I Take Effexor

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    Month Of Effexor

    whew, i have settled into the effexor. the first week was freaky, as i mentioned in my last lil story. I think i should mention that for the first week and a half about, my mind was cloudy, with jittery energy, and it was a bit too much at times. now my mind and body have...
    loveinrococo loveinrococo
    31-35, F
    1 Response Feb 27, 2012

    I just started yesterday,

    I'm on 75mg for a week, then will be upping my dose to 150mg. Previously, I was on Paxil since 2007, then doc switched me to Zoloft about 6 mos ago and I was trying out Brintellix for the past couple mos. Glad I found this forum, not sure how I'll like it yet but it's worth a...
    gliders1 gliders1
    2 Responses Aug 23, 2014

    Its Been 4 Years..

     I have taken 150mgs of Effexor XR for four years of my life. Its a love hate battle. It changed my life dramatically. I was diagnosed with depression when I was 12, ive taken countless amount of different types of Anti-depression medication. Effexor has been the only one...
    Slfrye91 Slfrye91
    18-21, F
    3 Responses Sep 3, 2009

    I've been on Effexor xr

    for over 10 years. I guess my low point when I was prescribed it was when I was single, looking for a partner and finding myself depressed after a one night stand. That being said, I believe women in general may have a more difficult time separating sex and love; and my feelings...
    horizon32 horizon32
    36-40, F
    1 Response Oct 17, 2014

    Mom On Effexor

    this is probably my 3rd time taking Effexor throughout about 15 years. I've struggled with depression and anxiety since I was 13 after my mom died. I was put on many different drugs but never stuck to anything until last year when I was put on Effexor for the second time. For...
    sdolan sdolan
    Jun 26, 2013

    I can happily say that im finally free from

    effexor for good finally on a medication that works for me well so far lol
    deleted deleted
    2 Responses Nov 10, 2015

    Teenage Major Depression 450mg Daily.

    I'm currently 19 years old and was first diagnosed with depression when I developed anorexia at fifteen. Starvation had become my way of numbing out the deep pain and ache I felt on a daily basis. By the time I was seventeen I had been to see many different psychiatrists and...
    smashingpumkins smashingpumkins
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Jun 14, 2012

    When I first went to my Dr

    and was put on paxil my Dr only told me that I have episodic mood disorder he never told me what kinda depression I have then last month when I switched to venlafxine Bec paxil made me feel worse I still was never told what kind of depression I have but ven days it's for major...
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Apr 9, 2015

    187.5 Mg

    I've been on it for 2&1/2 years, I was on Welbutrin XL before that, but ran into an ER doc who hates the stuff and warned me off it. Also taking Trazodone to help me sleep, and a little bit of Cipralex. I've gained a lot of weight. Some of the doctors say it's not the Effexor...
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Sep 2, 2011

    Trying To Get Off Effexor

    When I had my son 7 years ago I had horrible post partum (sorry it's spelled wrong) I was put on Paxil which was horrible. I fel numb. Then I went on zoloft which being a female and having a newborn had horrible sexual side effects. So ultimately I went on effexor. I liked it...
    banelson1226 banelson1226
    31-35, F
    1 Response Jul 3, 2012

    An Efexor Xr Experience...

    I started taking Efexor XR on Friday and noticed there's not many experiences related to this drug on here so I have decided to give a day to day account of how this drug affects me. At the present time I have been on Seroquel 200mg for over two and a half years for Borderline...
    secretalexis1 secretalexis1
    31-35, F
    8 Responses Aug 10, 2008

    Wanting To Get Off Effexor

    I have been on Effexor for about 8 years now. I am on the highest dose that I have taken, 225mg. I know the horrible, evil withdrawals and are petrified of them, but I am thinking of getting off the meds (with my dr's knowledge) as I am starting to notice somethings and I am...
    CRCb CRCb
    36-40, F
    2 Responses Aug 25, 2012

    Works Great! Terrible If You Forget To Take It

    Effexor and me have a great relationship... If I remember to take. If I don't take it I feel like a bunch of buzzing bees are buzzing through my body sending shockwaves all day. I wonder how common this is?
    exslut exslut
    22-25, F
    1 Response Jun 8, 2013

    I started effexor XR about 8 weeks ago.

