Effexor xr long term effects

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what are the <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>long</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>term</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>effects</span> of taking <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>effexor</span> XR? By longterm, I am referring to years of use. I have vulvadynia and was given this to combat the pain. It has worked very well at the 150 mg for 13 years. are there tests I should take? I have tried a lower dose (112.5mg) and the pain returned.
Sure there are upsides and downsides to any decision, but as <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>long</span> as I see the <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>long</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>term</span> benefit, I am happy with it. Let us know how it goes!
If you take medication such as <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>effexor</span> XR and feel the highs from it then you definitely need to be able to tolerate the lows of getting off it. there is no free lunch in this type of business. You have to take responsibility for your decisions. And as far as running. It's very obvious that it opens up your cardio vascular system and releases endorphins naturally that make you feel better. Training for a marathon??
My question is not one of how to reduce or manage withdrawal symptoms ( have fully discussed with GP and Psychiatrist all aspects ) however I get nowhere when trying to find out high dosage over <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>long</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>term</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>effects</span> medically . I've been on 300mg, 150mg in morning and again at bedtime. This has been the dosage for at least 5 years and prior to that was always around 275 but never less than 150mg therapeutic dose . To my knowledge, any clinical trials did not go beyond 10 years.....
I think you can consult your shrink if you could shift to effexor tabs instead of effexor xr capsules wich you can taper it gradually! FYI <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>effexor</span> xr in <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>long</span> treatments cause increase in cholestrol levels and increase blood pressure as well !
I, too, discontinued <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>effexor</span> xr after 2 yrs, and suffered physically from the withdrawal symptoms (about 3 1/2 weeks). I now have almost the same feelings of helplessness, extreme sadness, feeling like I don't belong anywhere on this planet. I've sought the help of a psychologist (not psychiatrist). I hope to get to the root of this. I just don't remember feeling this bad before I went on the drug. I am beginning to think that this is part of the withdrawal. I'm a healthy 34 yr old.
how <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>long</span> were you on <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>effexor</span> xr and what doseage? i hope you didn't quit cold turkey. sorry, i don't know the effect on pregnancy ( you should ask your dr.)but let me tell you, going cold turkey is the worst way to get off this drug. i was on it for 9 months, 150 mg. when i decided to quit, my dr. had me take 75 mg for a week. by the end of the week i experienced severe dizzines and 'brain zaps' where i felt something like an electric shock everytime i would blink.
but your not the first and wont be the last to end the <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>effexor</span> XR rollercoaster ride!!!! Not to mention the <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>long</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>term</span> side <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>effects</span> this stuff has on your body.. it is evil stuff... (in my opinion).
Which is exciting and intimidating, because I've taken <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>effexor</span> and <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>effexor</span> XR for more than a decade. Over the summer, I cut my dosage in half, to 75mg. And now I'm struggling. I feel more anxiety, and I generally feel more vulnerable, reactive and tired. I also find I become angry more easily. All of which has had a negative impact on my quality of life and makes it more difficult to work. I appreciate people sharing their experiences in this forum. It's helpful to know I'm not alone.
My doctore just put me on <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>effexor</span> xr daily to manage my headaches and migraines. Has anyone heard of this being prescribed for this purpose? I can't find in anything I've read where this helps with daily management of headaches.
I've been through broken bones, back surgery, pneumonias, gave birth 4 times...all painfull short <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>term</span> or <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>long</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>term</span>...but this <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>effexor</span> withdrawl is really something!!! I guess all i can do is pray i get through these debilitating symptoms and never again feel this crappy....Ugh! I'll be back and keep you posted on my progression. And thanks for this site!
I noticed that no one answered your post, and since I don't have personal experience with effexor (I couldn't tolerate it), I just did a quick search. I just uncovered 2 things that I find disturbing: "In 2007, the Institute for Safe Medication Practices and the Division of Public Health Sciences, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, conducted a longitudinal Adverse Events Reporting System Review of the U.S. FDA's most dangerous drugs.
