My Wellbutrin is not working like it should. Depression/anxiety still present. Doc suggested Effexor. Would really appreciate feed back about the start up side effects and if it worked or didn't work. How long before it kicked in? I have heard it is hell to get off of. But if it works do not plan on stoping it. Currently on Amitriptyline 12 mg for sleep and Wellbutrin 150 mg SR 1xday. Cannot up the Wellbutrin due to increase in anxiety. Thank you for the any opinion/comments :)
I noticed a slight change when I started taking Effexor XR but then I went down hill about 1 month later blood pressure and heart rate went crazy. I am still having withdrawal effects from Effexor! I took Wellbutrin it didn't help me either! I don't recommend anyone getting on Effexor unless they can mentally take all the side effects! If it works and you stay on it you need to be prepared to stay on it and not miss any doses.
Hi, my friend! You know my opinion of Effexor by now, right? The best antidepressant ever ~ effective, safe, minimal start-up side effects. I like to say it saved my life. WC
PS, for unrelated medical problems I had to stop Effexor a couple years ago. On a decreasing dose over 2 weeks I had NO discontinuation syndrome effects at all.
JANIEBME; Hi chuck here Chemically these two medications are close but it really depends on what is the reason you can't take the SSRI I HAVE SEEN WHERE SOME PEOPLE BURN OUT TAKING SSRI's.And do well on SNRI's, Even if they are just like SSRI's, but they not only affect serotonin, but also norepinephrine in the brain. Has your doctor ever tried Just adding something like Abilify to what your taking now? sometimes with this combination it well help stabilize you. Let me know if this is not what your asking. This darn brain fog is catching up with me today. Chuck1957
Janiebme; lets start again!!! forget the Abilify all together. And if this was me I would have the doctor do one of 2 things change the lorazepam to Xanax or Klonopin to me they seem more effective for PTSD. Then slowly increase your Wellbutrin to the dose more effective at least 150 and the anxiety would be better controlled. Or go ahead and try the Effexor XR GENERIC AND START WITH THE 75MG SLOWLY INCREASING TO 150 OR 225MG and giving you alprazolam or Klonopin as needed and don't even worry about coming off of it with these conditions we are normally on it for long periods of time but if you do or when you do come off of it the side effects can be dealt with right if your doctor knows what they are doing, Talk with your doctor. these are both very effective treatments don't be scared to talk these over with your doctor. Chuck1957
I think it's great that some well-blessed folks do so wonderfully on their medications, with no side effects, and no withdrawal syndromes. But, in the real world, it doesn't work that way for 99.5% of people who go through this unpleasantries while trying to find the right medications to treat their particular situations. I've never been that well-blessed to be able to say that my medications work perfectly and that I've never had a problem getting off of certain medications, or switching to something else, or to wean off certain medications. That's why us poor unfortunate ones come here to try to find out that we're not just idiots, but that many of our support group buddies have had to go through some of the heart wrenching disappointments when we wait for weeks and weeks, like guinea pigs, only to find that we are on the wrong medication., or on one that doesn't work out for us for our particular problems.
And, from what I've been told, it gets a little more edgy when you add bipolar to anxiety and depression. I have had many friends in the past who suffered from bipolar ll, and ended up in the ER, many times, very ill and needing help with their meds which had quit working. All we can do is go through the paces till we find relief. I think most of the people I have talked to have been like me, having to try many medications and doses before finding the right ones for our particular situations. Some of us just aren't as well-blessed as those who claim that their medications are working perfectly, with no side effects, no withdrawal syndromes, when their doctor deems it necessary to change to another medication, or, preferably for some of the well-blessed ones, a "cocktail" of medications to treat their condition, with no problems or side effects. How blessed are they? Isn't that wonderful? But, I don't expect, in my case, for everything to be such a fairytale ending. I still continue to search and work with my doctor to find the best relief for me at any given point in my life. Janie, I'm sorry you haven't found the right combination yet. But, be patient. Like most of us here, it's not that simple. We have to go through so much to find the right treatment and get relief. That's just the way it is. I hope you find relief soon. So many of us understand your predicament - We've been there - or are still there - still searching. It is what it is. I will keep you in my prayers, Janie. You are such a nice person. Also, thank you Chuck 1957, for your compassion and empathy, to all of us, while you go through serious health complications in your own life. You put your problems aside, and try to make us feel better. You're a good man. And you are human, and you don't try to make us feel like you are better than we are. Please keep posting! Thank you.
