I tried about every antidepressant out there,after 5 yrs. They stop working. Panic attacks, very high anxiety and depression. Is effexor worth the risk??
Is effexor xr that scary to try??
Question posted by Gina y on 20 Aug 2015
Last updated on 5 March 2016
And i have ocd. Im really scared to take something that sounds so scary!! I was in bed for a year and a half from my depression. Have only felt a little better in the last 7 months. Is this drug worth a try??
If you're still looking for an answer, I'd have to say no. I've seen someone go through Effexor withdrawal. You may think, well, that's only a problem if you run out or have to come off of it. That's somewhat true, but why keep taking something that you know can do that to you? If it makes you feel like total garbage when you don't have it, you have to wonder what it's doing to you when you do have it. Get on a different med like Lexapro or maybe even Luvox. All SSRIs have some withdrawal effects because of the body's response to serotonin being somewhere it's not used to having any serotonin, but the withdrawal from most of them is nowhere near as painful as Effexor or Cymbalta withdrawal. I'm not a medical professional, but if I were you, I'd stay away from the aforementioned antidepressants from hell, as I like to call them.
It is worth the risk if you can handle the side effects. I've been on it for two years and honestly it saved my life. Now that my depression is under control. (not gone by any means) the side effects are to much. It has destroyed my sex life with my husband and made having an orgasam nearly impossible, but like I said it saved my life. The headaches are debilitating and drs just want to add more meds with different side effects so I'm researching coming off it all together. That in itself is terrifying. It's been the only med that has worked for me and the withdraws are horrific after only missing 2 days when I forget. It's a scary thought that literally makes me cry and panic to think about coming off but it's time to try something new. Did I mention in terrified?! Lol. Good luck and I hope you do more research on it before you take it, I wish I had... Praying for you!
This drug isn't any scarier then allot of the other anti depressants out there. It's an awesome med if its the right one for you. Yes I would suggest you give it a try. There isn't a med out there that you can just stop taking without titration so don't be afraid to give it a shot. Good luck!!!
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