    About 5 weeks ago, I had my dose increased to 75 mg. When I first started the medication, I would feel wired and shaky. The wired feeling has went away, but I still feel shaky/nervous sometimes. I'm told that this is from the norepinephrine and that it will go away. Has anyone...
    anxietygirl86 anxietygirl86
    31-35, F
    1 Response May 28, 2015

    Effexor And Other Drugs

    My old psychiatrist (I fired him last month) started me on Effexor 75 MG, then upped to 150 MG after a week, when I told him that I did not think the Celexa was working as well as it could. I was taking 60 MG of Celexa. My new psychiatrist just upped my Effexor to 225 MG, and...
    PoppleImperative PoppleImperative
    26-30, F
    Feb 21, 2012

    I'm on my 8th day of Effexor (generic brand) .

    I have never taken anything like this. I have suffered from anxiety my whole life and it progressively got worse while working for a bully dentist (use to be a dental assistant) I'm off work and was prescribed this med by my family Doc of 20yrs. The first few days I was dizzy...
    Megz30 Megz30
    31-35, F
    Nov 10, 2015

    Effexor Is Making Me Fat! Ugh

    I cartainly don't mean to sound vain because I'm so not that way, but is anyone gaining any weight on Effexor? I've gone from 102lbs to 120 in a few months. I don't get it. I'm such an emotional mess that I definitely need Effexor...or at least something. I just have a general...
    autumnechos77 autumnechos77
    4 Responses Sep 30, 2010

    I have been on Effexor

    for the first time now for about 2 months. I started at 150mg and now am at 300mg, as my anxiety was very bad. I suffered an intense substance-induced panic attack that left me traumatized. That was around a month ago, and I am now doing much better. However, I am dealing with...
    xeno732 xeno732
    31-35, F
    4 Responses Jan 17, 2014

    And I think it's generally been helpful.

    ..but like all of these medications has it's complications...it's pretty potent as ADs go...will lift you out of the deepest darkest hole...even transform your visual outlook on the world to a degree. And then it seems to lose at least to some extent its ability to make this...
    Allinthemindandsome Allinthemindandsome
    66-70, M
    3 Responses Dec 8, 2014

    Missed 1 Dose!

    I have been on Effexor for 4 months, a relatively low dose of 112.5mg. I want to say that Effexor has helped restore me to my normal state and I really have no intention of going off of it anytime soon. When I first started I had a few side effects, mostly diarrhea.  I also...
    MountainGirl33 MountainGirl33
    31-35, F
    23 Responses Jun 9, 2010

    I Take Effexor

    My name is Jane I have been taking effexor for 13 yrs. Anxity and hormones....I like it but i have been on it for a long time it still does the trick..
    buggy64 buggy64
    46-50, F
    1 Response Mar 29, 2012

    LOVE Effexor, except

    when I miss a dose. I have been on it since 1997 and very rarely miss, but when I do - BOY HOWDY! I missed one this morning and let me tell you what I am experiencing right now (It's only been four hours since my usual dose): jittery, unable to concentrate, quick to snap at...
    abbnzoe abbnzoe
    46-50, F
    1 Response May 13, 2014

    Been Off Effexor 3 Months....

