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Date Joined Jun 2007
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   Posted 12/14/2007 1:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello all.

Just wanted to drop in, I havent posted for ages as I was dealing with some acute anxiety. Well finally was able to talk to my doc and 7 weeks ago he put me on Effexor. So far its been great. Small dose 37.5mg, but I have responded very well to it and its really taken the edge off. Also I knoe some people have had issues with side effects, all I had was some sleepiness and headaches for the first couple of weeks, but nothing now. I am so happy I fell so much better. So despite the bad press Effexor gets, its worth a try and it worked for me.

Thanks All


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   Posted 12/14/2007 6:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi dredz
Glad to hear your doing well on Effexor.  I don't know that Effexor gets any more bad press than any other med.  I believe it gets lots of good press as I have read posts where members say it was a life saver for them.
Sometimes it take many tries and a combination of meds before you come up with the appropriate drug that works for each person.
Thank you for sharing.
Have a magical holiday season.
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Date Joined Dec 2007
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   Posted 12/15/2007 12:41 AM (GMT -6)   
I think for every person it works differently. I started to have panic attacks at night (didn't have them for 4-5 years already) and this is first time when I started taking meds on daily basis. Dr prescribed me Effexor in same smallest dose as you. At first it seamed to be working, my panic attacks stopped, but then I started having weird side effects, I had horrible realistic nightmares, then my sex drive went down to "0" . After 2 month I started to have my panic attacks again - because of nightmares, but Dr. told me to continue and I should feel "better and better" as he said. But nothing better came up, I started to shutting down the dose, open capsule per half, then per quarter. Now I'm on terrible wirthdrawal, my head is swinging , weird feeling, nausea.. and these nightmares, don't know when they be gone - actually that's the reason why I'm here - suggestion for calm sleep. What can I say, I had horrible experience with Effexor and when I typed in Google "taking off Effexor" I've read so many posters about that I just hope that it will work well for you. But if you will start feel weird or have these dreams - just a notice, they are not going away. Also, I know one person, whos wife on Effexor for 10 years already and I'm thinking, why is that? Why there is no treatment? It seams like this is very expensive "supplement" since you have to take for years and years. I hope you will feel better and will get off any meds. Good luck.

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   Posted 12/15/2007 7:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes ppl react different to meds at times

PLEASE everyone speak with your doc prior to going off of meds and we should not tell ppl to stop their meds ..that is not our positions here it is support and caring we have so much to offer all

I have seen grerat results with this med and then also ppl having to be weaned off thru their Doctor ....and put on another med

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Date Joined Jun 2007
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   Posted 12/15/2007 2:59 PM (GMT -6)   

Thank you all for the input. I appreciate it very much. I know that different meds affect people in various ways, and I am just glad that I got lucky on my first try ;>) I did read a lot of negative things about Effexor initially, and I am sure that other meds also have bad press, but as I am on Effexor, thats the one I focused on.

I hope everyone has an awesome Christmas, Kwanzza , Channukah or whatever celebration fits for this time of year.


Take Care all and thanks again for the input


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Date Joined Dec 2007
Total Posts : 6
   Posted 12/15/2007 6:07 PM (GMT -6)   
                ............zoloft  works well for me..
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