Efexor Yes or No

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   Posted 6/27/2008 9:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone!
Im new to this forum (new to forums full stop) but I need some advice about Efexor XR. I have just been perscribed it for depression and GAD and my gut is telling me not to take it, helped along by the horror stories I've heard about side effects and withdrawl symptoms. Can anyone offer any advice or let me know how they got on with it either positively or negatively. your help would be most appreciated.

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   Posted 6/27/2008 1:09 PM (GMT -6)   


Welcome to HealingWell and we are glad you found us.  I am sorry but only you can decided whether or not to take a med and please if you are unsure revisit you physician with your list of pros and cons.  Your physician is the one prescribing the med so ask the questions and then make an informed consent.

We are more then happy to support you and your decision.  However we are not professionals therefore we cannot tell you what to do as far as meds.



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   Posted 6/28/2008 4:31 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi there,

Kitt is right, we are not professionals and therefore cannot tell you whether you should / shouldnt take meds. I can tell you that it doesnt matter which med you talk about (Whether its Effexor, Zoloft, Wellbutrin etc...) there will be people that hate it and people that love it. Its because different meds suit different people. If you have any concerns, you need to talk to your doctor or pharmacist who can give you sound medical advise.


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   Posted 6/28/2008 6:50 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Tad, 

Kitt & Darren are right in the effect that we cant tell you to take the Effexor nor lead you in any way.  However, I feel like your just looking for someone who has had some experiance taking this medication and there is no harm in asking this what so ever.

I have had depression for a long time and have taken many antidepressants over the years.  They all have side effects and they all work differently if each one of us due to our own body chemicals.  I have been on Effexor XR for almost 3 years now and I take 300mg a day.  I know that is a lot but I am on a higher dosage for a duel purpose of it helping raise my blood pressue as I have a medical problem that makes it low.

When my psychiatrist said we were switching to Effexor I was terrified, I worked in mental health and know about these medications, I didnt want to take it either.  But I was amazed at how it well it worked for me.  For so many years I had been on Zoloft, or Luvox and just felt flat like I had no emotions and with Effexor I dont feel like that.  I can laugh, cry, get angry if I feel like it.

Dont get me wrong here my mental health is not all contributed to taking a pill and being all better though.  I also have had to work at it by changing my diet and adding in exercise which for me I found is my huge stress reliever and my time to my self.  I still do have some days when I am a little down but I wouldnt describe them as depressed but for the most part I am good and it has worked really well for me.

What I would suggest to you is if your having hesitation in filling your prescripiton then perhaps you should talk to your doctor on why he believes that Effexor is going to be a good medication for you.  Maybe this will relieve some of your anxiety on taking it.  Sometimes when you first start out on a new medication and most especially an antid' you may feel a little odd but those symptoms do clear up and go away as the medication starts to reach its thearputic effect in your body.  The most important thing is keep the communication pathway open with your doctor on how your feeling and try to stay as positive as you can while taking it as you are doing what is best for your mental health in the long run.  It is difficult in the first as most things in life are but, it will get better....Hang in there.

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   Posted 6/28/2008 8:38 AM (GMT -6)   
I have tryed Effexor xl for depression, and for chronic pain, as it did help me quite a bit, i di not like the sides effects, i dontneed my bloodpressure raised, as it does raise your bp. And it put alot of weight on me, i didnt like that either.  But as far as depression and chronic pain it did do its job.
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