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Re: Anyone had success on Effexor XR?

Posted by gabbie on October 6, 2006, at 9:39:59

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

is it possible that this medication could be making the anxiety seem worse? i'm starting my second week today, but the past week i've felt like i was getting worse. me and my boyfriends one year was yesterday and i was doing good with forgetting how sh*tty i felt, and then at night when i left his house... i started bawling my eyes out for no reason. i just feel really miserable (more than i did before)... so i'm wondering if maybe it's a side effect to go through more anxiety and bad feelings in the beginning.. and i was also wondering if this will go away because i really don't want to ruin my relationship with my boyfriend or friends or family. they can only handle so much of my crying and bad days.... any feedback is appreciated. please don't be negative. it gets me in a worse mood about all of this.

 

Re: Anyone had success on Effexor XR? - Gabbie

Posted by Carolyne on October 6, 2006, at 9:49:23

In reply to Re: Anyone had success on Effexor XR?, posted by gabbie on October 6, 2006, at 9:39:59

Hey Gabbie,

I would give it another week or so. I was starting to feel great on the third and forth week. I was getting no more anxiety attacks and was finally eating and sleeping again. I am really glad I began taking effexor cause it took me out of this really terrible place. However effexor is a temporary treatment and you really need to learn to cope with the attacks. I took a 14 week therapy and wow what a difference. They gave me this book "Mastery of Your Anxiety and Panic (MAP-3): Client Workbook for Anxiety and Panic". I would recommend it to anyone who is suffering from panic disorder. Hang in there girl it will get better!

 

Re: Effexor and Hives Carolyne

Posted by vanni on October 6, 2006, at 11:46:56

In reply to Re: Effexor and Hives, posted by Carolyne on October 6, 2006, at 7:30:42


Yes, we are in different places in the life cycle! Thanks again for that website re: hives and effexor. Best of luck in finding the source of the hives and with the change in medication. I'd be interested in knowing how you do with both. The good news is we have access to health care and even though it isn't perfect we have some options! Take care.

Vanni

 

Re: Anyone had success on Effexor XR? - Gabbie

Posted by chickey on October 6, 2006, at 12:58:11

In reply to Re: Anyone had success on Effexor XR? - Gabbie, posted by Carolyne on October 6, 2006, at 9:49:23

Hey Gabbie! You need to give the meds some time. My doctor told me at least a month. The first week I was on the med I felt much better and then went down hill for a week. I would cry at the drop of a hat. My doctor said I will have ups and downs until I am up to a proper dose. By the way I am feeling much better these days. Give yourself a couple of more weeks and I am sure you will see a difference. It took me a while before I got ride of the sideeffects and started to feel better. All the best!!

 

Re: Anyone had success on Effexor XR? - Gabbie

Posted by gabbie on October 6, 2006, at 15:22:09

In reply to Re: Anyone had success on Effexor XR? - Gabbie, posted by chickey on October 6, 2006, at 12:58:11

thank you both for that... i'm really getting scared. i don't know if effexor is right for me because i was on it before for a month and 2 weeks and didn't really feel that much a difference... so i decided to try it again. started my second week today and feel really bad. i'm getting bad anxiety and it's scaring me. i just want it to go away.

 

Re: Anyone had success on Effexor XR? - Gabbie

Posted by corafree on October 6, 2006, at 15:44:49

In reply to Re: Anyone had success on Effexor XR? - Gabbie, posted by gabbie on October 6, 2006, at 15:22:09

It feels like time for me to once again take Effexor-XR.

My mood is 'very very complacent'.

I have an 'I don't give a *uck' attitude.

Best start makin' phone calls.

Phillipa: No prob' taking benzos alongside it, afa I know. In fact, in me, it lessened need for them, although I was always on one alongside the big E!

bestwishes, cf

 

Re: Anyone had success on Effexor XR? - Gabbie gabbie

Posted by tofuemmy on October 8, 2006, at 14:46:09

In reply to Re: Anyone had success on Effexor XR? - Gabbie, posted by gabbie on October 6, 2006, at 15:22:09

Gabbie - Effexor save my life once, umm...1999 it was, I think. I just started taking it again. Need it to work wicked bad.

