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  1. #151
    Madjl is offline New Member
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    Red face Effixor took my short turm Memory.

    I am 61 years old at this posting, I have been off of Effixor now for about 4 years. It still comes back to haunt me. I had every adverse effect you could think of. I was so mad at the Dr. for taking me off Zanax, that I had no problem with had been on it for over 10 years.
    In Feb 2, 2002 I ended up in the emergency room due to a bladder infection that backed up into my Kidneys. I was in and out of consciousness. I was close to death. The Dr. that took care of me in the hospital decided to take me off of all of my meds and Zanax cold turkey and start over with what ever I needed. I had no say. She put me on Effixor. At first I only noticed how my smell and tasted and vision was intensified. Then I noticed how long a second of time seemed. A second seemed like a min. I was so slow, I was out of sink with time. I was having trouble with memory, started gaining weight, sweeting terribly, couldn't sleep, nightmares, I consulted with my regular Doctor, as soon as I was released from the hospital. My regular Dr. told me to get off of Effixor as soon as I could. This was supposed to be non-habit forming. Well It took me 9 mos to get off of it total. I had ringing in the ear, a electrical pain in the back of my head when I didn't get enough of Effixor in my system. I dealt with it. I couldn't remember peoples named, etc. I looked up all the side effects and I had them all. I had brain freeze, black outs of the mind, Short tum and med term memory loss. I am still to this day having memory loss, once in a while a pain in the back of the head like a electric shock. I still have the buzzing or wringing in the ear. I had consulted a Lawyer. He said it was to hard to prove memory loss. So, I suffer to this day over a medication I never was told anything about. I know that I have seen more adverse reaction to Effixor them I have seen good. What happened to Xanax???? I was on it for years and it was fine. Just because it was habit forming was the reason it was no good. Well, So is Effixor. More so in my thoughts. It was the hardest to get off. I know depression is a terrible thing, I have panic attacks and now I am off all medication for depression and only take Atarax (Hydroxyz HCL 10 mg) for the panic attacks. It is non habit forming and works wonders. I now have a lot of medical problems and I just wonder how many of them are a side effect of Effixor. I pray you that want to get off it will do it and those that live with it God Bless you. We all have our demons, I have Concord mine. Once in a while I will have thought of taking my life, then it passes, with the help of my grandchildren. It is a demon and I over come it each time. I believe I am normal, as normal goes. But, I am writing about Effixor, to let you know that it can effect your memory. I found on the Effixor Wed page in 2002 that it was the side effect, but now I can't find it. I got off Effixor, by cutting the med in half and each mo I cut it in half again. Any faster, I would get the electric shock in the back of my neck with high pitch wringing in my ear. It is horrible stuff. Good Luck to all of you on it and trying to get off.

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    Hi, I have taken effexor. It has been both a blessing and a terrible experience at the same time. I had a major depression. I had to take it in combination with an anti-psychotic, because I was so depressed I was hearring voices. I was suicidal. I had real problems and it got me through it. I have been on effexor for the past 2 and a half years. 75 mg and then 37.5mg for the past 4 months and it has been 5 days since I stopped taking it. I thought I was better and attempted to quit the 75mg cold turkey. Very bad idea. The 4th day I started going through severe withdrawal. I would vomit everything. If I drank water I threw up the water. So I caved and started taking the drugs again and I felt ok. I went to see my doctor and he put me on a lower dose because I felt ready. I didn't have any problems when switching to a lower dose. And these past few days I've had a few dizzy spells and that is it. People say when you start effexor you feel better after a few months. In my particular case I'd say it took me one solid year before I felt better. And about 2 years before I felt normal again. I gained alot of weight. I went from a size 14 to a size 22W. From 155 pounds to 210 pounds. That is why I say it was both a blessing and a curse. All the same the drugs really helped me. They helped me because I had real problems. What I worry about now is losing the weight. And I also worry that I might never be able to be completely off the drug. I'm taking this a day at a time. And also when I feel dizzy or not so good I take an advil. And then I am ok. If I start having major withdrawal symptoms again I will start taking the 37.5mg again. But I really hope I don't have to. Also I don't need the antipsychotic anymore. I had worried it was schizophrenia or something but it was just the depression.

