... anxiety attacks and they are getting worse. Is there anyone in here taking Effexor XR and how is it helping you? Thank you, Nikki
Hello all, one ? I am currently taking Effexor XR for anxiety and depression. But I'm still having?
Question posted by FDSAnxiety on 14 Nov 2009
Last updated on 12 August 2020 by WildcatVet
No one responds the same way to this type of medication so what works for me may not work for you.
Effexor is a great medication but for anxiety I'd go to one of the SSRI's... Lexapro, Prozac, Paxil, Celexa, etc.
Another option is buspirone which is specifically for anxiety and doesn't carry the risk of short and long term side effects for most people. It's not addictive like the benzodiazepines and doesn't cause memory loss, increased anxiety, and new/increased depression like they can.
I take it and it's been a life saver.
I am taking this for supposedly depression and anxiety. I feel horrible. Tightness in chest and tingling in my extremities I have only been on for 6 days and not sure if it's worth it I also get anxiety attacks more than before this feels horrible praying I will come out from this
Effexor seems to really be a bummer for anxiety... the only type of medications that work for me and for most others are some type of sedative.
Hi there I've been taking efexor for many years and on the highest dosage of 375mg, it used to help with my anxiety and depression yet I'm going to ask for a change. Saw an assoc professor at psychiatry centre and he recommended it.. It is thought they can stop being effective... Keep trying, don't give up and best of luck to you..
I have been on Effexor XR for about 11 years. It seemed like a miracle drug for years, but recently I've started having panic attacks again. If I skip it a day I feel o.k. but when I take it again, in a couple of hours I have a panic attack again. Guess it's time to switch to something else.
Effexor XR made my anxiety and panic attacks worse after only 3 weeks. Will start weaning tomorrow to a non-SNRI drug.
I have taken Effexor in the past but my advice to you if you are currently taking Effexor XR and still have symptoms that do not allow things to improve then you need to call your doctor and discuss this with him, sometimes it takes changing medications or using a combination of medications before you obtain the best results.
Yes i was also on effexor but it did nothing for me.Made my panic attacks worse and anxiety hit the roof,i had to wean off it.Im now taking prozac and xanax which is very good for anxiety and panic.I had not a good experience with effexor but then some people swear by it,everyone is different and what suits some,might not suit another.
Good luck with it,maybe suggest something else with your doc if you are not comfortable with the effexor,i'm sure you'll find something that suits you,there are so many to try and test,i know its frustrating but you'll get there in the end!
Hi Iam weening off effexor now. I find for myself that the anxiety and panic attacks are something that I have been going though all my life. Since I have gone into therapy that is helping more then the pills did. Don't get me wrong I have my bad days. I still have to take xanax when I get an attack. Talking in therapy has helped me understand why I have the problems I do. I don't know if that makes sense, but I have things from my childhood that have triggered a lot of these disorders that I have now.I don't have answers to everything and I may be like this the rest of my life, but talking and getting to know what is going on inside me has made a big difference. I now have a part time job 2 days a week and I am painting again. Before even on the medication , I could not leave the house. Pills are good but in my case I wanted to know why I was like this.
I felt like a freak a times and I still can't be around a lot of people but I have seen improvement in myself. It is so easy for a doctor to say just take a pill and that will take care of everything and it did for awhile.The effexor is a drug that helped me for a while. I think in your case you should sit and talk to your doctor and see what he thinks about maybe having you find a doctor that can get to the root of your problems. Please do not stop taking this drug by your self. I know in my case they had to increase the dosage. I was on 225mg a day and now I am down to 37.5. I don't know if this has helped you in any way. I wish you the best and remember talk to your doctor.
Hi this is vincent 1905. I have been taking effexor xr for 7 years. My doctor I am going to now is trying to get me off it. I am having some bad withdrawels and it is not easy but I want to get off it. I have a good doctor and I want to get to the real problems which is my past. Things that happen to me. I have had this all my life but did not know what it was. My mother and grandmother also suffered from panic and fear of prople. Today I had a really bad melt down but my doctor talked me through it. Stay well and there is hope.
Hi. I have taken it for about 7 years and it helped alittle at first but I still get panic and anxiety. My one doctor who is taking me off it does not like it because of the side effects and boy going through withdrawal is very hard. I went from225 a day and now this week I am down to37.5 and it is hard.
I have been on effexor for about 2 years and it has really helped. It did take awhile for it to really kick in. How long have u been taking it? U may just need to hive it some more time.
yea i remember it making mine worse then finally they put me on ativan..you should really probably be treated with an antianxiety medicine ,tell your doc that its makeing you worse
I took effexor xr until the dose could go no higher. It had no possitive effect on me what so ever. I can tell you I did have positive outcomes with my anxiety useing; lorazapam(adivan) ; (clonzapam) unsure of correct spelling on this one but it is pronounced; ca- lon-apen; and the most recent perscribed to me was ; (valum) I can confidently say these all provide positive outcomes. Everyone is different but I would say give one of those a try.
I took effexor for anxiety panic attacks and sleep disorder. It caused me to have heart palpalations and didn't help very much with the anxiety , I took it for almost a month and then I was switched to paxil later. Paxil stopped the panic attacks for me and also helps me sleep at night
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