Psycho-Babble Medication Thread 13781

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Re: Newgirl - getting off effexor

Posted by calico cat on April 22, 2004, at 6:31:33

In reply to Newgirl, posted by Emma Smith on April 21, 2004, at 13:30:27

I went to the doctor yesterday, and I am on my last phase of effexor withdrawal - hopefully. I am now on 37.5mg which I take at supper with 100 mg. of wellbutrin - also new. The doctor says it isn't the effexor my body wanted, just the chemicals in the effexor. But, if this were true, wouldn't everyone have similar withdrawal.

I told the doctor that I have never been so depressed in my life. I could feel this way for free and without medication.

Anyway, I am feeling somewhat hopeful. Also, I think that when you go on effexor, the doctor should tell you how very difficult it may be to get off. I never intended to stay on these medications for the rest of my life so I am thinking of asking for a referral to a psychiatrist, especially after my terrible experience the first time weaning off the effexor.

Thanks again to all of you who offered support and advice. I find that saying good-bye to effexor is very painful and solitary so I am glad to have all of you who understand.

 

Anyone lose weight on Effexor?

Posted by Beta on April 22, 2004, at 6:47:14

In reply to Re: Newgirl - getting off effexor, posted by calico cat on April 22, 2004, at 6:31:33

Has anyone lost weight on Effexor XR? In the month and a half that I have been on it , at 150mg. now, I have gained about 5lbs.

I believe I read that a small percentage of people that are underweight when they begin taking it lose weight when on Effexor. Does anyone have any insight regarding this?

Thanks
~Beth

 

Re: Prozac

Posted by TJB on April 22, 2004, at 8:19:36

In reply to Re: Prozac, posted by Angela Young on April 21, 2004, at 23:27:17

No offense taken here. Its just that with all the scary warnings that have come out recently it concerns me that there may be people who end up not getting help for fear that they could become worse. It is definetly a matter of personal experience. Prozac is for me but it put another family member of mine over the edge. Sometimes I think the meds get the bad rap when it really should be the people who are doing the prescribing. I guess I'm kind of ranting because its been hard enough to deal with the stigma of having to take these medications. Just when it seemed that it was becoming more acceptable the new warnings came out and people starting saying, "You better stop taking that stuff" etc. etc. That is definetly not an option for me.

 

Re: Anyone lose weight on Effexor? Beta

Posted by Shyla on April 22, 2004, at 8:59:52

In reply to Anyone lose weight on Effexor?, posted by Beta on April 22, 2004, at 6:51:59

I have maintained my weight while on Effexor for the past several months. Being conscious of what I eat, how much I eat, and moderate exercize has helped me stay at my desired weight. In fact, after looking back a year in my journal, I happily discovered that I lost 13 pounds. But that was before Effexor. So don't be discouraged. Just be mindful. S

 

Re: Anyone lose weight on Effexor?

Posted by PoohBear on April 22, 2004, at 12:18:29

In reply to Anyone lose weight on Effexor?, posted by Beta on April 22, 2004, at 6:47:14

Beth:

I have gained quite a bit in the last four months. I was doing great on Effexor and just about at my Weight Watchers goal (I'm a guy...), and then had two weeks of Remeron in January. I've gained 15 pounds I can't seem to be able to get off, BUT, I will say that some of it's my own fault, as food just tastes SOOOOOOOOO good now.

I also think I'm (sub)consiously using the AD's as an excuse... I'm on a seafood diet: If I 'see' it, I eat it...

Tony

> Has anyone lost weight on Effexor XR? In the month and a half that I have been on it , at 150mg. now, I have gained about 5lbs.
>
> I believe I read that a small percentage of people that are underweight when they begin taking it lose weight when on Effexor. Does anyone have any insight regarding this?
>
> Thanks
> ~Beth

 

Re: Prozac

Posted by Zarry on April 22, 2004, at 13:00:29

In reply to Re: Prozac, posted by TJB on April 21, 2004, at 15:58:03

I'm not giving Prozac a bad name as I wouldn't about any AD - IF it works for you. But there are some precautions. I just watched Montel Williams today and the discussion was about kids on ADs.

