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Effexor? Anyone tried it and did it help you

I'm considering talking to my doctor about trying an antidepressant and wondered if anyone here has taken this. If so, what was your result? I know I need to do something but really hate taking any meds. I've just had about more than I can take from pain and lack of sleep...and I can take a lot. I know this is a feeling many/most of you share!

Thanks for any info. I'm not seeking medical advice, just personal experience.


  • j.howiejj.howie Brentwood, Ca., USAPosts: 1,730
    Debbie, I've never tried that one. I'm taking wellbutrin XL 450 mg. and Prozac 20 mg. They don't seem to be working for me. As you know, they all work differently for all of the different people. I think I'm due for a change, as my current meds. don't seem to be working. Witch is why I haven't been on here.
    But I applaud you for seeking help when you recognised you needed it.
    Good luck, Jim
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  • I too was hesitant about taking an antidepressant because or the side effects. Finally getting too fed up with my depression I tried Effexor. My doctor told me to really give it a chance to work you need to be patient. You can actually feel a bit worse the first few weeks of taking it. You do start out on a lower dose then ramp up. Well my doctor was right and after a few weeks the clouds began to clear and I felt the best I've felt in years. Hope this helps.
  • I had a hard time with Effexor. I gave it a good shot because I knew you have to give it a chance to build up in your system. But even after 5 months of taking, it made me incredibly moody, nauseous, gave me headaches. And if I didn't take it at EXACTLY the same time everyday, I truly regretted it. I'd be weepy and inconsolable if I took it even an hour late. If you're nervous about new meds or haven't taken antidepressants before I'd recommend something like Prozac or Zoloft. There can be side effects to those too, but in my experience and those I've talked to about it, they are much more mild.
    23 years old, female, back problems began at age 13.

    Herniated disc at L5-S1. Microdiscectomy in '05, fusion in '07. No relief found other than the daily tramadol.

    New: neck pain with radiating tingling/pain down both arms into hands.
  • Look at the website SSRI stories. It's run by a doctor. I won't take SSRI's. I literally went blind and felt so sick the first time I tried them. Endep is ok for me, it's amitriptyline which is an older medication. I take it before going to sleep. It is supposed to help with pain and can help with depression. It works for me though it took a while but at least I get some sleep. I wouldn't touch SSRI's with a ten foot pole.
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