Effexor and liver damage

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If you look back at the history of benzodiazipines <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> the damage they caused (<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> still do)it seems to me to be wise to be cautious with all theses drugs. Put the name Peter R Breggin into your search engine and take a look at the current class actions being taken out with regard to varioss ADs. No i dont think you are being paranoid. The careless prescibing of drugs has done untold damage and we cannot trust major drug companys to always show the kind of responsability we might expect.
I will take the withdrawl when that time comes <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> pay the piper. Many people complain about <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>effexor</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> it's withdrawl, but you never hear them talk about the 4 years of normalcy that it provided them. Everything worth anything comes with a cost.
I just wrapped up 41 weeks of treatment (VX prove 1 participant) and I was on lexapro (which didn't work) and then <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>effexor</span>. I didn't think the <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>effexor</span> worked really either, it certainly wasn't all rainbows <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> chirping birds anyway. But as I tried to withdraw from the effexor I dropped down from 2 pills a day to 1 pill a day for 10 days, and then 1 pill a day for 10 days, and then 1 pill every other day for 7 days, and then 1 pill every 3 days for 7 days, and then finally 1 pill every 4 days.
Maybe you really need just an adjustment in the <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>effexor</span> up or down ? I've tried Paxil, Zoloft, <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> Prozac, <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> I know <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>effexor</span> is tough to start, and tough to stop, but maybe you need it. My daughter had problems cutting back on zoloft when she was pregnant, but she was able to take a lower dose all the way to the last two weeks, and both her and baby are fine. I hope you feel better, if you need to talk, I'm here to listen.
and 550 mg is a very high dose for seroquel ask your doctor if there are any other medications you can be put on that wouldn't hurt your <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>liver</span> as bad. I know that lithium bypasses the <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>liver</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> goes right to the kidney.. I hope I helped.
He didn't want me on 40mg of lexapro for the concern of my <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>liver</span> but he prescribes <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>effexor</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> xanax. Don't he know that I could get liver damage with over the counter med. I have been on effexor for two days now I can't sleep. I'm up at 330am est trying to figure out what is going on. I want to get back on my lexapro because for six years on 40mg I was happy go lucky.
Hi, I have been on <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>effexor</span> xr for 3 years <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> I have gained about 40-50pounds, most when my dose was increased to 225, now I am on 75mg b/c I'm getting ready to wean off the medicine in a couple of weeks,and I haven't lost anything yet. My eating habits have not changed and I exercise. I have always been underweight and I could eat whatever I wanted...I'm only 26 years old...I know my metabolism has changed some, but not enough to pack on 40 pounds.
and when I wanted to get off of it I had the worst withdrawals from it. I have a friend who also got major <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>liver</span> damage from it.
i have thought of suicide all the time; for 12 years or so.....I also have major <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>liver</span> damage <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> as of a few years now serious MIGRAINES that are unexplained....... I say we all need to use this internet to find out for ourselves about these crazy drugs THEY want to give us. wether it is ZOCOR or Lexapro. etc.., and for this person above ..JOSS26....... you are going to be in worse shape in a decade if you don't take control of YOUR OWN LIFE NOW..
I had been having extreme pain that started in my stomach and seemed to travel up into my rib cage area the pain was extreme <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> I would find it difficult to breath <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> often experience tingling <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> loss of feelin in my hands and feet. This pain occurred rarely but has continued since the birth of my daughter in 1999. I went in to the doctor when after one of these episodes I did not feel well for several days. I had been taking new vitamins recommended by a pharamacist for fatigue.
I have been on <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>effexor</span> xr for 4 1/2 wks. It has done nothing for my anxiety <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> actually feel worse now agoraphobic. They had me up to 150mg which made me feel unreal and out of it so they put me back down to 75mg. I know its not right for me the side effects are too bad. My question is how to get off I am so scared of the withdrawl symtoms. I have had every s/e on it including confusion muscle tension dizziness insomnia agitation to name a few so will the withdrawl symtoms be worse.
my viral load was undetected 8 months post treatment, <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> my <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>liver</span> test have been normal 18 months post treatment. My <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>liver</span> biopsy was Stage 2, Grade 2, with signs of beginning stage 3. I was genotype 3a. Now my question, I have been taking Trazodone an anti-depressant. It has been working well, I have more energy and a desire to do things, it helps me stay active. The problem is that there is a warning on about possible liver damage, and to use caution if you have liver disease.
You also don't indicate whether you tapered off the <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>effexor</span>, or were just switched to Zoloft. <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>effexor</span> is known for being very difficult to quit, <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> so it is best to slowly taper off it. Switching to Zoloft, a medication in a different class, won't necessarily do anything about effexor withdrawal. As for long term damage, that's a sore spot for medical professionals, because yes, it can happen, but usually only when mistakes are made by the doctor, and it's not very common.
i have been on 225 of <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>effexor</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> it has helped me alot but the weight gain has been horrible. i crave carbs <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> feel hungry alot. but i tried goin off the effexor and had bad bad withdrawls. i took my time too. any ideas?
//cholesterol.emedtv.com/zocor/zocor-<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span>-<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>liver</span>-problems.html _________________________________________________________ It may be the combination of meds...(Zocor&Suboxone)...I couldn't find any info on effexor xr and elevated liver enzymes. Hope you get it figured out.
