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  1. 1. What do you think of Effexor?

    • It helped me a lot
      29
    • It helped me a bit
      12
    • It didn't do squat
      1
    • It worsened me off
      2
    • It made me go completely nuts
      1
    • It felt like an acid bad trip but worse
      1
    • Getting off it was a horrible experience and was very weird
      4
    • The last four choices
      4


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Okay, I just had to ask about Effexor.  That antidepressant was one of the worst nitemares I ever lived in medland.  Yet, some people say it helped them.  Just trying to know if the freaky creeping adverse reaction I had to Effexor is something freaky rare or if it happened to others as well.  Took it for a month then discontinued because it was getting scary.

Thanx for input, I hope this poll is done correctly, first time I do one.

PBF

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Oddly enough.... Effexor XR helped me out a bit, and I also had ZERO withdrawl. I don't know if it would have neccasarily been that way if I had not gone to Cymbalta a few days after stopping Effexor, but who knows ;)

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i've been on effexor for 9 months now and at 300mg for about 6 months.  effexor helped me a lot.  it has kept me from feeling the hell i had felt before starting it.  only downside, if i miss a dose (4+ hrs late), i get all emotional and i get a terrible headache, neither of which go away after taking that late dose.  i usually don't feel better until the next day.  if i ever end up going off this wonder drug, i can see it being pretty damn tough.

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I really really like Effexor as a drug.  I'm bipolar and it works great for the depression.  Though Effexor alone is something I can't really say works in my position.  For a few months I was on the drug for just depression before my I switched psychiatrists and finally found out I was bipolar, then I had to go on something to block out the negative sides of the drug.  Effexor alone is NOT good for bipolar disorder, but having it paired with Seroquel (for a few months), Geodon (a few weeks), and now recently Klonopin, it's worked wonders.  It is a drug that that only works well for the depressive issues, for me at least.

Without a drug to balance it out I would become very aggitated/irritated and moody.  I would have odd and violent nightmares and hear/see things.  Perhaps you just need something to balance it out.

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I voted for "Helped me alot" but also wanted to vote for the withdrawal sucked option.  But, when it worked, it worked well and had very few side effects.

Yesterday, I went down another 37.5 and today I've got a headache from hell which could be tension, but advil and tylenol aren't touching it so in case it was the lower dose, I took the dose I was at the day before.

While discontinuing Effexor, each time I went down another notch of 37.5, I got the headache from hell. For me, they lasted two to three days and then stopped entirely, until the next dose drop. Like yours, no pain reliever helped.

Greeny

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I was titrated up onto 375mg effexor pretty quickly and it did bring me to the point of not wanting to kill myself every minute of the day.

Although now, I am getting terrible anxiety and pressure casue of external stuff going on and I feel like I am slipping on my grip of reality (whatever the hell that is anyhow).  As I type I am on the verge of tears and I just put up with it.

Anyhow you get that.

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Hmmmmmmmm...

I hadn't heard of Effexor affecting manual transmission abilities, but you never know... write Wyeth-Ayerst and see if they'll add it to their side effect list.

I'm glad to hear you're feeling better. Headaches. We hates them.

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Thanks, Greeny,

Next step down is tomorrow, I hope the rest of the taper down goes smoothly.

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I think I voted "helped me a lot" 2 or 3 days ago, more because of how I felt maybe 2 weeks ago than how I feel now.  My depression/worry/suicidal ideations are very situational, mainly coming from very low self-esteem and money troubles. 

I was hospitalized on 8/3 of this year (my 5th hospitalization in 6 years) and the pdoc at intake said she wanted to try something with a more "robust effect".  Also she wanted to explore the possibility that I was bi-polar because my mom is, and she said "if you're bi-polar, we'll know it because Effexor will put you into a manic state."  Until then, I had only been on Zoloft and for a short time, Paxil. 

Anyway, I noticed a difference (a BIG one) after 6 days.  It started with some really fun Matrix-like dreams, and then I woke up in a great mood; for all my trouble with worry and rumination, really had trouble thinking of anything that could happen that would really bother me.  This continued until maybe the middle of last week, when I ran out of Trazodone for sleep.  The pdoc at the mental health clinic where I go said "see if you can sleep without it, if you can't I'll write you a prescription for it the next time I see you."  I see him and my tdoc again this tuesday.  It's odd because I've been on Trazodone before (always for sleep) when I was taking Zoloft and never felt as good as I did for those 3 weeks or so in August.  And also because Effexor is supposed to be the really heavy-duty stuff, not the Trazodone.

I hope it's something as simple as the combination of Effexor and Trazodone is what accounted for my feeling so good for a while.  I can't think of anything else that is different between now and 1 1/2 weeks ago.  Anyway, Effexor by itself, at 150mg doesn't seem to be doing anywhere near as much for me as I originally thought, but I won't change my vote from "helped me a lot" just yet.  I'll see what happens when I'm back on the Trazodone for about a week.  I've always been very fortunate when it comes to side effects and meds though, so no complaints there, at least.

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