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Redirect: Effexor Withdrawal Solution

Posted by Dr. Bob on March 24, 2007, at 16:07:25

In reply to Effexor Withdrawal Solution, posted by Jouezmoi on February 22, 2007, at 16:55:51

> All .... I have great news. A solution that has worked and I am finally Effexor free.

Sorry to interrupt, but I'd like to redirect follow-ups regarding Effexor Withdrawal to Psycho-Babble Withdrawal. Here's a link:

http://www.dr-bob.org/babble/wdrawl/20061224/msgs/743738.html

Thanks,

Bob

 

One year on Effexor XR

Posted by vanni on April 9, 2007, at 13:05:25

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

For a year now I have been taking 75mg of the Effexor XR for anxiety that worsened at menopause. It has been such a relief to feel "normal" but I am finding lately that my mood is flat and I have lost the energy and optimism that I was feeling. Has anyone had to increase their dosage after being quite stable for a year?

Vanni

 

Re: One year on Effexor XR

Posted by KristiVegas on April 9, 2007, at 14:13:12

In reply to One year on Effexor XR, posted by vanni on April 9, 2007, at 13:05:25

Hi Vanni,

I haven't been on the site for awhile but saw your post today and thought I would respond. My depression and anxiety got worse during menopause too but I wasn't quite sure what it was then. I've been on Effexor for almost a year but was gradually worked up to 300 mg. per day. I am experiencing loss of memory and weight gain but am sleeping better. What do you trade? I don't like the loss of memory (short term) but I'm sleeping better than I have in years. My mood is flat also and I still have no motivation. I've been told (and have read) that some meds stop working after a while and I'm wondering if that's what I'm experiencing. Have you talked to your Doc yet?

Kristi

 

Re: One year on Effexor XR

Posted by vanni on April 9, 2007, at 15:43:16

In reply to Re: One year on Effexor XR, posted by KristiVegas on April 9, 2007, at 14:13:12


Hi Vanni,
>
> I haven't been on the site for awhile but saw your post today and thought I would respond. My depression and anxiety got worse during menopause too but I wasn't quite sure what it was then. I've been on Effexor for almost a year but was gradually worked up to 300 mg. per day. I am experiencing loss of memory and weight gain but am sleeping better. What do you trade? I don't like the loss of memory (short term) but I'm sleeping better than I have in years. My mood is flat also and I still have no motivation. I've been told (and have read) that some meds stop working after a while and I'm wondering if that's what I'm experiencing. Have you talked to your Doc yet?
>
> Kristi
>
>
Thanks Kristi,

I will check with my doctor. I take Trazadone at night to sleep and it works really well. I too am sleeping better than I have in years. My short term memory also sucks but I think that might be a function of age!...53.

Vanni

 

Re: One year on Effexor XR

Posted by KristiVegas on April 9, 2007, at 19:40:00

In reply to Re: One year on Effexor XR, posted by vanni on April 9, 2007, at 15:43:16

>
> Hi Vanni,
> >
> > I haven't been on the site for awhile but saw your post today and thought I would respond. My depression and anxiety got worse during menopause too but I wasn't quite sure what it was then. I've been on Effexor for almost a year but was gradually worked up to 300 mg. per day. I am experiencing loss of memory and weight gain but am sleeping better. What do you trade? I don't like the loss of memory (short term) but I'm sleeping better than I have in years. My mood is flat also and I still have no motivation. I've been told (and have read) that some meds stop working after a while and I'm wondering if that's what I'm experiencing. Have you talked to your Doc yet?
> >
> > Kristi
> >
> >
> Thanks Kristi,
>
> I will check with my doctor. I take Trazadone at night to sleep and it works really well. I too am sleeping better than I have in years. My short term memory also sucks but I think that might be a function of age!...53.
>
> Vanni
>

Hi Vanni,

I saw my PDoc today and he doesn' believe Effexor is causing any of my side effects. I'm going to elicit some feedback from everyone on the website and prove to him that this med causes side effects. I was told by a lot of women that short-term memory loss was part of menopause but I don't remember it being this bad when I was in the throes (I started when I was 48-I'm 56 now and over it). My PDoc has added 150mg of Wellbutrin XL to my daily dosage of Effexor to see if that will sharpen up the senses a bit and give me a kick in the butt. So we'll see. If you don't mind sharing any experiences with me while you've been on the med, I would appreciate it.

