Effexor XR-Question

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   Posted 10/9/2005 8:36 AM (GMT -6)   
  To all of my friends here at HW.       Tho i'm BP2- i often post here on depression (I'm depressed more than hypomanic--& "major depression")---I have a question about Effexor XR.       I've been on a very low dose 37.5 mg for about 2 months now & it has helped me a bit (i also take 50 mg of Seroquel at nite)- but here is my question.
  My dear wife says I read to many "horror stories" on the computer by people who ---as she put it---probably had bad experiences---saying there are probably millions who have "good experiences".  (She's probably right here---but, aside from my present illness-I've always been hypochondriac!)
     OK-- here goes---I'd like to hear some experiences of people here who have been on Effexor XR (or just plain Effexor)--for an extended period of time (a year or more)---& who got off it without any terrible side effects. (Or people who are on it presently for a lengthy time.---please, i'd feel much better if i heard from some of you about this----dosage---length of treatment, etc)-----My wife & my pdoc...& pharmacist (a really nice guy, works  at hospital where my wife works--)---all say---"take the med--let it do its work & help you."                  
   Looking forward---to some reassuring words(that's what we're here for, right????     I always like when i can help others----it feels nice---hope you can do the same for me)----Blessings---Robert    

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   Posted 10/9/2005 5:03 PM (GMT -6)   
hey Robert -
thanx for the advice on my post! As for Effexor - I haven't heard any of those bad stories your wife was talking about. I didn't think it was heavy duty, I thought it was more like Zoloft and Paxil. I've heard so much crap about Paxil but when I was on it the worst side effect for me was sleeping too much. Hope someone can help you! Thanks again for your advice!

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   Posted 10/15/2005 7:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Robert
I have been on Effexor w/ no side effects for years. If I didn't go around in a state of brain fog, and if I had the energy to keep a medical journal, I could tell you exactly how long. I'd say at least 5 years.

I have had CFS for about 25 years. All the various antedepressants I've tried have worked. That is, they have helped lessen the depression, but have not cured me. The only one that caused side effects was Prozac which put my sex drive in park.

One of my drs. told me that finding he right antedepressant for the patient was largely trial and error.

Got a new dr. Y-day. I told him I take one or two 75 mg. pills a day. He said you should maintain a steady does. He wants to see the blood tests and then review the matter.

Don't know anybody else who's taking Effexor. Good luck.

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   Posted 10/15/2005 8:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Rock & thanks for your reply.   Again, I'm BP-2- so my dose of any anti-Dep can't be too high or  I get hypomanic   &
I'm worse off.   Anyway, I take 37.5 mg of Effexor XR a day and 100 mg of Seroquel at nite.    
  It's good to hear someone taking Effexor for awhile with no horror stories.  Thanks so much.  Any others out there on Effexor (or Effexor XR) a few yrs?   Thanks to all- your input & support is very helpful.  I hope I can help others in the same way.

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   Posted 10/20/2005 12:41 PM (GMT -6)   

I've been on Effexor for about 5 years. 75mg daily. No side effects that I can think of. I was on 150mg daily and went down to 75 with no change to my mental state. I still have bouts of depression from time to time which last from 1 to 3 months. I can still function though.

I have recently started taking Wellbutrin (150mg)along with the effexor and it seems to be making me more enthusiastic about life and I seem to have much more energy.

Hope this helps tongue

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   Posted 10/20/2005 2:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I have only been on it for 6 months but have found it helps me cope with life much better than when I was on Paxil. Good luck and hope you find the answers you are looking for.
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   Posted 10/21/2005 10:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi there -- I was on Effexor XR for a couple of years & went off of it stone cold without any problems whatsoever -- it wasn't working too well anymore, so my doc switched me to Lexapro at that point. I had no side effects or adverse reactions whatsoever when I quit taking the Effexor. Not that I could say the same would be the case of everyone stopping a medication; I know it is recommended any med that you've been taking for any length of time you should wean down, but I'm not the most compliant person with advice like that! :) Good luck and hope this helps a little.

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   Posted 10/21/2005 12:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Crista---this helped quite a bit.   We hear so many "horror" stories.    Thanks again---Robert
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