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Re: Anyone had success -Effexor XR? NOT ME/to NOA

Posted by Zannah on April 26, 2000, at 17:15:55

In reply to Re: Anyone had success on Effexor XR? NOT ME!!!, posted by Noa on April 26, 2000, at 13:26:04

> Zannah, sorry to hear of your bad experience. I know how demoralizing it can be when another AD doesn't work and you are still in despair.
> I don't think it was actually withdrawal symptoms, as supposedly one week is too short a time to experience that.
I have NO idea whether it was withdrawal from the Eff. that sent me spiralling downward or not.
I have spent the past yr. and a half being diagnosed w/the source(s) of chronic pain and depression. I was originally prescribed tri-cyclics and prozac (separately)to ease pain. But, I was also trying to find a way to ease my anxiety/depression. Actually it went like this: first prozac(way too activating) amytrip, nortrip, desipramine,(none of which made me feel/change anything) Celexa,(felt no difference), Wellbutrin (this helped a bit, but made me tense and exacerbated chronic muscle spasm/pain)and then...EffexorXR. The Effexor was literally like taking a handful of barbiturates, for me, anyway. It knocked me on my butt.
Oh, I also took Ritalin for a while, up to 60 mgs. a day, and it also made me sleepy.I guess I'm one of those 'parodoxical effect' reactors.

I have this weird way of feeling anxious/nervous, but sleepy, all the time. I am now taking .5 mgs. clonazepam daily, propanolol (beta-bocker) 120mgs ext. release daily. The to help w/both high b.p. and chronic headaches. It is also good for anxiety. As you may know, it is often prescribed to musicians, actors, etc., to use before going on stage. Apparently it is very effective for that type of 'performance' anxiety.
And, the clonazepam is the only Rx I've tried that helped relax my muscles to any helpful extent.
And, now the Remeron. I do hope it helps. Now, that I'm on some new drug, I'll have to comb thru the Psycho-Babble archives to read up on the various reactions posters have had to latest in my series...

Back to EffexorXR-yes-we are ALL different, & if Effexor had helped me, I'd still be on it, even after reading the horror stories of withdrawal.

Many drugs can cause withdrawal, few are without risk, and so it goes...Zannah




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