Thanks and good luck,
Kristi

 

Re: Effexor xr and drowsiness/sleep,insomnia

Posted by Crystal_clear on April 11, 2007, at 9:27:48

In reply to Re: Effexor xr and drowsiness/sleep,insomnia, posted by Cindy W on October 6, 2000, at 22:21:40

I've been taking Effexor XR for 2 weeks now. I started on 75 mg and now on 150 mg. The first 2 days I felt extreamly anxious and jittery. But ever since then I've felt very very sleepy all the time. I've tried taking it at different times of the day, but I'm still always tired no matter when I take it. My mood does feel a little better, but what's the point if I'm so tired that I don't feel like doing anything? Not to mention the sexual side effects. My interest in sex has completely gone away. I'm not sure how much longer I'll be able to take Effexor if these side effects don't go away. Good luck to everyone else!

 

Re: Effexor xr and drowsiness/sleep,insomnia Crystal_clear

Posted by SandyWeb on April 11, 2007, at 10:08:20

In reply to Re: Effexor xr and drowsiness/sleep,insomnia, posted by Crystal_clear on April 11, 2007, at 9:27:48

I started out on Effexor XR at 75 mg, and had to quit after a little over a week. I was soooo lethargic and sleepy. I had absolutely no motivation, and my brain was "busy". Plus I tried taking it at night, and it gave me terrible insomnia. And my anxiety just would not go away, even with clonazepam.

Well, 75 mg is only impacting your serotonin...and my problem is with norepinephrine. I knew I needed to get to a higher dose in order to get past that dang serotonin impact. Remeron is in the same class as Effexor XR, and it worked wonders except that it made me FAT (I had to quit it, and happily have lost that weight!!). I figured the Effexor XR would help in the same way as Remeron, so I HAD to give it a try again.

This is what I did, but I'm not suggesting that you do it the same way. I'm just saying that it worked for me. I began the med again. I took 75 mg at night, and when I got up the very next morning I took another 75 mg. Then, because I wanted my dosing to be done in the mornings because of the insomnia it causes, I waited until the next morning and then took 150 mg. I had absolutely no side effects from that dose other than some sleepiness each afternoon. I would end up taking a 2-hour nap. Then 3 days after being on that dose, I increased it to 225 mg. I felt soooo much better, and the only side effect again was the afternoon sleepiness (which I would take a 2 hour nap, then it was down to a 1 hour nap, and then it was down to just resting my eyes but never falling asleep, down to not getting sleepy at all!!!). It took about 2 or maybe 3 weeks for the transition from a 2-hour nap to no nap to occur. And I feel great. People are recognizing the old Sandy again. I really do feel quite good. But I can still feel "the pit" just on the outer edges of my world. I'm certainly not depressed anymore and my anxiety is much better, but I know that I'm not quite safe if I can feel that blackness on the edge of my thoughts.

I stayed on 225 mg for 5 weeks. This morning I increased it to 300 mg, and so far....no side effects, not even any sleepiness. I feel fine so far.

You may need to get to a higher dose to get rid of those side effects that you are talking about. You may not have a serotonin problem, either. Maybe, like me, it's epinephrine. You've been on 75 mg to 150 mg for 2 weeks, and it only takes 3 days for the med to reach a steady state in your system. It wouldn't hurt to increase your dose to 225 mg now. Just ask your doctor if he agrees with you, which I don't know why he wouldn't. I have felt my best so far on 225 mg, and now I'm just waiting to see what happens at 300 mg. If it's not as helpful, I know that I can always go back down to 225 mg. Many people are on 375 mg for anxiety and depression. You've still got some room to experiment with dosing. But just call your doctor and see if you can increase to 225 mg, and hopefully that will help any epinephrine problems you might be having. And, like I said, my side effects went away after 2-3 weeks. Good luck.

