Tammy--how's the Effexor comin' along?

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hopeisreal
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   Posted 11/28/2007 4:30 PM (GMT -7)   
I am thinking of starting it on Sunday---when I tell people (who I trust--and they are experiencing anxiety issues as well) that I am going to take Effexor---they give me a 'wide-eyed' look-----and they usually have stories about the 'side effects'----not good for them, I guess!
 
So, that doesn't make me feel so good about it!  I get to take klonopin with it---but, I'm scared........
 
I just wanted to see what you think about it Tammy (or anyone else)----and what dose are you at now.  I will be starting at 37.5 mg for 2 weeks, then go up to 75 mg......I refuse to go above 75 mg---and if it isn't working by the time I get to 75 mg----then, oh well! 
 
Hope it's going well for you Tammy!  I need all of the encouragement I can get at this point............ :-)
 
Laurel

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   Posted 11/29/2007 6:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey there Laurel...and thanks for asking!!! I was actually just going to say a little something about my progress today, and you are a step ahead of me!!!

I am doing great on 75 mg of Effexor XR, along with .5 mg of Klonopin, which I take the Klonopin 2 times daily. Don't be scared of Klonopin, I find it to be wonderful!

I am a bit more tired than usual still, which I told my pdoc about, and she said it will begin to pass, and I should be fine.

Other than that, I am ME again! I took a one hour car drive to visit my grandparents grave...which I couldn't even have done last month. So, that is great, adn I truly give the credit to the Effexor and Klonopin combo!

I have no other bad side effects...Other than the tiredness. The first few days, I had a bit of and upset stomach, but that quickly passed.

I look forward to you starting it, and I feel you too, will do well. I look forward to hearing about your jouney!

If you have any other questions or thoughts about this, let me know! I am always willing to share.

Wishing you the best sweetie!
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hopeisreal
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   Posted 11/29/2007 7:41 AM (GMT -7)   
thanks Tammy. I keep trying to tell myself that it will work for me---kind of have a 'positive outlook' before I take it--I keep thinking if I think "negative thoughts" beforehand, then it will be a bad experience....... "mind over matter"---LOL!

If it is a bad experience anyway--then, I will give it a couple of weeks---and take Klonopin----and go from there!

I am glad it's going so well for you!!!! I am sure I will be posting after I start taking it---so, look for the many ?????s I will have!

Laurel

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   Posted 11/29/2007 8:46 AM (GMT -7)   

Laurel,

Good Luck and I hope you have found the right medication. :) Keep us posted.

Gentle Hugs

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   Posted 11/29/2007 11:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Laurel.

No problems...feel free to ask away...I look forward to your updates, and questions!!


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   Posted 11/29/2007 8:23 PM (GMT -7)   
how much does it cost, and is it better than lexapro, i am paying almost 100$ a month on lexapro, is effexor have any bad effects. just wondering


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TammyGrl0528
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   Posted 11/29/2007 9:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Machelle...

I am not sure how much it costs...I was also paying almost a hundred a month for Lexapro. I am now working through my county getting help with meds, and for 3 months, I am not paying for anything...so I am not sure the cost of Effexor.

Effexor, like any med will have its side effects, but they vary from person to person. I was scared of Effexor, but now that I am on it, I feel a lot better, and for me, at least, it is better than the Lexapro.

You can call your pharmasist, and ask how much a supply of Effexor XR would be, just to get a ball park figure.

It would also be a good idea to chat with your doctor, and see if he or she thinks it is good for your condition.

I have GAD, panic attacks, OCD, and mild depression. The Effexor XR and Klonopin combo work great on everything except the OCD, which is minor to me, so I am not even bothered by that.

Let me know what you find out about prices and stuff.

Best of luck to you!
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   Posted 11/30/2007 8:10 AM (GMT -7)   
I am keeping you in my thoughts and prayers hun

Stay positive

You are doing this the right way IMHO

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