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mish4464
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   Posted 3/14/2008 2:57 AM (GMT -7)   
After 4 yrs of no meds, i finally decided to try something for my ocd and anxiety.  Can anyone share their experience with effexor?
did you gain or lose weight? if gain was it all water? Do you crave anything?
do you get brain zaps or blurred vision?
women - any intrest in sex? are you able to orgasm?
when do you take this- am or pm? does it make you tired?
 
 
I have an eating disorder and I am getting married this year.  Very concerned about weight gain.
 
 
 
~mish

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   Posted 3/14/2008 6:16 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Mish,

I have been taking effexor for many years.  I have not experienced weight gain.  I take 150 mg in the morning and 225 mg in the evening. 

I have had no sexual side effects or anything that would want me to eat any more or any less.  It has worked well for me.  Though I am on the highest dose allowable.

I will warn you to never stop this medication without doctors help, you need to taper off slowly.  It is hard to go off of.  But it can be done if you go very SLOWLY. 

I have not had brain zaps or dizziness (escept when I tried to go off of it without doctors help).  It has been the medication that has helped me the most.  But I was told that I would be on it for the rest of my life.

I hope that this helps you.

hugs,  Karen


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Howlyncat
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   Posted 3/14/2008 8:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Mish
I think you were prolly told it takes a few weeks for this med to fully get into your system by your doc??
I have heard nothing but good things about this med myself from others here on the forum......

I have heard talk of brain zaps though with some ( few) ppl
I have to go out for an hour or so but I will look up that for you okay

Take care and let us know how you are making out ........LYN
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stkitt
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   Posted 3/14/2008 9:06 AM (GMT -7)   

Good Morning Mish,

You are like me, anytime I have to start a med I want details upfront.

Effexor is an antidepressant in a group of drugs called selective serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SSNRIs).

Effexor is used to treat major depressive disorder, anxiety, and panic disorder

Take this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not take the medication in larger amounts, or take it for longer than recommended by your doctor. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results from the medication. Follow the directions on your prescription label.

Take this medication with a full glass of water. Effexor should be taken with food. Avoid drinking alcohol, which can increase some of the side effects of Effexor

Side effects are more likely to occur, such as:

drowsiness, dizziness, nervousness, or anxiety;

dry mouth, increased sweating;

nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation;

decreased sex drive, impotence, or difficulty having an orgasm;

headache, blurred vision;

tremor or chills; or

changes in appetite or weight.

Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.

Effexor is effective for many people but may take 2-6 weeks until improvement occurs. Reference: The PDR Pocket Guide to Prescription Drugs; 7th Edition.
Good Luck
Kitt

 


 
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dredz
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   Posted 3/14/2008 12:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Mish.

I have been on Effexor, 112.5mg since October last year and have had none of the major side effects that have been reported by others. I take mine in the morning, but have noticed very vivid dreams, not scary , just very strange and vivid. I dont mind the dreams tho. Other than that , I sleep a little more, but not excessively, and I am very happy with the results so far. BTW i suffer from GAD. As Howlyncat mentioned, it will take a few weeks at least for the full effects to be felt, it was about 4 weeks for me, but everyone is a little different. As far as the weight gain goes, as long as you are aware that your appetite may change, thats the biggie, better the devil you know than the devil you dont

Best of luck with the meds, and more importantly your upcoming wedding.

Dredz

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   Posted 3/14/2008 12:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for all the input...Dredz..I love that lil quote about the devil ......LOL
Welcome....

Take care Mish and keep us posted ok

You too D.......Lyn
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mish4464
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   Posted 3/14/2008 5:42 PM (GMT -7)   
thank you all for your replies and information.
I have taken paxil before and it took me about 3 months to come off it- it was a horrible drug.  in the past i was taking lexapro and xana with vicodin (little too much of that) and stopped cold and that screwed me up.  I learned my lesson with that.
 
Does anyone take this at night and have trouble sleeping? i hate not knowing what time to take this. 
I am still debating on taking it- the dr gave me samples and a rx. You all have given me positive feedback, but i was looking on line at peoples experiences with it and it scared me. Plus in less then i a year i want to get pregnant.  what if i go off it to get preg and i flip out?? i guess i should worry about here and now first.
 

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   Posted 3/14/2008 6:28 PM (GMT -7)   
I take 375 mg each day. 150 in the morning and 225 in the evening. It does not effect my sleep except for the dreaming part. But I always did have vivid dreams so it is just more so. It is like my dreams are a whole another life.

If you have to go off of it, have the doctor wean you off slowly. Too fast and yes it can be scarey. I have been through that. Plus I take extended release so that if I forget a dose it isn't that bad.

I wish that I could help you more, I have been on effexor for about 15 years, I think. I went off for a while and realized that I really needed it bad.

Good luck
hugs, Karen
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nervymeg
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   Posted 3/14/2008 6:49 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Mish,

Congratulations on the wedding! I've been going through an eating disorder too and the first thing I asked my doc was "will I put on weight?" when he prescribed effexor.  I didn't put on, or lose any weight but I got a lot of dizziness/nausea in the first three weeks which did abate over time.  I took 150mg in the morning with a little yoghurt and that seemed to help with the nausea...I hope this help and good luck with everything xx


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stkitt
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   Posted 3/15/2008 6:00 AM (GMT -7)   

Good Morning Mish,
I had to make sure I congratulated you on your upcoming wedding too. I am thrilled for you my beautiful bride to be. Bless You. Hugs of joy, Kitt

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mish4464
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   Posted 3/15/2008 11:34 PM (GMT -7)   
thank you all for your congrats!! Wedding planning is so stressful. especially doing it in 8 months! i am feeling positive about the effexor and will pray i don't gain weight!!!
~Mish~ VIEW IMAGEVIEW IMAGE
 
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stkitt
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   Posted 3/16/2008 5:59 AM (GMT -7)   

mish,

Great attitude, I am proud of you and take a deep breath and enjoy every day of planning and the festivities leading up to your own special day.