God bless,
Sandy

 

Re: Effexor xr and drowsiness/sleep,insomnia SandyWeb

Posted by Phillipa on April 11, 2007, at 19:35:29

In reply to Re: Effexor xr and drowsiness/sleep,insomnia Crystal_clear, posted by SandyWeb on April 11, 2007, at 10:08:20

Sandy I don't think effexor is the same class of meds as remeron. Remeron is in it's own class. The only other SSNRI I know of is cymbalta. Correct me if you google it and I'm wrong. It won't bother me heck I'm wrong a lot of the time. Love Phillipa

 

Re: One year on Effexor XR KristiVegas

Posted by dsm3r on April 11, 2007, at 23:53:53

In reply to Re: One year on Effexor XR, posted by KristiVegas on April 9, 2007, at 19:40:00

> >
> > Hi Vanni,
> > >
> > > I haven't been on the site for awhile but saw your post today and thought I would respond. My depression and anxiety got worse during menopause too but I wasn't quite sure what it was then. I've been on Effexor for almost a year but was gradually worked up to 300 mg. per day. I am experiencing loss of memory and weight gain but am sleeping better. What do you trade? I don't like the loss of memory (short term) but I'm sleeping better than I have in years. My mood is flat also and I still have no motivation. I've been told (and have read) that some meds stop working after a while and I'm wondering if that's what I'm experiencing. Have you talked to your Doc yet?
> > >
> > > Kristi
> > >
> > >
> > Thanks Kristi,
> >
> > I will check with my doctor. I take Trazadone at night to sleep and it works really well. I too am sleeping better than I have in years. My short term memory also sucks but I think that might be a function of age!...53.
> >
> > Vanni
> >
>
> Hi Vanni,
>
> I saw my PDoc today and he doesn' believe Effexor is causing any of my side effects. I'm going to elicit some feedback from everyone on the website and prove to him that this med causes side effects. I was told by a lot of women that short-term memory loss was part of menopause but I don't remember it being this bad when I was in the throes (I started when I was 48-I'm 56 now and over it). My PDoc has added 150mg of Wellbutrin XL to my daily dosage of Effexor to see if that will sharpen up the senses a bit and give me a kick in the butt. So we'll see. If you don't mind sharing any experiences with me while you've been on the med, I would appreciate it.
>
> Thanks and good luck,
> Kristi
>

Hi Kristi -
Just saw your post. I've been on Effexor for 5 years now. The side effects that I've experienced have been weight gain (100lbs!!!!!), short term memory loss, and absolutely no sexual drive, (even if I happen to think about it and want to do something it's gone in a flash). Sometimes my speech is affected - like I can't get the words out. When I finally speak it sounds like speech dyslexia.

I take 300mg at night. I was at 150 in in a.m. and 150 p.m. but I was so drowsy during the day.
I'm also on 300 mg Seroquel because of insomnia. I adjust during the winter because of seasonal affective disorder.

I truly wish I could be med free, but given what I was before to what I am now, I'll stick with the meds.

Hope you can use this.
Blessed journeys

 

Re: One year on Effexor XR

Posted by KristiVegas on April 12, 2007, at 0:09:32

In reply to Re: One year on Effexor XR KristiVegas, posted by dsm3r on April 11, 2007, at 23:53:53

Thank you for the post. I really appreciate your sharing your experiences with me.

If anyone else out there would like to share their "side effects of Effexor", please do. I need my PDoc to stop treating me like I'm making it up. I went to the Wyeth website and pulled some information from there, also.

I've taken the Wellbutrin XL (150mg) for two days in addition to the Effexor (300mg) and I had a melt down at work today. Can anyone tell me if I have enought Wellbutrin in my system to cause this? I have to be very careful - I have a very sensitive system to meds (especially tablets). Anything out of the ordinary I have to pay attention to. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
Kristi

 

Re: Effexor xr and drowsiness/sleep,insomnia Phillipa

Posted by SandyWeb on April 12, 2007, at 12:51:55

In reply to Re: Effexor xr and drowsiness/sleep,insomnia SandyWeb, posted by Phillipa on April 11, 2007, at 19:35:29

> Sandy I don't think effexor is the same class of meds as remeron. Remeron is in it's own class. The only other SNRI I know of is cymbalta. Love Phillipa<
-------------------
Hi Phillipa,

I just did a real QUICK search on SNRIs, and Effexor is listed as the first and most commonly used one. Look under SNRIs currently available:

http://www.answers.com/topic/serotonin-norepinephrine-reuptake-inhibitor

You were correct, though, that Remeron is not an SNRI. The reason I always thought it was an SNRI is because it acts on norepinephrine (also known as being noradrenergic) as well as Serotonin....just like the SNRIs.

http://www.rxlist.com/cgi/generic/mirtaz_cp.htm

My boo-boo. Sorry. Still seems like it should be an SNRI, though. And I still believe that it is the impact upon my norepinephrine that helps me, not the serotonin. SSRIs make me "whacko", whereas high doses of both Remeron and Effexor XR make me feel soooooo much better.