    Hi everyone, As my heading says, I have now been off effexor for three months so why am I still getting the odd day where I still have head zaps? I have been taking the maximum dosage of St Johns Wart to help me through it as it was really hard and is still in the back of my...
    jennewstart jennewstart
    4 Responses Nov 8, 2009

    Can't Be Without It

    I literally can not be without this medication now.  I began taking it about a year ago to control the anxiety that my psychiatrist felt was a driving force in my eating disorder.  It really helped even out my moods and gave me the ability to feel good and better about...
    estera estera
    31-35, F
    6 Responses Apr 23, 2007

    I need help.. I need someone

    that understands the pain of needing effexor and the pain of trying to stop and the pain of living on it.. Someone who is strong but has been weak and fought the fight to be happy.. And is winning...
    iNhiDiNG42o iNhiDiNG42o
    26-30, F
    1 Response Jan 23, 2016

    I Love And Hate Effexor 150mg

    It make me feel like normal but horrible if forget to take it before to bed. I cannot go to work as today I cannot function normally even get up on time, walking on road, anything goes wrong. so much dreams last Night made me overrun. when I walking on street, I got no direction...
    extraol extraol
    41-45, M
    1 Response Mar 6, 2013

    I took Effexor for about 10 years

    and let me say this to anyone thinking about taking it : I would not recommend this to anyone. When I started taking it I thought it was doing it's job. However after many years and the inability to pay over $120.00 a month for the prescription I had to get off of it. It was...
    Irishmarywill Irishmarywill
    4 Responses Feb 16, 2015

    Awakened By Effexor & 5-htp

    I have wonderful news! Effexor can be a useful tool to alleviate depression--when withdrawal is sudden and 5-HTP takes its place.  Allow me to explain. After taking 450mg of effexor each day for a couple of years, I needed to quit and turned to 5-HTP to deal with the...
    Sanzen Sanzen
    41-45, M
    4 Responses Oct 17, 2009

    "I hate myself more than i ever lead on.

    . " i cannot live this way anymore.. The medication that brought me back to health is slowly killing me,, my mind, mybody && soul.. I feel so fecked
    iNhiDiNG42o iNhiDiNG42o
    26-30, F
    Jan 23, 2016

    Dealing With Anxiety And Fatigue

    I have been taking Effexor for anxiety for over a year and had good results but it left me feeling tired so my doctor cut my dose in half and I am now on 37.5 mg once a day. Just enough to take the edge off and today my pharmacist substituted Venlafaxine HCL ER, a new generic at...
    dartist dartist
    56-60, F
    4 Responses Aug 21, 2010

    I have been taking Effexor

    for 7 or 8 years. I admit I am not sure what to do without it. I think I am addicted to the drug. I feel like sh*t if I do not take a pill every morning. I do not think I can live without the drug, I can not even walk properly without taking a pill. It is like a big tight chain...
    deik deik
    26-30, M
    2 Responses Feb 1, 2014

    My psychiatrist is weaning me off venlafaxine

    starting tomorrow I'll be down to 75mgs and she added welbutrin 100mgs 2x a day with my limictal 25mgs 2x a day :)
    deleted deleted
    Sep 8, 2015

    Love My Effexor But I Hate It If I Forget!

    Does anyone else feel like they've been put in the electric chair and and its like your body has trouble keeping up with your brain and I get soooooooo sick its unreal I can't move can't eat can't drink all I can do is just lay in a dark room and try to sleep. I take 225mg a day...
    Lyndsay83 Lyndsay83
    31-35, F
    2 Responses May 25, 2013

    Withdrawals! Is there anything anyone else does

    to help the side-effects of skipping? I have been taking 300mg for almost 12 months. I have been pretty good about taking it on time as I swapped to taking them at night. Two weeks in a row now I have forgotten to take them on a Friday and have not realised for 24 hours. The...
    K8nss K8nss
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Jul 12, 2014

    I have been taking Effexor

    for 12 yrs with very good results. However, a few weeks ago it stopped working. Switched to wellbutrin, but not working very good. Any suggestions???
    RockyZ7 RockyZ7
    61-65, M
    2 Responses Feb 17, 2014

    I've been on Efexor for nearly 2 years now,

    mainly for anxiety, to stop panic attacks. It is the second time I've been on Efexor 75mg dose. The one good thing about it for me, is it does stop the panic attacks. I haven't had one in over two years, however, there are many bad side effects. Far too many to call this a 'good...
    tonydean tonydean
    41-45, M
    2 Responses Oct 3, 2014

    I'm currently on 150mgs of the generic brand of

    effexor (venlafaxine) and I feel a whole lot better :)
    deleted deleted
    Jun 22, 2015

    Coming Off Effexor (75mg - 2 Yrs - Good Experiance!!)

