Psycho-Babble Medication Thread 13781

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Re: thanks (nm) TinMan

Posted by Dr. Bob on February 10, 2006, at 3:38:03

In reply to Re: Please be civil steve3590, wifeofarmyguy, TinMan, posted by TinMan on February 8, 2006, at 17:44:58

 

Re: Effexor XR Works Great for ME

Posted by kmm on February 10, 2006, at 12:57:51

In reply to Re: Effexor XR Works Great for ME, posted by bangersgirl on February 6, 2006, at 20:23:31

I had almost all of the same symptoms that you are experiencing. The carb cravings and exhaustion were brutal!! It was like living in a fog. My doctor first increased the Effexor to 225 mgs which made the symptoms much worse. She then reduced the Effexor back to 150 and added 150 of Wellbutrin. I take both in the morning and feel really good. Nothing is perfect, of course, but I am much less tired, have a normal sex drive again and the carb cravings have reduced significantly. I have two small children, a spouse that travels 90% of the time and live in a foreign country, so being continuously exhausted just wouldn't work. Don't give up trying until you find what works for you! It's too early in the process to settle for symptoms that are making you so uncomfortable.

Good Luck!

 

Re: will this help my sex life?? TylerJ

Posted by ed_uk on February 10, 2006, at 15:17:58

In reply to Re: will this help my sex life??, posted by TylerJ on February 9, 2006, at 18:41:55

Hi

>somebody recommended PROZAC!

In the treatment of premature ejaculation, the dose of fluoxetine should be adjusted to achieve adequate supression of ejaculation without inducing anorgasmia.

Regards

Ed

 

Re: will this help my sex life??

Posted by TylerJ on February 10, 2006, at 20:21:02

In reply to Re: will this help my sex life?? TylerJ, posted by ed_uk on February 10, 2006, at 15:17:58

sorry Ed...I didn't mean for it to sound like that. And your right, I didn't even think of dosage adjustment, duh! Take care.

Sincerely,

Tyler

 

Re: will this help my sex life?? TylerJ

Posted by ed_uk on February 11, 2006, at 7:36:05

In reply to Re: will this help my sex life??, posted by TylerJ on February 10, 2006, at 20:21:02

Hi Tyler

No problem :)

Ed

 

Re: My non-success on Effexor XR FrannyGlass

Posted by surfaced on February 13, 2006, at 1:25:22

In reply to My non-success on Effexor XR jp, posted by FrannyGlass on February 9, 2006, at 1:33:53

ditto, the last 3 weeks and 5 days of insane increasing side effects that you mentioned are definetly not fun , they make me want to jump out of my skin ...calling my doc tomorow and requesting to be taken off of it and to get my xanax filled as well :)

 

Re: My non-success on Effexor XR

Posted by 3djp on February 15, 2006, at 12:22:36

In reply to Re: My non-success on Effexor XR FrannyGlass, posted by surfaced on February 13, 2006, at 1:25:22

Iam having issues with this med. I don't know to ask for an increase or to be taken off it and to be put on something else. I am on 75mg for 6 weeks now. I still get attacks mainly in my stomach feels like a knot. I found my mind stuck on something that I didn't want to think about. Bad thing about that it had nothing to do with me. I thought this med was to allow you to turn your mind off when you don't want to think of things? Any help???

 

Re: My non-success on Effexor XR

Posted by crxsi on February 15, 2006, at 15:35:25

In reply to Re: My non-success on Effexor XR, posted by 3djp on February 9, 2006, at 7:50:00

Hi don't give up yet 75mg is a very low dose. I was on 75mg until this monday when the DR. increased it to 112.5mg. The 75mg helped my panic attacks and depression but I was still having some anxiety. Also I learned from this site that low doses have very little effect on dopamine where as higher doses have more affect.

 

Re: My non-success on Effexor XR

Posted by 3djp on February 17, 2006, at 12:07:39

In reply to Re: My non-success on Effexor XR, posted by crxsi on February 15, 2006, at 15:35:25

> Hi don't give up yet 75mg is a very low dose. I was on 75mg until this monday when the DR. increased it to 112.5mg. The 75mg helped my panic attacks and depression but I was still having some anxiety. Also I learned from this site that low doses have very little effect on dopamine where as higher doses have more affect.

