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For Major Depressive Disorder "Have major depressive disorder, PTSD, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, and chronic pain, high BP and cholesterol, low thyroid. Started taking Fetzima 20 mg for two days and then 40 mg daily for the past seven days. It stopped the traumatic thoughts at night but need to quit it due to so many awful side effects....slight nausea and light headaches the first few days, awful insomnia, very dry mouth, sore eyes and less clear vision, twitching in corner of eye, hot sweats switching to my whole body feeling cold, muscle cramps in legs, bad constipation. So sad because it was the only antidepressant that worked for the PTSD. It probably did raise my blood pressure but I did not check... got bad headaches like I do when BP is up. Good luck everyone."

   
3.0

7071 February 4, 2016

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For Major Depressive Disorder "Started taking 60 mg in the morning for 9 days and then increased the dosage to 80 mg for major depression along with anxiety. The main effects I felt were extreme agitation, irritation, and anger. It was next to impossible to concentrate on anything. My body and brain were very restless. Realizing that antidepressants take some time before they reach full effect, I tried my best to push myself to stay on it to see if I experienced any improvements. I didn%u2019t. So, after 5 weeks, I stopped taking it."

   
1.0

Nick-X January 29, 2016

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For Major Depressive Disorder "I am writing this in memory of my husband. My husband was on anti depression meds for many years. His doctor prescribed fetzima. I wish he never had taken it. I found him after he committed suicide.This was in April 2014. Please be so very careful if you do take this medicine. I miss him everyday......."

   
1.0

for my husband (taken for less than 1 month) January 27, 2016

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For Depression "I tried 40 mg of this medication for about 8 weeks. Initially (1st 2 weeks) it seemed to work. Then, for the last 6 weeks, it seemed not to work. I had side effects of tummy pain, leg cramps and irritability. My doctor insisted I was getting better and just needed a higher dose. So she put me on 80 mg of this medication. I began to experience extreme bursts of anger and negativity, which of course only worsened the depression. I also had horrid stomach pain and couldn't tolerate it. After going off the medicine, I felt much better. No expense, no leg cramps, heart rate down, rage bursts abruptly stopped after about a week. Yay, I guess. Back to Amitriptyline..."

   
2.0

Tina R. January 19, 2016

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For Major Depressive Disorder "I did not have any negative side effects from Fetzima, and it is the first things that has worked for me. Do not drink alcohol when taking this at all; I did and it made me feel extremely depressed. I actually feel like a person now, and I have so much more energy."

   
8.0

namelessinoregon (taken for 1 to 6 months) January 14, 2016

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For Major Depressive Disorder "I have adult ADD,anxiety and Chronic Pain. Had to switch doc's (he moved) and the new one insisted I try Fetzima. I have been on it for a week. In addition to severe nausea & vomiting my stomach is rigid. I have been having bursts of rage that have started to become directed inward. Thoughts of self-harm (though not ones I would act upon). Have had flashes of suicidal ideas & am sad. I wasn't sad at all before I took this drug-just anxious & couldn't focus. I have had serious problems with all antidepressants I have tried in the past. I'm reacting in a similar way though it is less severe and my anxiety (when I'm not angry) is marginally improved. Not enough benefit to outweigh thoughts of self harm & suicide!."

   
2.0

Tiredlytrying January 14, 2016

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For Depression "Took a 6 week trial of fetzima, after trying Zoloft (which I hated) and Celexa (which was ok). Fetzima seemed to work well! No more bouts of crying or crazy attitude. But my blood pressure and heart rate sky rocketed! While exercising my heart rate would increase to 200bpm! Resting could sometimes be 120 bpm! And although the feelings of depression had subsided, I had my heart to worry about. Not worth the overall long term damage to my body..."

   
6.0

Xris-t (taken for 1 to 6 months) January 13, 2016

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For Major Depressive Disorder "Flu like symptoms, totally unable now to control my blood sugar (way too high 150 to 200 I'm 5'6" and weigh 220), totally unable to control my Blood Pressure -its 220/110.very regularly I'm a heart patient on Ranexa, -on depression -some improvement (very little) on Anxiety every day I take it my confrontational Assertiveness and Anger continue to grow, I have some serious meds for insomnia that are now useless, totally not sleeping. I may have to "admit" myself to get a better solution sooner."

