Anti depression medication effexor

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11318065 tn?1462988079 I have over the 20 years I had depression, taken many different anti depressants. I stopped Effexor cold turkey once, but the depressio9n came back, and I went back on it. Then a couple of years ago my doctor suggested I try again. This time I took 10 months to withdraw, and that way I did not get any withdrawals at all. My advice, do as I did, reduce very, very gradually.
492527 tn?1212179272 00AM I was recently prescribed Effexor 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.
1665434 tn?1365242498 In your post you mention both depression and anxiety. Can you say if you were prescribed Prozac and Effexor for both of these, or just for the anxiety? Did you start getting depression because of meds is basically what I'm asking. Are these the only 2 meds you've tried so far? If so, you may want to think about trying another newer med. Are you in therapy?
Avatar n tn I was on a high dosage of effexor for years and, before that other anti depressant drugs for 17 years. I've weaned myself off, finishing in February, 2009. What are the side affects after so many months? I went through withdrawls like a junkie would for 2 months. I am now interested to see if what and how I am feeling is due to the lack of that drug or some other cause. Thank you.
Avatar m tn I started effexor 5weeks ago, it seems to be working great for me and has really changed my life..... treating my depression symptoms etc. I read all these horror stories about this medication. Does anybody else have anything good to say about it? Zoloft stopped working for me, Paxil and Lexapro dont work for me so this Med has been treating my symptoms fine, then I read these effexor horror stories and it sounds like I'm taking the "Devil Pill".
607502 tn?1288251140 Anyone got any experiences, thoughts, ideas on Effexor (Venlafaxine) as an Anti depressant and in particular experiences using it and using it with Lithium?
Avatar f tn I am currently looking for a new depression medication. I need some info on something that is NOT a SSRI, a hormone, and is not zoloft, celexa, or prozac......also something that does not contain salicylic acid aka aspirin. If anyone can help I would appreciate the help.
Avatar n tn I was on Effexor for about 6 months. I took it because of depression and the feeling of wanting to cry all the time. Since being on the Effexor, I lost my sex drive, sleep ALL the time. I don't cry, I just don't care anymore. I'm still depressed though. So, I decided to try and ween myself off of it...(within the past 3 weeks I guess). Well, its Christmas day and I feel horrible. For the past 2 days I've been nausiated, dizzy and tired.
468784 tn?1207160705 i wasn't a mommy or even expecting to be when i took effexor. but i was seeing a doctor about my depression. He prescibed THAT. It really stinks getting that **** out of your blood stream. And it takes time. Just try to relax and sleep through it as much as possible. sleep will get rid of the headaches, woozyness, and crankyness. I know i have to get ready to take something after the baby.
Avatar n tn The xanax is only tempoary until the effexor kicks in, but can't xanax cause more depression ? I feel very alone even around people, and I don't even want to go anywhere, but i also don't want to be alone because I feel so scared. Is the normally the way this medication works, I been on it for about 7 years, after breast cancer. Please let me know, I need words of encouragement. When will I feel good again ? Thank you for your quick response.
Avatar f tn It sounds as if you're depressed, and as much as you want to be off the medication....you still need it. I doubt that after this many years the Effexor is helping you as our bodies build up a tolerance to these medications and we need to be switched to a new one while weaning off the old. I feel this is why you are so sad, and with the right medication...you can and will feel better. Don't try to wean yourself off of this medication without the guidance of your doctor.
Avatar f tn Are you going to try that one, or not take anti-depressants at all? If Effexor is not helping you at all, and you have been taking it for a while, then you need to discuss this with a doctor or psychiatrist. It is no good taking an anti-depressant if it is not helping your depression. I am one of the few people who came off Effexor cold turkey, and I was OK after 2 weeks.
Avatar n tn It works for some people, and clinical trials have shown it can be as effective as anti-depressants. Anti-depressants also work for some people; but if you want "natural" try that first. Good luck and I hope you feel better soon... <a href="http://67.19.61.164/amino1.
Avatar f tn Ive been on Lexapro twice first time it worked quit it and started it again when I had my first anxiety issues,didn't work for my depression. Effexor- intensified whatever mood I was in. Zoloft- same as effexor Anxiety meds Buspar- didn't help Finally my doctor put me on paxil and monitored me on ativan for breakthrough,which I went from taking a few times a week to now few times a yr. So my question is stay on paxil and is there a depression medication I can take along with it?