I will be here anytime you need me.
Kitt


 
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nervymeg
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   Posted 3/16/2008 7:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Mish! So happy for you...don't let anxiety take over on the planning of this magical event..as kitt said, please email us if you have any freak-outs! And, again, I wish all the happiness in the world with this union and try not to worry about your weight (easier said than done)..you will look amazing..focus on that sweetie! xx

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EmersonDav06
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   Posted 3/18/2008 11:50 AM (GMT -7)   

Wow, It's wierd to see so many people have had positive experiences on Effexor. When I took it for about 7 months, I had pretty bad side effects but they weren't bad enough for me to stop taking, I had to stop taking it because without insurance, I couldn't afford it. Coming off of effexor with doctors help is HORRIBLE. make sure when you come off of it the doctors help you slowly taper off of it, don't go cold turkey.

 


mae51692
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   Posted 3/18/2008 4:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Congratulations on the wedding!!! I have been happily married for 16 years. (Married to my high school sweetheart)!!! Anyway, I was diagnosed with panic disorder and generalized anxiety disorder about 10 years ago. Tried celexa for a while and then it stopped working. I've been on the Effexor (150 mgs) for about 8 months and feel pretty good. Just make sure you take it at the same time every day or you'll feel weird especially if you miss a dose. I also take klonopin as needed. I haven't gained any additional weight, though that is the least of my worries. It's just so good to have control of my life again and not feel nervous that a panic attack will hit while I'm out or God forbid driving. Good luck and hope the Effexor helps.

mae51692

mish4464
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   Posted 3/18/2008 4:33 PM (GMT -7)   
thank you- i think now is a good time for me to start medication while making wedding plans.  plus my father and fiance will both be having surgery in about a week or so. that is nerve racking.  what time do you take your effexor? does it make you sleepy or hypeer/awake?  I am worried about going on this cuz i want to get pregnant soon aafter i marry.  i guess i will have to just go off it then and pray for the best:-)

Howlyncat
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   Posted 3/18/2008 4:48 PM (GMT -7)   
I have heard most take it during the am .......But as you know all are different
I KNOW someone will post and give you better input than I

I really wanted to congratulate you on your upcoming Wedding

CONGRATS.and All the best to you in the future .........

LYN
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mish4464
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   Posted 3/19/2008 5:22 AM (GMT -7)   
thank you lyn.  i wanted to elope and he wanted the big wedding.  i wantto enjoy my wedding day and between my nerves and ibs-  the day really scares me.  i still havent started the effexor yet.  i dont know if i will- i am petrified.  anyone here been on paxil before? to me - from what i have read about effexor, it sounds just like it.  anyone here get no emotions at all on effexor? i did the paxil for 3 monts - this was 3.5 yrs ago.  i still get brain zaps from it.  i read in the IBS forums it may help with ibs too.  that would be a plus.
i am so scared i dont know what to do. 
thank you all for your input on this- i really appreciate all your help:-)

Howlyncat
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   Posted 3/19/2008 6:36 AM (GMT -7)   
mish...I HAVE only heard GREAT things about effexor on this forum HONESTLY.......and yes it was also stated by a couple of ppl that it DID help with their IBS.........

Sweetir
A big wedding is what you so deserve it is the best day in a womans life or should be

I will keep you in my heart thoughts and prayers........

God Bless.......Luvs
LYN
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Jan Marie
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   Posted 3/19/2008 2:04 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi.  Just wanted to add my tuppenceworth (I'm from the UK!).  Effexor has given me my life back.  I have been taking it for two years 75 mg in the morning.  I had terrible insomnia before I was put on the drug and now I sleep very well.  I do have vivid dreams but they can be quite entertaining!  I put on 14 pounds in two years but I am sure because I was so delighted to be feeling well, I tucked into food  good and proper!  Now I am watching what I eat and have lost four pounds in the last month. 

As to plucking up courage to take it, I was terrible.... Lyn will remember!  It took me ages and only with all the help and encouragement of HW members.  I know it is scary but at the end of the day you will only know if it suits you by trying it.  There is no way round this.  You can listen to hundreds of people's experiences and opinions but all that really matters is how it affects YOU.  Frankly, I felt so ill that I had nothing to lose but I was still terrified.  I am so glad I did take the plunge - my life was transformed.

I wish you all the luck in the world.... and a wonderful wedding.

 

 


Howlyncat
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   Posted 3/19/2008 3:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Mish........I do remember Jan Maries dealings and fear of this med...she was absolutely terrified...........and finally as she said she decided to go for it .....AND she was a different person on this med after it kicked in for sure
as she said " it gave her her life back " and it did
I watched and listened to her in so many posts it was truly inspirational......the luv and support was easily given as she is a person who is always there when you need her.I have know her for her duration here and she is a good person and friend ..........

AGAIN I wish you all the best we will support you thru this as well sweetie.I am so GLAD JM posted it comes from her heart .........Luvs....LYN
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