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ColtsFan
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   Posted 5/21/2008 8:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello all,  I have a question about medication.  about 2-3 years ago I started feeling very anxious and started worrying about everything.  I have never had a problem with this in my life.  I decided to go talk with a therapist.  On a scale of 1-10 this guy was a 1 without a doubt.  I seen him for a few weeks before I realized I was getting nowhere with him.  I'd have a 30 minute appt and we would be done in 5 minutes.  He did put me on 60mg of Cymbalta after only speaking with me for a few minutes.  I'm not really a person that believes in being medicated but with the level of anxiety I was going thru I would have done anything just to get rid of it.  I ended up staying on the meds even though I wasn't seeing him any longer but the side effects were just too much for me.  I went to my family doctor and told him about my problems and he put me on Lexapro.  After months on this I was feeling no different and decided to go see a different therapist.  I felt somewhat better seeing her because she actually listened and although she felt I should probably be on a medication she also wanted to use CBT to change some of my behaviors.  She sent me back to my Dr who then put me on Effexor.  After a couple weeks I started feeling much better but after reading some forums I'm concerned about this drug.  I really haven't had any negative side effects with the exception of increased sweating but from what I'm reading this drug is nearly impossible to get off of.  As I said before I'm not a big fan of medication but my anxiety problems were getting so severe that it was consuming most of my day and interfering with my life.  I'd like to see if the CBT combined with the Effexor works and eventually get off the med but that sounds like it will be much more difficult than that.  Has anyone been on Effexor and had problems getting off of it. 

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   Posted 5/21/2008 8:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Coltsfan,

And welcome to healing well.

I have been on effexor and off a couple times. It is not impossible to go off, but you have to go very very slowly. The first time, I had a lot of problems and got dizzy, couldn't walk and felt like I was falling off of the face of the earth. But they put me on serzone and it took all that away. So it can be done. The only reason though that I went off of it was because I was feeling good and didn't think I needed it anymore. Wrong... That was the reason that I felt good. I am on it again and have been for years. I take 375mg every day. Don't be afraid of it, but if you ever decide to go off, do so with the doctor's help and go really really slow.

I hope that this helped some.
hugs, Karen
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nervymeg
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   Posted 5/22/2008 1:10 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Coltsfan, welcome to healing well and thanks for posting your question.  I have been on effexor (it didn't help me) and so I stopped (slowly).  I got some dizziness and anxiety but it certainly wasn't impossible.

I find CBT to be a great resource and I hope it helps you out too.  My basic belief is that if a med helps and we don't take more than prescribed then we shouldn't have anything to worry/feel guilty or stigmatised about.  I hope this is of some help, and again, welcome, I hope to chat with you agian.


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stkitt
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   Posted 5/22/2008 6:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Coltsfan,
 
Welcome to HealingWell and the  A & P Forum.
I do not take Effexor but I see you have connected with some of our members who do. 
 
I agree with the others to make sure if your are going to discontinue a medication you should work with your physician and to go very slow.
 
Please keep on posting and know we are here for you.  Glad to have you onboard.
Kitt
 
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ColtsFan
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   Posted 5/22/2008 6:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the info. I agree that if the medication really does end up helping me as much as it appears to have done so far I have no problem staying on it. What I've noticed since having this problem and reading the forums is that what helps one person may not help another and it may take years to find the therapy that is right for you. Unfortunately even though my current therapist listens I think she is barking up the wrong tree with her diagnosis. I feel crazy for even saying this but my problem I started having a few years ago is I get anxiety and a few times panic attacks from things such as bad weather, watching the news(which by the way I have stopped doing all together), worrying about my family, earthquakes a few weeks ago, or just about any other thing I can think of to worry about. It ends up consuming my entire day to the point I worry about the weather even when it is nice out. My therapist thinks it is because I wasn't held enough as a child. I can see that being a problem with some people but I had a happy childhood and it seems way out of left field that this would be causing these anxiety attacks. The medicine is helping and I thought I'd give these forums a shot since talking about it also seems to help.

stkitt
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   Posted 5/22/2008 6:37 AM (GMT -7)   

Oh my................Please do look into the CBT therapy.  I think it would be helpful for you.  IMHO you need to learn how to keep the anxiety down. I will pop up a post re resources and you will see where you can read about CBT therapy right on this page.

Don't give up, remember you have anxiety, it does not have you.

The OH my was because my birth Mother died when I was 18 months old and I maybe was not held enough either  devil

I am glad the med is helping you.  Sometimes you do have to shop around for the therapist that works best with you. 

Hugs

Kitt


 
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ColtsFan
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   Posted 5/22/2008 7:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, I'll check out the resourses. The therapist has been doing this CBT exersize with me but I'm not too sure about it. I forget the exact name of it but it has to do with Rapid Eye Movement. For about an hour or longer I have to keep my eyes on an object she has moving while she talks to me. It is supposed to "reestablish the connections in my brain" so that I don't immediately go to the worst case senario for every little thing that happens. Has anyone ever heard of this therapy and whether it works or not. I kind of felt like an idiot staring at this object for so long.

quietpain
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   Posted 5/22/2008 9:48 AM (GMT -7)   
  I would like to add that staying on a medication long-term or until death do we part, is not the end of the world.  Of what meds have haepled me, I know I will neever be able to stop unless something better (in the drug industry and in me)comes along.  I know sometimes peope are bothered by that, but if I didn't drink fluids every day I'd and it is just that simple with my meds  It really doesn't bother me.  I am holding on to almost nothing even with meds, without them, there would wouldn't even be a string.
 
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ColtsFan
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   Posted 5/22/2008 12:38 PM (GMT -7)   
I understand.  It isn't really the inconvenience of taking meds daily as much as forever needing to rely on them.  If that is what I need to do to maintain my sanity then I will definately be taking them for the rest of my life with no problems but if I start responding positively to CBT then I would like to ween myself off the meds.  I know when I was on Cymbalta a was sleepy ALL the time.  I'd catch myself falling asleep at my desk during the day and couldn't wait to get home to sleep.  As much as I hate the anxiety I feel I think I'd hate being sleepy all the time even more.

percycat
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   Posted 5/22/2008 4:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi ColtsFan!

I had a chiropractor/holistic doctor who used to use the eye movement technique with me sometimes. He also used repetitive leg movements. Either way, the theory is that you are "resetting" something in your brain to recognize the new idea or the new physical condition and ignore the old. I suppose it worked, but many of the things he treated me for were minor, so it's hard to say whether his process helped or just time.

If you're feeling good about the rest of your CBT, stick it out -- the eye movement technique can't hurt. If, however, you still feel you're going up the wrong tree, discuss it with your therapist or get a second opinion.

Good luck!
percycat
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