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Re: EFFEXOR for ADD? frustrated w/ my psychiatrist

Posted by snarley on February 13, 2004, at 16:31:51

In reply to Re: EFFEXOR for ADD? frustrated w/ my psychiatrist, posted by PsychoSage on February 12, 2004, at 23:29:53

So i've been on the warpath w/ regard to my doc yesterday and today. Been on and off the phone with my mom and my therapist a lot expressing my distaste about being put on some huge dose of effexor. Finally put a call in to my psychiatrist a few hours ago on his voicemail and have since been waiting for a call back.

So I just got off the phone with him after he finally called me back. I'm sure he's been getting guff from my psychologist (who works in the same office with him) about the phone call he got from me and my worries, etc. So the psychiatrist now says that he wont take my effexor dose above 225, because in his experience if it isnt helping at 225, it wont help at higher doses or something. So i'm sort of relieved that i'm not going to get overdrugged on that before he abandons it as a treatment option (i think this is maybe his compromise because i so adamantly expressed my worry about being put on a really high dose of effexor ie 300+). A big load off my mind. Still dealing with the stupid dosage increase side effects of dizziness and sweaty palms and twitches though, ick. But in the past those go away within a few days of the dose increase.

In the meantime, I've also checked out my school's student mental health services building, and they have psychiatrists there who apparently deal with ADD on a regular basis. But I couldnt get in for am initial appt until the 27th. My current pdoc's timeline is 2 weeks from this past tuesday to see if the effexor starts working at all and then try something else, so for the moment i'm sticking with that, but i did make the appointment for the 27th so if i decide i want to switch docs i can. I'm still a little worried about what the current doc would try next if the effexor doesnt work, I dont want to waste months on "alternative" non-stimulant regimes if the stimulants are going to be the thing that'll work best in the end, which is what most people seem to be thinking is the best option.





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