OK, so after reading all of the comments, I am SCARED to try Effexor. I have been on Zoloft for soon 2 years (I did`nt even know what zoloft was when I got it. long story I changed doctor) I am worse than EVER, and I was not even depressed when I`v got this. Felt likt the former doctor I had just treated me as a guinea pig. Throwing meds after meds and giving me NO info. Just to get me out of her office. And I where at that time molasted by another doctor that I was asking for help, got my C-PTSD, dissociation, anxiety diagnoses and was scared to death! She put me on heavy heavy benzo drugs, sleeping meds that after a while made me develop insomnia.etc etc ... I am now slowly trapping down zoloft... and we are talking about trying effexor. But after reading all of this... I don`t know if I dare. I know it`s individual, but I can`t go through more of this awful groggy, out of my self osv osv feeling. I don`t want a drug that I can gain more weight of.. cause that really does`nt help... and the gain weight is zoloft fault. I have been reading about Wellbutrin... please help me... should I try effexor?? or speak with my therapist and my doctor about another? as I got really scared
OK, so after reading all of the comments, I am SCARED to try Effexor. Been on Zoloft, did NOT work?
- 26 Aug 2016 by Calaquende
- 3 Sep 2016
- effexor, zoloft, depression, post traumatic stress disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, postpartum depression, major depressive disorder, doctor
I tried Zoloft, and it didn't work for me either. In fact, I've tried a whole host of different anti-depressants over the years to help deal with panic disorder/sleep disorder (my panic comes on when I try to sleep or fall asleep).
Then doc put me on Effexor, which I agreed to try with great skepticism. For the first time, in over 10 years, approx., I've been able to sleep without Ambien. You have no idea how big of a deal this has been for me! Life changing. For ME, this was a huge step in the right direction.
Just throwing in my 2 cents.
Since you have done your research on Effexor, you know the pros and cons. There are many other antidepressants you can try. You did not say what you have tried in the past.
You can try Wellbutrin but it is activating and can make you anxiety increase. Some people with anxiety do OK on it. If it does not work it is an easier med to discontinue.
Talk to your doctor and therapist about your alternatives.
Hope it all works out for you :)
Hi Calaquende. I am so sorry for your bad experience. I hope you reported the doctor who crossed the line with you. His license to practice medicine was taken away, I hope?
Years ago, I was in your shoes (the part about a doctor throwing bottles of pills at you). I was put on tons of medication and I was walking around like a zombie. I went to a new primary care doctor, and asked her to help me get off all the meds, and I did in 3 weeks, with no side effects. I was determined to get in control of my healthcare!
Next, she gave me Wellbutrin SR (when it was still possible to take brand name). I even quit smoking when I started on wellbutrin! Then she lowered my dose and I stayed on it for a long time.
As I said earlier, I had been put on many many different antidepressants and anti anxiety medications and even a couple of antipsychotic meds, and benzodiazepines, etc. through the years. Some were waaay too strong for me. I was practically walking into walls and loopy.
I always went back to wellbutrin whenever I started getting that "I need help" feeling.
If you are not depressed, why take an antidepressant? That's up to you and your doctor. But, on the other hand, antidepressants also work for the other diagnosis that you got, although it sounds like you weren't convinced that this was a correct diagnosis. Anyway:
1) For ANXIETY - I found a medication that works beautifully for me. I had never been given it before, I was always given benzos instead. My last doctor didn't believe in giving benzos for anxiety, because they carry the possibility of addiction with them. So she suggested Buspar. Best thing I ever took for my anxiety! Best to rid me of anxiety with the least amount of side effects! But it is different from benzos. Benzos (well, many of them) can be taken as a rescue med, that is , taken as needed. But Buspar, although an anti anxiety med, has to be taken on a regular basis, and taken every day, on a dosing schedule regimen (the way you would take an antidepressant). It can take 3 to 4 weeks to build up in your bloodstream to feel the full effects, but I started feeling better the first week!
2) Next: If you have trouble SLEEPING: I was prescribed Hydroxyzine Hydrochloride (brand name Atarax) and I sleep like a baby, and I don't have a groggy, hungover feeling the next day! It can slow down those anxious worrying thoughts if you take it during the day. Hydroxyzine can be taken either on a regular basis or as needed, either way. It makes me tired if I take it during the day, so I just take it at bedtime, as needed.
3) Finally - I only recommended to you what has worked for me, because these are some of the safest medications I have taken long-term, with great results and no lingering side effects. Let me know if I can help. Keep in touch, ok? "G"
It helps a lot of people and hits most of the important neurotransmitters. That said you would probably start off with 37.5mg for week 1, 75mg for week 2 and possibly go up to 150 or 225 depending on your feedback to your Doctor. Give it at least a month and I hope you find a good level and feel better!
I took Zoloft before and it made me think crazy thoughts. 2 months ago my dr wanted me to try Effexor. It didn't help me in no kind of way at all and I had the most aggravating symptom. I would wake up in the middle of the night at least 4 times to take a bath and change my clothes cause it made me sweat in my sleep. Since I've bee off of it I never woke up sweating again. Thank goodness!! My Dr is trying me on Klonopin 1mg 2 times a day if I need it,& so far so good. It has been the best one yet for me with my anxiety and panic attacks.
Good luck and I pray you can get some relief as well.
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