I do want to reiterate that around here the gi docs do recommend a daily reimen of milk thistle which is a prevents <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> treats <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>liver</span> damage...I recommend all patients with hepatitis, hx of drinking, current drinking or exposure to toxic chemicals...if you want further info john has theresearch data...my hep c patients are all on it, often have been since diagnosis..
I am the only person who has gone from 300mg/day of <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>effexor</span> xr, to NOTHING. Everything that was described by other posters is accurate <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> im sure it depends on the dose and frequency and individual to see how bad the symptons will be. I tapered down from 300 to 150mg a day using 37.5 mg pills. Then in 1 week I went from 112.5 down to 0 mg a day. This drug is evil, every doctor should experience the withdrawal of this drug prior to prescribing it. I am a huge tattooed, gun toting BOSS.
My doctor assured me that <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>effexor</span> was non-addictive, <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> posed no suicide risk. Now I am reading that <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>effexor</span> has been linked to addiction and suicide! I think the limit is small claims court in my state is $3500. At least I could go thru a supervised withdrawal. I would be afraid to go cold turkey. I hear you can get angry and suicidal. Also, I now have a costly drug habit of $5 a day, and I only get $610 a month social security.
Even things like antidepressants can (in some people) cause <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>liver</span> related side effects - i/e increased enzyme readings due to cell damage. Both the <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>liver</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> spleen are in concert with many problems and they can both swell. Next would be to have a series of ANA (Anti-nuclear antibodies) run, and have ferritin/TIBC checked as well as ceruloplasmin - Those detect/rule out things like PBC PSC Wilson's and Hemachromatosis - All of which are able to cause a type of (non viral) Hepatitis.
Here is some information on Ativan <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> other benzodiazepines. Also SSRI antidepressant. They are all excreted through the <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>liver</span>, <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> all have a warning for people with liver diseases. You need a good Dr. to work with you on which anti Depressant to use also which Type of drug to use for anxiety. For anxiety Xanax and Clonopin are the preferred Anti Anxiety drugs, as for the A.D.'s I had a hepatoxic reaction to Lexapro and Zoloft, so you want to be-careful there.
anyway, just want to post this on some medical sites, <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> I know some of you are suffering, or know someone who is suffering from <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>liver</span> cancer, etc...anyway, I know some people who are...just was watching Extra (yeah, I'm busted, lol) and I saw this piece about this Dr. Julien at Cedar's Sinai in Los Angeles who has a revolutionary new treatment for these cancers, as long as the tumors are relatively small. The treatment takes about 12 minutes and the recovery time is about an hour...
I suffered serious depression the first and second time, first was plain old inteferon which I stopped mid course, second time was on Pegaysus <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> lost it, GI put me on <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>effexor</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> I did ok after that. Now I have relapsed <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> asked to go back on it before I started infergen. I had also read or hear that Welbutrin was not a good thing for the liver? Has anyone heard about a study concerning weight based treatment? I heard a brief thing on tv that it is better for relapsers?
tried wellbutrin felt ok for first 2 weeks then definitely felt it messing up my <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>liver</span>. Need my brain to wake up <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> reduce pain. i am also taking prednisone. high rhumatoidal factors since doing the treatment for 11 weeks in 2005 before stoping. Those 11 weeks created more problems for me. thyroid and low cortisol. unable to create acth. now i am in a steroid night mare. pretty desperate when you know how really bad all this stuff is for you especially on top of hep c.
Dieterich has authored numerous journal articles, abstracts, and book chapters on viral hepatitis <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> AIDS-associated infections of the gastrointestinal tract <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>liver</span>, <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> their treatment. He is an internationally-recognized expert on hepatitis C infection and is involved in several research programs evaluating the management treatment of chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection and co-infection with HIV/HCV. --------------------------- Dieterich doesn't know what he is talking about?
Hi Therese Well done it's not easy your patience has paid off <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> hope mine does too. I came off <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>effexor</span> cold turkey in May 2010 Gp's fault <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> am now weaning off dolsulipin should be off April 30th 2012 with any luck. Have you had to rediscover yourself and reassess people who are around you etc? Thers a feeling of being reborn and of waking up after along sleep !
It turned out to be high blood pressure caused by a combination of the antidepressant <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>effexor</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> the Interferon <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> Ribaviron. My G.P. put me on Toprol which is a beta blocker and it worked wonders. No more pounding in my head while trying to sleep and no more headaches. I'm not on it any more, though, since TX is over for me. I also stopped the effexor following completion of treatment. I just had my 6 month PCR and it was clear!!!
I have read a lot about it and this is the first time I have heard anybody say anything good about it…the side effects are horrible (personally) the constipation was ridiculous…pain never went away… <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> my depression got worse….switched back to <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>effexor</span> xr with a higher does <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> I am good to go! Please read more about Cymbalta before you really get started on it…I can not tell you how many months I spend with horrible stomach aches! YUCK to CYMBALTA!!!!
But we watched my husband's best friend die from liver failure last year, and that was scarier (albeit alcohol cirrhosis, not hepc, so I could tell myself not to worry). <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> now my Mom <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> my Aunt's sudden cirrhosis <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> now <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>liver</span> cx, (which I really thought would never happen), has me REALLY scared. <<Wellbutin is for mild to moderate depression, and you may require stronger drugs, or a combination of several drugs>>.
How long have you been on the <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>effexor</span>? Give it a while before you adjust <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>effexor</span>....<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> let your Doc adjust it (I cant stand effexor personally - but we all react differently) Check out the Thomas Recipe and Amino Acid Protocol links listed in Health Pages here.....they work....good luck!
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