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Is Effexor worth the risks? Im desperate!

Posted by tiredguy on April 5, 2005, at 13:56:23

I have been suffering with major depression and anxiety for 1.5 years. I alternate between a day of depression and a day of anxiety. I have tried Lexapro, Prozac and Wellbutrin as the main component and supplemented these with others. I have had the same results with each: Short periods of relief and then the return of the depression. I have also suffered from severe fatigue.

I take 2mg perphenazine and 2mg lorazapam to sleep. I also take 300mg of Provigil to keep me alert during the day.

My pdoc wants me to try Effexor next. I have avoided Effexor “like the plague”. My wife took it for a short period of time and had major withdrawal symptoms. I have read that others have experienced the same thing.

I’m desperate now and I think I am going to try Effexor.

Have any of you tried SSRIs (and had them fail) then had success with Effexor? I read that a possible side-effect is anxiety. I am already extremely anxious; do you think that Effexor will make my anxiety worse? Is Effexor worth the risks? If you have anything positive (or negative) about Effexor, please tell me.





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