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Sensitive to Effexor, Dysthymic, Need Meds...HELP

Posted by anaya on December 28, 2001, at 23:33:09

I have been ardently researching for many days hoping to unlock the secrets of my mind/personality and discover the perfect med for me.
I am new to this whole world but easily educated.

I arrived here because I was disturbed by the sudden and seemingly strong side effects of Effexor XR which I experienced 4 hours after a 19mg dose (1/2 of 37.5).
I felt altered, almost as if I had taken a low dose of MDMA. I had a restless nights sleep which probably made me feel even more depressed the next day.
On day 2 of 19mg, I was twitching, yawning, and felt drugged. I did not feel like I was in the same reality as my family. My doc said to take 1/4 of 37.5mg (approximately 9g) and that side effects would go away in a few days.
Due to holidays and my discomfort, I opted out and have not retried venlafaxine or anything else yet. And I NEED to get on something ASAP.
My life is on extreme hold right now and it is making me even more depressed. I am a passionate person (probably creates some of the emotional probs), and I know could have greater life quality.
So finally, after years of resisting pharmaceuticals and trying St. John's Wort (worked well at first), nutrition, and Yoga (which I will never give up), I am ready and excited for this.

So here's my concerns and basics:

1) DYSTHYMIA. Probably for 10+ years. Plus PMS/PME/PMT Definitely become more debilitating. Low energy/fogginess though I can do yoga, dance, workout sometimes.
I am very bright, educated, talented, and attractive. But I have not channeled my energies nor do I feel clear or compelled to do so. This makes me very depressed/ashamed.
I fit at least 4 of the criteria, though I recognize that it is easy to latch on to labels.
Physically and emotionally. Worry that side effects knock me out more than most people.

I realize we are all unique chemically and as to our preferences/tolerances.
I want energy boost, but worry about too much activation and insomnia (I already sleep poorly (also contributing to depression)
I want anti-anxiety effect but don't want to be too sedated.
I also DO NOT want to gain weight. I'm fit, I love it.
I feel like I have middle of the road blahs and don't want to be sent to extremes. And I don't want to be numbed out either (based on brief Prozac experience) I'd just like to switch to middle of the road bliss instead.

Anyway, that's my story (today). I am interested in what I read here regarding Adrafanil perhaps mixed with SSRI. And willing but reluctant to try PROZAC again. I am hoping to start a good med next week.
If you have any feedback, I welcome it graciously. Thank you for all your wisdom and sharing.




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