Psycho-Babble Medication Thread 62466

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Effexor: My positive experience

Posted by Ann NY on May 11, 2001, at 9:26:48

Hello to all:

I'm glad I just found this board today. I don't hear of many people on Effexor.

I am having a great experience on it. A few years ago I was on Prozac and I didn't like it. It stopped my crying episodes but at the expense of my best form of emotional and anxiety release. Unfortunately, my psychiatrist wasn't too attentive to my complaints and I was too much of a mess to assert myself. I stopped on my own.

Six months ago I was pushed over the edge when my Dad died. I was a mess. I couldn't focus and I was literally immobilized by anxiety and slept all the time. My GP started my on Paxicil (he said Prosaic is known to aggravate anxiety) and referred my to an excellent psychiatrist.

She took me off Paxcil - I hadn't felt it kick in and since Prozac didn't work this probably wouldn't either.

She started me on 25 mg tablets for 5 days. She said if I was getting headaches or stomach upset, I could take half a pill. (I had no problems) I then to 37 mg slow release capsules for one week, and then 75 mg tablets. After 3 weeks at 75 mg I felt a little better and the anxiety was under control, but still felt like crap. I went up to 150mg and after 3 to 4 weeks I felt great! It was the first time I felt optimistic in one and a half years. I was still having a little problem with depression and wasn't sure if it was just what life is or if it was part of the disease. I went up to 225mg and after 4 weeks I feel so good and calm. I'm actually making plans for the future and looking forward to things.

My side effects were hypersomnia and decreased appetite ( I lost 10 lbs. which was fine for me). These went away when I started on 150mg. I get dry mouth every time my dosage goes up. It was the only side effect I had at 25 mg. It lasts for about 1 - 2 weeks.

Unlike my experience on Prosaic, I have no other side effects and all my emotional and sexual responses are normal (pre-depression).

I know the FDA pamphlet suggests staying on it for at 6 months. I was advised one year. Going off it requires a slow tapering of the dosage just as going off it. My Dr. warns me to keep some in my purse or work desk because missing one day can screw some people up. At this point I don't care how long I'm on it because looking back, I can see how much of a mess I was.

Thank you all for posting messages. I wish I found this site sooner. I hope everyone here is able to get better! If your psychiatrist isn't helping (like my first one) please go to another one. I was completely depressed and hopeless after my first bad experience. Luckily my GP talked me into trying again. Unfortunate one of the most difficult aspects of depression is having the confidence to find a new doctor when needed.

Have faith and take care.

 

Re: Effexor: My positive experience » Ann NY

Posted by Cam W. on May 11, 2001, at 10:12:08

In reply to Effexor: My positive experience, posted by Ann NY on May 11, 2001, at 9:26:48


> I know the FDA pamphlet suggests staying on it for at 6 months. I was advised one year. Going off it requires a slow tapering of the dosage just as going off it. My Dr. warns me to keep some in my purse or work desk because missing one day can screw some people up. At this point I don't care how long I'm on it because looking back, I can see how much of a mess I was.
>

•Ann - Congrats on finding the proper AD. I am on my 5th week of Effexor (225mg for the last week and a half). I too have had the light turned on, partially. Zoloft and Paxil have failed for me in the past. Wellbutrin worked, except for this latest episode. At least now I am getting out of bed and having a shower every day.

I just wanted to comment on the part of your post above. The recommendation is to keep taking an antidepressant for at least six months "after the depressive episode has remitted." It does take 4 to 12 weeks for full remission, so if you add 3 months to 6 months you get 9 months. The last 3 months (to add up to a year) is insurance that you will remain euthymic.

I believe that a one year trial of an effective antidepressant is necessary to help prevent a depressive relapse. The doctor's suggestion of having a dose with you is a good idea. The withdrawl syndrome does not affect everyone, but those it does, it can be rather uncomfortable.

Congratulations again, and hang in there. - Cam

 

Re: Effexor: My positive experience

Posted by stjames on May 11, 2001, at 11:49:38

In reply to Effexor: My positive experience, posted by Ann NY on May 11, 2001, at 9:26:48

I was advised one year. Going off it requires a slow tapering of the dosage just as going off it. My Dr. warns me to keep some in my purse or work desk because missing one day can screw some people up. At this point I don't care how long I'm on it because looking back, I can see how much of a mess I was.

James here....

It's good to know that doc's are getting the word that Effexor is a special case and needs special treatment.