I wish you much success with this and all things. Keep me posted.

Hugs, em

 

Re: Anyone had success on Effexor XR? - Gabbie tofuemmy

Posted by gardenergirl on October 8, 2006, at 20:37:33

In reply to Re: Anyone had success on Effexor XR? - Gabbie gabbie, posted by tofuemmy on October 8, 2006, at 14:46:09

I'm glad you're giving it another good. I wish you speedy relief.

gg

 

Re: Anyone had success on Effexor XR? - Gabbie

Posted by gabbie on October 9, 2006, at 9:50:50

In reply to Re: Anyone had success on Effexor XR? - Gabbie, posted by gabbie on October 6, 2006, at 15:22:09

I wish you all the best, too. I had a really good weekend, but today seems off. I don't know if it's just my mood, or the medicine. We will see. Good luck. Keep me posted as well.

- Gab

 

Re: starting effexor... keep posting.. success/dosage?

Posted by tommysangel on October 11, 2006, at 7:32:15

In reply to Re: starting effexor... keep posting.. success/dosage?, posted by Racer on October 25, 1999, at 19:54:13

I was on Effexor XR a long time ago and stopped taking it. I'm beginning to feel my depression is getting out of my control. I've started taking it again. I have a Panic Disorder also, but haven't had any attacks. Does Effexor work well for depression? I use to take Paxil, which worked great for the panic attacks but did nothing for the depression. Has anyone taken Cymbalta? I saw a commercial for that yesterday and was wondering if that had better results than Effexor.

 

Re: Anyone had success on Effexor XR?

Posted by prasnhym on October 11, 2006, at 8:43:03

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

I am on effexor xr 75s going thru the grieving process of losing my sister. I was suffering badly from insomnia and lack of sleep. My doc put me on Vistaril to help that. I either have insomnia or horror movie like nightmares if i do go to sleep. I do not know if it is the drugs or my grief or what. Amyone know what to do?

 

Re: starting effexor... keep posting.. success/dosage?

Posted by TKaz on October 11, 2006, at 11:56:18

In reply to Re: starting effexor... keep posting.. success/dosage?, posted by tommysangel on October 11, 2006, at 7:32:15

I have been on EffexorXR now for about five weeks. I feel 200% better. And it has not affected my sex life. The only problem is I have so much energy now that I don't want to stop doing things. So I get a little exhausted just doing so much. I advise anyone to give it a try, work on getting past the side effects (dry mouth, sleeplessness, loss of appetite) and see how it works. I would give it a couple of months to see how it begins to work. I am so happy my doctors recommended this. I have been on Celexa and Lexapro before and both worked for me at the time. I give Effexor a thumbs up. Don't let anyone tell you to "snap out of it" or to try to help you "fix" your life. That's not it. I agree with someone else who said, if I had diabetes, I'd take my insulin for ever, and if this works for keeping me sane and content, then there is no "side effect" to taking it. It is well worth it.

 

Re: starting effexor... keep posting.. success/dosage?

Posted by wacky on October 11, 2006, at 13:34:34

In reply to Re: starting effexor... keep posting.. success/dosage?, posted by TKaz on October 11, 2006, at 11:56:18

I have been on Effexor for the past year and it helped substantially - but at a pretty high dose (450 mg). I suffered from extreme sweating/shivering so tried to get off it only to find my depression returning with a vengence. So now I'm taking 225mg Effexor and 30 mg Cymbalta until next week - I'll drop to 150 Effexor and increase the Cymbalta to 60. After that I see pdoc again and and presumably he'll up the Cymbalta as I continue to taper the Effexor to zero. I just hope the Cymbalta is as effective as the Effexor was for the depression. So far, I haven't seen any change - but the dose of Cymbalta is probably too low.

If it weren't for the sweating/shivering, I'd probably have stayed with the Effexor - so I give it two thumbs up - especially if it works for you at a lower dose.