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    Cool My experience with Effexor

    Hi, I have taken effexor. It has been both a blessing and a terrible experience at the same time. I had a major depression. I had to take it in combination with an anti-psychotic, because I was so depressed I was hearring voices. I was suicidal. I had real problems and it got me through it. I have been on effexor for the past 2 and a half years. 75 mg and then 37.5mg for the past 4 months and it has been 5 days since I stopped taking it. I thought I was better and attempted to quit the 75mg cold turkey. Very bad idea. The 4th day I started going through severe withdrawal. I would vomit everything. If I drank water I threw up the water. So I caved and started taking the drugs again and I felt ok. I went to see my doctor and he put me on a lower dose because I felt ready. I didn't have any problems when switching to a lower dose. And these past few days I've had a few dizzy spells and that is it. People say when you start effexor you feel better after a few months. In my particular case I'd say it took me one solid year before I felt better. And about 2 years before I felt normal again. I gained alot of weight. I went from a size 14 to a size 22W. From 155 pounds to 210 pounds. That is why I say it was both a blessing and a curse. All the same the drugs really helped me. They helped me because I had real problems. What I worry about now is losing the weight. And I also worry that I might never be able to be completely off the drug. I'm taking this a day at a time. And also when I feel dizzy or not so good I take an advil. And then I am ok. If I start having major withdrawal symptoms again I will start taking the 37.5mg again. But I really hope I don't have to. Also I don't need the antipsychotic anymore. I had worried it was schizophrenia or something but it was just the depression.

  4. #154
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    Thumbs down EFF Effexor!

    My diabetes doctor put me on Effexor while I was in hospital recovering from 2 surgeries in 3 days. The nurses were supposed to turn me every 2 hrs., but they never did. They never even helped me to brush my teeth or clean me up over the course of 8 days (I was bed-ridden the entire time due to major fusion). Anyway, the doctor remarked, "You seem a little depressed (gee, imagine that!). I'm going to give you something for that."

    Of course, being in a stupor from the IV drip, I offered no protest. I *was* depressed in that excuse for a hospital. The dreary, rainy day on which I was released from the hospital, taken home in an ambulance, carried on a gurney up to my second story flat (clunk, bump "oops sorry"), was the happiest day of my life! It wasn't long until I stopped taking the Effexor cold turkey, after having only taken it for about 8 days.

    WHAT A MISTAKE! I think I can best sum it up thusly... I cannot stand so-called "chick flicks" (no sexism intended). Upon termination of Effexor I found myself not only addicted to these movies, but sobbing uncontrollably throughout them! Of course, I suffered physical nausea and the sweats as well.

    In retrospect, it has made for a funny story to tell others. But I can't begin to tell you how upset I was that this was prescribed to me while I was in a stupor, and without any precautions about withdrawal.

    When I finally got in touch with my doctor (who is in surgery often as an "expert" consultant), he chuckled when I told him I had tried to stop cold turkey (wasn't funny to me at the time). He cut my dose in half for one week, then 1/4 the next week, and that seemed to do the trick. But for some reason, I kept the remaining few pills around. I finally tossed the vial (vile!) out for good when I found myself contemplating taking one on an especially dreary day.

    It is beyond comprehension that a doctor would push this onto a patient who was vulnerable, and then not fully instruct them of the effects of withdrawal. This same doctor still has me taking Avandia. Methinks it is time to find a new specialist (and yet this man is HIGHLY respected within medical circles).

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    I am taking Effexor XR 225mgs for depression and anxiety/panic attacks. I was on 300 mgs and told my doctor that when I took the medicine in the mornings a few minutes after it kicked in my anxiety was 10 times worse. He thought it might have been too high of a dose, therefore dropped me down to 225mgs. I guess it helps with depression, but as for anxiety/panic attacks IT DOES NOTHING AT ALL. I too ran out of my effexor one time and thought I was going to lose my mind.

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    Effexor is a potent inhibitor of the reuptake of serotonin and norepinephrine-two neurotransmitters thought to play important roles in the pathophysiology of depression. Correcting the imbalance of these two chemicals may help relieve symptoms of depression.

    If you experience any of the following serious side effects, stop taking Effexor and contact your doctor immediately or seek emergency medical treatment: an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, tongue, or face; or hives); seizures; or an irregular heartbeat or severely high blood pressure (blurred vision, headache). Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue to take Effexor and talk to your doctor if you experience nausea, vomiting, upset stomach, abdominal pain, or loss of appetite or weight; dry mouth; drowsiness or dizziness; mild tremor, anxiety, or agitation; insomnia; abnormal dreams; sexual problems such as impotence, abnormal ejaculation, difficulty reaching orgasm, or decreased libido; sweating; yawning; or increase in blood cholesterol levels (detected by blood tests); Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.

    better Paxil i think

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    Default My story with effexor =/

    So here is my story with effexor...

