitriptyline for past depressions and never had problems with withdrawl

I'm thinking of trying natural remedies maybe fish oils or st johns wort.

 

Re: Effexor Withdrawl

Posted by Xevious on June 3, 2002, at 20:11:57

In reply to Re: Effexor Withdrawl, posted by slantie on June 3, 2002, at 17:32:26

Effexor was a dream and a nightmare for me... I went on it after exhausting all of the other SSRIs that were available at the time, and had absolutely wonderful results initially. The first sign of trouble was that my doc and I had to aggressively manage my dosage to keep it working, but the really nasty problems didn't show until I went on vacation and forgot to take the pills with me. (By the way, I've since been diagnosed with ADD, which explains why the occasional missed med was such a regular thing with me...)

Results were a foggy head, followed by tunnel vision, "neural static," as I put it, then dissociation, disorientation, and the grand finale, a grand mal seizure. Scared the hell out of the family, and that was only on the second day! My doc called in an emergency supply to the local pharmacy, and within hours - no kidding, hours - I was feeling 80% back to normal.

That and the twenty pounds I had packed on while on Effexor were enough reasons to discontinue the med, but it took me about six months to taper off of it, as my doc's initial guidelines for discontinuation caused petite mal seizures and all kinds of creepy changes to my conscious and dreaming perception. The final score was six months of bliss followed by six months of symptom regression followed by six months of utter hell. Ick.

-Steven


 

Re: Effexor Withdrawl

Posted by johnlund on June 3, 2002, at 22:16:23

In reply to Re: Effexor Withdrawl, posted by slantie on June 3, 2002, at 17:32:26

> thanks for reply, i came of efexor summer last year but had to go back on because i could feel a clinical depression creeping back. i've never had this in the past and i'm a bit worried at the moment that this will happen again.
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> i was on gammanal (not sure of spelling) and amitriptyline for past depressions and never had problems with withdrawl
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> I'm thinking of trying natural remedies maybe fish oils or st johns wort.

I was on Elivel (Amitriphyline) for many years off and on also. I started taking ADs in the mid 70s. Elivel finally pooped out. So did Prozac, Zoloft, etc. etc. The only thing left was Effexor. Fortunately, it worked. It has worked for 3 years now. I really don't plan to go off of it. Plus, going off and on ADs makes one resistent. It is just better to stay on them if you have a chronic type depression like I have. I figure it is like taking High Blood pressure medication. You have to live with it.

 

Re: Effexor Withdrawl john

Posted by BadEffects on July 7, 2002, at 13:31:21

In reply to Re: Effexor Withdrawl, posted by john on March 28, 1999, at 20:52:30

I've been on Effexor for over 6 years. It works fabulously for me. I was been diagnosed with chronic depression with acute episodes in 1987 and have tried several antidepressants since, including Prozac. None have worked as well. But the withdrawal effects are beyond awful. I am on 300 mg. per day. A few times I've gone off as a result of forgetting to refill a prescription and now am going off because of a change in insurance. It is brutal. There has to be a better way. I get dizzy. I can't focus. Nauseated, achy, fatigued,
etc. I've read a few of the postings, including one that said that the flu like symptoms last about a week or two. I don't think I could take this for a week or two. A day is too long. It is miserable. I read one woman's message which said that she would rather endure back surgery again. I can relate. My doctor tried to talk me out of going off it although I would have to pay for it on my own. I acquiesced. But it's too expensive. He's going to have to come up with a way for me to go off it without this misery. If anyone has found a way to withdraw without the symptoms, I'd love to hear it.

I've read more of the postings and it appears that withdrawal symptoms are unavoidable. Combine that with the length of time that you have to endure them and it's a miserable prospect.

 

Try Wellbutrin

Posted by Shawn. T. on July 9, 2002, at 0:53:31

In reply to Re: James' Ideas - A Question, posted by stjames on December 25, 2001, at 2:06:16

I read that one can quit taking Paxil by beginning treatment with Wellbutrin and dropping the Paxil after the Wellbutrin has started working. I really wanted off the Paxil, so I dropped it a week after I started taking Wellbutrin. I had zero side effects, and I didn't even taper off of 20mg/day.

 

Re: Try Wellbutrin Shawn. T.

Posted by suji on July 10, 2002, at 14:42:39

In reply to Try Wellbutrin, posted by Shawn. T. on July 9, 2002, at 0:53:31

Really interested in your experience going off Paxil and on to Wellbutrin.... I'm trying to get off Paxil basically because it just didn't seem to be very effective... But coming off it has been horrendous...even though I'm tapering it down...(I'm down to 5mg/day)I've had GI problems, my brain feels as though it's floating loose in my skull, nauseau, and major, major irritability!

Just wondering how you determined that Wellbutrin would be your next AD choice? Was Paxil not working or too many side-effects?

Thanks for anything you feel you can share--I'm trying to make a decision re: what next?
Thanks,

suji

 

Re: Try Wellbutrin

Posted by Shawn. T. on July 10, 2002, at 17:29:35

In reply to Re: Try Wellbutrin Shawn. T., posted by suji on July 10, 2002, at 14:42:39

I wanted to quit smoking. I also didn't like the sexual side effects and sedation.

