Does anyone know anything about the medicine Effexor???

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pr glo
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   Posted 10/20/2008 3:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I was just given Effexor Medicine for depression can anyone tell me anything about this medicine? and what effects if any any one has had. I also have Psoratic Arthritis, Gastritis Swollen Stomach and will have my Gall bladder removed in December 2008 and I am also taking care of my aunt who has Advanced Alzheimers and I have a Husband 3 kids and a full time job.because of all this stress that I have been dealing with my PCP Dr says I am depressed and should take this med to help some. Thanks PR Glo  

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   Posted 10/20/2008 3:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Pr glo,

Welcome to the depression forum.

I have been taking effexor for many years. When I started taking it, I thought I was better so I went off of it. Well, I found out the the reason that I was better was because I was taking the medication. Also the withdrawal symptoms are rough. You have to taper off of it really slow. But it is a very good antidepressant.

I take 375mg each day. It is the highest dose that you can take and the psychiatrist says that I have to take it the rest of my life. Where your depression might get better with less stress.

You sure do have a ton on your plate. Taking care of a family is a job in itself. You also are working full time and taking care of your aunt. That is a lot. But I am glad that the doctor is not telling you to rid yourself of some stress. With all that you have going on, along with your health, I think that the doctor made a good choice with the effexor. It doesn't make you drowsy or anything like that, so it should be good for you. It isn't suppose to cause weight gain either. That is what they say anyway.

I wish you luck with the effexor. Keep posting and let us know how things are going.

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   Posted 10/20/2008 3:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Effexor should help you retain more of the serotonin that your brain needs and also give you a bit more energy to get things done. The better serotonin levels mean you will probably sleep better, have less mood swings and generally feel more in tune with your family's needs. It's a good med and has helped many. Good luck with this.
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   Posted 10/20/2008 3:46 PM (GMT -6)   

Hello and great advice you have received.  You certainly do have a lot of stuff going on in your world.

Do you see a therapist also?  I feel you would benefit with someone just for you.

Bless you,


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   Posted 10/20/2008 5:04 PM (GMT -6)   

Hello and welcome. I am also new to the forum but maybe can offer a little input regarding Effexor.

I took Effexor several years ago when I was first diagnosed with clinical depression. I was really bad and checked into the hospital. I had fought depression for over a year without medication because my family and church thought that I should be able to handle it and pray about it and it would go away.

Anyway, I was really in a bad way when I got to the hospital. Effexor is what they gave me to begin my treatment. I think I took 25 mg. I began to feel better within 24 hours. It really changed my life for the better. Now...with all that said, I took it for about a year and asked to be changed to something else because the Effexor had side effects. It kept me from being suicidal but it didn't let me "feel" emotions much at all. I believe that a mentally healthy person should be able to cry and laugh. It also caused sexual side effects and made me gain weight (I see that someone else didn't gain weight so I think they each affect us differently. My doctor had told me that a 25 lb weight gain wasn't so bad--that some people gain as much as 50 lbs. on anti-depressants.) So, needless to say, that was enough to make me depressed (humor!!).

All that to say that it is a good medication that did pull me back to the functioning world but it wasn't the best thing for me after a while. I now take Wellbutrin. No additional weight gain and, until recently, I have been fine.

Hope this helps!



pr glo
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   Posted 10/21/2008 2:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been OK on The Efexxor the only thing is that the meds are affecting me meaning I have nauseau all day, Diarrhea, and I feel full I'm eating lessthan 1/2 of what I used to eat but I actually have more patience and less mood swings and feel a bit more energy. I will keep you guys Posted Thanks Soooo much for the response and information. No I am not seeing a therapist that is something I might look into. PR Glo  
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