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Date Joined Aug 2006
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   Posted 8/25/2006 7:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello, Im new  Not new to depression - Ive had that since my teenage years, but new to this forum.  Hi :)
I'm just wondering if anyone else has small side effects while on Meds that seem to eat into their lives?   I was on Effexor - 150 mg per day and my job is now at risk as I'm making lots of little mistakes and errors, despite feeling like Im givng my *all* to my work.  Sometimes, I also use the wrong words for everyday items or stumble trying to find the right word - making me look like a blooming idiot in my work place.  And I have a University Degree (pre-meds).
My doc has taken me off it now, and it's been a heck of a few days - all the buzzing and *shocks* in the brain, strange noises in the ears, and sleepiness - what fun!!!  Now I'm on 50mg of luvox (well, muvox, a cheaper alternative) and can't work out if I'm feeling any better as Im still getting the mental shocks, waves whenever my eyes move and IMMENSE irritability and irrationability (my poor hub and children!!). 
Problem is, I'm also the bread winner in my family - while hub stays home (and from observations this week while I''m on sick leave - sleeps a lot or goes on his comupter and does god knows what with his time).  As it is I don't earn enough to really keep our heads above water so leaving my job for a less detailed one, or losing it altogether out of ongoing incompetence (as I'm in threat of now) is also adding to my stress and concerns.  Watching him get away with doing nothing while Im struggling with all I'm going through doesnt seem fair - ut apparently (in his view) Im just irrational at the moment and this too will pass!!!!
Help.  I'm drowning...... not waving and I have NO ONE to talk to about this..
sorry for this mumbbled rant....

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Date Joined Jul 2006
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   Posted 8/25/2006 7:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Lennii,

Let me be the first person to say: Welcome to HW!

I've had fuzziness from Effexor -- sounds like you were going through something *very* similar to what I was up till about a year ago. It was *so* morale destroying and I really feel for you. Again, made everything hard to do -- and I was in a new job and just thought they must think they made a *big* mistake taking me on. -- I also have a degree and in fact teach in a university. I'd always been on top of things at work, way ahead with my marking (even when depressed), but this med just left me helpless and hopeless. Because I was depressed when I went on it, it took me ages to realise that this was not *me* but the drug -- and I'm betting you've felt similarly. In fact, when I went back to my doc and asked to change meds, it was on the basis that I thought the Effexor wasn't working, not that I thought it was doing me more damage!!! I had some little "shocks" too when I came off it, but they passed pretty quickly. I went on Citalopram (Celexa) and this has really turned things around for me. I hope the muvox does the same for you!! How long have you been on it? There may be early side effects that pass after a couple of weeks -- if not, go back to your doc. I know Celexa makes me feel nauseous (not too badly) and a bit blank at first (usually a blessed relief!), but then that goes and I feel things returning to a more even keel.

Can I ask a personal (an I hope not obnoxious) question? -- Why does your hubby not work? Seems like you could do with a little added income so that you don't feel like the whole pressure is on you -- even if it was something he could do from hope or just a couple of hours a day.

Keep posting Lennii -- we'll be here to help!!

Rosie x
People are not like fish: they do not work better battered.

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