My name is Holly. I have had anxiety and have been in therapy for as long as I can remember (since around age 7 or 8).
After having PPD in 2002 when my first daughter was born, it went to a whole 'nutha level! I let it slide and go on until it eventually reached managable proportions.
In 2006 I had my second daughter. As soon as I found out we were expecting I told my OB that I wanted to go home with medication for serious PPD and anxiety.
I was on Lexapro for 2 years (various doses depending on my state of mind and what I was dealing with at the time). I am a full time working mom, by the way.
It stopped working for me. I was back to my bundle of nerves anxious mess. I have been seeing my psych for at least 6 months now.
I take 75 mg of Effexor XR. After 6 months, I have concluded that it does NOTHING FOR ME and I am getting worse with my anxiety. I have developed a TMJ disorder and clench my jaw constantly. I have a night guard (made by my dentist) that I wear most of the time (even at work). I also have 1mg of Xanax PRN. At one point, I was at 2mg 3x's a day. I asked to dose back because I didn't want a habit I couldn't get out of.
Here is my question: I see Psych tomorrow and and asking for a med switch.
Has anyone switched from Effexor to something else with success? All I have heard is HORROR stories from w/d. I can go through it if it is going to be worth it in the end.
I have a migraine and terrible stress and anxiety every single day. I'm so sick of living like this and it isn't fair to my family.
Can anyone share their wisdom? My appointment is at 10am tomorrow.
Any words will help,