   
2.0

Joel4th (taken for less than 1 month) January 11, 2016

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For Depression "nausea"

   
3.0

Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month) January 8, 2016

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For Major Depressive Disorder "By the afternoon of the first day I started Fetzima, my lymph nodes were swollen and tender to touch. It feels like it just keeps getting worse. I'm now on my 3rd day and have pressure in my face and ear. I thought it was a cold, but after reading some of the posts, I think it may be related to the Fetzima because I have no other "cold" symptoms. So, I figured I would share my experience so far it case someone else has experienced the same thing."

   
1.0

Nicknamesaredifficulttocreate December 10, 2015

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For Major Depressive Disorder "I have been on and off different antidepressant meds for years. I started Fetzima at 20 and ramped up to 160. Couldn't really tell much difference. I also take 400 mg Wellbutrin twice a day and Deplin (supposed to help stuff cross the blood brain barrier). I was only on Fetzima a few months (3-4?) with questionable improvement. Have now weaned completely off and now starting LIthium. Starting with 300 mg but will eventuall be at 900 mg. Changed Wellbutrin to name brand (NOT generic) 300 mg SR daily along with the Deplin. I just need something to help soon. I have been fighting this for so long, and I am almost at the end of my rope. I have been unemployed over a year, which just adds to the stress and strain."

   
3.0

smortontx December 6, 2015

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For Major Depressive Disorder "Was only able to manage a week on on this drug.. 40mg. The side effects where pretty intense and intolerable. Cold sweats, nausea, headaches, and sexual dysfunction where very strong. Maybe some other less noticeable side effects as well, didn't stay on long enough to pinpoint. I did not notice any benefits during my brief use. I am also taking buproprion and did not adjust my dose after starting fetzima.. which I now realize I should have considered. Fetzima has a 1:2 seretonin:norepinephrine reuptake inhibition ratio, most SNRI have between 20:1 to 5:1, so Fetzima is fairly unique and probably could have replaced my ssri and buproprion. Found something new and wont be trying again, the side effect were just too bad."

   
1.0

DoJo SF November 14, 2015

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For Depression "Horrible. I have suffered from anxiety and depression for many years. Doctor decided that I would try this medication. I have tried over 30 medications with no results. This medication significantly increased my anxiety. I have social anxiety and normally only become anxious in social situations. When taking this medication I became anxious 24/7 and the anxiety intensity also increased. I felt like I was dying."

   
1.0

chess52424245 October 29, 2015

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For Depression "I was on fetzima for about 8 months ending at 100 mg. I now have severe dry eyes with possible glaucoma. This medicine make me very manic with severe dry mouth, eyes and dry skin. I thought is was my sinuses that gave me the terrible pain in my eyes so after waiting to see a specialist ENT and eye Dr. I am stuck with lose of vision . I have been on antidepressents for years and have never had a problem like this. I Have been off fetzima for 2 months a still suffering the side effects."

   
1.0

xannxxxxxx October 27, 2015

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For Major Depressive Disorder "I am going to try a different A/D as this is NOT working out. I started out taking 80 mg of Fetzima 3 months ago, & the doctor lowered my dose to 40 mg about 6 weeks ago because of anxiety. Fetzima has worked for my depression but my anxiety is through the roof! I also sweat like a pig & that causes my electrolytes to flush out, then I start getting severe body cramps. One moment I feel hot as can be, then the next I am cold as ice. I have "never" had side effects like this on any other A/D, and I am done with this!!"

   
4.0

I dont like the anxiety I feel (taken for 1 to 6 months) October 16, 2015

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For Major Depressive Disorder "Partially effective on its own, but effective when combined with sertraline (Zoloft). Only side effects are racing pulse & ridiculously expensive."

   
7.0

RaiMah (taken for 1 to 6 months) October 14, 2015

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For Major Depressive Disorder "I started taking Fetzima as an alternative to citalopram, as it was no longer effective for me. I immediately started feeling sick (queasy, light-headed). My doctor told me those were withdrawal symptoms, but I still feel them weeks later. I quickly became irritable and have gotten worse and worse. I'm hot and sweaty most of the time, but when I'm cold I also sweat. The irritable and constant crying have caused me to gain weight as I'm eating all the time to try to feel better."

