My Dr suggested that I try Effexor since Zoloft had horrible side effects for me. I am very worried about Effexor after reading all these reviews. Has anyone had positive results when taking this for anxiety? Thank you.
I know of of folks who have had both good and bad to say about both. These work differently for each person. Also, these meds need time to take full affect. You won;t know until you try it, just be sure you are properly (with the Dr's help) very gradually weaned all the way off one before you begin another, then, as I said, give a minimum of 7-10 days to 2-3 weeks before you report to the Dr to see if an adjustment is called for.
I've taken it for years and it helps me. It has helped far more people than it has not helped. You tend to notice more bad then good when looking these Meds up, Atleast I do. Trust your doc. If you don't like the way it makes you feel, your can always switch to something else. Good luck, -prayers-
Hi, alicia! Let me tell you a secret. For every bad review you read there are about 25million people who are tolerating the medication well. Which is not to say you COULDN'T have a problem, but most people don't. Notice how many reviewers rate Effexor/venlafaxine from 8-10.0.
I've been on venlafaxine for about 5-6yrs and it'd the best ~ and only ~ medication for me. It works like a charm and the only side effect I ever had was cotton mouth for the first few days I took it.
Here's a thought that might be a little reassuring. Plan to start your new med on Friday night and have someone with you for the weekend. You'll know if you're having side effects by Sunday night.
I wouldn't expect much more than dry mouth (ice) or a little nausea (soda crackers/ginger ale).
Best of luck to you Let us know if we can help! WCV
I have been taking Effexor for the past 8 years. I was also very nervous when my Dr told me I needed to switch meds because my old one stopped working for me. Effexor has worked out great for me. You will have a few side effects with almost any meds u take but give it time. Hope it all works out for the best!!
I found Effexor worked well for me. The big drawback is that if you want to stop it can be difficult. It took me 10 months to withdraw after 9 years on Effexor, but I had no withdrawals. The only side effect I had from 150mg daily dose of Effexor was weight gain. We all react differently to anti depressants. What suits one person, may not suit another. Yes Effexor stopped my depression and anxiety. Now I have stopped I have become anxious again. I will not go back on Effexor if I can help it because the withdrawals can be bad. But if you can tolerate it, and take it for the rest of your life, it may well help you too.
Let us know what you decide.
I can't say that my experience was at all positive; I started noticing, especially as a mathematician, there were certain concepts I had lost the ability to explain clearly. Basically, a lack of clarity of thought. But, there was a reason this happened to a 28yr old and a reason why any one of the new class of SSRI, SSNRI, SNRI drugs do not do particularly well in trials. In your liver, there is a metabolic complex of channels called the CytochromeP450; there's the CYP2D6, CYP2A4, etc. Each is responsible in part for breaking down medications into their effective forms so the body can get the desired effect. The problem is that human evolution has created several mutations of 2D6, 2A4, et al. that have managed to affect the efficacy of how we metabolize medications. Someone with the CYP2D6*4 variant cannot metabolize codeine and many other pain medications.
Preventing metabolization of codeine into morphine, which is the drug that kills most of your pain is like taking your Tylenol3 and making Tylenol - 3. The same is true for all variants of the reputake inhibiters. Many of us have inherited one or more mutated version of a CYP450 channel that can allow toxic levels of these drugs to build up and in extreme cases cause potentially deadly serotonin syndrome OR conversely allow the drug to pass right through you as if placebo. This is the reason psychiatrists, psychopharmacologists, and even your internist can only but roll the dice on 1) which medication you'll tolerate and 2) whether it'll treat your symptoms. If you ever ask someone who is on one of these new generation of depression drugs, I bet they've been on at least one other if not more. The odds in some cases are simply against you and our care takers with MD behind their names are often sitting on the same odds. The holy grail 'if then' for them is "if a family member is being treated with drug A for similar symptoms and has been responding well for some time, prescribe drug A, else roll the dice ... Lexapro, Effexor, Zoloft, and if none of those work then there's always Wellbutrin.
Long-winded but simple conclusion: get the generic test that tells you what versions of these metabolizes you have, not only will it probably save you money but more importantly your sanity.
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