He had a guest on the show that wrote a book, "Prozac Backlash" and has a website at www.prozacbacklash.com

It was a very interesting show as it brought about the side effects of ADs prescribed to kids and the docs that aren't knowledgeable about the effects. The docs go by what the pharmaceutical companies tell them.

Here's a quote from the website:

A strong patient advocate, Dr. Glenmullen tesitfied at the FDA hearing that resulted in the recent warning that antidepressants make patients, including children and adolescents, suicidal. The warning covers all ten of the currently popular antidepressants: Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, Effexor, Celexa, Lexapro, Wellbutrin, Luvox, Remeron, and Serzone.

This doesn't say that ADs are bad, but you need to do your research and talk with your doctor - what is his/her experience/knowledge of the drug he's prescribing. It's sad to hear of suicides of ppl that are on ADs when the ultimate goal is to HELP the patient from their depression.

Ok, I'm done babbling now.

Zarry

Good luck and congrats to all that are on this board.

 

Re: Prozac

Posted by TJB on April 22, 2004, at 15:33:26

In reply to Re: Prozac, posted by Zarry on April 22, 2004, at 13:00:29

One of my pet peaves about how AD's are prescribed is that it is obvious that alot of doctors take the pharm reps word for everything about them. Actually, its not even just the AD's. This is so scary especially when it comes to children. I just had a similar situation with my son. It wasn't for an AD but they wanted to put him on something for a very minor problem and told me there were no side effects and it was completely safe. It happened to be a relatively new med and the cabinet was stocked with samples. Its so scary. Thank God he didn't have a real problem that he might have needed medication for. My heart goes out to the parents who think they are doing the best for their children only to find out they have been mislead.

 

Re: Prozac TJB

Posted by Angela Young on April 22, 2004, at 16:12:36

In reply to Re: Prozac, posted by TJB on April 22, 2004, at 8:19:36

I know what you mean. I agree that the people doing the prescribing should be paying closer attention to the people's emotions.Did you know that now dentists can prescribe AD's? How stupid is that. They are not really qualified to be prescribing these kinds of meds., but who knows... I have a 16 year old sister that is really messed up. She has tried to overdose, cuts herself, and goes on lots of drinking binges, but because my mom is against antideppressants she has my sister to scared to even try taking anything. That really gets me going. Some of us can't live without our AD's. I wish I could but I know I can't. Atleast mot at the moments

 

Re: STOPPING Effexor made easy

Posted by ku4ns on April 22, 2004, at 17:39:38

In reply to Re: STOPPING Effexor made easy, posted by Zarry on April 19, 2004, at 15:51:07

I'm only using the prozac to help with the weaning process and then I plan to stop the prozac. Its been a month now and I have not had any side effects from the stopping of the effexor. This is my second attempt, the first failed because of increased blood pressure, heart rate, migraine and then I took an effexor and all got back to normal. So, I told my doc and he suggested trying the prozac to help get rid of effexor. Best choice, it has worked for me.
John

 

Re: STOPPING Effexor made easy

Posted by Niknak on April 30, 2004, at 12:58:01

In reply to Re: STOPPING Effexor made easy, posted by ku4ns on April 22, 2004, at 17:39:38

> I'm only using the prozac to help with the weaning process and then I plan to stop the prozac. Its been a month now and I have not had any side effects from the stopping of the effexor. This is my second attempt, the first failed because of increased blood pressure, heart rate, migraine and then I took an effexor and all got back to normal. So, I told my doc and he suggested trying the prozac to help get rid of effexor. Best choice, it has worked for me.
> John
Prozac worked for me also. I had none of the horrible side effects that some have described. I would think the docs would tell all effexor users that when they quit don't quit "cold turkey". My doc (GP)didn't tell me this - I learned from this board.

