I have had bad anxiety for several years and have tried to deal with it without medication. Lately it has become to much for me to handle.I feel afraid, and so on edge ALL the time. It has become so draining. As a result, the Dr has prescribed me Effexor xr, although im too afriad to take it . Not sure why, but i think it is because i have read alot of bad stories about side effects etc on the internet. Just wondering if it is something you would recommend i try? and give me a heads up on what i can expect if i do take it??
I say definitely not, but I did have a bad experience with it. You should also talk to some people who had a good experience with it as well. The thing with this particular drug is that they do not tell you how difficult it is to get off of it, if it in fact proves to not be the right medication for you. I mean it might work great, but if it doesn't, by the time you figure that out you are already into it for awhile. I would try something else if you have not yet tried Lexapro or Celexa or something that does not take a month of misery to get off of if it doesn't work for you. I have found out myself and from other friends taking it, that they are tired all day long and do not get good restful sleep at night. I think, but am not sure that it maybe the neurperephrin (sp?) that is in this type of medication. It is also in Cymbalta and another one, can't think of the name right now. I wish you the best of luck and hope my answer helps you with your decision.
As a person <not a dr., psychologist or nurse> who suffered from severe anxiety and clinical depression but I am really sensitive to antidepressants and went thru several to find the right one. Personally a low dose of generic NON extended prozac worked to calm me more than any i had tried. Effexor made me feel mania on the starter half dose, I think it works not only on serontonin but norpenephrine in the brain, Abilify, and Pristiq do as well if i am not mistaken. Some anti-d's just work on serontonin, the generic non extended release of prozac is one example of that. I tried a doubling of the dose and it was the extended version, it did NOT produce the calming effect in me. In regards to treatment of marked anxiety, Meds tend to work quick, but Therapy works better long term, and together they can cover both bases.
Please have your Thyroid and Your hormones checked to see if they could be causing or aggravating the anxiety. A therapist who specializes in anxiety is the one who helped me by suggesting the Fluoxetine <generic Prozac> and teachimg me how to combat anxiety. The dr said 10 mgs of fluoxetine would probably now do enough, but witnessed it working for me. You also may need a benzo like lorazepam as well, but try to use that sparingly, you can become over dependent on benzo easily and then it will stop working or increase anxiety. Good Luck and God Bless, Pattishan61
In my opinion yes. Each person is different for those type of meds though so you really just have to try them and see. Most doctors will work with you and let you try each one for a month or so and then if its not working how you would like, they will switch you. Ive tried many different ones and Effexor works the best for me. Im on 150mg and it works very good.
Thanks alot for your responses... appreciate it.
I should have mentioned- i have had my thyroid etc tested, and all fine.
I have also tried therapy- but for me has not been a real benefit. CBT is something that i have been doing for years to manage it, so i guess taking meds is kinda like the last option i have left? I have been talking myself down from panic for as long as i can remember, so i guess im just looking for something which will stop it in the first place! im trying to weigh up the pro and cons. Part of me thinks, i put that much stress on my body all the time being anxious, that the side effects of the meds couldn't possibly any worse for me?
I was the same way when my doctor prescribed me this too. I was on two other antidepress meds and they did not work for me so I was scared to try this one too. After about 8 days I loved it. I haven't felt this good in months. It has changed my life. I have had no side effects and I have been on it about 4weeks. I am also on lorazepram. This combo is right for me. I feel good most days.
- Effexor Information for Consumers
- Effexor Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Effexor (detailed)
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