I am stressed very easily, nervous, have stomach aches and cry every day. Been on 150 mg for 2 weeks. Felt very blah, almost depressed the first week and a little more nervous the second. I pray that this works for me. The many weeks on Lexapro 20 mg did not help. I love my job of 20 years, but cannot work until I have improved. I have loved working with special ed children. I will not go back until I can be the good caring aide that I have always been. I want to work for about 5 or 6 more years. I am 57. I was afraid of effexor at first but now I pray it will be the medicine that helps me. I am taking good care of myself and having therapy. Before this happened I was upset about things in my life, (not work) but have resolved mostly everything. I just cannot stop this from happening to my body. But I guess these stressors sometime build up over years. I am trying to be patient and be grateful I can be off work to heal. Would love to hear positive comments of support from members that would share. Thank you very much!
So sorry your feeling this way! I was on your shoes about 3 months ago. Doc put me on effexor, and I gradually got back to myself. I work with children who have autism, so we're kind of in the same field. Hang in there, don't despair, and don't be afraid to call up doc and describe what you feel, you may need an add on, or higher dose eventually. Please keep in touch with update.
Hi Debbylynn I take 37.5 of Effexor XR plus Lamictal. I used to take more
of the Effexor but my psych cut it when I started the Lamictal. Together
they work very well for me. I don't remember how long is took for the Effexor to work, sorry. Usually say 4-6 weeks. Wish you well. My prayers are with you.
Hi, Debby! Sweetie, I DO know what you're going through! I just turned 58 and I work in the veterinary field, so I too had great concerns for my effectiveness with my patients.
After trials on several other antidepressants I started Effexor. It took about 3wks to really start feeling the effects and after about 2mos I was almost completely back to the energetic, optimistic, calm and focused person I've always been.
For the record, I've had no problem with any side effects and Effexor is by far the best medication I've ever taken.
I truly hope you'll have similar results. Best wishes, WCV
I was on Effexor XR 150mg daily for many years. It was a miracle drug. Got rid of depression, anxiety and panic attacks. No side effects except weight gain. It will take 4-6 weeks to feel real benefit. It really helped me so much.
I have now withdrawn over 10 months as it is a very hard drug to withdraw from, but you don't need to worry about that now.
I am sure you will feel the real benefit soon. Good luck, and take care.
Hi Debbylynn lots of good answers here you well get some good results in the next 1 to 2 weeks in most cases some it takes 4 to 6 weeks but you are having a way with this one i have been taking 150mg down from 300mg for at least 10 years droping for 300mg to 150mg was no problem im not even worring about the problems with getting off dr say i well more than likely be on it the rest of my time which is fine with me with the way i feel these day..all my best and don't worry about getting off of it enjoy the results that most do its well worth it.
The most common side effects with EFFEXOR XR were:
Loss of appetite, constipation, diarrhea, nausea or vomiting, or dry mouth
Feeling tired, fatigued or overly sleepy
Change in sleep habits, problems sleeping
Tremor or shaking
Dizziness, blurred vision
Feeling anxious, nervous or jittery
Increase in heart rate
It appears on the Effexor site (which is where I got this info) that it takes about 3 days to feel the effects of this med. The Effexor site was very complicated to understand, although they do have a patient assistant program. I'm going to get back with you. I need to do some more research.
Hi again Debby.
I searched on drugs.com, and the info was different than the Effexor site. The information was so much more understandable here.
According to our site said it could take up to four weeks to take effect.
To make sure this medicine is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:
bipolar disorder (manic depression);
cirrhosis or other liver disease;
heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol;
a thyroid disorder;
a history of seizures;
a bleeding or blood clotting disorder;
low levels of sodium in your blood; or
if you are switching to Effexor from another antidepressant.
Effexor should be taken with food. Try to take Effexor at the same time each day.
Gosh, there's so much to read on this subject. The Mayo clinic was way over my head, but your a teacher so I think you'll figure it out, I'm sure.
I wonder if you could add a supplement until the Effexor takes effect. Maybe you could call your doc and ask him/her. Be sure to tell your doc if you have any of the above health problems.
You take care of yourself. There's no reason you should have to go through this when there's tons of meds that could help your symptoms.
Be sure to talk to your doc. I'm not a professional(as you've probably figured out.)