    I was put on Effexor when I was 15 by a local small town doctor. Yes, I admit I was depressed. I had been through things no child should have to see. I honestly didn't feel any different, so after a couple of weeks my dosage was bumped up and up. By the time I was 17, I was way more depressed than ever. I have never in my life wanted to commit suicide and never once thought about it on my own. But from somewhere that ideal would just pop into my head. All I ever wanted to do was just sleep. It was kind of like I was just just there, blah feeling and was looking in on my life from the outside. I still continued taking the effexor due to both my doctor and mother thinking that I just needed a higher dose. Every time I told the doctor of these blah moods, random suicidal thoughts popping into my head that scared the ******************** out of me, he would just continue to up the dosage. Finally, when I went to college (3 years after being on effexor) I couldn't stand how I was feeling and decided to try my own route of things. I stopped the Effexor all together (bad idea). Within a week I was throwing up, had bad stomach cramps, migranes, etc... It got so bad at one point I passed out and woke up later at a hospital. Thankfully, the hospital had an internal medicine doctor that had some experence with Effexor and it's side effects. I was on all sorts of IV drips, and oral meds to decrease the withdrawal symptoms. After I was released (2 weeks later) I was able to stop the Effexor all together. Since then I haven't had a problem. I'm no longer tired all the time or in a "just there" mood. Last year I did go to a doctor after being severely stressed out (nursing school does that to you). I explained my reactions/feelings due to Effexor and was totally scared of trying another anti-depressant. I was put on a 5mg trial of Lexapro and did wonderful with it. I actually only took it for 2 weeks and was able to stop right away.

    Anti-depressants are a bunch of trial and error. What works for one person might not work at all for the other, might even make what depression they have much much worse. Hope that helps.

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    Default Relief from Effexor! ? or is it...

    Hello .. I have been taking Effexor for approximately 3 years for anxiety i developed over some pretty serious life issues. I have felt better and my situation has changed dramatically < wife , kids , good job> and felt the desire to "try" getting off of this drug that i didnt find all that bad to begin with seeing as it seemed to control my anxiety when i needed it. To Wean my self off this I spoke to my doctor and started to reduce my dose of 150 down by 37.5 for one month and see how it went, and next month same thing until i was finally done taking Effexor. 6-8 weeks after stopping this drug , and i have had really no side effects like i read in here, until lately and im not sure If its related to this or not. I get angrier than normally and tingly in the face. not sure if this is just due to stress that i am going through with work / life or a really delayed after effect of dropping this drug. anyhow seems better than i see most of the people are but perhaps speaking to my physician about his might be of some help. Anyone who has dropped this and not had a reaction til a extended period of time. let me know im curious to see if this is something normal or off the beaten path.

    Thanks Anxietysucks!!!

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    Question Venlafaxine..good or bad?

    Quote Originally Posted by Miles View Post
    Oona:

    Out of curiosity, you state that Effexor has "helped" you. Can you be more specific?

    Thanks!