   
2.0

TheTinaAbides September 26, 2015

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For Major Depressive Disorder "I am on day 12 of Fetzima 40 mg and feeling awesome! I've dealt with depression for over 15 years and I've never had a medicine work so quickly. I am also on Abilify 5mg a day. I've been on just about every med out there except MAO's.My advice to you is to keep on until you find the right med for you. There is light at the end of the tunnel!!! My side effects are bad headaches but I will gladly deal with that to finally feel like a normal human being again."

   
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smilingagain September 25, 2015

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For Major Depressive Disorder "This medication made me feel shaky, nervous and very angry. It was horrible. I went back to effexor xr 225mg. I am much better"

   
1.0

Binkymax September 23, 2015

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For Major Depressive Disorder "Tried this med after failure with a few other drugs (paxil, lexapro, remeron, prozac, buspar). Figured since I really wasn't tolerating the SSRIs that maybe I had a dopamine or norepinephrine problem. I have anxious depression. Could only tolerate this medication for about a week and a half and I consider myself pretty strong and able to suck it up since these meds take time to work. My sleep became terrible (nightmares, even if I did sleep) and I was super anxious, dizzy, and shaky all day. Week and a half and I had to call it quits. Would not recommend this if you have anxiety but then again, some people get anxiety relief from similar norepinephrine drugs (Wellbutrin or Pristiq). Not for me. Oh, and the cost was insane. $300/mo"

   
2.0

Brett84 (taken for less than 1 month) September 18, 2015

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For Depression "I was switched from celexa to fetzima. I started on 20mg for a few days then increased to 40mg. It did not helped my depression at all. I was crying and repetitive thoughts. Side effects were awful: constipation, dizziness, retrograde ejaculation, anxiety, irritability etc...I switched to viibyrd. So far its a lot better."

   
2.0

bamakc32 (taken for less than 1 month) September 8, 2015

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For Major Depressive Disorder "Not that great of a drug! I am finally off of it and can say it was terrible. It worked ok in the beginning but it made me so unstable and miserable. Another drawback was the any small amount of alcohol would leave me feeling out of control. I'm off of everything and feeling great mentally. I suffer from neuropathy, anxiety and depression but I think the depression and anxiety came from the Fetzima. Dr game me cymbalta 60 which was too much (bad reaction) so I'm going to try 30 Mg for my pain and neuropathy to see what happens."

   
1.0

Pms2773 September 5, 2015

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For Major Depressive Disorder "Developed condition of depressive ice disorder that I couldn't even get out of bed - odd for type A person of high activity but doctors decided it was a form or norepinephrine depression related to high dose and bad reaction to fludrocortisone I had to take fetzima was only medicine of 13 tried to have sufficient efficacy. It was truly amazing that chemical imbalance can result in this inertia. However... Early on jitteriness nausea, insomnia, irritability, lower anxiety threshold made me wonder if this was a good decision.... After 9 months. Efficacy there- good enough for me to do the heavy lifting to get myself into new habits, new social situations, etc. irritability itself waned, sleep problems continued, causing more problems"

   
5.0

Map1155 (taken for 6 months to 1 year) September 4, 2015

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For Major Depressive Disorder "I've been on the max dosage 120 mg for 3 months now and feel more human than I have in years. The only reason I didn't give it a 10 rating is because I do have side effects that include: severe sweating, easy bruising, occasional aggressiveness (may just be my personality as I get it under control pretty quickly), my blood pressure (normally very low) has seen a changeable elevation, increased flatulence, migraines linger longer (though I get them less often). While I would love to find a medication that has me feeling this human without the side effects, so far this one has worked better than any of the others I've tried."

   
8.0

Less Side Effects Than Others (taken for 1 to 6 months) September 2, 2015

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For Depression "My doctor gave me this medicine as a treatment for my depression, I also suffer with anxiety. I tried it for a few days and I have to say the side effects really beat me up. I would wake up feeling so crazy and on the second day I had an intense crying/yelling manic anxiety attack. The next day I was laying down feeling relaxed when my heart rate and blood pressure suddenly shot up. I didn't feel anxious or anything it was just my heart rate that shot up it lasted about 30 mins and it was scary to say the least. This drug may be effective for some people but as for me it simply didn't work, maybe if I took it longer but I was risking my heart health. I'm 25 years old I'm to young to be living like someone 3x my age"

   
1.0

Ben_Y (taken for less than 1 month) August 25, 2015

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