Take care and have a wonderful day. I hope you get lots of sunshine!

God bless,
Sandy

 

Re: Effexor xr and drowsiness/sleep,insomnia SandyWeb

Posted by Phillipa on April 12, 2007, at 19:52:43

In reply to Re: Effexor xr and drowsiness/sleep,insomnia Phillipa, posted by SandyWeb on April 12, 2007, at 12:51:55

Funny how different we all are as remeron once was given to me at l5mg doses with benzos and chloral hyrate and even seroquel for one night in the hospital no sleepiness for me. So wierd? Love Phillipa ps so only one S thanks for show me that and good luck.

 

Re: Effexor xr and drowsiness/sleep,insomnia Phillipa

Posted by SandyWeb on April 12, 2007, at 21:24:33

In reply to Re: Effexor xr and drowsiness/sleep,insomnia SandyWeb, posted by Phillipa on April 12, 2007, at 19:52:43

The only med that I ever found to make me tired was Trazadone, but like I mentioned in another post some time ago, it closed my nose right up and I had to breathe through my mouth. Definately no sleep when your tongue is sticking to your throat!! LOL.

I guess I'm like you. I just can't find anything to help me sleep. Guess we'll have to find some barbituates out on the street! JUST KIDDING! Lol.

God bless,
Sandy

 

Re: Effexor xr positive experiences

Posted by cloudnine on April 15, 2007, at 5:47:38

In reply to Re: Effexor xr and drowsiness/sleep,insomnia Phillipa, posted by SandyWeb on April 12, 2007, at 21:24:33

Hi,
I thought I might contribute here,as I noted a lot of negative stories about this medication even though it is very popular and known to tackle the worst depressions

Ive been on Efexor xr bt. 75 and 150 mg since begining of 2005 till now,and I must say I had annoying side effects the first month but after that it was great.

Positive things compared to other ADs (and I tried many of them including MAOs,RIMAs,TCA,SSRis.NRis,NDRis,atypicals)

]
No weight gain,but slight weight loss!
No insomnia,
No anxiety
No Fatigue but desirable activation!
Normal sex drive(sometimes I use Wellbutrin to enhance)
Fairly good concentration

The only annoying side effect that is persisting is more than average sweating,which made me have more showes!

Please can I hear other positive experiences to lift up my soul?
Thanks,
Cloudnine

 

Re: Effexor xr positive experiences cloudnine

Posted by JouezMoi on April 15, 2007, at 12:01:10

In reply to Re: Effexor xr positive experiences, posted by cloudnine on April 15, 2007, at 5:47:38

Oh I agree, it is one of the most effective medications around. My experience was very positive. My nightmare started when it was time to come off. All the tapering in the world did not work, and I still get the occasional brain zap months after my last dose.

 

Re: Effexor xr positive experiences

Posted by Phillipa on April 15, 2007, at 18:46:42

In reply to Re: Effexor xr positive experiences cloudnine, posted by JouezMoi on April 15, 2007, at 12:01:10

Last two posters would you mind going to admin and asking on my thread for a board with positive effects from the SSRI's and SNRI's and others. Too many negative stories which scare people from posting successes. And congrats to all the success stories. We need them here. Love Phillipa

 

Re: One year on Effexor XR

Posted by My sons mother on April 29, 2007, at 18:17:14

In reply to Re: One year on Effexor XR, posted by KristiVegas on April 9, 2007, at 14:13:12

My son has been on effexor for 7-8 years and cannot get off of this medicine! He is now 28 years old. He has tried several times. He lowered his dose, and then tried and didn't work. It doesn't matter what dose he takes, he gets the same effect. As long as his body has it, it doesn't go into withdrawl. If he misses one day, he goes into withdrawl. Terrible withdrawl. He is afraid they are going to stop making this medication, because he heard he could go into a comma. This is not right. There should be a way to get off this medication! Does ANYBODY know how to get off this medication?

Thanks.

Very worried mom

 

Re: One year on Effexor XR My sons mother

Posted by ClubSoda on May 2, 2007, at 13:12:31

In reply to Re: One year on Effexor XR, posted by My sons mother on April 29, 2007, at 18:17:14

I went off of it pretty much cold turkey and don't recommend that to anyone. I didn't have insurance and couldn't afford it anymore.

