were like killing me. I'm taking Effexor xr 225mg (but the brand name). I was taking Effexor XR 225mg generous for a month and I was feeling better, but I was such an idiot switching to the brand name for better and here I am like starting from the begininng... feeling worse the first week, and now second week stabilizing little by little. My patience is 0 right now... I think there is now light at the end of the tunnel. They are playing with our life... I paid 200 for the brand name and It's supposed to be the same drug but it seems it is not exactly the same. My psych told me stay on the brand name for a month because if I go back to the generous it might be worse... I'm so tired... this is hell. I have another question, I'm not bipolar but my doc recommended a mood stabilizer until the effexor kick in (if it will) called Lyrica ... never heard about that. Anybody has any idea, or did anybody with Major Depr take a mood stabil with Effexor XR? Thank you
I have read that there seems to be a difference between the generic effexor and the brand. I guess you need to stick with the one that works.
As far as a mood stabilizer, I have been on many different ones. Lyrica is an upgraded version of neurontin (gabapentin). It is great for neuropathic pain as well. I have taken lyrica for pain control but not as a mood stabilizer. I have, although, taken neurontin and it worked as a mood stabilizer. I take abilify now along with my antidepressants. There are so many drugs out there it is hard to keep track of them all. Adding a mood stabilizer to your antidepressant is not uncommon. Trust your doctor and give it a try.
Good luck with your struggles and keep communicating with the folks here and your doctor, it really helps,
Hi eleng, I'm also on 225mg and I have been for a few years now. I started off on Paxil and well thats another story... anyways, i think that if you give the brand name a chance you're system will even out. It does work differently in the body then the generic. I must say I am very lucky to have my Dr. She is so wonderful. In saying that, I think that you should consider looking for a new one. I feel that it is so important to be confident in your doctor and feel comfortable with him/her. At one point I felt myself slipping downward so she put me on welbutrin to help enhance the Effexor. She has since weened me off of that though. For me I think the Effexor doesn't work as well anymore but I have been on it for close to ten years. I'm at the highest dose now. My doctor and I have talked about switching to a different drug but honestly I am so terrified of that! The thought of weening off and starting new, and what if it doesn't work etc.
What I am trying now to do is just stay with the Effexor because it is a good drug but I am also looking deeper within myself. If I could afford counselling I would deffinately do that too. Somedays I would like to give up but as you said, my kids keep me going, and they need me. They are more important than anything on this earth, to me.
Do you have anyone that supports you? A friend or family member? That's also key in staying on track! We don't have to be perfect but just get through the day and remind ourselves that we are allowed to be happy and we are also allowed to feel sad and there is nothing to be ashamed about when it comes to deppression.
I have been on the brand name Effexor XR for over 10 years. I am now on 300 mg but want to go down as it is known to elevate blood pressure.
My first though at your question was that you were experiencing the withdrawal side effects. I guess the two are different enough to not keep whatever makes the icky side effects the same so you have had them. It took a full month for me to feel the full effects of it when I first started so you might need a couple of weeks to get used to a change.
I have not had a mood stabilizer so I can't say anything there.
I take venlafaxine 225 er along with wellbutrin. It works great. My doctor informed me that effexor works best with a anti-depressant... at least in my case. This is the second time I have been on effexor, the first was with zoloft and this time with wellbutrin. On both occasions I have experienced great results.
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