I'm currently on week 2 or 3 of 187.5 mg and I'm having mixed results. My obsessional episodes still come on strongly sometimes and I am having anxiety in result of the obsessions. I have a doctors appointment in 2 weeks and think they may bump me up to 225 mg. I've been told that OCD requires higher doses in order to control symptoms. Anyone have any information or personal stories to share with me? I've been really struggling for the last 6 months with this disorder :(
I was on Effexor for about three years and developed OCD while on it. Particularly, Trichotillomania, which is pulling your own hair out. i was almost completely bald and really looked like I had been on chemo before i stopped taking it and started getting much better while on Lexapro. By the way, it was harder getting off of Effexor than it was going through morphine withdrawal. It took me about a month to get rid of the withdrawal symptoms of going off of Effexor. I would imagine it would be the same for all medications like it. Noripenephrin re-uptake inhibitors. I never had any problems going off of Lexapro, Celexa, Amitriptyline. I would seriously consider getting it upped, especially for the treatment of OCD.
My husband is on Effexor for OCD, and has been for several years. He has also come off of Effexor with no problem, provided he withdrew slowly, and I do mean slowly. I would open up a capsule and pour out a few balls at a time. I kept it at the same level for a week or two depending on how he felt. He was able to come down from 300mg/day to 150mg/day and it still held the OCD at bay. Sometimes it gets worse,as you know when under more stress than other times. Then he would just increase it up to 300mg. It only takes a few days for him to feel the effects, so he could also just stop taking the extra 150 whenever he felt the OCD was under control.
Everybody is different. What works for one person, may not work for others. As helpful as everybody is trying to be here, you may love the Effexor, or hate it, because you have a different genetic make-up from the others. It does take up to four weeks for the medication to work, and sometimes longer.
Best wishes to you!
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