Hi Just a question I have suffered with anxiety and panic attacks over the last few years..but the last 4 months its been really bad its an everyday thing..the symptoms include Dizziness and brain zaps and I went a few weeks were I could barely leave the house as my depression was really bad ..I went to my doctor over 2 months ago and she subscribed Effexor xl 75mg I have not taking them yet as I keep saying to myself I will get better without medication I definitely have got a lot better in the last month but im still getting dizzy spells and panicky in certain situations..im also starting therapy on Friday..anyways im a thinking of starting the Effexor next week as the dizziness and panicky feelings are really annoying me..anyways I was just wondering has anyone have good reviews about Effexor and will it help with my condition..thanks....
Yes, antidepressant medication really helps. I also suffered agoraphobia, where I could barely leave the house, as well as MDD(Major Depressive Disorder) where I was clinically depressed. I could not get out of bed. When I started taking the medication, and I'm on Zoloft (Setraline), my depression and agoraphobia began to fade away. And after many months, now, I'm fine.
Effexor (generic Velafaxine) is a good med. In fact, it's one of the most prescribed antidepressants. If you take it, as prescribed by your doctor, it should begin to alleviate your symptoms, however you will need to give it time. Antidepressants are not fast acting like aspirin, You may have to wait up to 12 weeks to get a stable effect. However many users can experience some improvement within the first to two weeks on the med.
There are some current visitors on this forum who are on Effexor (Velafaxine). CrazyCatLady is on it, and she posts semi-frequently. Likewise I believe CaliforniaDreamer just started Effexor about two weeks ago. If you encounter one of those two on the forum. I'm sure they would be glad to give you insight on their experiences.
I do recommend you get in contact with your doctor again, before you start. You should have a follow up appointment with your doctor, when you first start taking psychotropic medications. Preferably see your doctor between three to four weeks after you start. You can then discuss side effects and other issues you have been experiencing while on the med.
Word of warning, 75mg is the initial start-up dose of Effexor (Velafaxine). At this level you will definitely feel some improvement, especially if you've been in deep depression over the past weeks/months. However you may want to titrate (which is go on a smaller dose and gradually get to 75mg). For some forum members, 75mg is too high to begin on their first dose.
Again, I would recommend you get in contact with your doctor about starting the Effexor, and mention if you could start lower than 75mg for the first two to three weeks. Your doctor should always be informed about your progress.
Don't fear medication. There are many misconceptions about antidepressants and the people who take them. There is nothing wrong with taking them.