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  1. Newbie here... Here's my history... Had a head injury as a child, had to relearn everything. For the next 6 years or so had majoy personality changes, from crying hysterical or laughing uncontrollably... My pdoc said something about ppl who have head injurys are 75% more likely to have depression and personality disorders all their life. Anyway... Ive been on anti depression meds since I was prob in high school. Tried everything at one point or another. Had a complete hysterectomy in Feb and since then my brain has turned to mush. Been having behavioral, issues with my son too. Could just be puberty, not sure. Trying to get him in now to get tested for ADHD, but have to have referral, etc, taking forever. I won't go off on his issues right now. Dr tried me on Adderall. I told her I really don't think I have ADHD, but she showed me a chart with the inattentive kind, sounds just like me. She also said it is used for drug resistant depression. I've been on it 5 months now and I love it. I can concentrate, focus, and get stuff done I never could before. I am also on Celexa 40 mg, I was on it before even starting the Adderall, but I think it has stopped working. Lately I have been really depressed. Not sure if I'm just unhappy in my marriage or the Celexa has stopped. I have a great marriage, everything is wonderful there, so I don't know why I feel this way. I get irritated a lot. By the time hubby comes home from work, I am in a crappy mood from the kids aggravating me. My pdoc was gonna try me on Fetzima, but at the time the Celexa was working and I didn't wanna try anything new. Now I am ready to, but my insurance doesn't cover it, which I will be losing that insurance at the end of this year anyway, and not sure if we will be able to get any, so I couldn't afford it anyway. Effexor XR was another one I was going to try once, but didn't wanna try anything new. Also read about it and was scared to try it after reading about withdrawal symptoms and possibility of seizures. I haven't had any seizures since I was a child, from the head injury. Then at 19 I had one from Wellbutrin. Trying to get in to see pdoc soon, but in the meantime wantewd to see it anyone had any advice. I really don't wanna feel this way and risk saying or doing something to wreck my marriage. We have a great life, and I don't know why I'm so unhappy with it. A majority of my depressin comes from being a stay at home mom, having no friends, or no one to talk to other than kids. Sometimes i feel like I really need a break, just to start driving and stay gone a day or 2. I won't, bc too many ppl need me for too much, it just gets very overwhelming at times. Anyway...advice? words of whisdom? or just a big STFU and get over it? lol
  2. Pdoc wants me to switch from Effexor to Cymbalta. I'm worried about discontinuation effects combined with side effects from starting a new med. Anyone have any experiences?
  3. Hi there, new to this place, wanted to know if anyone had any issue adding Adderall to their pre-existing Effexor script. I'm on 225 of Effexor XR, and since adding Adderall (it seems) but I'm not sure- that I'm withdrawing from the Effexor. I know this makes no sense... Symptoms- feeling brain zaps, eye shutters, which increase as the evening and night sets in, feels EXACTLY like Effexor withdrawal to me, and I've come off it about 3 times in the past ten+ years so I know thats the familiar feeling. However- I'm sooo confused b/c my dose has NOT changed. And the only real difference is the Adderall, which I take 25-30 IR everyday. Please help- I am realllly uncomfortable with these feelings as its like everyday I withdraw or something. I will not forego the Adderall though.. Should I try another SSRI? I have pretty bad depression, and anxiety (which the adderall helps strangely enough), a bit of OCD (thoughts only), and Innatentive ADD. Also, I've been on the effexor-adderall for about 1.5 months and this has continued and seems to be getting maybe worse- slightly. It started about 2 weeks in. THANK YOU!
  4. Just started taking Effexor XR 75 mg yesterday morning. The first day was a doozy. Nausea, mild headache, loss of appetite, zoned out, and fatigued but not able to sleep. When I finally did go to sleep, it was fitful and I tossed and turned all night, waking up before my alarm, yet still feeling tired. All day today it's the same: fatigued, with a boat load of nausea, and a dull ache in my head. We only started the Effexor to help with my anxiety which seems to set me up to fail in every aspect of my life right now. I'm also Bipolar II but I'm pretty much never manic so I don't think my doctor was concerned about that when he started me on the meds. I know I really have to wait it out with this medication. That people don't really see positive results for 4-8 weeks. And I can be patient, however I feel miserable with these side effects. The nausea is the worst and I don't know how to treat it. I know it's not actual upset stomach, so I can't take an antacid or eat soup and toast to help. I know its all brain activity setting off the nausea. So I don't know how to stop it. Anyone who's taken Effexor XR know how long I should expect these side effects or how to cope with them? Also, has it helped you? I feel like people either love or hate it, and that it either changes their life for the better or turns them into a monster. I'd love some input.
