Hi 48 heart attack survivor have been put on effexor xr 75mg for major depression and anxiety I can spend whole days in bed crying and my anxiety and fear worry etc are now unbearable I'm hoping effexor will help but scared of starting it have heard so many horror stories does this medicine work I feel im dammed if I do dammed if I don't .any help much appreciated thanks
Sometimes the worst thing you can do is to find all those things that scare you. I took effexor for more then 10 yrs. I would not have stayed on it if it didn't help or it caused bad side effects. And I didn't have a problem getting off of it either. . It takes 4-6 weeks for it to reach peak effect so don't get discouraged.
You won't know until you try. For me Effexor was a nightmare. I had some benefit, but not great. Each person is different. I had to get off of it after 5 months of not great help. Made my anxiety much worse. Did help a bit with the worst part of major depression but not consistent. The only thing I can tell you is that there are other meds that could help you, and Effexor is horrible to come off of if you need to switch meds. Praying for you.
I have been on Effexor XR for 14 years, & was on Seroxat prior to that.
I was lucky, in that I found drugs that worked for me, but some people have to try a few before they get to the right one.
Effexor made a huge difference to me within 2 weeks of taking it, & by 6 months into taking it, I felt totally back to normal. With many people that is not the case, though.
However, it is a big decision to make, because coming off it (or any anti-depressant) can be very difficult.
I'm in the process of coming off mine, to follow 'The Liver & Gallbladder cleanse' by Andreas Moritz. There is a lot of controversy surrounding his ideas, but I wish I had read his book before going on to tablets, as at least I'd have tried the natural route first, before committing to all these years on tablets, terrified to come off them.
If you are asking me what I'd do, I'd buy a copy of that book & read it over the next few days before you make any decision, as heart disease is also discussed in that book, & you may be surprised at what he has to say.
If you do not find his approach works for you, then you may also want to try St John's Wort, which is a natural remedy for depression. You will need to check with a complementary therapist or your Doctor before hand, as it does have some side effects, but no where near the side effects that medications have.
I'd also want a complementary therapist to analyse my health via any tests necessary, to look for any nutrient deficiencies, before opting for medication. Lots of depression can be caused my nutritional imbalance, or hormonal imbalance in men & women.
I'd try talking therapy, too, as lots of depression responds well to different therapeutic approaches. If you are taking medication rather than deal with issues in your life/past, then you may not be helping the matter in the long term.
I'd try those routes first, & if none of those proved helpful, then yes, I would, without a doubt, take Effexor, because I was at the same point you are at, waking up & crying each day. My life couldn't go on like that, & so I'd opt for medication as a last resort, without doubt.
There is another book I'd recommend, which is by a Pharmacist called Jan de Vries, who now works as a complementary therapist (so has had the benefit of medical & holistic training). If you search for his book 'Stress & Nervous Disorders' I think you will find that very useful. He also has a book about heart disease.
I personally just wish that I'd looked more into other options & gained more knowledge, prior to the medication.
You a stronger than you think. This, too, will pass, & good on you for dealing with it.
The only thing to know is the first few days you may feel a tad worse, this will settle down if you do not vary the dose or stop. This is a good starting dose and it's a good medication if you know what to expect (as I mentioned) and trust your Dr. The Internet will generally offer more fodder for panic than reassurance, and these meds affect everyone differently once they settle in, thing is seems not too many folks are prepared for that weirdness the first few days, panic, stop, start, drink, add other meds and yes, horror stories result.
Best t redirect these concerns right back to the Dr rather than the web. Hang in there, you'll be fine if you stick it out. Keep in touch if you like.
You have to come to terms with the fact that you might need a med to help you. It's no different then if you take a med for other things you just need a little help to get you through this and you will but you just have to except some help and try it.
Effexor xr works for me and I feel better then I have for a long time. Just be patient and give it time to work about 4-6 weeks and maybe you'll need a higher dose. I started at 75mg and I'm up to 150 and that works for me. I also took Klondike got awhile along with it but I'm off that now. Good luck!
Hi, 42 and athlete. I have been on and off effexor for many years because of depression and anxiety. Every time I felt good I stopped taking it. I hit a real bad slump the last 7 months. I will never stop it ever again. I have had no bad side affects from the medication. I am up to 300 mg. It has been about 12 weeks since I started the effexor and I am finally starting to feel like my old self. This medication has worked for me. You have to be patient and let the medication work to correct the chemical imbalance. Do not give up hope and work with your doctor. I felt the same way as you do now for about the last 7 months. I am sure it took me longer to feel better because I have started and stopped the medication so many times because I thought I could control the depression, anxiety and worry. It took me a long time to realize I really do have a chemical imbalance and exercising, eating right and living a simple life did not make a difference, I was still depressed ect.
I thank God for the medication because I don't know what I would do without it. Hope this helps. Best of luck.
You sound like me, I have tried several meds too, and did not want to take anything at all, but was very depressed and decided I must try again, I have been taking effexor xr, it works and I am increasing my dose as I read that it is effective at certain doses for different people, if you are in bed now, you owe yourself a chance after 6 wks if you don't find a difference, there will be something that does work for you, taking the first step is hard I know.
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