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Re: Effexor: Notable Facts

Posted by DebbieLynn on May 27, 2001, at 11:32:15

In reply to Re: Effexor: Notable Facts SalArmy4me, posted by Diane J. on May 26, 2001, at 22:33:15

> Hi,
> I have taken Effexor for about 3 years. I am at 225mg right now, but I was once at 300mg. I tried to withdraw because I felt I was doing so well that I didn't need it anymore. The withdrawal experience was very difficult, and I felt very ill. I found a site on the Internet which detailed the withdrawal effects, and I was amazed at what I read. (Dr. Bob is on the advisory board for this site on tele-psychiatry.) I also learned through further research that these withdrawal effects were not known until rather recently, and the package insert for the drug had to be ammended to include this information. I do not consider the drug addictive.
> One of the other reasons I tried to withdraw was because I had become involved with Dr. David Burns and the information he discusses in his book Feeling Good. His list of 10 cognitive distortions continues to be helpful to me. The problem was, Dr. Burns feels that antidepressant use isn't such a good idea. I exchanged several e-mails with him about the use of these drugs. It upset me a bit because not only was I taking an antidepressant, but so was my daughter, and she had been taking Paxil since she was 5 1/2. She had been seeing a child psychologist for a year before we tried the medication, and the effects were nothing short of miraculous. I argued with Dr. Burns quite a bit over this because it made me angry that he would make a blanket statement that would apply to everyone' s situation. Finally I realized that sometimes it is just no use to debate with someone who has already made up his mind. So, what happened is, I tried his way. And it was disastrous. Without the Effexor I was not only feeling ill, but my anxiety was growing and my compulsive symptoms were reemerging with a vengeance. I am now back on Effexor, and I am staying on it.
> I still think a lot of what Dr. Burns says is excellent, and it has been very helpful. There are people who can live well without medication. But there are also people who need meds, and my daughter and I happen to be two people who do. I have accepted that.
> By the way, I have appreciated your help and insight on this forum.
> Diane J.
> > Effexor is a viable option for you because:
> >
> > *It has the possibility of affecting serotonin, norepinephrine, _and_ dopamine--more chemicals--thus increasing your chances for relief.
> > *It has no anticholinergic side-effects.
> > *Sexual disturbances are reported less than with SSRIs.
> > *It has gained the acceptance of psychiatrists worldwide in less than 8 years of U.S. FDA approval.
> > *It has few significant interactions with other medications.
> > *The idea of it being addicting due to withdrawal effects is unfounded; if it had any chance of being addicting, it would have been labeled at least a Schedule IV substance by the U.S. DEA.
> >
> > I myself took Effexor XR up to 375 mg. The only side-effects I had were sexual in nature, and these were remedied by mirtazapine.

I am so glad there are "GOOD THINGS" said about Effexor. I have beeen on it for about 3 months, starting out at 37.5 mg -- now up to 225mg and feeling great! I am on the XR. I too am experiencing sexual difficulties. Should I ask my pdoc about mirtazapine? What type of drug is does it work? Sorry for all the questions, but I did not know there was something out there for this problem. My family doctor prescribed me Android, which is testosterone. My pdoc disagreed with this and said not to take it. He tells me that this is a common complaint among patients taking AD's. My depression stemmed from having my second child. I suffered terrible postpartum depression that has not completely gone away, and my son is 2 1/2 years old!. I do have a concern however, about eventually coming off of Effexor. I really try not to worry about it, since my life is so much more enjoyable now. I guess I will cross that bridge when I come to it. Thanks again for the great information you provided on Effexor XR. Do you have any advise for me?????




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