    INTRO I know many of you dont see a review like this very often. I had a great experience on efxr. I just made the decision to come off the drug after two years. The reason for my discontinuation of the drug was because I wanted to lose the weight I put on from taking the...
    dluxxx1 dluxxx1
    Jul 21, 2009

    Unfortunately, I Take Effexor

    I don't even know where to begin. I began Effexor only 5 months ago. Went from the 37.5 to the 75 tab. I'm still on 75mg, but not for long. I'm taking it for anxiety attacks basically, and racing thoughts. At first the Effexor di ok, but bothered my stomach a little bit...
    autumnechos77 autumnechos77
    5 Responses Oct 28, 2010

    Feeling Like Crap !

    I have crappy insurance . Where it takes a few days for them to fax my list of medications . In the mean time I run out . I have missed 3 days of my Effexor 150 mg . Gotta another night feeling crappy. I'm emotional and having vibrations in my head . The chills and sweats . I don...
    blonde2d blonde2d
    41-45, F
    1 Response Jan 21, 2013

    Wanting To Get Off Or Reduce Effexor Xr 300mgs

    I have been on Venlafaxine for 5 years and initially it worked very well. Presently at 300mgs and side effects are outweighing benefits 10 fold. Doing a drastic cut down to 150mgs and not too scared of side effects as they are bad enough now. Killer headaches - loss of...
    Mikewf Mikewf
    46-50, M
    2 Responses Jul 17, 2012

    Has anyone gained weight from Effexor?

    ? I was on lexapro and gained a lot, so I got off it. But my anxiety is getting bad again
    haileyx3 haileyx3
    18-21, F
    4 Responses Feb 3, 2016

    Trying To Get Off Effexor

    When I had my son 7 years ago I had horrible post partum (sorry it's spelled wrong) I was put on Paxil which was horrible. I fel numb. Then I went on zoloft which being a female and having a newborn had horrible sexual side effects. So ultimately I went on effexor. I liked it...
    banelson1226 banelson1226
    31-35, F
    Jul 3, 2012

    Hi everyone. I've been on effexor

    for a year and a half. And I really dislike it. It does crazy things to my mind and body. Today is my first day that I am trying to stop taking it. I'm scared because in the past when I have missed a day of it. Things get really bad. All the side effects that I have on a daily...
    Jacksongirl1108 Jacksongirl1108
    22-25, F
    6 Responses Oct 13, 2014

    Effexor XR 75mg

    I've had a love-hate relationship with Effexor. I take it with Lexapro. I started taking it after my first hospitalization because my psychiatrist didn't think that the Lexapro was helping by itself. I started on 75mg, then eventually got up to 150mg, which is a lot for someone...
    paperalias paperalias
    22-25, F
    6 Responses Apr 8, 2008

    I was prescribed Effexor on Monday

    but have not started. I have to take 75mg for the first 14 days then double up. I am reading everyone's posts and am getting very scared to take it now. Even the positive post still have some negative experiences. I am mostly afraid of the side effects/withdrawals. I tend to...
    sprchava sprchava
    36-40, F
    4 Responses Mar 5, 2014

    So Far...

    I have been on Effexor for one week now. I am taking it for depression and social anxiety. For the first few days I kept telling my husband that I felt like I had the flu (headache, nausea, chills). Now the "flu feeling" has improved. I do, however, feel spacey, tired, and shaky...
    deleted deleted
    11 Responses Oct 5, 2011
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