I have read of people who tapered off of it very slowly to the point where they got to the lowest dose available in capsule. When that happened they opened the caps and started counting the grains and tapering to nothing.

 

Re: Long term effects of Effexor/permanent

Posted by KerriC4412 on June 19, 2007, at 11:13:15

In reply to Re: Long term effects of Effexor/permanent , posted by annj on February 27, 2001, at 15:37:01

Please....if anyone out there can give me insight into PERMANENT side effects of Effexor I need HELP! My 9 year old son was accidentally given effexor by pharmacy instead of prescribed antibiotic. He was hospitilized for five days and had many problems but this was a year ago and we are STILL struggling with mood swings, bouts of depression, manic ups and downs, concentration problems, memory loss/confusion....Is there any hope of this eventually going away? We NEVER had problems of this nature before!

 

Re: Long term effects of Effexor/permanent KerriC4412

Posted by Phillipa on June 19, 2007, at 21:30:38

In reply to Re: Long term effects of Effexor/permanent, posted by KerriC4412 on June 19, 2007, at 11:13:15

Kerri have you spoken to a lawyer as this is definitely a case. Do you still have the bottle it came in? Love Phillipa

 

Re: Long term effects of Effexor/permanent

Posted by KerriC4412 on June 20, 2007, at 9:50:08

In reply to Re: Long term effects of Effexor/permanent, posted by KerriC4412 on June 19, 2007, at 11:13:15

Yes we have and the pharmacy is not even fighting it. The pharmacist was 80 and has since retired and is fighting dementia. We have been to medical doctors, psychologists, psychiatrists, poison control....you name it we have contacted them. But everyone interprets the long term effects differently. It is just getting frustrating. Most of the research is about short-term withdrawl side effects. Not much out there on permanent or long-term....nothing specific. Maybe no one really knows for sure. The insurance company wants to settle and frankly I just want it over with but we really don't KNOW if this is something he (and WE) just need to accept as permanent now. Just curious if anyone else out there has experienced lasting side effects. Thank you for your concerns!

 

Re: Long term effects of Effexor/permanent

Posted by KerriC4412 on June 20, 2007, at 9:51:25

In reply to Re: Long term effects of Effexor/permanent, posted by KerriC4412 on June 19, 2007, at 11:13:15

Yes we have and the pharmacy is not even fighting it. The pharmacist was 80 and has since retired and is fighting dementia. We have been to medical doctors, psychologists, psychiatrists, poison control....you name it we have contacted them. But everyone interprets the long term effects differently. It is just getting frustrating. Most of the research is about short-term withdrawl side effects. Not much out there on permanent or long-term....nothing specific. Maybe no one really knows for sure. The insurance company wants to settle and frankly I just want it over with but we really don't KNOW if this is something he (and WE) just need to accept as permanent now. Just curious if anyone else out there has experienced lasting side effects. Thank you for your concerns!

 

Re: Long term effects of Effexor/permanent

Posted by KristiVegas on June 21, 2007, at 17:28:37

In reply to Re: Long term effects of Effexor/permanent, posted by KerriC4412 on June 19, 2007, at 11:13:15

Kerri,

I had a very bad reaction to Paxil a few yrs back-developed tinnitus. I went to a Nutrionist because the Drs. said there was nothing they could do for me. The residue of the med is in his liver. That's why he's still having side effects. The Nutrionist advised me to take Milk Thistle and Red Clover Bark 3x a day for 3 weeks. Lo and behold - the tinnitus went away!!! Obviously I'm not a doctor but I DO know that it worked for me. The Nutrionist said the liver needs to be cleaned out. "Scrubbing Bubbles" she called it. Good thing about it is that it's herbs and not more prescribed meds. It certainly can't hurt him. Good luck!!
Kristi

 

Re: Anyone had success on Effexor XR?

Posted by markymark on June 21, 2007, at 19:47:27

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

I had great success on Effexor XR! I had no side effects and was on it for about 5 years. Dont listen to the horror stories. Give it a chance!

 

Re: Long term effects of Effexor/permanent KerriC4412

Posted by Phillipa on June 21, 2007, at 21:01:29

In reply to Re: Long term effects of Effexor/permanent, posted by KerriC4412 on June 20, 2007, at 9:50:08

How long was he on it and at what dose? And did you notice anything while he was on it? Was he emotionally perfectly okay before this. This is not to be taken litely a child's whole life and future are are stake. Money can't give that back. Love Phillipa


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