I have been treated for depression for over 20yrs and now have severe major depression for last 6 months. I take 150 mg Effexor XR and it doesn't seem to be working. I also have anxiety and panic attacks.
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21 Jun 2012
What is a good medication is what I am on. Citalapram. I used to be on Cymbalta, but they ran out of samples at my doctor's office. I was on the Lily cares program. I'm not sure how much Citalapram is. I get 30 in a supply. I was also getting anxiety and panic attacks. Mine was due to a ltitle trouble at home ( which is ok now) and just knowing I had to go to work with my Assistant Manager made me SO nervous. But we straigtened everything out. Had a BIG blow up with him Monday night. He doesn't know what caused it. He was just the final straw. He doesn't know about my problems or my female stuff. I hadn't gotten myperiod in 8 months and I FINALLY got it the other day. Go figure. How long have you been taking Effexor? If you are working, try and find out if you have an Employee Assistance Program. That's what I did. They helped me. I am still a little depressed,( don't know why; probably hormone changes; I am 46) but I can work thru it.
23 Jun 2012
I have taken many different depression meds. The trouble with this type of medication (effexor XR also) is that the technicians, doctors etc. that design this don't really know what makes them work. So prescibing them is a hit and miss. For example: when I took Prozac it made me a reck, crying all the time, it was horrible but it might work well with someone else. I know it can work for alot of people very well but has the tendency to quit working at anytime of the administration period. Celexa is very, very inexpensive ($6 - $9!) and works a little different than the competition. It actually changes the brain funtions for ever, but for the better of the individual. I have tried about 5 different depression pills. You need to try some different types but have a spouse or someone closely monitor you from the outside looking in for any severe changes for the worst. There is nothing to fear as long as you have this type of support.
When I used Effexor XR it made me very hyper and nervous, and alot of them work but some of them hype you up to get you out of the depressive hole. But depression is deep lows and extreme high spirits, sometimes too hyper! Zoloft, Paxil, Cymbalta, there are many. Seeing a Psychiatrist, which is a good idea anyway because they are good with these types of meds. Also check your symtoms for Bi-polar this will make your life full of up's and down's also! A good treatment for this is a combination of seizure medication of Trilepital, Lamectal (all come in Generic form) Celexa, a mild Benzodyasipine (Xanax or Klonipin) for nerves (*CAUTION!) If you take this medication, only take it as needed so you don't become dependant, on these sometimes dangerous drugs. I don't care what the doctors say. This drug is not to be taken on a regular basis. It is designed for short term nerve therapy as needed. If you are taken off of this abruptly, hang on for the worst ride of your life. Just go to the hospital and tell them your prescription has ended abruptly. I was cut off of Zanax and figured I was tough enough to ride out the storm (Bad answer!) I went through what is called a withdrawl loop. Had I not have come to the doctor in 3 weeks! I would have died. My weight went down to 122lbs. !!! Many and constant hallucinations, bugs, people, ect. Dreams from hell! on the 3rd week I gave in because my liver felt like it was hitting my backbone, incredibly painfull and very high pulse and blood pressure. Basically, don't mess around! this is a serious drug. Do not take zanax or klonapin also if you are taking pain medication, if you have to, take it in lower doses. Taking both together can cause central nervous system distress, shallow breathing, 30 beats per minute (heart) etc. Good luck my friend, you'll find the right anti-depressant just keep on keep'n on! Sincerely, toddly10.
4 Jul 2012
I also have been threw this ! I was put on lamictol no side effects it keeps mania stable but as for depression up & down vybrid done great but I gained some weight on it & it says it has low effects on sex drive & it did me . I'm now trying risperdal starting tonight we will c how that goes . Cymbalta is a good medicine also but messed with my blood pressure hope u find something to help you soon .
25 Jul 2012
Hi, I can only tell you that I was on 300 mg of Effexor for depression and then i took 1mg at bedtime of Klonapin and one in the am.
My ins. won't let me use these drugs and I am on more drugs and am not doing well at all. Since the change I have my vasculitus back, my eyes have 3 different things I am deft in my right ear and looseing in my left. So now have 3 new specialists to go to along with a neuroligist. So go slowly when changeing meds it can really make things worse.
25 Jul 2012
Great answer for anti's. Trial and error, unfortunately. It can make you crazy. But you have to find out what works best for you. It's hard, I know. I have been there! It takes tiemf or your body to adjust. It's a pain in the ass! Keep in CONSTNAT contact with your doctor. Bug the HELL out of him if you have to! Who cares?
