I'm thinking about asking for effexor but I'm not sure. I'm trying to find something to help with my mood swings. I feel angry most of the time, I freak-out over the smallest things. Thanks
If you are suffering from depression as well as aggressiveness, then Effexor may well help. Other medications you may consider are Lamictal, Depakote, and Abilify. Each of these medications are prescribed for mood swings.
Best to discuss your options with the doctor as he/she will know all the possibilities. Good luck and keep in touch,
I have been recently prescribed prozac,which i find is good at the moment,i used to flip at the smallest of things like you described,but i also suffer from anxiety/panic and depression. my doc put me on lexapro for a while but changed me to effexor which i had'nt a good experience with,but everyone is different,some swear by it and said it saved their lives,just what works for some disagrees with others.Speak to your doc about how you're feeling,then he/she can establish what meds may suit you best.
Good luck with it
It won't matter what medication you are on unless you have the right frame of mind. I know that sounds stupid because of what the bi-polar does to us but its true. I take max dosage of Wellbutrin and quite a high dose of lithium too. I've found that I have to make a concerted effort to stay calm and not freak out. I lost that battle today over not being able to find the right key words for a Google search. I emphasize with you. My suggestion is to fight for who you are. You know when these feelings are coming (sometimes not and that sucks worse) but fight for you. Tell yourself you aren't going to act that way. Call a family member or close friend and tell them, "lookit I'm about to flip out can you listen while I try to work through this?" You can only control you. It takes practice and I'm only on my 3rd year of doing this and its HARD. But my sense of accomplishment after I work through an episode is great.
Having people tell me they have seen a great change all for the better and knowing that I'm finally running my life. That I'm not just a diagnosis. Hope this helps. Hang in there, remember someone always has it worse so be thankful for what you have. (if there are spelling mistakes I apologize I am on my phone.)
If you are suffering from mood swings then a medication to stabilize your mood should be taken before taking any antidepressants.
Are these mood swings recent or have you had them for awhile? Could they be age related or symptoms of PMS? There are a lot of things to consider in regards to mood swings.
I hope you get the answers you need when you go to the doctor.
I was weaned off of effexor a couple months ago to be put on something else. That was the WORST experience of withdrawal I ever had! Crying, anger, anxiety, basically felt like I was going to lose my mind. I was put back on effexor and felt better immediately. I'm still not feeling like I would like to but it's a far cry from the hell I went through during withdrawal. I hope no one ever had to go through this!
I had all the symptoms you describe and more after being treated for Major Depressive Disorder for years with antidepressants. Then a brilliant psychiatrist recognized my mood swings, anger, and aggressiveness as a form of Bipolar disorder. He immediately ruled out using ANY antidepressants and started me on appropriate medications and I've been happily under control for years.
You might try talking to your doctor about medications like Depakote, lithium, Topomax, etc.
I totally know where you're coming from; suddenly even certain smells bothered me. I sought help at the time because I found myself irritated/angry over the smallest things. I had young twins and had recently gone through early (@27) medically induced menopause and I didn't want them to bear the brunt of my uncontrollable emotions. At first Effexor helped in that it made me unable to emote, no matter what. The reason I am submitting this, in fact the only reason I just registered, is to say DON'T DO IT!!! Had the doctor told me, had I known for a minute that once I took Effexor, I would never be able to come off of it. I never would have started. The withdrawals after missing only one dose are horrifying.
In the past i have been told that it all i needed was a good attitude. Others told me i didn't need to be on antidepressants. I beg to differ. For most of my life, I have felt like I wanted to die. Life wasn't worth living with all the depression I felt, crying jags, anger and so many other symptoms. I didn't know what was wrong with me. Finally, in my 30's I found a doctor that understood. I have bipolar disorder with major depressive disorder. I have been on many different medications. Sometimes I get tired of taking them, but then I remember what it was like without them. I don't care what others say that don't know anything about depression. I was told at one time to get a boxing dummy and take out my aggresions that way. It didn't help. I would rather die than go back to not using medications to help me.
- Effexor Information for Consumers
- Effexor Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Effexor (detailed)
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