Took all of your advise. Today Doc Prescribed Trazodone?

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   Posted 1/24/2007 7:59 PM (GMT -6)   
As I have said I have never been depressed (like this) so I know nothing other than you are some very tough people.  I though I was and I have been through some stuff in the Army (Vietnam Era) that I'll never tell but it ain't S--- compared to Depression.  Hell give me a M16 Rifle any day of the week.  I'll go one better I would go into a war zone with a rolled up Sunday News paper rather than screw with this depression.
Anyhow what is this stuff (I went to the ER - VA Hospital and they just told me it would help me sleep) and does this take awhile to get to therapeutic levels for depression.  I ask for Effexor XR (read all the good post here on it) but obviously I did not ask quite loud enough.  I go to the Mental Health Division in two days so I'll see if I can get it changed if thats possible.
Thanks for all your help.

Post Edited (Rock50) : 1/24/2007 7:15:50 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 1/25/2007 7:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Rock
I found this link about your med

Good Luck!
Chronic Depression, Panic Attacks,Anxiety Attacks,Anorexia

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   Posted 1/25/2007 11:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Eric,  I like your say things just like they are tongue .   ShynSassy has posted to you a good link on Trazodone to finding some information.  Trazodone is an old antidepressant and some doctors do prescribe it for sleeping problems as it absorbs within 0.5 to 2 hours after ingestion and the biggest side effect with the medication is drowsiness. 

It does take several weeks for any antidepressant to reach what is called its therapeutic level in your body.  This can take anywhere up to 4-6 weeks depending upon the medication even though you may feel some benefits right from the start.

I am glad that you feel that Effexor Xr may be a good choice for you.  I have done very well on it and I have taken several antidepressants over the last 16 years.  One thing you may want to consider though in dealing with the VA, Effexor Xr doesn’t come in a generic form just yet so perhaps this may be part of the problem...I know they like to go the cheapest route as possible.

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