I have been taking Effexor XR for approx 10 yrs. Solidly for 7 yrs now. The Dr's have put me on the max dose for over a year. The problem is I still suffer from PTSD and Major Depression symptons. I go to a Psych office that is really for prescription providing only. I have been there numerous times & each Dr. sees that @ one point I was diagnosed as Bi-polar and convinced that medication aimed for this disorder is what I need. Each time I am told to take my regular dose of Effexor & then they add an antipsychotic. I have been on Abilify, Serequel, Zoloft, and now Geodon. Each time I have had a very negative either physical but mostly emotional reactions. This time I am extremely irritable, short tempered, weepy and overly sensitive. Not to mention when I first started taking it (this Mon 3/17 will be 2 wks) I couldn't eat enough food or drink enough water. And sleep? One day I slept 16 hours next day I didn't sleep for 36 hours. I am only on 40mg once a day. I can't get them to understand that to me (albeit Im not a doctor, but IT IS my body) the Effexor isn't working. PERIOD So why are they trying to build a house on a non-existant foundation. I would really like to try Paxil. My major depression complaint right now is fatigue, loss of interests, no motivation or ambition. What is odd to me is if I forget to take the Effexor for a few days which lowers the level in my blood & then take it again like Im supposed to, there is an immediate reaction of feeling ALIVE, AWAKE and ready to conquer the world!!! But taking the Effexor regulary for a few days Im back to the depression. Please if there's anyone out there with ANY advice. Advice on the medication, or speaking with the Dr. and being heard. Anything. I feel so alone. Thank you in advance for caring. (SORRY SO LONG)
It's the pits, isn't it! Are you seeing only one psychiatrist? Next time you go write out what you need to say, it's easy to forget something. Give the Dr
the history of your meds. What dose of Effexor are you taking? Are you taking any other meds? I take more than one meds and together they work
for me, but we are all different. Keep in mind it takes 6-8 weeks for a new medication to work OR not work. You are correct ... you know your body and need to be verbal about how you are feeling.
I am so sorry you are feeling this way. I recommend going with your instinct to change your antidepressant. First, I would recommend changing Drs as well. Not all psychiatrists are the same. You can do an internet search of Drs in your area with a high rating. Healthgrades.com is a good website. I would advise you to find an affordable Dr. who is on your insurance but also has a very high rating. I did this when I transferred doctors for the same reason as you. Not only do I now feel like my doctor really listens to me, but she has great instinct on what medicine to prescribe and what dosage to prescribe as well. I do believe a great doctor can make all the difference. Also, any anti-depressant combined with diet and exercise will work MUCH better and quicker too! All the best.
It sounds like you need to see a different psychiatrist but also a therapist to help with the emotional aspects of your situation. Meds alone don't work. But they sure do go a long, long way to helping with mood swings and getting us to the point where we are motivated to do something about how we feel. What do you think?
I also know that for some of us, at least, we get to feeling like a guinea pig with all the meds and med changes. It takes time for them to work. I've had the same psychiatrist for over 15 years. I have also been tried on lots of different psych meds, some of which were done in a psych facility so I could be monitored. I had to be "pushed" A LOT to stay on some of them for longer than two weeks if I didn't think they were working. Changing those meds a lot in short periods of time can really screw up your body and mind.
Hello runamuck... I get your nickname, too. I am wondering how you are doing??? It has been a while since you posted your question. If we can support you along the way, we will... that is what we are here for. Time of post is 1:04pm... my posts take a while to clear. Just wondering how long this one will take...
In the meantime, be safe, be well and take good care of yourself.
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