experience with geodon or effexor

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wmnak
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   Posted 8/11/2006 9:20 PM (GMT -7)   
i would like your help.  what has been your experience with geodon or effexor?
 
thanks for your help.
 
warren
 

Ellie 1
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   Posted 8/11/2006 9:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Warren,
I haven't taken Geodon, but Effexor was very drying for me. Dry mouth, throat, terrible, TERRIBLE constipation. In addition it seemed to raise my anxiety level greatly. My experience, I do not believe, is the norm though. I was only on the drug two weeks and gave it up. Those side effects may have lessened or disappeared entirely if I'd stuck it out.
I know of at least two people who have had great success with the med.
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   Posted 8/12/2006 3:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Warren,

I don't know anything about Geodon either, but have also been on Effexor. I got relief from depression, but I also had very long term side effects -- constant tiredness, which led to underperformance at work, and anxiety due to this. I didn't realise it was the meds until I went to my doc after a year of trying to work out what was wrong with me, why I was always tired and ill, and was sobbing at what had happened to my ability to work properly. She changed my meds and -- miraculously! ;) -- a couple of weeks later I could feel the improvement and basically all my tiredness and illness cleared up. As Ellie said, though, this doesn't seem to be the norm: I've read quite a few posts with people saying it's really sorted them out (on the depression and a/p boards). (Also, I seem to have had bizarre, out-of-the-ordinary reactions to a good few meds -- rather a chequered history! -- so don't take my experience as too indicative!)

All I'd say is, if you're just starting on this on, keep an eye on it and if side-effects don't clear up by about week 3 or 4, go back to your doc. -- I'm sure your doc will be monitoring things closely with you anyway.

Rosie x

P.S. Just read a post of Lazy's: she takes Effexor and Geodon and seems to be going good for her.


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wmnak
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   Posted 8/12/2006 2:31 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks for your input, ellie & rosie.  i'd heard a lot of bad publicity about these meds and was reluctant to try them.  the jury is still out, though.  anybody else have experience with these meds?
 
thanks.
 
warren

lazy
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   Posted 8/12/2006 6:33 PM (GMT -7)   
I am on Geodon and Effexor and they both work great for me. I have virtually no side effects from the Geodon and I've been on it for 3 months. It saved my life! The effexor works for me but if I miss even one dose I begin to crash so I have to stay up on my prescription. I haven't heard the bad publicity but every medication has potential side effects. I took topamax for awhile and I couldn't tolerate the side effects. It made me stupid! Good luck....Lazy

wmnak
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   Posted 8/12/2006 8:36 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks for the input lazy. no side effects sounds great. like my grandmother used to say, "god smiled on you!" may i be that lucky!
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