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GreenTeaHero
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   Posted 7/21/2010 10:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Effexor...

does anyone on fibro use this antidepressant ,
and if so, how has it worked for you?

I'm about to start it...
hoping for no weight gain tho i guess people respond differently to the drugs...

Also bipolar which is where the depression comes from..
my doctor said that the depression causes the pain and it seems she's right ~

take care everyone :)

butterflyrose
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   Posted 7/21/2010 11:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I use Effexor, I am on 225mg a day. I love it, I am also bipolar and it has worked great. It has stopped the migraines I get. I hope it wil work for you.

Butterflyrose
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norco 7.5, baclofen, for pain, can't take anti-imflamatory, and a ton more for other medical issues.
 
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sotiredoffibro
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   Posted 7/22/2010 7:01 AM (GMT -7)   
I have used Effexor and really liked it. I had to go off because of the expense, otherwise I would still be using it. I hear they have a generic brand now so I might talk to my regular doctor about it next time I see him. I hope it works as well for you as it did for me.
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Acheybody
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   Posted 7/22/2010 8:58 PM (GMT -7)   
I was on it for 3 weeks but it didn't agree with me (or I didn't agree with it, depending on how you look at it.) I felt a pressure in my chest - not the first time by any means, but I just wasn't comfortable with it. It didn't really help my pain, either. Hopefully, it will work for you.
Achey
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getting by
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   Posted 7/23/2010 8:19 AM (GMT -7)   
I took effexor for many years, but switched to pristiq a few months ago.  I was taking 375 mg a day, which was five capsules.  Three in the morning and two in the afternoon.  With pristiq I only take one pill a day.  It is a close relative to effexor just more norephinepherine(sp) in it.  It has worked well for me too.
 
Remember it takes four to six weeks to reach it's full potential.  So hang in there.  I am glad taht you are feeling better already.  Best wishes to you.
 
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caligirl2001
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   Posted 7/23/2010 9:42 AM (GMT -7)   
I took it for a bit, but it was wrong for me. Made me feel like a zombie. Nothing made me cry, laugh or anything else, and that was the lowest dosage. Definitely was not the one for me. But since everyone reacts differently to medications, you never know until you try. As you can see, others have had very positive results from it.

I'm on wellbutrin, and it has improved my pain levels. Not drastically, but I did notice an improvement after a month or so, and any improvement is welcome. So I would tend to agree with your doctor that it might help you out with the pain if it is the right medication for you.
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GreenTeaHero
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   Posted 7/23/2010 3:11 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks for the responses!
butterflyrose, giving me hope :)
sotiredoffibro, thats interesting. how expensive is it?
acheybody, caligirl, im not sure it'l work for me i'll just have to wait and see.... but im hoping.
gettingby.. i've heard of pristiq but not sure my doc has. is it more pricey?

getting by
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   Posted 7/23/2010 5:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes, Pristiq is more pricey because it is new.  Effexor was suppose to go generic in June of this year.  I don't know if it did or not, but I think I read in somebodies post that it did.  I have insurance though so I only have to pay 20.00 for each prescription. 
 
I sure hope the effexor works for you.  Like I said above, I took it for many years.  And it worked well for me.  So best of luck to you.  I hope it has you feeling better soon.
 
Take care,
 
Hugs, Karen
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GreenTeaHero
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   Posted 7/24/2010 3:59 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks karen!! :)
i hope so too. will keep u all posted.. as soon as they get the prescription!
can u believe the doctor wrote it for the wrong quantity -- and its been 2 days they still havnt called...

getting by
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   Posted 7/24/2010 4:29 PM (GMT -7)   
It gets so frustrating when the medical professionals are incompetant. Not that your doctor is, but he did write the wrong ammount. Plus them not getting back to you. But if you are five minutes late for an appointment, you lose your place. I guess I am just ranting, but there are other professionals, not just medical. It just makes me boil when I think of all the things that we have to put up with. And if we make a mistake, wham!!!

Just ranting.

Hugs, Karen
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GreenTeaHero
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   Posted 7/29/2010 10:59 AM (GMT -7)   
yeah, karen - thats the worst!! :X

i have another question for folks here -
does effexor make u gain or lose weight?
all the online specs on effexor put weight loss as a side effect, but crazymeds had weight gain.

getting by
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   Posted 7/29/2010 12:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Personally, I don't think it caused me to gain weight.  I was on it for many years.  Towards the end, I started gaining weight, but I think it was due to the firbormyalgia and my age.  Before fibro I was quite active and I think that the effexor was the reason.  It really was a good medication for me.  I hope that it works well for you.  It is suppose to be weight neutral.
 
Best wishes,
 
Hugs, Karen
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GreenTeaHero
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   Posted 7/29/2010 6:54 PM (GMT -7)   
cool~ i'll keep my fingers crossed. :)
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