  5. I am thinking about talking to my pdoc on how to simplfy my med cocktail by getting off Abilify, Thorazine, Lamictal and Buspar to be on Lithium, Seroquel and Effexor. I currently take 50mg of Effexor to manage my IBS with the reccomendation of my GP and my pdoc prescribes it. From what I have been reading Seroquel is good for Gerneralized Anxiety (which I have) and insomnia (which I have) and for bipolar depression while the Lithium is good for mania. Around what dosage would Seroquel and Lithium be useful for my problems (Bipolar I, GAD, Insomnia) and still have the least amount of side effects?
  6. I have decided to go off Effexor after five days,as I have not been able to sleep more than a couple of hours and have had to take Benadryl for the last couple of nights to help me get any sleep.It is too stimulating,but I was able to take it 10 years ago when I was in my early forties.I guess my chemistry has changed,besides I am peri-menopausal am also on medication for the diabetes,underactive thyroid,and mild high blood pressure.I am hoping to find a less stimulating medication.
  7. Hi all, I'm new here. I just started effexor last week for anxiety and some mild depression. I've been taking 37.5 and I'm supposed to go up to 75mg this week but haven't yet. I know my doc said that there could be an increase in anxiety in the beginning because this is an "activating AD". I really didn't have any problems the first week beside some nausea and jittery feeling the first couple days. Today I woke up with major anxiety, so bad I actually had to take some xanax in the middle of the night. It definitely hasn't lessened since I've gotten up. I'm just wondering if anyone has had an increase in anxiety with effexor after being on it for a week? I expected an increase the first week and when I didn't see it thought I might be a lucky ones who doesn't get it...guess I was wrong. Another question, I noticed the end of last week that I've been particularly short of breath since I started the effexor, I do have asthma but there isn't really anything going on that would cause an increase in symptoms. Anyone every have this side effect on Effexor? if so, did it go away as your body adjusted? I was on a beta blocker for about a year for my POTS and it totally threw my lungs in to a tizzy, If effexor is going to do the same I would rather figure it out now than after I try it for a few months, it took me way to long to bounce back after the beta blocker and I really don't want to go down that road again... Any thoughts/experiences would be appreciated.
  8. i was on effexor and i guess i went manic. i had to get off of it. now I'm really self conscious and distracted by everything. but i can't take things that mess with my serotonin apparently. anyone else had this problem?
  9. so, i developed this weird thing i guess when i got off of antidepressants. i used to be able to dress like i wanted when on antidepressants. i could wear my hair long and in my face and wear my band t shirts and generally not be aware or concerned about how i was looking. NOW off of these antideppresants i've developed this kind of ocd type thing. i don't know what it is. if i wear a shirt with any kind of picture or writing on it i become aware that it is on me and its like there's a giant tarantula on my chest and i just have to scrape it off. it becomes so unpleasant and distracting that i can't focus on conversations or be comfortable. sometimes if i have had the nerve to fight this new thing I'm having and have the audacity to put on a shirt with pictures and go out and talk to people, i'll have to go in the bathroom and turn my shirt inside out or put on a jacket and return to the party or wherever and then i'll be fine. someone might say, "well just don't wear shirts with anything on it!" the problem is, i can no longer dress like i want, or express myself. i can only wear very plain clothes or shit gets weird. my psychiatrist and psychologist don't even really have any idea why this is going on or what it is. and i don't think they are aware of how much it bothers me. and it bothers me A LOT. and the same goes with my hair. i have long hair but i can't wear it how i would like cuz things get "weird." like i've described. sometimes i just want to shave it off. so, does anyone have any idea what the fuck is wrong with me???