Thank you for the information. I have a doctor visit today and I will ask about this. Again thank you.

 

Re: My non-success on Effexor XR

Posted by jacobs on February 17, 2006, at 15:13:17

In reply to Re: My non-success on Effexor XR, posted by 3djp on February 17, 2006, at 12:07:39

ok im trying to figure out the best time to take this, any sugestions? i take it now arround 6:00pm and cant go to sleep till arround 1 or 2 in the morning. thanks! tonya

 

Re: My non-success on Effexor XR jacobs

Posted by demon_child_cin-666 on February 17, 2006, at 16:56:26

In reply to Re: My non-success on Effexor XR, posted by jacobs on February 17, 2006, at 15:13:17

I'm bipolar and my original phsychiatrist and I took more than 5 yrs to find a mixture of medications that was good enough to let me live my live again. In August of '04 he left the province for a new job. Both of us thought that I was doing very well, so he didn't bother to set me up with one of the people that were taking on his workload. At the time I was fine with this. I had been working since Jan of '03 and had already dealt with some issues that would have knocked me on my *ss just 2 yrs before. We both thought That I'd be fine, and I could always get a referal to a new dr, if I felt I needed to. In November of '04 I noticed that I couldn't do my budgeting, which for me is big, because even when I couldn't work I could always do my budgeting. I know that this episode of my bipolar started before I noticed this, so I started asking for help. Finally on April 1st of '05 I was seen by the new phsychiatrist that my GP had referred me to. (yeah, April Fool's Day, I shold have known better.) Immediately he took me off of the Gabapentin that I had been taking, and put me on the Effexor XR. He started at the lowest dose and after that there was an extremely rapid increase. Each time that I saw him I told him that the pills were not making me feel better, I was actually feeling worse; nausea, dry mouth, insomnia, hyperactivity, etc.. By Aug '05 I was getting sick(puking)almost everyday. When I told my dr this he sent me for a blood test to check my Lithium levels, which had not been done since before my other phsychiatrist left. He phoned me back that day and told me to stop taking the Lithium immediately, because my levels were toxic (hence the puking). Lithium is one of the best balancers that I have ever come across, in the 12 years that I have been treated for bipolar. I did not agree with this but I wanted to believe that he was doing what was best for me. He increased the Effexor XR again (4x150mg/day). My moods started to swing like an acrobat in the circus. Some days I was amazing, other days you couldn't even look at me with out me crying or tearing your head off. At the start of Feb '06 I made my husband take me to the ER because if I had stayed home I know I would have hurt myself or someone else. I had enough medication at home to kill an elephant, nevermind a person. I realized that it was the Effexor XR that was doing this to me. (it took you long enough, stupid). The mobile crisis unit came to see me and the ER dr. and finally my phsychiatrist. He said that he would take my file home that night and review it, We had a meeting on Monday. As of Sunday, I did not take any more Effexor and I also stopped taking the sleeping pills that he had to put me on to make me sleep, while taking that crap. I went cold turkey. On the Monday I returned all of my remaining trazadone and Effexor to my shrink and told him to write me a prescription for lithium and something to control my highs. The stupid *sshole had me on 2 Antidepressants and I couldn't figure out what was wrong with me. Now that I'm off the Effexor I know that there was nothing wrong with me that couldn't be fixed if I only had a doctor that listened.
Cindy


> ok im trying to figure out the best time to take this, any sugestions? i take it now arround 6:00pm and cant go to sleep till arround 1 or 2 in the morning. thanks! tonya

 

Re: Effexor XR Works Great for ME

Posted by pattyu on February 17, 2006, at 16:59:49

In reply to Re: Effexor XR Works Great for ME, posted by steve3590 on February 7, 2006, at 23:23:47

I have been taking 150 mg once a day for about 4 months, it just started really working about 2-3 weeks ago. I just woke up one day and was the old me and still wake up every day like that. I have lost 25 lbs., and my sex life could not be better.