 

Re: bizarre dreams, drinking on effexor, sweats

Posted by AngeLMeg on May 1, 2004, at 4:33:40

In reply to Re: bizarre dreams, drinking on effexor, sweats Skorpius60, posted by PoohBear on March 8, 2004, at 9:40:03

> Ya know...
>
> Most pharmacies put a little label on the bottle that says something to the effect of "Avoid Alcohol" when taking Effexor (or any other antidepressant for that matter...) It's just *not* a good idea, nor very smart. I'm glad that all you suffered was the mother of all hang-overs, and not something worse. People die doing stuff like that... The label the pharmacy put on my Wellbutrin prescription said: "Do not use alcohol while taking this medication, may cause DEATH". I'm not making this up.
>
> As for night sweats, these drugs *do* seem to mess up one's body temperature regulation. I woke up the other night, my side of the bed was *SOAKED* with sweat and when I got up to use the bathroom, the sweat was literally *dripping* off me as I stood there taking a leak. VERY weird, and definitely *NOT* something I've ever experienced in my life, short of when I've been sick and had a fever break. I can't attribute it to the Effexor however. It could just as well have bee the Seroquel.
>
> Good luck and please avoid drinking. The risk is just not worth it while on these drugs.
>
> Tony

*Actually, Tony...Wellbutrin is one of the safer drugs to drink on. I'm not recommending it, but doctors will choose Wellbutrin specifically for heavy drinkers.*

 

Re: STOPPING Effexor made easy

Posted by Zarry on May 1, 2004, at 8:20:57

In reply to Re: STOPPING Effexor made easy, posted by Niknak on April 30, 2004, at 12:58:01

I agree with you NikNak about the doctors should tell their patients a little bit more info - better yet, they should know a bit more about the drug they are prescribing.

After my experience with my doc telling me I get an A+ for my research of the drug I was taking, I switched docs. His first comment - you shouldn't have gone cold turkey. DUH.

 

Re: STOPPING Effexor made easy

Posted by calico cat on May 1, 2004, at 9:00:12

In reply to Re: STOPPING Effexor made easy, posted by Niknak on April 30, 2004, at 12:58:01

Hello Everyone. I have noticed that since I reduced to 37.5 of effexor and up to 250 on wellbutrin, I have been having terrible night sweats also. My headache is finally gone, and I actually feel somewhat balanced - the first time since I tried to go from 75 effexor to nothing. The process has not been easy, but a good effect - I am not as hot-tempered as before - is a nice change. I have not lost any weight either. I am just going day by day right now. I have another 2 weeks until I start taking the 37.5 effexor every other day. I do hope I can finally get off this drug this time.

 

Re: STOPPING Effexor made easy

Posted by biggurl831 on May 1, 2004, at 9:37:54

In reply to Re: STOPPING Effexor made easy, posted by ku4ns on April 22, 2004, at 17:39:38

I was on Effexor for a little less that a year.....150 mg. Recently, I have made the decision to go off, so my dr. put me at 75 mg and then down to 37.5 for a week. Today is day 3 of being off. Is it normal to feel like I am lightheaded and need to lie down frequently? How long until this is over? Does anyone have any suggestions?

 

Re: STOPPING Effexor made easy

Posted by Zarry on May 1, 2004, at 15:24:37

In reply to Re: STOPPING Effexor made easy, posted by biggurl831 on May 1, 2004, at 9:37:54

Biggurl, yes, what you're feeling is normal. Some people describe it as brain chills, or as I describe it, a sound in the head like a rain stick. I went off Effexor cold turkey, NOT recommended and I've been off it now almost a month and I still get the rain stick feeling but not as prevalent.

Good luck and just know you're not abnormal. You also may experience crying times - that's normal. Try not to put yourself into situations that might upset you and don't pick a fight (argument) with anyone - just walk away if something starts.