 

Re: Effexor Withdrawl

Posted by AL G. on August 16, 2002, at 23:25:23

In reply to Re: Effexor Withdrawl, posted by john on March 28, 1999, at 20:52:30

I see that some people find Prozac helpful in dealing with Effexor withdrawal due to it's longer half-life. Would Celexa maybe work instead in the same way as Prozac? Because I'd rather not take Prozac. I've already experienced bad withdrawal from Paxil and by missing a dose of Effexor. I'm now tapering of Effexor and I'm especially afraid of extreme anxiety during withdrawal. The phyical aspects of withdrawal don't worry me as much. Also, which symptoms does Benadryl help?

 

Re: Effexor Withdrawl

Posted by sleepy lizard on August 19, 2002, at 0:14:51

In reply to Re: Effexor Withdrawl, posted by AL G. on August 16, 2002, at 23:25:23

Prozac stays in the system about a week. Celexa has a much shorter half-life. I think Prozac is unique in that respect amoung the SSRI's.

 

Re: Effexor Withdrawl

Posted by jewlz on August 19, 2002, at 2:00:03

In reply to Re: Effexor Withdrawl, posted by john on March 28, 1999, at 20:52:30

I had terrible withdrawals also which included unbelievable dizziness and "static vision" where everything would look like static on a t.v. Furthermore, I had a patch of skin on my leg that went numb (that skin still feels dead) and a joint on one finger which went numb also. My doctor swore these effects were not caused by the medication but I know they were as when I would take the pills all of this would stop. It took a long time to "come down" off the stuff and I think effexor is dangerous and messes with your central nervous system.

 

Re: Effexor Withdrawl

Posted by sleepy lizard on August 20, 2002, at 21:11:35

In reply to Re: Effexor Withdrawl, posted by jewlz on August 19, 2002, at 2:00:03

What has happened to you is really scarry. I had no idea that could happen. It sounds like the sensory nerves got harmed! I know a couple of people that have had nerves come back, one from an injury, and one from a virus. Maybe some of those will return, it takes about 6 months or longer sometimes. I'm sorry to hear that you are suffering so much.

 

Re: Effexor Withdrawl

Posted by AL G. on August 21, 2002, at 5:19:03

In reply to Re: Effexor Withdrawl, posted by sleepy lizard on August 20, 2002, at 21:11:35

I'm currently tapering off of Effexor and feel that I've had it with SSRI's. There are only a few anti-depressants/mood stabilizers that I haven't tried. I would like to know if anyone has had any experiences, good or bad, with Lamactil, Topamax, or the reversible MOAI/RIMA, Aurorix(Moclobemide). I suffer from depression, some bipolar tendencies, and extreme anxiety disorder(including social phobia, panic attacks, etc.).

 

Re: Effexor Withdrawl

Posted by Dysfunk on December 26, 2002, at 14:08:22

In reply to Re: Effexor Withdrawl john, posted by BadEffects on July 7, 2002, at 13:31:21

I assume the only way to ween off of this medication is to do it slowly. I am just starting to ween myself off of 225 mg. I cut back on my coffee intake since I was getting so jittery. I also took more xanax to control the anxiety and tenseness. Unfortunately, I felt it was easier to stay inside and not deal with the public. Not everyone can do that. It is a matter of waiting it out, and it sucks!

 

Re: Try Wellbutrin

Posted by wla on June 21, 2003, at 17:28:02

In reply to Re: Try Wellbutrin Shawn. T., posted by suji on July 10, 2002, at 14:42:39

>I was wondering I am trying to get off Effexxor and have not gotten my period in 2 months very bad side effects and still on 37.5 mg per day am thinking of adding prozac to help? Anyone ever (woman) stop getting there period when going off any meds.
Thanks.
Wla

 

Re: Effexor Withdrawl

Posted by maryengland on July 6, 2003, at 0:19:26

In reply to Re: Effexor Withdrawl, posted by Matt on March 28, 1999, at 7:07:16

I've been on effexor for two and a half years (175 mg/day) now. I first notiiced the withdrawl effects when I accidentally skipped a dose. Without knowing what my withdrawl symptoms were caused from I worried that I had some neurological dissorder. Later I found out that Effexor does not stay in the body long at all as does Prozac, in turn, causes withdrawl symptoms when doses are skipped. I don't nkow why but just lately I have started to have the same symptoms even if I haven't missed any doses. Has anyone else experienced this. I am boing to begin to taper off Effexor because I feel the withdrawl is as bad as the depression and I might be getting these symptoms when I haven't missed doses due to the length of time I have been on the drug. If any one has any comments please write.