 

Re: My non-success on Effexor XR

Posted by crxsi on February 17, 2006, at 19:58:45

In reply to Re: My non-success on Effexor XR, posted by jacobs on February 17, 2006, at 15:13:17

I was the same as you but now I take it first thing in the am and just recently was able to go to bed at a normal time. I was going to bed between 1and 3. It took a week to get my sleep pattern back to normal.

 

Re: My non-success on Effexor XR

Posted by bangersgirl on February 17, 2006, at 20:24:29

In reply to Re: My non-success on Effexor XR, posted by crxsi on February 17, 2006, at 19:58:45

definitely take your meds in the AM. That gives them a chance to work on you all day, hence the XR which is extended release, right?! I take mine in the morning but I do find that I could nap everyday around 5 to 6 hours after taking it. I have to really fight to stay busy. Seen a "mental health nurse". He suggested that I get my GP to also prescribe Wellbutrin to take in the evenings. He also suggested that I consider Prozac and talk to GP about it. Going to also request a referral to a psychiatrist.

 

Re: My non-success on Effexor XR bangersgirl

Posted by demon_child_cin-666 on February 17, 2006, at 23:18:11

In reply to Re: My non-success on Effexor XR, posted by bangersgirl on February 17, 2006, at 20:24:29

> definitely take your meds in the AM. That gives them a chance to work on you all day, hence the XR which is extended release, right?! I take mine in the morning but I do find that I could nap everyday around 5 to 6 hours after taking it. I have to really fight to stay busy. Seen a "mental health nurse". He suggested that I get my GP to also prescribe Wellbutrin to take in the evenings. He also suggested that I consider Prozac and talk to GP about it. Going to also request a referral to a psychiatrist.

I took 2x150mg in the morning and 2x150mg in the evening. Plus, 1-150mg Wellbutrin 2x a day. The first day that I started taking Effexor XR my appetite went from 60 to 0 in 3 hrs. I stopped caring if I ate at all, and sometimes I wouldn't eat for more than 24 hours without it bothering me in the least. I had to be put on Trazadone, it keeps you asleep (if you can fall asleep), and I had some Valium which my phsychiatrist told me to take right before bed. Some times I was so revved up, even though I took the Trazadone, that I'd be awake for close to 48hrs or more and not feel grouchy or tired. You are right though, I lost a lot of weight. Not eating definitely helped me shed pounds. I went from weighing around 198lbs to 137lbs in 10 months. I was NOT, I repeat NOT, exercising or on a proper diet. This drug is not safe for many people. Be careful taking it. Speak to your Pharmacists, they can help.

 

Re: My non-success on Effexor XR

Posted by Patricia Risi on February 17, 2006, at 23:26:20

In reply to Re: My non-success on Effexor XR, posted by jacobs on February 17, 2006, at 15:13:17

> ok im trying to figure out the best time to take this, any sugestions? i take it now arround 6:00pm and cant go to sleep till arround 1 or 2 in the morning. thanks! tonya

I used to take Effexor(some in the morning and some in the late afternoon/evening) and when I took it I also found it difficult to sleep...even when I did fall asleep I found that i'd wake up throughout the night. Sleeping pills would make me feel groggy and i have a 9month old son. I was taking zopiclone and my doctor suggested taking half instead of a whole 7.5mg pill (just snap it in half) if this dosnt work I also take melatonin with it. I havnt had a problem since. It really is all about trying different options and not being afraid to speak up if something isnt working for you. I had heard the term "finding the right recipe" before and it is true. It takes a long time to get it right. I have had a brain tumor half my life and solid depression for the past 5 years....still not found the exact "recipe" but am getting closer. Having the responsibility of a baby has actually really made me feel both sick with anxiety and also almost completely free of depression at times. I think keeping the mind busy(both challenged and stimulated with things that get you excited to get up and outside) and sometimes the right "recipe" is needed on top of that...its all trial and error. I wish everyone good health and happiness!!

