I would like to just give you my story with effexor.
I have been fighting depression for almost 18 yrs. (this makes me sound old doesn't it?)
I have been on every drug and even ECT to help me get out of these major depression episodes.
I was depressed more the first two years, than I wasn't. It was a nightmare for me. We had very young kids at the time too.
I eventually was sent to Mayo Clinic to see if they could help me. I thought maybe it was something more physical than mental.
It has been 13 yrs ago Oct 31 that I have been on effexor. It saved my life !!
At that time, effexor was just put out on the market. I remember the DR telling me that they have seen people feel better in a week. I told him not to lie to me about that, and he told me that he wasn't and they have seen promise with this medication. By the time I went back home, 6 days later, I was back to "myself" again. At that time they didn't have time release, so it did make me tired. Now I am on the time released medication.
I have been worried also about the side effects (weight gain for me) and getting off of the drugI too have read all of the terrible effects of coming off. I did ask my pdoc about it. He said that they do it very slowly.
I asked my PDoc about it, and he told me with my hx that I am will problably be on it for life.
I have even asked recently about getting off the meds, and my Dr strongly suggest I don't.
I went thru all the panic about what this is doing to my body ect.., but my husband told me that he is so glad to see me being "my self"again, and don't worry about it at this time.
"Don't waste good panic" that is a quote from someone I know...
Just relax, get some help for yourself with the drinking and depression. Live for now, and feeling better. Isn't all worth it ? For me it is....I HATE feeling so depressed....Life was just so difficult then.
Feel better my friend