Good luck

n

 

Re: starting effexor... keep posting.. success/dosage? wacky

Posted by Phillipa on October 11, 2006, at 19:51:42

In reply to Re: starting effexor... keep posting.. success/dosage?, posted by wacky on October 11, 2006, at 13:34:34

How high is your pdoc planning on going with cymbalta? As the manufacturer says above 60mg no improvement. I know some pdoc's are going higher. Google the official website for dosing info. Love Phillipa

 

Re: starting effexor... keep posting.. success/dosage? Phillipa

Posted by wacky on October 12, 2006, at 11:42:34

In reply to Re: starting effexor... keep posting.. success/dosage? wacky, posted by Phillipa on October 11, 2006, at 19:51:42

Not sure how high he'll go but I have a friend who is on 120. From what I gather, the trend seems to be augmenting with another drug for better results. He added Lamactil to her cocktail. It's the same pdoc so I'm sure it will depend on how I do at 60. I will check out that site though. Thanks for the input.

n

 

Re: starting effexor... keep posting.. success/dos

Posted by ashleystives on October 12, 2006, at 21:40:52

In reply to Re: starting effexor... keep posting.. success/dosage? Phillipa, posted by wacky on October 12, 2006, at 11:42:34

i'm on 300mg and have been for about 2 years. effexor is the drug that changed my life. i still have some panic and anxiety symptoms - but they are manageable - and occasional depression, always situational. but nothing, nothing like i used to live. i am a different person now. one thing: i do need to monitor my weight meticulously. it's a combo of not smoking, meds, and age, and some people lose weight on it. everyone's biochemistry is different. one thing for sure: it cured my extreme OCD.

 

Re: Anyone had success on Effexor XR? YES!

Posted by cryinagain on October 12, 2006, at 23:46:39

In reply to Re: Anyone had success on Effexor XR? YES! , posted by Shel on July 18, 2000, at 1:35:45

I was diagnosed with severe depression in February of 2006, before that not anything. So after trying 2 antidepressants and having a horrible side effect,(very strong suicidal thoughts and thoughts of hurting others)I went to a physciatrist for the first time today and he wants me to take Effexor XR. I must say I am terrified. I have cronic back pain and feel this is the biggest contributing factor to my depression. So the fact that he is insisting I take this with or without the side effect that I had before scares me to death! He told me that with or without it 15% of the people with depression die. Don't want to be a statistic! I have read some of the posts, but so tired I just can't do anymore so happy to have found this!

 

Re: starting effexor... keep posting.. success/dos

Posted by corafree on October 13, 2006, at 16:08:28

In reply to Re: starting effexor... keep posting.. success/dos, posted by ashleystives on October 12, 2006, at 21:40:52

I've begun Effexor-XR 'once again' as my emotions were becoming too unmanageable.

As my bod' is 'familiar' w/ the drug, it immediately craved 150mg, not 75mg!

So I'm starting on 150mg, doin' ok, except had a couple 1-2-3min panic attacks. Also have 'no appetite'.

And, I'm worried about my sex drive so much that I'm pushing 'seduction' away. Like, let's not even go there, so I won't know! Crazy!

cf

 

Re: Anyone had success on Effexor XR?

Posted by gabbie on October 16, 2006, at 9:48:57

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

Hey guys, I havn't posted in a while. I've been having my good days and my bad days. I cannot tell if this is working or not. I mean I SEE an inprovement (not as much as i wanted), but I can't FEEL one... and that's the biggest thing. I wanted to feel better not just act better. Since the doctor only gave me 3 weeks of the 75mg, I'm gonna have to set up an appointment soon to talk about what I am going to do. But i'm unsure. Should I switch and see what else is out there, because maybe something could work better than the effexor FOR ME. Or should I up the dosage. I mean I don't want to have to go too high to make myself feel better again. I really can't tell though with the effexor. I know 3 weeks isn't a long time either, but I was already on it for a month and 2 weeks and again, was acting a bit better, but not feeling it... any suggestions? I would love some feedback for this.

