Effexor xr long term effects

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Avatar n tn What are the long term effects of taking Effexor 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.
Avatar f tn Sure there are upsides and downsides to any decision, but as long as I see the long term benefit, I am happy with it. Let us know how it goes!
Avatar n tn If you take medication such as Effexor 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??
Avatar n tn 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 long term effects 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.....
Avatar n tn 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 effexor xr in long treatments cause increase in cholestrol levels and increase blood pressure as well !
Avatar n tn I, too, discontinued effexor 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.
Avatar n tn how long were you on effexor 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.
530150 tn?1284662480 but your not the first and wont be the last to end the effexor XR rollercoaster ride!!!! Not to mention the long term side effects this stuff has on your body.. it is evil stuff... (in my opinion).
Avatar n tn Which is exciting and intimidating, because I've taken Effexor and Effexor 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.
Avatar n tn My doctore just put me on effexor 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.
Avatar n tn I've been through broken bones, back surgery, pneumonias, gave birth 4 times...all painfull short term or long term...but this Effexor 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!
492527 tn?1212179272 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.
Avatar n tn I just discontinued taking Effexor XR and it was the most difficult and painful thing I have ever done! The side effects 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).
Avatar n tn I am fine on that dose, have much fewer side effects than I did on 150mg and am happy to continue long term. Everyone is different but I definitely found the gradual reduction approach MUCH better than just stopping all at once. Hope that helps.
607502 tn?1288251140 I was on effexor 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!
Avatar n tn Is this a med that i can be on for the rest of my life? and have no long term side effects? 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.
Avatar n tn Hello again. I was wondering how many people have complained of effexor (or any long 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.
Avatar n tn 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.
Avatar n tn The Effexor 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.
Avatar n tn in the Effexor XR product insert (because I was trying to find some reference to long-term effects). 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!
Avatar n tn My doctor has been weaning me off Effexor 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.
Avatar n tn I switched to Effexor XR about a year ago because Zoloft was not doing enough for my depression. I was and still am taking Wellbutrin XL to combat the sexual side effects. Shortly after I started Effexor my doctor also put me on Seroquel. So I have been on these 3 drugs for the past year. Last month my doctor suggested I up my dosage of Effexor from 150mg to 225 mg.