 

Re: My non-success on Effexor XR

Posted by Patricia Risi on February 17, 2006, at 23:40:33

In reply to Re: My non-success on Effexor XR, posted by bangersgirl on February 17, 2006, at 20:24:29

> definitely take your meds in the AM. That gives them a chance to work on you all day, hence the XR which is extended release, right?! I take mine in the morning but I do find that I could nap everyday around 5 to 6 hours after taking it. I have to really fight to stay busy. Seen a "mental health nurse". He suggested that I get my GP to also prescribe Wellbutrin to take in the evenings. He also suggested that I consider Prozac and talk to GP about it. Going to also request a referral to a psychiatrist.

I was taking 225mg of Effexor XR in the morning along with 200mg of Wellbutrin in the morning and 200mg of Wellbutrin in the evening (I took it in two separate doses because there is a seizure risk and I have seizures from brain surgery. Anyone else could probably take the whole dose in the morning) Along with a lot of other meds that I take (celexa, dexedrine, tegretol cr, topomax,zopiclone) I take my celexa effexor, half the wellbutrin in the morning - and when I was taking the effexor I also took that in the morning. I felt fine as long as I didnt take any of my meds right before bedtime (even the zopiclone I took an hour before bed and not after 11pm). So basically after all that what I meant to tell you is that Wellbutrin is a great med to be on...I dont notice any bad side effects....effexor...well thats another story...I took myself off of that one....did more harm than good for me. Its worth it to try everything for yourself at least once though (assuming your doctor has prescribed it for you!) You never know...one drug may be your nightmare and might end up saving the next persons life. My doctor also told me that being on Celexa before being on Effexor helps with the nausea....I had tried Effexor before and stopped it after 2 days because of the nausea...this last time (after being on Celexa for over a year) I ended up staying on Effexor for at least 5 months before the side effects are what led me to go off of it...not its ineffectiveness. So if Effexor is hard for you to start but you'd like to start it...then try Celexa beforehand for a few months...it might make it easier. Sorry...I tend to ramble on....I know I got off the topic a long ways back but I just remembered that about Effexor.

 

Re: My non-success on Effexor XR

Posted by tizza on February 17, 2006, at 23:55:15

In reply to Re: My non-success on Effexor XR, posted by Patricia Risi on February 17, 2006, at 23:40:33

effexor sucks, it should be illegal. I hate it.

 

Re: My non-success on Effexor XR

Posted by Patricia Risi on February 18, 2006, at 3:01:58

In reply to Re: My non-success on Effexor XR, posted by tizza on February 17, 2006, at 23:55:15

> effexor sucks, it should be illegal. I hate it.

I dont blame you...i said the same thing. I phoned my doctor and left a msg on his machine saying I was taking myself off of it and within a week I was off. I had lots of bad side effects...its by far the worst i've ever been put on. How can eczema, vision problems and absolutely no memory be in any way a good thing?? Its not thats why it sucks and no one should take it unless there is absolutely no alternative

 

Re: My non-success on Effexor XR

Posted by Graceneeded on February 18, 2006, at 8:39:15

In reply to Re: My non-success on Effexor XR, posted by Patricia Risi on February 18, 2006, at 3:01:58

Effexor and Wellbutron both have a similar chemical make up. I used both and had bad experiences. I am on a new med that seems to do the same as they did but without the side affects. It is called Cymbalta. I am also on Lexapro but may be comming off if the Cymbalta does its job. Danny

 

Re: My non-success on Effexor XR Graceneeded

Posted by demon_child_cin-666 on February 18, 2006, at 12:43:31

In reply to Re: My non-success on Effexor XR, posted by Graceneeded on February 18, 2006, at 8:39:15

> Effexor and Wellbutron both have a similar chemical make up. I used both and had bad experiences. I am on a new med that seems to do the same as they did but without the side affects. It is called Cymbalta. I am also on Lexapro but may be comming off if the Cymbalta does its job. Danny

I have been on so many different drugs for my bipolar that I have lost count. My cocktail before the effexor was added included Lithium (1200mg/day), Wellbutrin (300mg/day), Lamotrigine (50mg/day) and Gabapentin (it's been almost a year, I think 4 of the orange capsules/day). The doctor substituted the Gabapentin for the Effexor and each time I saw him after that (every 2 weeks) he increased the Effexor after 4 1/2 mos. My side effects were getting worse. With all of the other drugs that I have tried (too many to list) the side effects were either gone or unnoticable in the first couple of weeks. The Effexor had made the Lithium levels in my blood hit toxic levels, and that's why I thought that my side effects were getting worse. In short, if you are bipolar and are taking Lithium do not mix it with Effexor, if you do make sure that your doctor is checking your levels at least once every couple of weeks. Cindy

