Porridge n Jaymay............Effexor..........Part 2 .........Continuation

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Howlyncat
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   Posted 2/9/2007 12:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Last thread is getting over the 50 plus so another one is up k
I am hoping you will continue to post and let us know how you are making out Jay and Porridge
and anyone else on this particular med
Take care all
God Bless
Lyn  yeah

Please post the rest of your successes or what you are going thu here

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   Posted 2/10/2007 5:31 AM (GMT -6)   
PLease post in this thread from now on other getting to long
SO glad you are doing so much better
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   Posted 2/11/2007 1:42 AM (GMT -6)   
First day on 150 mgs. I took it at bedtime. Worked just fine. Slept through the night. Significant agitation this afternoon, but I found it not difficult to deal with. Klonopin helped immensely this evening. I try to take just .50 mgs a day. Sometimes a full mg. Never more. Still struggling., but good things happening. After increasing dose gotta begin the countdown to kick in again. Shouldn't be as difficult as in the beginning.

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   Posted 2/11/2007 4:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Good to hear
Please do keep us posted
have you heard from Jaymay?
I am glad things are finally working out
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   Posted 2/13/2007 12:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Today was tough. I increased my dosage on Saturday and today I could tell the difference. However, it's worth the increased anxiety to get to the promised land. However, even my bad days are good. Just a lot of obsessing about the nature of thoughts. Hopefully, Luvox will kick in soon.

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   Posted 2/13/2007 5:01 AM (GMT -6)   
I hope this is going to bring you to where you want and I am sure it will you do sound in a better place already
Please just know we are all here for you and keep us posted
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   Posted 2/13/2007 2:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey i finally found the thread well im glad everyone is good
Things have been great for me i started back at work this week and the anxiety is so low its great!!
Im driving again but thats still something i need to work on.
But so far so good !!!

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   Posted 2/13/2007 8:25 PM (GMT -6)   
CONGRATS to both of you!!!

Karen

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   Posted 2/13/2007 11:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Jaymay

Great news! Good for you! I'm proud to be sharing this thread with you.
I also am doing well. Today was great! I am really beginning to feel the positive effects of Luvox. Still a spike in agitation in the evening hours between 7 and 11 PM Central.

I am able to give up the obsessions, for the most part, during the entire day. When the side effects kick in I do obsess. However, it's under control as I know it's just a spike caused by the med. Klonopin helps a lot too.

All of you out there with OCD. Truly ask your Doc about Luvox. It's only approved in the US for OCD. It's our SSRI of choice. However, Docs rarely prescribe it. Solvay doesn't market it in this country. Why? Bad publicity after the Columbine shootings. Seems one of the perps was taking Luvox. What a silly reason to stop marketing in this country. Anyhow, it's still available in generic (cheap) form. Fluvoxamine.

Jaymay, my Brother and both his daughters take Effexor. They swear by it. Great for GAD.

Thanks for all the support on this thread and board.

David

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   Posted 2/14/2007 4:35 AM (GMT -6)   
I am so pleased for the both of you please do keep us posted as this is an important thread IMO
Lyn
Great for ppl starting and wondering about this med
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   Posted 2/15/2007 5:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Hoping another great day
Pleased for both of you  
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   Posted 2/15/2007 1:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Please tell me that you've all been told of the side effects that will occur when or if you decide to come off of this drug?
I would hate to see anyone else go through what myself and thousands of others are going through trying to get this awful drug out of our systems. I know it's good for the time being, and yes it may work..but please be aware of what you're getting yourself into...it's not a fun downhill slide...that's for sure. I'm on day 5 off of this stuff and it is not fun or easy by any means.

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   Posted 2/15/2007 2:12 PM (GMT -6)   

I dont know which medecine you are reffering to but, eveyone is different and there are many factors that go into how you will feel. Like if you stopped cold turkey or cut your dosage to fast , or even if your on a high or low dose. 

But more than likley people with anxiety catastrosize things because in general we care nervous people but not everyone has withdrawl effects.  Thanks for sharing with us jennibear!

jennibear said...
Please tell me that you've all been told of the side effects that will occur when or if you decide to come off of this drug?
I would hate to see anyone else go through what myself and thousands of others are going through trying to get this awful drug out of our systems. I know it's good for the time being, and yes it may work..but please be aware of what you're getting yourself into...it's not a fun downhill slide...that's for sure. I'm on day 5 off of this stuff and it is not fun or easy by any means.

