Welcome to Healing Well. I am Kitt.
Here is my humble opinion. If Effexor frightens you perhaps you could ask for Cymbalta. There are many people on many different meds. I would love to try Effexor as I hear good things about it but the withdrawal scares me. I have been on antidepressants for 24 years. So I have gone through a few. Everyone of course has different reactions to the meds and combos.
The longest acting benzo is Valium and it holds it's blood levels steadier than Klonopin. Klonopin is a good drug but you should be taking it on a regular schedule not just when your in a panic attack. It also should be taken at the same times everyday. Again I am not a professional, these are just my personal opinions.
Therapy, CBT, can work wonders but takes hard work. Please do get started on it asap.
Meanwhile I am sure you will get answers from other members with good advice and support.
Hoping the best for you.
Reference: 7th Edition The Pocket PDR
Post Edited (stkitt) : 8/1/2007 8:23:02 AM (GMT-6)
Well I started the effexor yesterday. It's ok so far. I’m a bit lightheaded and nauseas but everyone says that will pass in a few days. I haven’t noticed any major side effects. I did get a few hot flashes where I sweated a little bit heavy for a couple minutes. But I’m use to putting up with sweating, I sweat in an AC room, even if I don’t feel hot.
I felt really good yesterday, I think the relief of making a decision and the Xanax I took in the morning helped. My anxiety is coming in spurts today, but much more manageable than before. I can see myself looking for greener pastures from my current job soon (which was the biggest source of the panic/anxiety). But not until I feel like the effexor is working to control the panic attacks.
My MD wanted me to go from 75Mg to 150 after a week at 75. I am more inclined to stay at the 75 and see if the pa's stop, and up it later, if it doesn’t seem to work at 75. I see him in a few weeks and will bring up seeing a specialist. I know he believes that drug therapy works. He didn’t want me to go off the lexapro because it worked. But I just didn’t want the side effects. I guess my mistake was stopping it w/o getting some therapy first. I know I want be able to deal with the anxiety on my own.
Thanks for the thoughts... If anyone has more opinions on Effexor let me know, I'd like to keep myself more informed this time!
I am glad to hear you are doing better and that you made your choice.
Keep posting and stay with us.
Hoping the best for you
Hi, this is Kitt. I am sure Lyn will be along. I also take Cymbalta for Depression and Anxiety. I have been on it about 6 months and I take a very large dose.............120mg divided twice per day. I think it works well most of the time but I do have break through episodes of depression. My anxiety flairs with situations that trigger it as does my depression.
Overall I would say it is a good drug.
Hope this helps you some.
Stay with us and keep posting. This is a great forum. :)
No problem, I am usually here everyday and try to catch everyone.
I know Lyn is busy getting ready to move or she would be here. :)