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Re: Feedbacks Please - one more thing...

Posted by Paco on March 31, 2003, at 20:02:26

In reply to Feedbacks Please, posted by Ssunflower on March 31, 2003, at 12:00:48

I forgot to say that antidepressants are not "happy pills"; they are to relieve the symptoms of depression. They are intended to make you more "normal" rather than "happy". In my view, they are to treat the symptoms and make it possible to function "normally" while I am in therapy to treat the underlying causes of depression. Meds and therapy is the road I've chosen.

And as far as sexual side effects, one of the reasons my doc prescribed this is that I wanted something that wouldn't kill my sex drive like Prozac and Zoloft and Paxil did. Effexor supposedly has a low incidence of decreased sex drive. I've had some sexual side effects myself, but they are specific to men, so they obviously wouldn't effect you. (Delayed ejaculation - takes me much longer to reach the big "O".)

Sorry if I've been long-winded, but I hope this helps. And like I said, talk to your doctor.


> Hi, I've struggled with depression off and on for years and it has recently come back after remarrying into a "blended" family...dealing with new kids and with our vindictive "EX'S." I have tried 5-6 different med's to much avail and am currently on effoexor "xr." I have been on it for only 1 week so far @ 37.4 mg's and have just started taking 2 the other day. I am not crying daily as I used to which is good and seem to have a hard time sleeping as I see other do as well. My main question is I still do not feel "happy" like I was hoping to. I do not feel the joy with my kids or husband. I feel I had more emotions when I was not on med's. It feels as though my emotions are now flatlined. Has anyone else felt this way? Do I need to be on it longer to feel the joy? Is this just a side effect that will disipate? Also, has anyone experienced sexual side effects and are they long term. Any info would be "greatly" appreciated!! God Bless..Ssunflower




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