James

 

Re: Effexor: My positive experience Ann NY

Posted by JAMMER on May 11, 2001, at 14:33:45

In reply to Effexor: My positive experience, posted by Ann NY on May 11, 2001, at 9:26:48

> Hello to all:
>
> I'm glad I just found this board today. I don't hear of many people on Effexor.
>
> I am having a great experience on it. A few years ago I was on Prozac and I didn't like it. It stopped my crying episodes but at the expense of my best form of emotional and anxiety release. Unfortunately, my psychiatrist wasn't too attentive to my complaints and I was too much of a mess to assert myself. I stopped on my own.
>
> Six months ago I was pushed over the edge when my Dad died. I was a mess. I couldn't focus and I was literally immobilized by anxiety and slept all the time. My GP started my on Paxicil (he said Prosaic is known to aggravate anxiety) and referred my to an excellent psychiatrist.
>
> She took me off Paxcil - I hadn't felt it kick in and since Prozac didn't work this probably wouldn't either.
>
> She started me on 25 mg tablets for 5 days. She said if I was getting headaches or stomach upset, I could take half a pill. (I had no problems) I then to 37 mg slow release capsules for one week, and then 75 mg tablets. After 3 weeks at 75 mg I felt a little better and the anxiety was under control, but still felt like crap. I went up to 150mg and after 3 to 4 weeks I felt great! It was the first time I felt optimistic in one and a half years. I was still having a little problem with depression and wasn't sure if it was just what life is or if it was part of the disease. I went up to 225mg and after 4 weeks I feel so good and calm. I'm actually making plans for the future and looking forward to things.
>
> My side effects were hypersomnia and decreased appetite ( I lost 10 lbs. which was fine for me). These went away when I started on 150mg. I get dry mouth every time my dosage goes up. It was the only side effect I had at 25 mg. It lasts for about 1 - 2 weeks.
>
> Unlike my experience on Prosaic, I have no other side effects and all my emotional and sexual responses are normal (pre-depression).
>
> I know the FDA pamphlet suggests staying on it for at 6 months. I was advised one year. Going off it requires a slow tapering of the dosage just as going off it. My Dr. warns me to keep some in my purse or work desk because missing one day can screw some people up. At this point I don't care how long I'm on it because looking back, I can see how much of a mess I was.
>
> Thank you all for posting messages. I wish I found this site sooner. I hope everyone here is able to get better! If your psychiatrist isn't helping (like my first one) please go to another one. I was completely depressed and hopeless after my first bad experience. Luckily my GP talked me into trying again. Unfortunate one of the most difficult aspects of depression is having the confidence to find a new doctor when needed.
>
> Have faith and take care.


Ann, It's always good to hear positive results when it comes in the form of personal improvement.
Life is so much fuller when we're feeling positively. Good for you.
-James

 

Re: Effexor: My positive experience

Posted by Joe K on May 11, 2001, at 16:42:24

In reply to Effexor: My positive experience, posted by Ann NY on May 11, 2001, at 9:26:48

I also have had GREAT response to Effexor XR. I started it in the hospital for suicidal thinking and acting. The Dr. put me on low doses and then quickly increased the dosage and also started me on Ritalin also. I was taking Rimeron at night to sleep. That was over a year ago and now I am off of the Ritalin and Rimeron. I had to go back on Ritalin for a short time when I seemed to slip back to some depression. It got me back on my feet again. I was having a hard time sleeping so my Dr. put me on Trazodone at night and now I sleep like a baby a dead baby, I do not even wake up at night anymore. I am n 300 mg a day of the Effexor XR and 200 mg of the Trazodone.
Some of the side effects at first were the headaches, dry mouth. After some time I realized I was gaining weight and that I was eating a lot. I have also missed a day here and there and that is holly hell. Missing a day is the worst thing, at least for me, my head hurts and the tingles are terrible along with being dizzy and just not with it, it seems I am on another plane and not in the real world. It sucks. I was starting to get a lot of the twitching when I try to sleep and that is when I could not sleep and the Dr. put me on the Trazodone.

All in all I would recommend Effexor because it has put me and kept me on this earth. I asked my Dr. how long I would be taking these and he asked “How many bouts with depression have I had (already knowing the answer)? He said get used to it because the percentages of people who have had multiple bouts with depression let along major bouts have a 75-80% chance of having another one after going off medication and the bouts will get increasingly worst (and they have until the Effexor). I do not want to go back where I was.

 

The Idea of Effexor Being Addictive Refuted

Posted by SalArmy4me on May 11, 2001, at 19:06:03

In reply to Re: Effexor: My positive experience, posted by Joe K on May 11, 2001, at 16:42:24

Once your mood is stabilized on Effexor, your brain doesn't need more and more of the medication to produce the same euthymic effect. Rather, one can stay on the same dosage (after initial titration) for as long as the depressive episode lasts. Of course, the depression itself can remit, causing a patient to need more of the medication, but this is a natural and everyday occurrence seen by clinicians.


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