I just discontinued taking <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>effexor</span> XR and it was the most difficult and painful thing I have ever done! the side <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>effects</span> for me were: increased depression, confusion, dizziness, diarrhea, nausea, and on and on and on... I am so angry that the drug company (Wyeth) and the doctor didn't know what I was talking about! How can they not know? they do clinical trials. Just ridiculous! I signed the petition to have it reviewed by the FDA (I was about # 4,500, so I know I'm not alone).
I am fine on that dose, have much fewer side <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>effects</span> than I did on 150mg and am happy to continue <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>long</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>term</span>. Everyone is different but I definitely found the gradual reduction approach MUCH better than just stopping all at once. Hope that helps.
I was on <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>effexor</span> xr for a while I liked it...I didnt have any weird side affects...I am now taking lithium...I think they might put me back on the effxor too so we can figure it out together I guess...by the way thanks so much for all the help....My docs decided on lithium if you didnt figure that out!
WENT ofF PROZAC AS IT WAS CAUSING EAR RINGING BUT I'D TAKE THAT ANY DAY TO the SIDE <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>effects</span> of <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>effexor</span> XR... I BELIEVE MY DR DOESN'T SEEM TO BE TOO IMPRESSED BY IT NOW EItheR.... START theH NEW YEAR 'O6 ofF THIS TERRIBLE DRUG........
Is this a med that i can be on for the rest of my life? and have no <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>long</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>term</span> side <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>effects</span>? Just need some advice and I am glad to know that I am not going crazy! and that there are others out there that have gone or go through the same thing This is hard to talk about with just anyone and people dont understand, you just feel so alone sometimes. Thanks for listening.
Hello again. I was wondering how many people have complained of <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>effexor</span> (or any <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>long</span> term hormone affecting medication use) being related to thyroid problems? I have been on effexor for 5 years and then was dx with hypothyroidism. sounds like there are several possible reasons for being dx. with thyroid disorders but this one is most interesting to myself. Do we or you really know the odds of this being a main cause? Any info is greatly appreciated.
I was recently prescribed <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>effexor</span> XR (75mg) for depression and anxiety. My Dr. is concerned at the duration of my depression and some physical problems I have that appear to have no physiological cause. He is pretty adamant about me at least trying the medication. I have the pills but I always do a lot of research on whatever I put in my body (drugs, vitamins, herbs etc.) and what is keeping me from trying the script is the withdrawal and something called Tardive Dyskinesia.
the <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>effexor</span> XR did work great for me, but unfortunately with the loss of my job (being laid-off) comes the loss of my medical insurance which means no rx co-pay. I can't afford it anymore. Thanks and have a great day.
in the effexor XR product insert (because I was trying to find some reference to <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>long</span>-<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>term</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>effects</span>). Since I hadn't heard of it either, I looked it up on the internet and found a brief description in Wikipedia and then went on to find some other articles elsewhere. the info certainly made me nervous, which is why I posted a question -- I don't want to jump to conclusions or cause anyone else to either!
My doctor has been weaning me off <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>effexor</span> XR 150 mg over a 2-week period while at the same time starting me on Lexapro 10 mg a day. the first week I took 75 mg a day of effexor XR and 10 mg a day of Lexapro; the second week 37.5 mg a day of effexor XR and 10 mg of Lexapro. the third week I was completely off the effexor XR and was only taking Lexapro 10 mg a day. I began to feel horrible. I cried non-stop and had electrical shocks going through my head.
After experiencing sudden onset of bilateral loss of vision, I was seen in an ER, the MD ruled out retinal detachment, glaucoma other critical issues, he did observe some change inthe optic nerves. He postulated side <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>effects</span> from <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>long</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>term</span> (10yr) use of Zoloft 100mg, Trazadone 100mg, and Serax, (oxazepam 10mg) BID. He also recommended immediate discontinuance of all medication.
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