I've Taken Effexor for the last four days and need help

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   Posted 9/6/2008 7:14 AM (GMT -7)   
This all went down this last week:
 
For the last week, I was suffering from an extreme amount of depresssion so I tried to drink the pain away.  But no matter  how much I drank, the pain just got worse.
 
On Wed I woke up and started drinking heavely.  Mid-Day I was at the end of my rope and I called the only person I was capable of calling.  I felt like I'd rather die than addmit and show everone how damaged I was.   After all, I have always hid all of my drinking and pain from the world.  For the most part, I look and function normal to everyone (even my wife).
 
This trusted person I called could see how far I had crashed and could see that I needed help right away. 
 
I ended up with a script for Effexor XR 75 and was instructed to take one a day.  At day 2 my depression went away and I feel like my life was saved by it.  But in my rush for help, I am now reading about all of the sides and how bad the withdrawls are.
 
I don't want to be on Effexor and want to know the best way to stop 4 days in.  Is it too late for "Cold Turkey"  I truelly believe I am going to be ok from depression by not drinking ever again.  Effexor broke my drinking cycle and now I want to be drug free. 
 
So do I slowly reduce my dose?  Is there a non-script product that I can buy to help reduce the sides?
 
I wanted to come here to hear from people with real life experiences rather than talk to a doctor who has not gone through withdrawls.
 
Thank you so much for reading  my story
 
 
 
 

stkitt
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   Posted 9/6/2008 8:05 AM (GMT -7)   

Road To Better

Welcome to HealingWell.  I am happy you found our site.

A couple of things come to mind re the Effexor..............It did not cause you to pull out of depression in just 2 days.  It may take several weeks before you begin to feel better. Your doctor should check your progress periodically. Normally most of the antidepressants take 4-6 weeks before they reach their full therapeutic level.

I think your should discuss with the physician who prescribed the med how to come off it which should be easy if you have only taken it for 4 days.

My bigger concern is the drinking.  You need help in stopping drinking.  This is a major issue in your life as you are hiding the drinking even from your wife.  Trust her enough to talk to her.  Let her be your support person.

You are not damaged, you just have some problems to work through.........your in the right place here as each of us has issues and need support and someone to care about us.

Keep on posting.

Kitt


 

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panic queen
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   Posted 9/7/2008 9:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello,
 I would like to just give you my story with effexor.
 I have been fighting depression for almost 18 yrs. (this makes me sound old doesn't it?)
 I have been on every drug and even ECT to help me get out of these major depression episodes.
I was depressed more the first two years, than I wasn't. It was a nightmare for me. We had very young kids at the time too.
I eventually was sent to Mayo Clinic to see if they could help me. I thought maybe it was something more physical than mental.
 It has been 13 yrs ago Oct 31 that I have been on effexor. It saved my life !!
At that time, effexor was just put out on the market. I remember the DR telling me that they have seen people feel better in a week. I told him not to lie to me about that, and he told me that he wasn't and they have seen promise with this medication. By the time I went back home, 6 days later, I was back to "myself" again. At that time they didn't have time release, so it did make me tired. Now I am on the time released medication.
 I have been worried also about the side effects (weight gain for me) and getting off of the drugI too have read all of the terrible effects of coming off. I did ask my pdoc about it. He said that they do it very slowly.
I asked my PDoc about it, and he told me with my hx that I am will problably be on it for life.
I have even asked recently about getting off the meds, and my Dr strongly  suggest I don't.
I went thru all the panic about what this is doing to my body ect.., but my husband told me that he is so glad to see me being "my self"again, and don't worry about it at this time.
"Don't waste good panic" that is a quote from someone I know...
 Just relax, get some help for yourself with the drinking and depression. Live for now, and feeling better. :-) Isn't all worth it ? For me it is....I HATE feeling so depressed....Life was just so difficult then.
 
Feel better my friend
 
L
 

getting by
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   Posted 9/7/2008 9:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi PanicQueen,

I too have been on effexor for many years. It is a miracle drug for me. I too will be on it for the rest of my life, and also have the fears that everybody else does. My biggest fear is what if I can't get my meds when I need them. So I stock pile a few just for that situation. I take 375 mg each day. Two in the morning and three in the evening. Five caps all together. I too took it when it wasn't time release, once I missed a dose and boy was that hard. I felt like I was falling off of the face of the earth. But as soon as I got my next dose, I was better.

I have done so much better since I have been on it. The doctor's swear that weight gain isn't a factor, though I have gained weight, I think that it has to do with my fibromyalgia. Not being able to move like I once did. I use to be super active.

Thanks for your input. I am sure that it is helpful to all.

Wishing you a wonderful day,

hugs, Karen
  Moderator-Depression and fibromyalgia
 
fibromyalgia, Chronic fatigue, depression,allergies


panic queen
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   Posted 9/7/2008 9:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi getting by,

I had to laugh about you having a "stock pile" of effexor. I do too.lol
I have them in my purse, car, at work, and in the first aide kit. If I should forget to take it, I am covered.
I only take one in the am....It's it bad, I don't know what it is mg wise ? I know that I have been increased from the first time I took them.....
They had told me that weight loss was a side effect. At that time I thought "lucky me".
I guess I am just a fluke with the weight gain. "lucky me" lol
But I am "my old self" again and I don't care. !
Nice to meet you. I read alot here, and don't post much unless I think it may help someone with my experience. This is an awesome site....thanks

I hope that our stories will help our new friend.

Have a wonderful week
L :)

stkitt
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   Posted 9/7/2008 11:24 AM (GMT -7)   

Hey Everybody, Good Afternoon. I also was at a point where I wanted to come off the drugs but my PCP and my Pdoc both advised against it.  Now I had to laugh Panic Queen as I have had depression and anxiety for 26 years and that makes me really old  turn .

Finding the right med has been hard for me as I was on Nortrytline for 23 years and I had a break through of depression but and increase in the dose worked until 2005.  My Doctor tried me on many of the SSRIs and then to Cymbalta for about 8 months now.  I still did not feel good so we are switching to Wellbutrin and then slowly wean the Cymbalta.

I hope that every person here that needs medication may find the right drug on the first time out.

I will let you know how weaning off the Cymbalta goes.

Hugs

Kitt

 


 

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panic queen
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Date Joined Nov 2007
Total Posts : 56
   Posted 9/7/2008 5:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello everyone, :)
I guess I didn't really stop and think about how long I have been on effexor until I posted.
I guess, I had to really think about the anxiety and depression years. (I don't like to re-live any of that!)
For me it started in my late 20's. It seems so long ago.
I have been dealing with anxiety and depression for so long that my Pdoc is retiring the end of this year.
He remembers when our second oldest son was just a baby waddling down the hall, visiting me in the hosptial. Our oldest was three.
He told me it broke his heart. And if you knew him, he isn't one to say anything to you. Not at all.
He knew how sick I was at that time too.
I guess he's known me for a long time, and he felt comfortable saying it to me because he's leaving now.... Now I have to find someone else to trust and count on for the next 20 yrs.
That is a scary thought for me.
Skitt, I hope that your med change goes great for you. :)

Here's to finding the right medication for everyone the first time around !

L
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