I've been taking Effexor and Lamictal for about 3 years. When I started I was fit, with a resting pulse below 60, low cholesterol and low BP. My diet and activity level has stayed the same, but over those 3 years my cholesterol has risen 40 pts, my BP has gone from 90/60 to 120/80, and my resting pulse rate has increased to 80-90 bpm. I know Effexor can cause these effects and I talked to my pdoc about it. He doesn't seem concerned, but I am.
I've been on a lot of meds before settling on the Effexor/Lamicatal combo. Finally I feel completely normal again. My Dr. wants me to stay on this combo for life, but I am afraid of the physical complications and am considering trying life on Lamictal alone.
Has anyone else out there experienced these kinds of effects from Effexor? What did you do about it? Has anyone else had to choose between their physical and mental health?
Els, I noticed that you also moderate a cardiac forum. Do you have any input on this issue? Thanks!