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Re: Doctor just put me on effexor XR
« Reply #10 on: March 03, 2013, 10:23:04 PM »
I'm 3 days in now and i wonder if i can't just stop now whilst i'm ahead, before i ruin my life like some stories on the web.

This is your choice. But you will find similar stories about every antidepressant and the benzodiazepines too. Which leaves psychotherapy. If you can afford it, it is worth considering.

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NOTE: I'm not a doctor, and particularly not yours, so there may be factors I'm unaware of. Therefore all advice is of a general nature and you should consult your doctor before following any of it, especially before changing med doses.

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Re: Doctor just put me on effexor XR
« Reply #11 on: March 04, 2013, 12:35:37 AM »
If its helping you I would say continue. I'm one of those horror stories. But most of my frustration with it is due to the fact that it never did anything for me and I had to stay on it due to the withdrawals. It was hard, but im not on it anymore. If it's doing something it is worth it. As far as I know the withdrawals are easier if you haven't taken it for long. Well that's my two cents!
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Re: Doctor just put me on effexor XR
« Reply #12 on: March 04, 2013, 12:43:13 PM »
i slept today, i feel alot better now i can think clearly.  i think i mightve just had an upset stomach yesterday.
the dizziness seems to be going away. for now ill continue.

venting on this forum has helped alot though.  i think i just need to stop looking up withdrawal symptoms,  because my anxiety seems to be contribiting to most of my "symptoms"
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Re: Doctor just put me on effexor XR
« Reply #13 on: March 05, 2013, 08:26:31 PM »
Stick with it.  Take the xanax as needed.  I'm on week four and feeling better.  The first two weeks sucked for me but it does get better.  Just keep reminding yourself that.
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Re: Doctor just put me on effexor XR
« Reply #14 on: March 05, 2013, 08:34:13 PM »
Stick with it.  Take the xanax as needed.  I'm on week four and feeling better.  The first two weeks sucked for me but it does get better.  Just keep reminding yourself that.

I'm at day 5, i'm mostly back to normal aside from some stomach issue, which is mild and doesn't bother me. My pupils are getting slowly back to normal aswell and i had a solid 9 hours of dreamless sleep yesterday. I realise the increase in dosage in 2 days might F everything up again.
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Re: Doctor just put me on effexor XR
« Reply #15 on: March 07, 2013, 03:03:40 AM »
Last day of 37,5mg today.  should i expect to feel as bad as when i started taking effexor when i bump to 75mg?
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Re: Doctor just put me on effexor XR
« Reply #16 on: March 08, 2013, 06:15:05 PM »
I've been on Effexor XR 150mg for years, plus Xanax .75-2.0mg per day. I have GAD & depression. There are very few sides effects & It helped me!  I've tried other meds (Paxil & ?? and was very bogged down, out of it and weight gain!
I also get SAD, so the Dr doubled my Effexor last winter and just this past week.
I wish there was a med that took away All my symptoms, but this is the best I've found.
The only thing you can do is try it out to see if it works for you.  Best wishes.
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Re: Doctor just put me on effexor XR
« Reply #17 on: March 09, 2013, 10:18:39 PM »
I didn't get any negative effects from going up to 75 mg, it's been a week since my last panic attack, I haven't Google'd anything either! It could be just in my head but I already feel better.

I have real trouble getting out of bed in the morning though, and days seem to fly by. but I'd take that over anxiety and panic disorder any day.
I'm going to talk to my doctor about stopping my Xanax if I keep feeling better, I feel like I don't need it any more. I currently take 0.25 mg before bed and used to take it during panic attacks.

If any of you are out there like me, dead scared of taking Anti-depressants. Give it a try, seriously.
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