I took Effexor XR 150 mg for about 5 years. It was working great for me, I became pregnant in July of 2006 and had to decrease to 75 mg throughout my pregnancy. Which also worked wonderfully - I think because of my hormones as well because of the pregnancy.
After I had the baby in April, I was fine for about a month. Then the post-partum set in. Went back to 150 mg and still felt yucky. They wanted to increase the Effexor up to 225mg...I wasn't up for that. I switched from the Effexor to the Cymbalta about a month month and a half ago - I am currently on 60 mg of the Cymbalta and it seemed to be working, but I have had some HUGE stressors in my life these past 2 1/2 weeks, which may be why I am feeling more crappy than usual. I go to my Dr. on Tuesday to see what we are going to do, but for the most part, I am no worse off. I hope that helps a little. Also, everyone is different with their medications...what dosage of Effexor XR are you currently on?
If there is anything else I can help you with, please ask, and if I can, I will be more than willing to answer!!
I am glad you are doing well on it!!! Stay with it!
I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much.
Dx: Anxiety, Depression
RX: Cymbalta 60 mg, Xanax .5 mg