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Re: Terrified to take my effexor xr! Bill LL

Posted by Emily Elizabeth on October 5, 2005, at 21:01:25

In reply to Re: Terrified to take my effexor xr!, posted by Bill LL on October 5, 2005, at 14:21:32

Bill, I have to respectfully disagree with this part of your post:
> As far as therapy is concerned, most doctors seem to agree that therapy without medication is not very effective. You need to control your symptoms first with medication, and then consider therapy if you want to.

The research literature paints a mixed picture and it is a stretch to say that most doc's agree that meds are superior. There are many studies that support the idea that both have equally good outcomes. Also, it depends on what outcome you are looking at: functioning in 2 weeks or 20 weeks or 2 years? Symptoms or overall happiness? Etc., etc.

Most insurance companies agree that meds are better b/c it is cheaper for them. There are different costs and benefits for each type of treatment, meds or therapy. Everyone needs to make their own decision what will be best for them.





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