Interestingly enough, I was on Lexapro before taking Effexor. Lexapro helped take the edge off my depression and anxiety but after several months I began to slip back into a deep depression w/horrible anxiety. My doctor decided to give me the effexor to try - saying it had more of an "uplifting" effect - something I needed. I'm still on it and it really seems to be working for me. Whew! Before Lexapro I was first prescribed Zoloft, like you, it did not work at all for me - just made me sleep.
I read in your other post that you were a little concerned w/your blood pressure with taking the effexor, I've not experienced any problems in this area. But, I would most assurredly keep check on that w/your doctor. Like everyone has said before, nobody reacts the same on these meds.
Best of luck to you on your new job and selecting the correct antidepressant!
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