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Long time user of Effexor NicknameRay

Posted by LynnPerley on September 27, 2005, at 21:55:29

In reply to Re: Anyone had success on Effexor XR?, posted by NicknameRay on September 27, 2005, at 11:21:21

Ray - Yawning is a common side effect of Effexor XR and many other antidepressants. It does go away with time. I had it when I took my first antidepressant (Prozac) and between it and the jaw clenching effect I wanted something else - thus I ended up on Effexor.

Are you prescribed Effexor by a primary care physician or a psychiatrist? Psychiatrists have more experience medicating depression, and if your circumstances will allow it, get to one sooner rather than later. Personally, I think I waited too long to switch to a psychiatrist.

If you search this forum using keywords for your particular side effect you will find posts from many people who found different ways to relieve those side effects. Example: I found that Buspar (buspirone) is a cheap and effective medication to decrease the jaw clenching side effect - I took it in the evenings and it helped me sleep better. It did not give me any "hangover" type effect, either. Eventually, this side effect went away. The Buspar was recommended by a psychiatrist. When I complained about this side effect to the family doc who initially gave me a prescription for antidepressants, his solution was to switch to a different medication.

I would think you could give up the Effexor now without feeling much worse than you already do because it does not stay in your system for long, but a professional already thinks you need something in addition to therapy. If you are talking to a family doc now, I suggest you make an appointment with a psychiatrist to continue the process of finding the right medication.




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