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   Posted 2/16/2007 5:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Jay ~ I am so pleased at how well you are doing.  I knew it would help you, its just hard that it takes a while to start working properly.
I really am pleased that you are doing well.  Take care and keep in touch.

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   Posted 2/16/2007 6:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Everyone reacts different to meds so please do share your experiences but these 2 have done well and are continuing to do so
Maybe you need another med or this is not in system yet .....support is the key

Keep up the good Jay n Porridge
First thing I look for in the am
Luvs
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   Posted 2/16/2007 9:40 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm in full support of everyone on here who is finding benefits from whatever it is they're taking....I must be mistaken, is this thread not called 'Effexor..Part 2..'...that's the drug I'm talking about. I did notice a few others being mentioned on here. And if I have the wrong place then I'm sorry and don't mean to bring anyone down. But on the otherhand, if this IS the drug you're discussing then there are some things you need to know about what you're putting into your body, and thats why I felt that I should say something on here. Not to upset anyone...quite the opposite. I want to prevent people from going through thousands..literally...are going through when trying to come OFF this drug. IF you plan on being on it your whole life...then you don't really have to listen to this. well, you don't have to listen regardless, but I wish I had before taking that first pill.
Can somebody please tell me if effexor is in fact what you're discussing or is the thread decieving?
thanks.

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   Posted 2/16/2007 5:22 PM (GMT -6)   
No hun it is about Effexor
These ppl have tried other meds ( I am sure ) and no luck since being on this they have come along way IMHO...
I know I might hve sounded harsh but I didnt mean too accept my apologies please
Yes ppl here do talk about pro's and cons of meds yet we are all with A/P we are still different and do react to meds differently
This is just my opinion and of course you are welcome to yours
Hope to see you post again as well as become an active member
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   Posted 2/16/2007 7:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Dear Jaymay and Porridge ~
 
Yes, congrats on getting to where you both are...I am new here (coming back from a year or so ago) and I will have to catch up on a lot of peeps, places and things...but from what I read here of your lives, you are doing much better and that's just AWESOME!  Every once in awhile do you think that you could post what exact meds your taking/trying out so that those of us with no clue will maybe have 1/2 a clue?  LOL  If it's in your signature lines, just ignore me!  I'll check there after I post this.
 
I know for myself, when first starting on AntiAnxiety medication, I went through 3 before finding what worked.  I first tried Prozac (yepper, back in the old days) and after about 5 months or so, I began getting these jittery hands...so off of that abruptly...switched onto Zoloft....same thing...jitters every night...I hated it!  It was absolutely miserable.
 
I think often times our life circumstances have so much to do with our moods, and at the time I felt so anxious/depressed, we were living in a big city and both working 2 jobs, with a new baby aboard as well.  Talk about stress.  So I have to give some credit to life circumstances here as being an implicating factor in how short my temper was, how little patience I had, and how I was able to stay in that rut of being nervous constantly about something/everything.  Make sense?
 
So after Zoloft, I went on Paxil...AHhhhhhhhhhhhhhh...relief.  Finally.  No more yelling, no more crying, no more sweats, jitters, no sleep, everything just settled down.  But then, 6 years later, a few new symptoms...major fatigue, overwhelming depression, loss of libido, and weight gain.  YUCK to all of them.  So talked to my dr and we switched me to the Long Acting or Slow Release form that had just come out at that time.  It worked like a charm. 
 
We have since moved across the country (exactly a year ago) to a place with a much slower pace of life...and for that I am grateful.  I did go on Xanax .25 mg to handle the move/anxiety/depression and it helped greatly.  I am since off of that, but still keep some on hand just in case.  We have a peaceful setting here, for sure, and far more quality family time, it's a wonderful life kinda thing...BUT we have lots more dangers that us city folk were not prepared for (tornados! tarantulas! black widows! scorpions! snakes!) it's the country afterall.  So that's the very reason the xanax are in the cupboard!  And for as long as we live here, they will be there!  I will never give them up, not until mother nature decides to turn the tornados in another direction! LOL
 
Well, that's a little 'bout me, and my status...I hope and pray that somehow I can help be of some peaceful comfort to you guys here on this board.  You all are so precious and just so friendly and caring.  That's something about HW.com that is the best.  If you need anything at all, or just wanna say hey!  you know where I'll be.
 
