Christophersmom said...I have been on effexor for a while, I am also a nurse. I believe in taking the smallest dosage of any med. Effexor is one of the most difficult anti depressant drugs to come off of. I think they'e all like shoes, a person has to keep trying them on til they find the right fit. I take 37.5 qd, I still experience some stress and anxiety but life isn't stress free and I've found effexor is the best for me, I don't experience any of the neg side effects except for fatigue.
Hi Christophersmom - I wanted to welcome you to healing well forum. We are happy to have you.
I can say from personal experience that their isnt any antidepressant that is easy to come off of and the side effects of each do have different ranges. Zoloft and Luvox were especially terrible for me and took many, many months of lowering dosages and suffering with terrible side effects. So I do believe they all have their pro's and con's. If your able to take a small or minimal dose of any antidepressant and have some positive effects from it that is wonderful, but for most who like myself with Major Depression, Anxiety and Panic disorders the smallest dose isnt going to touch it.
Being a nurse, you may be interest to know that there are several studies coming out proving that women process medications differently then men at a higher and faster rate. Meaning that they would require higher doses of meds, such as pain medications and antidepressants and medical meds. Just thought that was interesting...
No life isnt stress free and no one should rely on medications to cure or take away all of lifes problems or even expect them to relieve all of our symptoms from these disorders. But we should be able to try to get as much relief from those as possible to life the the best most normal life possible.