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   Posted 10/20/2009 2:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi all, I was wondering if anyone takes Effoxor (I think that's how it's spelled), and can tell me how it works for them.  Currently I take 200 mg of Amitriptyline, and 4 norcons a day.  Dr. said it will help with depression but I just hate to go on another med. but the depression is getting pretty bad to.  Thanks for any input.

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   Posted 10/20/2009 7:05 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm sorry your having so much depression Patsy. You take 200 mg of amitriptyline a day??? I think I have tried effexor but I can't remember I've been on so many ADs. I take 40mg of celexa with 100mg of amitriptyline and it keeps me from drowning in depression, I still have to work at staying up some days. The frustration of dealing with fibro everyday for those of us with depression problems is hard even with meds. My doc tried to get me to try cymbalta but I couldn't bring myself to do it.
Good luck!!!
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   Posted 10/20/2009 7:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Maralee, to be honest I actually take almost 300mlg. a night of Amitriptyline.  I lost my job about 6 months ago and thought that I finally had everything I've ever wanted.  Being able to stay home now, even thou my kids are late in there teens and don't need me as much as they did when they were small.  My husband has a good job and likes having me at home.  I love to sew and do crafts but lately it takes so much just to get off the couch and that is just not me.  One would think that now that I have everything I've ever wanted, I should be on top of the world, but instead I feel worse then I ever had.  I'm sure my pain level has a lot to do with it.  Well I'll start the new med tonight and hope for the best.  Sorry for the whining:(

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   Posted 10/20/2009 8:06 AM (GMT -7)   
I took effexor for a long time.. I was more even tempered, and didn't have the bad bouts of depression.. helped with the fibro as well when i went off it i was on 300mg a day. I felt wonderful until i had a bad flareup and had to be switched off it..

I found it didn't upset my stomach as much as the amitryptilene. if i don't take it with food. and if i didn't take the effexor at the same time every night for whatever reason i wasn't as groggy in the morning...

I hope you have success with it..
Diagnosed - fibromyalgia 2001
Meds amitryptilene 30mg/day
Lyrica 75mg/day

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