    Miles
    Hi evry1,
    About 3 weeks back my GP started me on 37.5mg venlafaxine o/d for my unresolving depression, anxiety, panic attacks and stress. I'd been suffering with stress/anxiety since the start of the year roughly brought about my many life changing issues. 1. My split last yr from my ex husband of 20yrs, 2. Shocking financial problems, 3. My own sexuality dilemma which part way resolved after splitting up for my ex, to lead a full 'lesbian' life, something >> always hidden. I very quickly met a woman and we fell helplessly in love. She is 13yrs younger, Slovak, in a relationship with another woman and who lived 270 miles away. They split and she moved in with me and my brother but huge cracks appeared with my own mental health problems and my brother's who ,too, had just split with his ex after she'd asked him to leave. Our small 2 bed terrace became a melting pot of emotions, mainly my jealousy of them. I work nights and >> imagine all sorts all of which was in my head. This culminated with me going off sick from work on feb 3rd as my stress levels were unbelievable and work was being affected. Im a senior nurse on a very busy ward under enough pressure to start with.
    After 2 weeks off sick i had my first major panic attack. I found i couldn't breath, i was sweating, very distressed. My GF, Bro and Sis rang a helpline for help at about 1am and they sent the police??!!? They were really caring and eventually i calmed but all that i wanted was diazepam and a dr to cart me away to the local hospital to escape the situation i was in. This didn't happen. The following w/e my bro moved out. Things improved a little but my severe financial problems were accumulating at an alarmin rate. Panic attacks got more frequent and i started with paranoia, insane unconsolible jealousy etc. Cracks appeared with me and my GF.
    I eventually decided about 3 weeks back to ask my GP for venlafaxine after doin my own research. Prev. i had taken paroxetine 20mg od. in sept 2001- jul 2002. It had worked brill but i felt it changed me in many undesirable ways back then. I had weaned myself off them and needed nothin else since. (See my other posts/threads on my prev. addictions)
    Anyway enuff waffling on, i feel the venlafaxine are workin a little but im havin a few strange side effects. My mood changes to one of agitation, a little confused, i sweat, feel sickly and get indigestion. Im pres. it at night which i tried and it kept me awake. Morning made my mood worse initially and say early evenin i become unbearable to be with. I'm goin to try tonight just as im about to fall sleep literally on a stomach full of food.
    Can anyone offer any advice/guidance? It would be greatly appreciated,
    Regards
    Kerry.
    ps. im determined to cont. with them until i feel better.

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    Default Effexor and Corvitol Fainting

    Hello, I got a grandma who's about 75 years old. She takes 75 mg effexor and 1 tablet of corvitol a day. She's been taking corvitol for 1 year and effexor for 3 years. Recently I heard that she faintied for a few seconds and fell on the floor, something that didn't happen to her before. I would appreciate if anyone here knows if it's the corvitol or the effexor that's causing this problem?

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    Default Effexor XR

    I have taken all types of these med's for my depression over the years. I was on Zoloft at the time I was having some really bad back pain issues and went to a "Pain Clinic". I was crying (with pain) & depression from the pain - you know - a vesus circle - Anyway the Dr. said he wanted to change me from Zoloft to Effexor xr - 150. He actually wanted me to start off that amt. I called back & said I could not take this large amt. that it was making my head feel "weird". Could I not start slower? I also questioned him changing me. He said , "this was the "drug of choice" for me - because of the pain I have and that Effexor has something to do with the "brain receptors" ~ like you have the pain ~ but your brain doesn't know it - - ?? or feel it as bad ??
    Has anyone else ever heard this??????????????????????????????????????????

    Anyway - - I went back and started it very, slow - -(and I advise this to anyone starting it - - 37.5 - for a few days then to 75. - - I felt fine at the 75, so I figured why go up to the 150 like he said, so never did. My depression was better (AND I HAVE VERY BAD DEPRESSION AT TIMES)

    I can't remember how long I have been on Effexor xr 75 mg. but it has been at least 5 yrs...?? or longer.....If I skip my mistake 1 pill - I feel that "down" feeling. I have tried the 150 mg. and I don't like how it makes me feel in the head - so I stick with the lower dose. I do think sometimes I need something else because of my "ups & downs" with depression, but if I really focus on other people and not myself and pray alot then I sometimes get better.
    But, I do know that if it had not been for the Effexor, I don't know where I'd be now. Depression is a horrible disease.
    If this drug - helps you and you feel better on it - then WHY get off it????????????
    Yeah, memory is worse, but how do I know it is the effexor? Is Effexor the only thing you are taking?

    I'm taking other things too, like Topamax for headaches. I'd say that's my culprit for my memory problem! Topamax is the one I'd like to wean myself off of, but my headaches get so bad when I try.

    But as long as my depression is okay - or until you tell me one that I haven't already tried that works better - then I'll probably stay with one that works for me. I was almost suicidal prior to Effexor XR.
    Last edited by jewelpet; 07-25-2008 at 12:48 PM.

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    Default Effexor xr & breastfeeding

    After being on Zoloft for 4 years my dr said I have become tolerent to it. He prescribed me Effexor XR 75 mg. After reading this thread I'm a little nervous in starting this medicine. I am currently still nursing my 7 month old and was told this med was safe for breastfeeding mothers. Everything I read states NOT to take while breastfeeding.

    Please advise if familiar with my situation.

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