sometimes several different types of antidepressants have to be tried to find 1 that works for you
everyone is different
as it happens, effexor did nothing for me but a laxapro type one helped a lot for my anxiety
I still havent found any AD that has helped at all with my depression
Effexor helped me a lot, after trying 4 other anti depressants, with no luck. I now take Tegretol with it, as I was still getting horrible mood swings, and this seems to have helped balance me out (welllll u know..)
Cognitive behavioural Therapy has also helped me greatly.
Hope your depression continues to improve.
Hey Pink, I am glad that Effexor is helping you, we see so many people posting negative things regarding this medication.
I have been on several antid's over the years...Luvox, Prozac, Remeron, Zoloft and all of them had left me with the feeling of being over medicated or just plain having no feelings at all. It's hard to describe. I was on Zoloft for the longest time as it worked best out of them all but I was maxed out at my dosage and hit a extreme depressive state. I was switched to Effexor Xr and eventually went up to 225mg also. I honestly havent ever felt better. I have real feelings and can cry when I need to, get mad when I feel it, and can express my thoughts which isnt something I was ever able to do before. I always just felt flat on the others. So I have had a very positive experiance with Effexor Xr.
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I've been on Effexor for a while now, and am starting to slowly wean off. It has been the best AD for me after trying 4 others with rotten side effects.
I have never had high BP before, however I do now and have had to increase my BP meds and may have to again soon, even after giving up smoking.
But don't worry about it - just let your doc monitor you and if it becomes an issue, he/she will be able to deal with out.
I know what you mean about the ups and downs. Overall Effexor has helped me (after trying 4 others), but still having yucky mood swings, so I am now on Tegretol as well. This has been wonderful for me - my mood swings have pretty much disappeared and I don't know how to describe it but say that I feel like I have turned a corner in my depression.
I recently went through a personal trauma and not so long ago, I would have been an absolute misery with depression. This time, I am so pleased to say, I was sad, and I cried, but I knew the difference - I knew I would be ok.
It was such a wonderful realisation! I have just started weaning off the Effexor very slowly (I don't care if it takes me 12 months lol), baby steps, I'm dropping 37.5mg a time and so far it's been 2 weeks. My psychiatrist would like to see me drop 75mg in 6 weeks, but that's not going to happen lol - slow and steady when I'm sure, with fortnightly visits to my GP.
Best wishes to you.
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