 

Re: Anyone had success on Effexor XR? gabbie

Posted by 3djp on October 16, 2006, at 10:19:15

In reply to Re: Anyone had success on Effexor XR?, posted by gabbie on October 16, 2006, at 9:48:57

I felt the same way after 3 weeks, but I gave it a couple more weeks. I asked my doctor to up it only to 112.5 mg so now i combine the 37.5 mg and the 75 mg everyday that helped alot. I have been on that dosage for 6 months. I will be comong off it soon my GAD has settled down abit. Takecare
DM

 

RE: Fainting

Posted by gregzk on October 16, 2006, at 22:52:07

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

Has anyone out there ever had the feeling of fainting or fainted from there anxiety?

3 Years ago I was having feelings of faint and one day at lunch I actually fainted.
I was rushed to the hospital they did all kind of tests and never found anything.
The feeling faint never stopped and I nearly fainted a few more times. I finaly found a doctor the figured it was anxiety. She put me on 75mg of effexor xr it took about a month to start kicking in. After 6 months I was going on airplanes,rollercosters,and doing things I would have never done. In March of this year I decided to get off the med I went through 2 weeks of hell.
I felt ok until about a month ago, then the nervousness started coming back and now the fainting feeling is coming back. There has been nothing to triger these changes.
I am thinking about getting back on the drug I will start with 37.5mg to see ho it goes then incease if needed.
Has anyone got off effexor and then returned to it? How did it go? How are you now?
Thanks for info
Greg

 

RE: Fainting

Posted by gabbie on October 17, 2006, at 10:43:19

In reply to RE: Fainting, posted by gregzk on October 16, 2006, at 22:52:07

I was on effexor before. I didn't stay on it long enough to know if it really worked for me, but I am currently on it again. I am going to the docters in two days to talk about what I should do. Stay on or get a higher dosage. I am thinking a higher dosage because I notice a difference, just don't feel it.

 

Re: Withdrawl

Posted by shelby11 on October 17, 2006, at 16:31:54

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

I have been off Effexor for 2 weeks. These withdrawl symptoms are somewhat unbearable. I have very bad vertigo, nightmares, major meltdowns over small things where I cannot stop crying, I am so distracted I should not be driving. I have missed work and my boss is trying to be patient ( I can't remember what I did 5 minutes ago), but wants to reevaluate how I am doing in two more weeks. So on top of everything else, I may lose my job.The only good part is that I have my sex drive back.
If I could go back I would have never taken this drug, I only had medium anxiety. My doctor gave me a sample and a script for this without telling me anything about this drug. I am much worse now than before. If anyone wants to quit they should do so before the dose goes up and up. I hear it's worse when you are at large doses. I was weaned properly, can't imagine what its' like to go cold turkey.

 

Effexor XR and honeymoon

Posted by Ollie on October 18, 2006, at 19:59:41

In reply to Re: Effexor and Hives, posted by Carolyne on October 6, 2006, at 7:30:42

I just started taking Effexor XR three nights ago. I'm on the 37.5 for a week, then I'm to try 70. I've had a mild headache, trouble concentrating and not sleeping very well. But then again I've had a headache for weeks from crying, couldn't concentrate because I was so depressed and anxious, and didn't sleep well anyway. So I've no complaints about any side effects - yet. My question is this: has anyone else had a miraculous "honeymoon" on this stuff? Everything says that you should wait at least three weeks before you notice any real change, but yesterday and today have been really decent. I didn't cry. I joked with a co-worker. I laughed, really laughed. It can't be the drug, can it? I was so frightened to go to my doctor. I just knew he was going to say I was a mess and there was no hope for me. But he didn't. He looked me right in the eye and promised me that we could help this. I was so relieved. I went from crying with the fear and depression and pain to crying with relief. Is it the relief that has me feeling more good than bad? I'm so confused. Now I'm worried that I really don't need the medicine. I just want to feel better.

 

Up the dosage

Posted by gabbie on October 20, 2006, at 13:30:20

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

I went to the doctors today. He suggested we up the dose since my body is tolerating the medicine. I figure there is no harm in trying because what happens if I say screw it and then nothing works because I was supposed to up the dose. So now I take two of the 75mg pills together. I'm supposed to do this for a week and see if I can tolerate it or feel anything different. I'm at my witts end. I'm even about to mess things up with my boyfriend because I'm getting confused and letting my thoughts get carried away with me. ehhh. I just want to stop with this.


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