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Re: are these posts representative?

Posted by noa on April 29, 2004, at 20:35:02

In reply to Re: TELL OPRAH YOU HATE EFFEXOR maxziggy2002, posted by PoohBear on April 29, 2004, at 10:28:05

Pooh Bear's point is well taken:

>The posters here are a very small minority of the vast number who are being helped by this drug.

I usually skip these threads. I have been stable on Effexor for a long time now. Not without some SE issues, so I know it's not perfect. But it is working for me, and because I don't have pressing issues or concerns about it, I don't post about Effexor except rarely, like now.

So, I would say that it is probable that these negative threads about Effexor, though perfectly valid and representing the true experiences of these posters, are not representative of all Effexor users. We don't know the numbers--those who have serious problems with it vs. those who don't. But my sense is that one has to be careful generalizing from these threads because there is intrinsically more reason for people having problems with the med to post about it.

It is a serious med with potentially serious SEs, yes. And has serious WD issues (I've experienced them myself) that I believe should be stated up front; and over time, as these become more evident, I hope the prescribing MDs are being more upfront about it. I don't see it as a "first line" strategy for most people, as I believe there are other options that are less complicated.

But it is not, as Pooh said, "a monster".




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