953190 tn?1276519634 So, if you're depressed again, I would definitely go back on this medication. Always keep in mind that every medication works differently in different individuals. Every situation and body is unique, so go by what you know has worked for you.
Avatar n tn Eventualy decided that my spirits were good enough to get off Effexor so we slowly weened off. Depression eventualy returned and is pretty constant now along with anxiety (mainly in the morning but pretty well constant). Feelings of detachment, difficulty in focussing, grey/unexcited about most things, guilt, worthlessness, lethargy are basicaly my symptoms everyday but not constant in intensity. I read up on Zoloft a bit and a friend recommended it so I'm posting to get your opinion.
Avatar n tn I am considering asking my doctor about discontinuing medication for depression completely to see how I can handle things with counseling, but am concerned since I have been on various medications for depression for such a length of time - probably 10 years. I'm not sure what to do, and when I consulted with my psychiatrist, who has been simply a medication manager, he said, I don't have any answers for you, come back in a month.
Avatar n tn She said I will know if the depression has returned, and if I feel I need to go back on anti depressants. As withdrawals can feel same as depression, we have to give it time after we stop. Withdrawal symptoms will come on pretty quickly after we stop, depression rather slower. We will know ourselves what is happening, as you and I did. Your suggestion to wonder502 is a good one.
411389 tn?1230128077 My doctor put it best - when taking effexor (plus many other anti-anxiety medicines like that) it gets worse before it gets better - and is the same when you come off of it. You will also find that on here, there are people who are on the medicine side of things and those of us who are on the "as natural as possible" side of things. I am on the latter. I have and occaisionally take Xanax, but am dealing with my anxiety head on using methods that were developed by Dr. Claire Weekes.
520191 tn?1355639002 Or other medications that have been helpful for depression. My pdoc wants to put me on Effexor but my therapist doesn't think that's a good idea as can cause Mixed, mania, and psychosis in someone with those issues. So for the moment i said no. but can feel myself sinking into depression again. What do you think? What are you on if any?
Avatar n tn I taked effexor rx and want to switch to something else. The effexor has caused weight gain and hair loss. Do you have any suggestions on what would be a good substitute. Would topamax work better?
Avatar f tn Hey Megan, I am 72 years old and after 20 years of being on anti depressants, I am now free of all medication. Like you I have been on many different anti depressants over the years. I took Zoloft for quite a few years, and it worked well for me. It is just that my doctor thought I needed a change. I understand that St John's Wort works for people with mild depression, so it may be worth a try. I have never tried it myselof.
Avatar n tn It is possible with the help of a psychiatrist or therapist to get over the depression, but can take a long time, depending on the cause. Medication allows you to function normally while going thru this and to just make dealing with it all easier. If it is due to a chemical inbalance then medication is the only thing that will help you.
Avatar f tn I was diagnosed with Depression about 15 years ago, I have been on numerous different meds, such as prozac, effexor, paxil, celexa, and currently on cipralex. My question is will I ever be able to get off of the meds, or will this be a lifetime thing. The reason for the change in meds is that they work at first, then they seem to not work so the dose is increased then after a while we have to switch. My mother has depression, and I was diagnosed before her.
Avatar f tn I am so sorry that your depression is untreatable, and with all those ECTs it has not improved. I presume no anti-depression medication has been effective in your case either. I presume you have tried them all. You certainly don't sound pathetic, I admire you for being such a fighter. Seems the doctors and psychiatrists have given up on you. Well I do not know what to suggest you do next, seems to me you have tried so hard.
Avatar m tn I find Effexor has stopped all my depression and anxiety with no side effects. Good luck, and take care.
Avatar f tn Are you on anti-depressants? Your feeling of not really well, could either be due to depression, or side effects of medication. You need to have a chat with a doctor, and put your mind at rest. Let us know how you get on.
Avatar n tn I would not suggest reading any book by Peter Breggin and I would strongly suggest staying on medication (for anyone here). Please understand that an anti-psychiatry book is of little use for anyone here. The people in the anti-psychiatry movement such as Peter Breggin believes that psychiatric disabilities can be treated without medication and overstate the risk of rare side effects to scare people off medication which is blatantly wrong and are unaware of new developments in treatment.
Avatar n tn It's a difficult one, but besides that, it just doesn't sound like you need brain medication at all. On top of this, many people get more anxious on Effexor, because it is a stimulating anti-depressant, so it's unlikely a knowledgeable physician would start with this one for anxiety. My opinion, and take it for what it is, just an opinion, is that you need to decide if you're anxious or not. Believe me, you'll know it if you are.