26 Jul 2012
i suffer from major depression severe. so far my course has been welldutrin(bupropion) which worked for alittle while until i had a seizure. zoloft(sertraline) which worked shortly abilify which made me gain weight now i take effexor and amantadine so i really don't know what works its just trial and error but thats what ive tried so far i hope this helps
28 Jul 2012
For ME personally a combine of celexa in the am and trazodone in the pm has been quite helpful. Also read, I have xanax for when I cant cope and adderall if I cant get outta bed for a week. And baclofen for neuromuscular spasms, that ones more medical, and what used to be serious painkiller addiction now managed with methadone.
Still some days are better than others. I like hearing from others who deal with both physical and mental torture. (Sorry, today's a kinds bad day. Rainy and t.-storms)
29 Jul 2012
I am not a doctor, but I take Effexor XR, 150 mg, 2 times a day for depression,but another med called Klonipan for anxiety, and one (concerta for ADHD. Sounds to me like you might want to address more than the deppresion? If you are getting treatment, I would discuss it with your doctor.
30 Jul 2012
Regarding my change from Effexor XR to Pristiq, I had to keep increasing my Effexor to treat my depression over a period of 7 years. (Although after a major stroke and 24/7 migraines I had a lot more to be depressed about.) But when changing to Pristiq, I went on the smallest dose possible of it.
Do these anti-depressants sometimes stop working as well with time?
30 Jul 2012
Hello, and I hope you are feeling better. A little anyways. I have suffered from major depression most of my life. I was raised in an alcoholic home with an abusive father for several years. My parents divorced when I was 10. This made me happy. However at 11, my 17 year old sister got a rare form of cancer, and lost her one year later at the age of 12. I started drinking when I was 14. How sad that is. Life had it's up's and down's but nothing really major happened after that until I was 21 yrs. old. My very best friend in the whole world, my mother, suddenly had a stroke, and I lost her. Unfortunately I turned hard core to alcohol. I met my ex-husband at 22, and it became an abusive marriage for five years, during in which my father passed away too. I had two children from that marriage, and was a single parent for years. I remmarried 10 yrs ago. This time to a wonderful man. But unfortunately when my boys got older they became a little rebellious and curious about things parents don't want their kids to be curious about. one of my sons got on drug's really bad, which was hard for me. He did however stop and cleaned his life up. I won't go into details, but an incident happened one night and he was at the wrong place at the wrong time, and was put in jail and remained there for six months. The hardest thing I ever went through happened then. I got a phone call saying he tried to commit suicide. After that he would call me crying, saying how he just wanted to come home. This was my first born baby. Well he was a grown man now. Never cried. Until then. I had I guess what you would call a mini breakdown. I couldn't get my baby out of this one. I became severely majorly depressed. I would cry all day long. I had severe panick attacks where I couldn't breathe and I would break out. My chest would hurt soo bad and my heart would beat so fast. This happened just 2 1/2 yrs ago. I have went through 6 phsychiatrist's. Oh..he got out of jail and things did work out, but my depression was still there. I just now within the last 3 months, believe it or not, have found a combination that works for me. Before it was uncontrollabe crying all of the time. Talk about being sick of being sick. And I have a 5 yr. old. I was taking Pristiq. Well my current phsychiatrist put me on Wellbutrin, and it worked about 50-70 percent. He then put me on Lamictal. And I was already taking clonazepam for the panick attacks/anxiety. Now everyone is different, but let me tell you... the crying stopped. My panick attacks decreased. I started smiling and actually laughing again. I don't want to sleep all day anymore. I can play with my little boy, and enjoy it. My point is, it may take some trial and error, but if you stay at it, you will find what is right for you, and when you do, it is so worth it. You still have the memories of the pain and grief you experienced. And sometimes you will still feel it. Or at least I do. But I can handle it so much better on the right medication. I'm not one bit embarrased that I have to take it either. It's a lifesaver for me, no matter what anyone says. Please don't give up. Keep the faith. If you don't have any... I pray that you will find a little, and it will go a long ways. And a little hope wouldn't hurt a bit too. I wish you nothing but peace and happiness. Good luck to you. Take care. Your friend, Ruthie
31 Jul 2012
I have severe depression too and take Celexa 20 mg. I think we will be moving up to 40mg though on my next visit. It has seemed to work very well for years
now, but it does tend to "wear off." Then you have to switch and every time I do that I end up more depressed. So, Celexa is the best for me personally.
Not sure if you have ever tried that one???
I also take Xanax for anxiety. Works wonders!
I hope that helps. If you have any other questions please feel free to email me.
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