 

Re: STOPPING Effexor made easy

Posted by Douglas T. on May 1, 2004, at 17:54:35

In reply to Re: STOPPING Effexor made easy, posted by Zarry on May 1, 2004, at 15:24:37

I have been through the withdraral period (13 weeks of hell)
after 5 years on Effexor. I was in a fog for all of that time.
I am still not myself after almost a year. My site, dougtyler.com
has a lot of information and a way to get involved if you're like me
and want the idiots who make this stuff to pay us all back for what
we've been through. I am NOT selling anything.
Go to Effexor link at the bottom of the page. thanks and be well.

 

I've found it fantastic...

Posted by nephron on May 2, 2004, at 7:05:33

In reply to Anyone had success on Effexor XR? , posted by jp on October 24, 1999, at 14:59:14

I saw all the horror stories about Effexor before even starting, and while they scared me, I decided to give it a go- I figured life couldn't get much worse than it was already.

The first couple of days were pretty bad- my mood markedly lifted but I was confused- disoriented, nauseous & spaced out.

After the 3rd day, though, I started getting less confused, and most amazingly- my mood lifted! I felt, while not fantastic, like life was bearable and even worthwhile.

Sure, it's hell to come off. And for some people, the side effects are terrible. But for me, so far at least, it has made my life worth living.

 

No, really, go see Doug's page! nephron

Posted by chemist on May 2, 2004, at 19:10:32

In reply to I've found it fantastic..., posted by nephron on May 2, 2004, at 7:05:33

> I saw all the horror stories about Effexor before even starting, and while they scared me, I decided to give it a go- I figured life couldn't get much worse than it was already.
>
> The first couple of days were pretty bad- my mood markedly lifted but I was confused- disoriented, nauseous & spaced out.
>
> After the 3rd day, though, I started getting less confused, and most amazingly- my mood lifted! I felt, while not fantastic, like life was bearable and even worthwhile.
>
> Sure, it's hell to come off. And for some people, the side effects are terrible. But for me, so far at least, it has made my life worth living.

chemist here.....Doug Tyler has the answers to all your problems. even though by his own admission his 5 years of effexor therapy were miserable, and the recent withdrawl severe enough to incapacitate a horse, he still managed to put up a pretty good-looking web site that promotes his musical contributions to a friend's CD and plugs that of his brother. turns out Doug Tyler is planning on releasing his own solo effort soon! effexor side effects do not include: writing web pages with the assistance of mozilla, creating musical works and/or playing an instrument, and gathering a very comprehensive list of what to do if you want to sue a drug company. so to all of you who have had any diminished capacity from taking effexor - in terms of productivity, cognition, and self-promotion - you're all wrong. but don't take my word for it: Doug, you are the man....chemist

 

Effexor: Feeling fantastic...but nervous nephron

Posted by KennyBingo on May 2, 2004, at 23:11:24

In reply to I've found it fantastic..., posted by nephron on May 2, 2004, at 7:05:33

Hey All,

Just another affirmation of Effexor's mixed blessings. I've been on it (75 to 150 mg)steadily for a year and a half and feel none of the fogged desperation and underwater weightiness that I hitherto had experienced most of my life, particularly in the cold, academically-burdened winter months.

That's the good news.

The bad news is that I too have noticed a significant increase in blood pressure--currently 145/100. That's troublesome, but a compromise I'm willing to make in order to live a more empowered and contented existence. To see if I can get the BP managed, my Psy-doc may titrate down my Effexor dosage this summer, while supplementing the balance with Prozac. No cold turkey for me...I know all too well those damnable brain chills and dizzy spells from missed doses. The "rain stick" sensaaaaation is particularly apt. Anyway, enough about me. My question:

Could we possibly have two threads? One for those of us not yet in the weaning-off phase of our journey, and one for those engaged in the long tipsy farewell to the venerable venlafaxine HCL? I read with great interest postings from both camps, but find the discussions referring to Effexor therapy, rather than withdrawal, most relevant.

