Effexor has been a Godsend

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RobLee
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   Posted 8/30/2017 3:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Today it occurred to me what a difference Effexor has made in my life, but I really had to fight to get it.

Today a troll wandered into another forum that I frequent to shill some "alternative treatment", which sent me searching for some of my back posts from earlier this year. Reading what I had written took me back to a time when I was in the pit of despair and quickly unraveling.

I had been fighting cancer for three years, then my wife was diagnosed, and treated, all in about five months. My GP pretty much dismissed everything I told him about my emotional state. I asked my oncologist and got the brush off as well. I changed doctors in April and told him everyone I knew seemed to be on antidepressants and he just asked me if I wanted some. Wow. I wasn't sure what to say.

So I did some research and found that Venlafaxine (Effexor) had some properties that seemed to address many of the problems I was facing. Having started four months ago, I can now say I don't know how I made it thru the past few years without it. Apart from a constant buzzing in my head, there have been no other side effects. Small price to pay. I believe that I am a much more stable and less volatile person now, and probably much more pleasant to be around. I recently mentioned to my wife that I may be on it for the rest of my life and she just asked why. Clueless, sorry to say.

Today was a big milestone for me. My first (of three) cancer surgeries was one year ago today. And as of today's treatment, I am one-third of the way done with radiation. The monthly injections I get should end next year. Things are looking up, and I can't even imagine the frazzled state that I was in earlier this year. I should have done this long ago!

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   Posted 8/30/2017 3:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Effexor was a good medication for me for over 15 years. I am now on pristiq, which is working good for me too. I have been lucky with SNRI's, but wasn't so much with SSRI's.

You are lucky that you found something that worked on the first try. Some try many, or sometimes never even get one that works. Kudos to you RobLee...

Congratulations on Being a third of the way done with radiation. It sounds like things are looking up for you. I am happy to read that. I hope that it all continues.

You been fighting the fight, and now you are getting somewhere with it all. Congratulations again. Thanks for sharing!!!

Hugs, Karen...
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kellyinCali
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   Posted 8/30/2017 11:32 PM (GMT -6)   
RobLee, Thank you for sharing your success story with Effexor. I do not think I have been on that med before. Will research it a bit.

Congratulations on your victories with your Cancer treatments. You are not only "surviving," you are "thriving." So proud of you!

RobLee
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   Posted 8/31/2017 8:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Kelly - I'm sure that you will by your nature do a thorough investigation. I chose Effexor over the similar SNRI Cymbalta due to many of the "off-label" uses listed on Medscape, which I found to be the best online drug resource (reference.medscape.com/drug/effexor-venlafaxine-342963)

Pristiq is a derivative of Venlafaxine, just as Lyrica is a derivative of Gabapentin (Neurontin), which is often prescribed together with Effexor or Cymbalta. The former is more of a head drug, and the latter being more effective for osteo and neuro conditions. It was a difficult decision, and I had to change some other meds to accommodate the SNRI. But it has worked out very well with few SE's.

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straydog
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   Posted 8/31/2017 9:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Rob, I too had great success with Effexor. It was my PM dr that put me on it because not all of these meds work well with pain medications. I have a pain pump implanted & had no clue about this, neither did my PCP either. My description of how it worked for me is it helped smooth out my rough edges & I had many at the time.

Take care.
Susie
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RobLee
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   Posted 8/31/2017 9:27 AM (GMT -6)   
straydog said...
... not all of these meds work well with pain medications.


Thanks Dog. Yes, I had to DC the Tramadol I had used for over a decade so I could start Effexor. Also Zofran. Now I check Medscape for everything. Even an anesthesiologist administered Zofran pre-op, but had no ill effects.

BTW our younger son has severe lifelong P/A and has been thru most immuno-supressants. I'm wondering if we might stumble upon something helpful in your forum?

straydog
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   Posted 8/31/2017 10:20 AM (GMT -6)   
The P forum is super, super slow, almost on-existent like many of these forums at HW. Sad but true. I do hope that your son can find something that helps him. It can be a struggle dealing with it. By the way, my dr kept me on Zofran & I have not had any issues, not sure why you were taken off of it.

Take care.
Susie
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RobLee
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   Posted 8/31/2017 11:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Susie. Zofran and Tramadol boost serotonin, as does Effexor. Too many different agents boosting it can cause serotonin syndrome. I can't say I know just what that is, but don't want to find out.
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