 

Re: My non-success on Effexor XR

Posted by Bets43 on February 18, 2006, at 12:51:54

In reply to Re: My non-success on Effexor XR, posted by Graceneeded on February 18, 2006, at 8:39:15

Hi Everyone....It makes me sad that so many people have problems getting on the right combo/med. My step daughter is scheizo-affective (sp?), she had her first break at 15. We watched her go through alot and it was really hard on us. Even today she still has 3 different meds she takes. I myself take effexor. I had 5 continuous years of high stress which really did a number on me. I started out with Paxil which made me a zombie! I got off that and eventually ended up taking zoloft which was much better for me but after awhile it lost it's affectiveness. I was on 50m and did not want to take a higher dose however my thinking was torturing! The effexor helped that immediately, however I have not found it as affective on my depression. I take 150mg which is ironic after I got on it because I didn't want to take a higher dose of zoloft....A friend of mine takes celexa and has suggested I try it. She tried effexor and did not like it.

 

Re: My non-success on Effexor XR

Posted by Patricia Risi on February 18, 2006, at 16:38:01

In reply to Re: My non-success on Effexor XR, posted by Bets43 on February 18, 2006, at 12:51:54

> Hi Everyone....It makes me sad that so many people have problems getting on the right combo/med. My step daughter is scheizo-affective (sp?), she had her first break at 15. We watched her go through alot and it was really hard on us. Even today she still has 3 different meds she takes. I myself take effexor. I had 5 continuous years of high stress which really did a number on me. I started out with Paxil which made me a zombie! I got off that and eventually ended up taking zoloft which was much better for me but after awhile it lost it's affectiveness. I was on 50m and did not want to take a higher dose however my thinking was torturing! The effexor helped that immediately, however I have not found it as affective on my depression. I take 150mg which is ironic after I got on it because I didn't want to take a higher dose of zoloft....A friend of mine takes celexa and has suggested I try it. She tried effexor and did not like it.

I have been told that if you take 100mg of one medication the equivalent dose of another medication may be 200mg(or something to that effect) So you shouldnt really get caught up with the numbers (mg) of medications...also a doctor told me that if, for example, I was taking 500mg of one medication and someone else is taking 100mg of the same medication...it dosnt mean my condition is worse than theirs...it has to do with the way my body metabolizes the drug. So dont feel like you are embarassed if you are on a high dose of medication...it dosnt mean you are alot worse than anyone else...it just means your body is different...the same goes for the different meds...you cant compare the mg of one medication to the mg of another....DONT GET CAUGHT UP IN THE NUMBERS!! This is your health and although it may be a bit of a shot to the ego to have to slow down and force yourself to deal with the issues...at least you are doing it....I think everyone in this world has issues!!! AT least we are strong enough and smart enough to deal with ours!

 

Re: Anyone had success on Effexor XR? damian

Posted by damian on February 18, 2006, at 19:57:49

In reply to Re: Anyone had success on Effexor XR?, posted by damian on January 23, 2006, at 23:29:45

Hi, its damian . For scott who asked if i am seeing a phychyatriste, accually no i am not and i dont think my doc knows how i REALLY FEEL because as far as the suicidal thought i have not told her. I am afraid to because i cannot go to the hospital. I just cant go. i dont want my family to know i dont want my kids to know and i dont want my husband to know to what point i feel sick. I dont want to hurt anywone with my problems and all i think about is how to get out without hurting anyone. anyway got to go now i am not well tonight and i really dont want to bore anyone. damian

 

Re: My non-success on Effexor XR tizza

Posted by dancingstar on February 19, 2006, at 9:24:56

In reply to Re: My non-success on Effexor XR, posted by tizza on February 17, 2006, at 23:55:15

I agree with you! Too many of us have been hurt too badly by it. It's ruined so many lives.


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