Well Janie, join the club. Most of us have a difficult time, with the help of our doctors, trying to figure out which meds will be the "right fit" for us personally. But I guess we should feel bad, because you and I aren't among the millions who are taking meds with no problems or no side effects. Darn! I guess we are failures. But we can just keep on trying.
G mc, WildcatVet and Jamie and anyone else out here following this. I dough very much that there is any of us that don't have bad days, But none of us are failures, I have been pretty stable for some time. Where most would not even know I suffer from PTSD,AGORIPHOBIA,DEPRESSION, Anxiety, And a couple others they have on my list that I can't remember this all started for me when I was 21 but really all my life that is when I finally started seeking help. And I was in the Buspar study about 4 or 5 years before it came out on the market. So what I have been referred to as a Trailblazer. And that is what you are not failure's think of the people out there that have just given up and taken care of it there way, which is alcohol, other narcotic's or take there life. Yes I had tried that twice and failed. Thank God. I would not be in Reemission from cancer now that part I would not wish on anyone.
Anyway we just have to keep plugging along these forums are great to try and give back to people that have just about given up. This is all after trying almost every medication outside of Phenelzine is a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI's of any type) But we have come along ways Any you know they are on a trial basis finally come out with a blood test that well tell the doctors which medication to not even try on people. So it is going to get easier for everyone. And when the SSRI,AND SNRI'S CAME out on the market the doctor's thought we were all nuts that tried them and complained about coming off or going on them the weird side effect. So those were added later along with the brain zaps. ANYWAY ALL OF YOU DON'T GIVE UP!!! you never know what other things may be out in 2 to 5 years if the current one's are not working for you as well as you want and many time's it's like what Janice is going through she needs to be tweaked a bit to get the current meds to work. Or to try the Effexor. AS always I wish each and everyone of you the best that we can be. but failure no none of us are that. And if your having to much problems find another doctor. You are not crazy. This is a chemical imbalance and that is a whole other subject. Your all going to make it through this stuff you just have to have the right doctor, faith, a sense of humor, and stay positive. Charles Wise Sr. retired Cpht Pharmacy Technician . BEST WISHES AND THANKS TO ALL OF YOU IN MY TIME OF NEED. Chuck. then and now.
By the way, WildcatVet, I copied and pasted the following comment that you made, in part, through this conversation, which I assume you "mistakenly" posted the same exact comment 3 times, actually.
This part of your comment : "Yes, G, I MADE myself a LUCKY one at great personal cost but with courage and determination."
That was a quote from your post.
Just for the record... I ... G mc, never called you LUCKY. Better re-check for yourself, my girl. Nor did I intend to upset you so. Peace to you. It's all good. "G"
Not everyone has a problem w Effexor XR. I was put on Wellbutrin and immediately had agitation and anxiety so bad, I almost went to the hospital and I was out of town on a business trip. I was switched to Effexor XR and had no side effects what so ever. That was over 15 years ago. At one point in time I was on a pretty high dose. I had to reduce the dose due to possible interference with other medications. I had no problems reducing the dose. I don't know if that would be true if I tried to completely come off Effexor XR, but I love it and don't expect to change medications.
I've been on Effexor XR 150 mg for years.It's given me night sweats, a feeling of being warmer than everybody else. ( I always have the air conditioning on, but others feel cold.) I've gained weight, but Idk if that might be due to my other meds. It's hard to get off the Effexor, and when I miss a dose, I begin to feel nauseas within 36 hours of my last dose. It keeps me from being suicidal, but I'm thinking of going back on Wellbutrin, honestly.
I found that Effexor xr is the main thing that helped, I have been on it for atleast 5 years now, works great and no need to stop it, I did stop on my own once and that was hell, I noticed improvement about 2 weeks after starting it. Recommend a low dose first then up it if you need to. Again getting off it was hell and don't recommend it.
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