Holler if you need me or any of our well informed friends. We're here for ya.
Faith, hope and love,
Hello to all that had given me support when I needed it so badly. I want to update you on how I'm doing. After taking Effexor 150 Mg for 3 weeks and 5 days, I began feeling better. I've had 3 great days in a row. The crying, and stomach aches that I had for 4 months stopped. I went up north to Prescott, Az overnight with my husband for a get away. We ate out lunch, dinner, shopped, and I was so happy to be able to get away. The only side effect I have with this med is sometimes constipation. But if I eat more veggies, fruit and fiber plus take magnesium it helps. I hope to improve more over the next few weeks. I saw an old friend I use to work with and she shared that she takes effexor too and it helps her. I am not afraid of it anymore. I've had nervousness since a child. And now that I am 57 I feel I may always need a medicine along wih some therapy. I'm looking for a new therapist because the one I went to was kind of a cold women, and was also rude at times.
I plan to be very mindful, enjoy each moment I'm in, be positive, meditate, exercise, breath deeply and be greatful for life every day. And work on any negitave old thoughts with a therapist. I pray effexor xr will help for a long time and I can stay in tune with my body to know if I need an adjustment or med change. I also do like my psychiatrist. The encouragement you all gave me really helped to get me through when I was worried about meds and at my lowest. Thank you so very much!! Bless You!!
Hello everyone. DebbyLynn... I found your post today and was curious on how you are doing? I hope things kept improving for you and that you have returned to be being the real you :)
I have been of and on Effexor XR for the past 10 yrs or so (I am 32 yrs old, mom of 3). I am currently trying to recover from and anxiety (a little depression too) relapse from lowering my dose too much. Each time I was doing so amazing that I wanted to get off of it... This is about the 4th time I've came down too much (stopped it once) from 150mg to 75mg then as every time 6-7 weeks later I'm back to the worst. I bumped it back up immediately and now it's been 3 weeks and 3 days and I'm SLOWLY feeling a touch better but I just pray it gets me back to MYSELF just like the other times (each time I recovered but it took a while).
I can't believe I didn't learn the first few times! I can't deal with the withdrawals, it's not worth it for me, I'm sticking with 150mg if it works and carrying on with my life!
Glad to hear so many others had positive things to say, I'm glad I found this post. It made me feel better :)
Thanks guys and I hope everyone here is doing well :)
Hi. I am so glad I searched and found this posting. After reading through all of the comments it is very helpful and encouraging. I am 26 and a mom of 2. I have had a rough past with a bad divorce and my anxiety is very bad. I was highly allergic to lexapro. I actually spent 3 days in a psychiatric hospital because of the lexapro. That was 6 years ago. I have been on the Effexor at 150mg for almost 6 years now and it was working great for me. I got remarried and we bought a house. I was having such great days. Now I'm having problems with my hormones and my doc thinks it is causing the anxiety attacks to come back. So he has changed me to 225mg and xanax .25mg as needed. I have been doing this for 16 days now and it is not helping. The attacks are everyday. I feel like I can not do anything or even enjoy life. It is getting me depressed but reading these posts are helping. I'm praying that everything will start to get better quickly!
This drug has been like a miracle for me
It took 8 weeks
I packed my Job in January I couldn't cope anymore one day I just snapped I'd had enough
I thought I needed a break but I was still feeling so bad especially in the morning I was in big trouble !
I could cry at anything that upset me a bit and I'm a burley 6ft guy that works on building sites
3.5 years ago my 16 year marriage came to a end.and at the same time my dad got lung cancer and died.