k

 

Re: bizarre dreams, drinking on effexor, sweats

Posted by Tancred62 on May 3, 2004, at 11:36:46

In reply to Re: bizarre dreams, drinking on effexor, sweats, posted by Skorpius60 on March 8, 2004, at 8:12:38

I've posted several messages regarding Effexor-related dreams and dream states and have found that MANY people note this side effect. For me, the dreams come on like gangbusters if I miss a dose, but they also occur when I'm maintaining my mgs. As you probably agree, they are not your average dreams: very vivid, lots of aural components, strange themes and ideas that don't seem to relate to your life or worries, and for me, they have led to actual physical movement of my body (flailing arms) and talking/shouting in my sleep. I also noted that I often am aware that I'm dreaming while I'm dreaming, which can lead to either an internal struggle to get out of the dream or a struggle to control the dream. This latter aspect can be quite fun, sort of like producing your own movie while you go along. However, the former struggle of trying to get out of a bad dream is very scary. This is the stuff of the Twilight Zone here. Night sweats, tremors, amnesia, are all also associated side effects for me. Good luck.

 

Re: STOPPING Effexor made easy

Posted by headachegirl on May 3, 2004, at 22:16:24

In reply to Re: STOPPING Effexor made easy, posted by Douglas T. on May 1, 2004, at 17:54:35

I'm off and relatively side-effect free. I just can't believe it! Went slowly down from 75 mg, took a half of that, then a third, then a quarter. (Pulled the pill open and eyeballed the dots.) After a few days at a quarter, I stopped! Just a bit of brain zappiness and re-emergence of the chronic depressive feelings. (Not helped by current world events I must say.)

Now I want to start cognitive therapy and decide if I can go without drugs.

Good luck all!

 

Re: STOPPING Effexor made easy

Posted by CourtneyM on May 3, 2004, at 22:29:49

In reply to Re: STOPPING Effexor made easy, posted by headachegirl on May 3, 2004, at 22:16:24

Well that's the best getting off Effexor story I've heard, thank goodness!
I've posted twice tonight concerning weening myself off of Effexor. I am on 75 mg. as well.
Please chack my post: CourtneyM entitled "Effexor and knowing when to get off" or something like that. I do not want to be addicted to this drug. I also want to go into cognitive therapy. I started the AD to help me through a specific situation and now I feel that with all the changes I've been able to make, with thanks to the Effexor, I may not need the drug. I usually opt for the natural alternative.
Did you yawn all the time when you were on the drug? did you literally count out the little beads?
Thanks for any input and again, congratulations. It gives me hope!

 

Re: STOPPING Effexor made easy

Posted by Zarry on May 4, 2004, at 8:45:32

In reply to Re: STOPPING Effexor made easy, posted by headachegirl on May 3, 2004, at 22:16:24

Congratulations Doug on your recovery from Effexor - therapy for what and why you were on ADs to begin with is a good idea. As my new doc said, a pill isn't going to "fix" the problem, but "help" you cope with it while you learn how to fix the prob.

Some people, as we have read here NEED the AD while some are using it to cope with some difficult times in their lives.

Good luck to you all.

 

Re: effexor side effects/withdrawl

Posted by wwolfsongs2 on May 5, 2004, at 12:24:45

In reply to effexor side effects/withdrawl, posted by kckboxgrl on March 25, 2001, at 23:15:03

> Hi all, just stopped effexor, having terrible electric shock sensations in my head hands and feet. How long does this last. Thanks

 

drinking on effexor, sweats

Posted by Spinxxie on May 5, 2004, at 17:32:27

In reply to Re: bizarre dreams, drinking on effexor, sweats (nm), posted by Spinxxie on May 5, 2004, at 17:30:12

ooops.. mistake

I have learned the hard way not to drink on this medication.. I had two ciders over a 5 hour period.. could barely move the next day.. it was soo not worth it.. keeping to my gingerale from now on.. hugs Spinxxie


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