I do work from home, so I wont be able to be here too often, but will try my best to check in daily on everyone - especially you two Porridge and JayMay!  Again, so very happy to see that things are looking upward for you both!!!  Woohoo! And your thread is an awesome testimony as to the power of this site to offer a foundation of support and encouragement.  You wont find it like it is here, anywhere else on the net.  Sorry, I'm a talker!
 
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   Posted 2/17/2007 2:03 AM (GMT -6)   
Bethie

What a lovely post and introduction.
This is a second thread as the first one was maxed out.
Anyhow, I am attempting to connect with a new SSRI after my Prozac pooped out after 17 years. I tried increasing the dose. Went to 80 mgs. No go. Switched to Lexapro. After three mos. we decided that was not the answer. Now I'm trying Luvox and finding encouraging results. Take .50-1 mg of Klonopin Daily to minimize side effect anxiety. Combo seems to working boffo.

Man the ups and downs of a new SSRI. One day I'm of the belief I've got it licked. The next day totally confused with my OCD obsessions. Totally, irrational thoughts. Having to do with how thoughts create anxiety. I operate a Rubik Cube in my head. How many ways can you find to figure out thoughts create anxiety? That's what my "Pure O" is all about.

Thanks for the kind words
David

Today was full of encouragement.

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   Posted 2/17/2007 5:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Glad you had a great day Hun
I am a severe OCD er too and I am constantly thinking things thru to the max but never tried the rubix cube
Dang no doubt I will now
Keep it up I am so proud and when this one maxes out another will be put up yous have all our support and it is inspirational for many visiting the site as well as those going to take this med
My hat goes off to you both
Lyn

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   Posted 2/18/2007 5:23 AM (GMT -6)   
LOL cannot get that rubix cube outta head unless I try to read then still see colored squares
Hoping all is welll and you's have another GREAT day
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   Posted 2/23/2007 1:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Roller coaster continues. One day I can feel as if I'm in the clear and then anxiety side effects mess it all up. OCD is insidious. Inner "Devil" seems so real. In reality totally false messages being sent out. You can't beat it. You must work around it. Today i was obsessing whether can I believe thoughts create anxiety. I know it does for me but "Do I Believe It?" That is enough to screw up two or three days. Then ask whether anxiety can come out of thin air. Are thoughts the ONLY way you can get it? tongue It's amazing how the mind can trick you. CBY helps, but for "Pure O" it takes meds. Come on Luvox! I feel I'm close.

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   Posted 2/23/2007 7:41 AM (GMT -6)   
I am glad of the sharing I think that helps as well
I believe you are so close as well I would never want to see you any other way but happy and free of "the devil" that is pursuing you
You are right it is gonna be soon I can see it too
Keep posting
Lyn
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   Posted 2/25/2007 12:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Two weeks today on 150 mgs. Even though there is a lot of agitation I'm thinking of upping it to 200 mgs next week. OCD usually demands higher doses than depression or anxiety sufferers. Anyhow, today was a tough one. I am so prone to anxiety when it comes to side effects. I'd gladly trade the anxiety for the nausea, insomnia, xetc. that others get.

You guys are the best.

Thanks Lyn!

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   Posted 2/25/2007 1:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I am just happy to see the improvements in you both and yes the OCD demands alot more in tx ways IMO
I am severe OCD..........I cope with it or barely without ssri's but thats because of all the other meds I am on and I just dont want to at this point add another that time might come for me too I am starting to get to scrubbing skin severly and thats not good with the Pyoderma Gangrenosum
Anyways enough of me
YOU are doing it and I am so proud keep it up this thread or new one when reaches 50 will be there I promise as I feel this GIVES hope to those not yet into tx or worried about this med in particular
THANKS for all of your honest sharing
Luvs
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