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Re: Effexor Withdrawal Highly Overrated

Posted by Sean9 on April 3, 2003, at 7:39:50

In reply to Re: Effexor Withdrawal Highly Overrated » Sean9, posted by luckyspec on April 3, 2003, at 1:45:28

Wow! Now that is some hostility, mixed with anger, and even a little profanity. But I think we all agree, everyone’s entitled to their opinion … and occasionally, a retort.

I couldn’t help but smile while reading this posting, because it’s ironic. I’ve never taken Effexor or any other medication for depression (so the main insult of this posting missed it’s mark). The reason why I research the subject and post messages is because someone I know takes Effexor and is trying to quit (based on their doctor’s recommendation.) I’ve watched them go through severe and painful withdrawal, to the point that they wanted to go to the hospital. That’s why I encourage anyone who’s had a similar experience contact the FDA.
I’ve always agreed that Effexor is an effective drug, arguably the best, at treating depression. But it appalls me that the drug maker didn’t disclose the withdrawal symptoms (or even call them ‘withdrawal symptoms) in their documentation or their clinical trials. Everyone is personally responsible for their own health, but we rely on the medical community and federal administrations to ensure the safety of all treatments and drugs that are sold in our country. The FDA can only do so much, and the drug makers will always have a self interest to sell their product, which is why it is also everyone’s personal responsibility to report failures in our medical system to the FDA.

Finally, and most importantly, I hope everyone who read the last posting remembers a few things: That it takes a truly strong person to seek help, that there is no shame in who you are or how you feel, that when you get down to it we are all made up of chemicals so there is nothing “unnatural” about taking a pill, and that it is every human being’s divine right to live a happy and meaningful life.

“If you overcome others you are powerful.
If you overcome yourself you have strength.” Tao Te Ching




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