 

Re: Effexor Withdrawl-maryengland

Posted by catwomen on July 23, 2003, at 13:38:10

In reply to Re: Effexor Withdrawl, posted by maryengland on July 6, 2003, at 0:19:26

I have been on Effexor XR for around 2 years. I am considering getting off of it because of wanting to have children. I tried to wean off of it last year and the withdrawl was so bad that I had to return to it to get some relief. I have not experienced the same feelings as you but you may be on too high of a dose. When I tried to up my dose from 150 to (and extra 37.5) I felt out of it, dizzy, and unable to concentrate. Good luck.

 

Re: Effexor Withdrawl

Posted by cubic_me on September 6, 2003, at 13:47:00

In reply to Re: Effexor Withdrawl, posted by slantie on June 1, 2002, at 17:57:23

I've had trouble withdrawing from zoloft before, and now I'm on Efexor. Within a few hours of forgetting a dose I get exactly the same dizzy, nauseous, 'i cant move my head and cant stand up' feeling that has been described.

I just wish they'd told me about this before I went on the drug, especially when they knew that I had problems coming of an antidepressant before. I'd never heard of these 'discontinuation effects' before, even tho I'm a medical student and had read up before I started the medication. Now I feel like I'm hooked on it because when I withdraw I wont be able to function. The Efexor isnt allieviating my depression either, so I'm going to have to come off it soon to try something else.

 

Effexor Withdrawl, XR or IR cubic_me

Posted by KimberlyDi on September 8, 2003, at 15:31:21

In reply to Re: Effexor Withdrawl, posted by cubic_me on September 6, 2003, at 13:47:00

Having been on Effexor IR for many months, and just recently making the switch to the XR version, I think I can safely say that the XR version is less forgiving of missed dosages. I know I'm going to have to plan any lowered dosages carefully. And no, I wasn't warned about it by my pdoc either. I learned all about it here, at Psycho-Babble.

Maybe lower dosages of the IR Effexor would be easier to withdrawal from?

Good Luck, KDi in Texas

> I've had trouble withdrawing from zoloft before, and now I'm on Efexor. Within a few hours of forgetting a dose I get exactly the same dizzy, nauseous, 'i cant move my head and cant stand up' feeling that has been described.
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> I just wish they'd told me about this before I went on the drug, especially when they knew that I had problems coming of an antidepressant before. I'd never heard of these 'discontinuation effects' before, even tho I'm a medical student and had read up before I started the medication. Now I feel like I'm hooked on it because when I withdraw I wont be able to function. The Efexor isnt allieviating my depression either, so I'm going to have to come off it soon to try something else.
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>

 

Re: Effexor Withdrawl, XR or IR

Posted by oeps7 on September 10, 2003, at 9:08:37

In reply to Effexor Withdrawl, XR or IR cubic_me, posted by KimberlyDi on September 8, 2003, at 15:31:21

> Having been on Effexor IR for many months, and just recently making the switch to the XR version, I think I can safely say that the XR version is less forgiving of missed dosages. I know I'm going to have to plan any lowered dosages carefully. And no, I wasn't warned about it by my pdoc either. I learned all about it here, at Psycho-Babble.
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> Maybe lower dosages of the IR Effexor would be easier to withdrawal from?
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> Good Luck, KDi in Texas
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> > I've had trouble withdrawing from zoloft before, and now I'm on Efexor. Within a few hours of forgetting a dose I get exactly the same dizzy, nauseous, 'i cant move my head and cant stand up' feeling that has been described.
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> > I just wish they'd told me about this before I went on the drug, especially when they knew that I had problems coming of an antidepressant before. I'd never heard of these 'discontinuation effects' before, even tho I'm a medical student and had read up before I started the medication. Now I feel like I'm hooked on it because when I withdraw I wont be able to function. The Efexor isnt allieviating my depression either, so I'm going to have to come off it soon to try something else.
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> >
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Kim,
you seem to have some good info on meds. Do you research everything. I'd be interested in hearing about the different meds you've been on.
Mary oeps7

 

Re: Effexor Withdrawl, XR or IR oeps7

Posted by KimberlyDi on September 10, 2003, at 11:00:51

In reply to Re: Effexor Withdrawl, XR or IR, posted by oeps7 on September 10, 2003, at 9:08:37

Everything I've learned is from Psycho-Babble or thru experience. Thanks for your kind post but I'm almost blushing! lol

In order from beginning to current:
Zoloft - nada, nothing, didn't help me at all
Prozac - felt paranoid and cut off from emotions
Paxil - 20mg up to 60mg at the end. Nice little AD, helped me alot with stress and coping with ADHD son. Didn't like the sexual SE's though. First AD that people close to me could tell if I had taken my meds or not by my behavior. Did suffer some withdrawal when stopping it.
Wellbutrin - 300mg, Very nice AD for mild-moderate depression. Zero SE's for me but the positive effects were gradual. Probably helped with my ADD/ADHD symptoms though I didn't realize it at the time.

Current
Effexor - <drum roll> 300mg, love it, saved my sanity. Better for anxiety than depression I think. All SE's went away except the sexual ones.
Strattera - 80mg, helps me focus.
Trazadone - 100mg, helps me sleep.

<sigh>
and That's All Folks


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