It seemed to mess me up id had stress before but coped
After dad's funeral which I organized things just started affecting me bouts of depression i battled for year trying to avoid tablets but I eventually gave in and went on Prozac
This helped but it made me so tired and emotionless eventually I stopped taking them cold turkey and I was fine for 12 months
Then the depression came back
I started feeling down and it just got worse each week,and then in November 13 I got attacked on a night out totally unprovoked of 3 idiots
I was left with my face fractured
And needing a op
After the op and Xmas I went back to work for 1.5 days in January and then just snapped
What followed was the wees depression i seriously thought I wasn't going to recover
Going to sleep was the only thing that turned it off
I tried two differnt types of tablets after the attack but side effects where horrible and I gave in
I tried to get better myself gym etc eating right but I couldn't stick at it
I was having some couseling as the doc reckoned I had post tramatic stress
But to be honest if helped a little
Eventually I went back to the docs
Life wasn't worth living I didn't want to feel like this I wanted myself back suicide flashed across my mind but it was never a option as I couldn't do it to the people I love but I just wanted the hurt to stop
Effaxor was prescribed for me again I didn't take it back in February oh how I wish I had
I'm back at work now life's good
I don't hurt the same a broken marriage and then a failed relationship after two years I just used to dwell on them amongst other things
I'm sorry if I've jumped on this thread but fingers crossed I've got the old me back
I'm optimistic about the future I've stopped letting things bother me I don't feel anywhere near as bad in the mornings
My only dilemma is should I go to 150mg
The one side affect
My sex drive isn't the same
But everything works
Ps has anyone drank alchol on this drug as I seem to be okay and yes I know it's a antidepressant
I hope what I've wrote helps somebody as this so far is like a miracle
I was on effexor for over a year and stopped about 2 months ago because as a man I was getting sexual side effects that were very frustrating. My doctor switched me to less conventional medications that have offset uses for anxiety. They were limictal, mirtazapine and gabapentin. My chest started to hurt so bad I thought I was having a heart attack and went to the doctor one week who did and EKG and said if it didn't improve after realizing I was not having a heart attack to go to the ER. It did not so I went to the ER. They ran blood work, chest x-ray, and a variety of other tests to see if I was having any serious cardiac problems and I was not. I decided to wean myself off of the medications and started feeling extremely anxious and terrible. We decided to start the effexor back up. I know it will take about a month for me to start really noticing it as it did last time. I am only on 37.5mg xr right now and will increase in another week.
Medications are often a 'pick your poison' kind of thing. you have to evaluate benefits and draw backs and decide whats best for you. I will tell you that an neuropsychiatrist I talked to today said medications such as SSRIs which effexor is often only have a 17% chance of working from person to person. You may have to try a few before finding one that works for you. It can be very frustrating but you have to maintain hope and know its all trial and error. We are not very effective at treating mental disorders today compared to what we can do for things like cardiac problems etc. hopefully one day we can figure it all out
I am new to this forum stuff but really need some support. I have dealt with panic and anxiety for 18 years I am 35 now with 4 children and a busy life. I have been through several traumatic things in the past 8 months have tried different meds in the SSRI family which made me very I'll. I was prescribed effexor XR today. I am scared of it and the side effects. I have hit bottom and every day is a battle to get through with almost constant panic and anxiety. I've lost my job I stay in my bedroom etc. please encouraging words about this medicine would greatly help.
Hi all, I've been on 37.5 Effexor and 75 for about a year now but find myself so incredibly unmotivated to do... anything. I barely make it into work, my home is a mess, I'm overweight because I'm too lazy to drive to the store so order pizza, my poor dog doesn't get walks, my personal hygiene is lacking majorly, and I can't get myself to accomplish anything, even like finishing a project that's due at work. I'm so tired all the time, not sleepy, but fatigued, and that doesn't help with the lack of motivation to take the baby step I know will help me start building. I'm inbetween psychiatrists right now (left an HMO style for a PPO), and am finding it quite hard to get a call-back. So I'm estimating it will be 2-3 weeks until I get an appt but I don't think I can hold on that long. My former p-doc always said I could tweet the dosage up around my periods, etc., so I've decided to increase from 75 to 150, tonight.
Am I crazy to do this (no pun intended!)? 75 is a fairly low dose, right, with the more common one being 150? I just need a reprieve from this awful feeling I have and the lack of ability to do anything except barely go to work and come back home. Since I've been on Effexor so long, does anyone know how fast I may get some relief? Please say overnight and not 4 weeks! ;-) Many thanks in advance to those of you who want to share your 75 to 150 dosage increase, how well it worked, and how fast. Take good care everyone!
Omg! Your story is very similar to mine... I am a school aide and had trouble functioning at a job I worked ten years. I had some personal events that hit me hard and I've never been the same since. I suffer anxiety depression and nervousness. Effexor initially had me very nervous but I'm being patients and hope it kicks in. I just want to be me again.
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