I have taken Effexor XR for over 5 years. It was the wonder drug when I first started taking it. Over the years, I have slowly moved up the dosage chart, and find that I am now maxed out at 300 mg a day. I can still tell that it helps, but can't help but wonder what is going to happen when I need to be able to increase my dosage. The only downfall to it is that if you miss a dose or don't take it for a few days (because you lost your bottle....lol) it has some pretty freaky side effects. The main one that really bothers me is the "electric shocks" that I start having. By electric shocks, the best way I can describe them is the feeling you get when you stick your tounge to a 9 volt battery. I get that feeling all over my body. The one thing that my doc told me when I started taking it was that it was a great med (and it is) but that once I started taking it, to be prepared to take it forever, because it is SO hard to get back off of. I was given it for anxiety issues at the time, and discovered that it worked miracles. It is very expensive tho, so hopefully your insurance will be able to cover it!
4 bulging discs in my neck, 3 in my lower back, severe neuropathy, fibromyalgia, cfs, degenerative bone disease, HORRIBLE memory problems, anxiety, and depression, and muscle cramps that don't stop.
Meds: Oxycontin 60mg 2x day, effexor xr 300mg 1xday, robaxian 3xday, Valium 10mg 3xday, Lortab 10mg 4xday, Phenergan PRN