  10. so, i developed this weird thing i guess when i got off of antidepressants. i used to be able to dress like i wanted when on antidepressants. i could wear my hair long and in my face and wear my band t shirts and generally not be aware or concerned about how i was looking. NOW off of these antideppresants i've developed this kind of ocd type thing. i don't know what it is. if i wear a shirt with any kind of picture or writing on it i become aware that it is on me and its like there's a giant tarantula on my chest and i just have to scrape it off. it becomes so unpleasant and distracting that i can't focus on conversations or be comfortable. sometimes if i have had the nerve to fight this new thing I'm having and have the audacity to put on a shirt with pictures and go out and talk to people, i'll have to go in the bathroom and turn my shirt inside out or put on a jacket and return to the party or wherever and then i'll be fine. someone might say, "well just don't wear shirts with anything on it!" the problem is, i can no longer dress like i want, or express myself. i can only wear very plain clothes or shit gets weird. my psychiatrist and psychologist don't even really have any idea why this is going on or what it is. and i don't think they are aware of how much it bothers me. and it bothers me A LOT. and the same goes with my hair. i have long hair but i can't wear it how i would like cuz things get "weird." like i've described. sometimes i just want to shave it off. so, does anyone have any idea what the fuck is wrong with me???
  11. so, i developed this weird thing i guess when i got off of antidepressants. i used to be able to dress like i wanted when on antidepressants. i could wear my hair long and in my face and wear my band t shirts and generally not be aware or concerned about how i was looking. NOW off of these antideppresants i've developed this kind of ocd type thing. i don't know what it is. if i wear a shirt with any kind of picture or writing on it i become aware that it is on me and its like there's a giant tarantula on my chest and i just have to scrape it off. it becomes so unpleasant and distracting that i can't focus on conversations or be comfortable. sometimes if i have had the nerve to fight this new thing I'm having and have the audacity to put on a shirt with pictures and go out and talk to people, i'll have to go in the bathroom and turn my shirt inside out or put on a jacket and return to the party or wherever and then i'll be fine. someone might say, "well just don't wear shirts with anything on it!" the problem is, i can no longer dress like i want, or express myself. i can only wear very plain clothes or shit gets weird. my psychiatrist and psychologist don't even really have any idea why this is going on or what it is. and i don't think they are aware of how much it bothers me. and it bothers me A LOT. and the same goes with my hair. i have long hair but i can't wear it how i would like cuz things get "weird." like i've described. sometimes i just want to shave it off. so, does anyone have any idea what the fuck is wrong with me???
  12. Has anyone else experienced hypersomnia and dizziness while taking Effexor? I get really bad dizzy spells sometimes, especially if I look straight ahead at something or haven't gotten enough sleep, but I feel slightly dizzy all the time. I have a hard time waking up before 10 am most days, today I slept until 11 am and yesterday until 1:30 pm. I've been taking this med for two years now. It didn't seem to make me so tired for the first six months but then the hypersomnia kicked in! I am only on 75 mg per day, taking it in the am (uh...whenever I wake up. Ha ha). Any thoughts? How can I combat this? It's really hard to fall asleep before 12 am at minimum, too...I would switch meds if not for the withdrawal!
  13. I am on 300 my of effexor xr and have been for several months. Prior to a breakdown, I'd previously been on between 75 and 150mg for maintenance and found I had almost no side effects (except for the terrible brain zaps when I'd miss a dose). Current meds are 300mg effexor, 50mg lamictal and 50 mg seroquel. Over time I'd like to decrease the effexor back to a level where side effects were minimal. First my doctor wants to titrate up on lamictal. My primary complaints are brain fog and sexual side effects. I know that these are not as serious as other side effects but they really do impede on my general enjoyment of life.. Basically I am hoping to hear from other people who have had experience with effexor at various doses and what their experiences with various side effects were. Thanks in advance for any replies.
  14. I have been on Effexor XR for about ten years. I know it has a bad rep, but it saved my life. Throughout the past decade I have bumped up my dosage when I could tell it wasn’t working as well and am now at 300mg. I am at the point at which is it not doing its job very well, so I am adding Seroquel tonight. I’ve tried Abilify and Adderall with no luck. I am a little nervous about adding the Seroquel. I’ve read that it can cause weight gain, which is something I do NOT need. I’ve struggled with my weight my entire life and it is on the high end now. Gaining more would just make me feel worse about myself. I have yo-yo-ed on the Effexor, but any weight gain was not due to the drug. I am hoping the Seroquel is similar in that it does not make me hungrier. I am already severely isolating largely in part to my weight. I hate that my identity and self-esteem are so tied to the numbers on a scale, but there it is. My depression does not necessarily lift when my weight is down, but when it is up, it is definitely an issue that makes me feel even worse about myself. The irony is that I teach sociology in college and am very vocal about gender issues. I rail against women being defined by their size, and yet the voice inside my head that is directed at me is the worst offender. I’m like a mean girl…but only to myself. Muah! My PDoc said that if the Seroqul does not work, we might consider working with a psychiatrist to try lithium or something different. He is a DO and admitted that if we begin mixing more drugs he’d feel better if we bring in someone with more expertise. I hope the Seroquel works so that I can avoid getting involved in all of that. Plus, I could really use the bump up right now--sooner rather than later. I’m in a downward spiral and want to stop it asap. Any advice for me regarding the Seroquel mixed with the Effexor?
  15. Hello all, I found this place via Google...looks like a good place to dump my crap. I'm a 36 year old male, recovering alcoholic/everything drug user (speed, crack, coke, acid, pot, inhalants, salvia, pills, mushrooms, to name a few). I have near 7 years sober, and I've been off and on Effexor a couple times the last 7 years. I went on for about a year from 2006 to 2007, got off for a couple years..went back on in 20010 for a little over 2 years. I quit Effexor in Feb of this year because I'd been feeling very fuzzy brained, numbed out, spacey & overall retarded. I could feel myself grasping for words..feeling disconnected, stupid and very far from myself (whatever that is).. Well, 6 months later and I still feel like I have dain bramage. I plan on seeing my dr. next week, and am leery of getting on another pill, but I wonder if the Effexor just quit working? I spoke to a doctor I know, who is also in recovery, and he said it could be anything from thyroid to a brain tumor, or depression. I knew I'd fail, but I took a stupid online depression quiz and it says I'm very much severely depressed. I'm depressed because of this retarded head feeling! I exercise about 5 times a week, eat pretty good, smoke cigarettes, and drink alot of caffeine. I currently take allopurinol for gout, and omeprozole for my stomach. If anyone has anything to suggest, please let me know... By the way, hi. *edit, i don't mean to be insensitive with the use of "retarded" - just the best descriptive word I can muster at this point in time...
  16. Hello. Amongst other things, I've recently been diagnosed with a severe anxiety disorder. I've been put on Effexor as my daily medication, and Ativan/Lorazepam as what I take to calm me down when I'm having a panic attack or when I'm going into psychosis. Obviously, Ativan doesn't stop the psychosis, but it makes me calm enough to deal with it rationally. I've had no negative side effects with Ativan so far. Effexor, on the other hand, hasn't been great on me. I haven't gained any weight; in fact, I've lost some, so there's one positive. But I'm experiencing constant dizziness, I've blacked out about ten times, I often lose feeling in my limbs, and it doesn't seem to be helping me much with my anxiety. It did at first, which was why I was let out of the hospital, but now it doesn't have any effect in that way anymore. I don't want to tell my doctor, because if they know that everything is getting worse and the meds aren't helping, he'll probably send me back there again, and there's no way in hell that I'm going back. So, I'd like to hear others' opinions; should I just stop taking Effexor and rely entirely on Ativan, or are there negative side effects to that, too? Have you experienced anything similar on Effexor?
  17. I have ADD (on Adderall), and have suffered from depression for years. I have tried every med, but the one that worked best was Effexor. Problem was that I would get the withdrawal symptoms if I was an hour or two late with my dose. SNRI seems to be the way to go, but I don't want to be on Effexor, and both Cymbalta and Pristiq are too expensive (no insurance), and not available in generic. I am currently on Prozac, and was wondering if adding Wellbutrin would be a way to go. In other words, is an SSRI combined with Wellbutrin equal to an SNRI? Can I get the benefits of Effexor through the use of two meds? If so, what form of Wellbutrin is best... Extended release? Generic? Thanks so much for any help anyone cangive me.
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