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I Take Effexor

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    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 26-30 11 Responses Oct 5, 2011

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    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 5 Responses Apr 8, 2008

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    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 31-35 5 Responses Sep 30, 2010

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    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

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    Trying To Stop After 15 Yrs On 400 Mg Per Say

    I started Jan 2012 by reducing the amt. by 25% of a 100mg pill every 15 days. To date I am at 225 mg. per day. no major problems to date, but I seem I can't get up and going like I should.
    blueberrry blueberrry 66-70 1 Response Apr 13, 2012

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    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

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    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 26-30 Jun 26, 2013

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    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 31-35, F 1 Response Mar 5

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    Scared

    I am supposed to be starting venlafaxine today, but feel to scared to and like i am not strong enough to do it or go through the hell of it... i have taken this drug before when i was 19, i am now 26..the reason why i need to take it is because i suffer from really bad depression...
    sexygirl337 sexygirl337 26-30 1 Response Aug 15, 2011

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    ~New to Effexor Xr~ So Far So Good

    Thanks Estera for starting this one.  I am on 150mg Effexor Xr for anxiety to do with my Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Borderline Personality Dis. And I take 4 Seroquel per day for my suicide thoughts i live with. supposed to be taking 200 x2 daily of...
    Free2BeMe Free2BeMe 36-40, F 1 Response Mar 8, 2008

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    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 20 Responses Jun 9, 2010

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    I Quit Cold Turkey

    I have been taking effexor for anxiety and depression for almost a year. I think it really helped me. I felt so much better that I decided to stop taking it about a month ago. I think I made a mistake and quit too soon. I can feel myself slipping quickly down that dark hole of...
    veralynn veralynn 26-30, F 1 Response Oct 24, 2012

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    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 56-60, M 1 Response Feb 17

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    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 22-25 Jul 21, 2009

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    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

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    To Take Or Not To Take?

    I am a 25 year old single, and for probably about a quarter of my I have been suffering from depression. Recently it has gotten really bad to the point where it was not only affecting my life, but my families life to. I have never actual hurt my self, but once a day usually at...
    0dand0 0dand0 22-25, M 1 Response Jun 23, 2012

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    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 31-35 5 Responses Oct 28, 2010

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    Viibryd

    Has anybody out there every tried Viibryd before?? If so I would love to know your experience on it, that's the next thing they are trying to shove down my throat. Thanks bunches
    jeanettehartwig jeanettehartwig 26-30 1 Response Apr 26, 2012

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    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

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    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

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    Coming Off Effexor

    I began taking 150 mg of Effexor two years ago. I began taking it for anxiety and panic attacks. I was put on Zoloft before, but I couldn't handle it. I am now coming off this drug and having major withdrawal symptoms. Effexor was no longer working and I don't dare go to a higher...
    Nye10gale Nye10gale 31-35 4 Responses Oct 18, 2011

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    For Two Years Now

    I've been on effexor for two years, for depression as you must know. I'm feeling a lot better (no anger anymore, better sleep, more myself), but I have secondary effects. I'd like to quit now, cause I have taken lots of weight. But my psy doesn't want me to stop for now. I'm a...
    deleted deleted 26-30 May 29, 2012

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    Starting Effexor And Stopping Lexapro??

    I've been on lexapro 10 mg for a while, was on 20 , but came down to 10mg and can not take it for 3 days without any noticable side efects. Also on .05 klonopin which the doc is gotin to take me off in 2 months for good. The thing is the lexapro makes me gain weight which...
    cfaye cfaye 51-55, F 2 Responses Mar 28, 2012

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    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 2 Responses Jun 8, 2013

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    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

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    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

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    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...
    atadir atadir 51-55, M 1 Response Sep 2, 2011

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    Effexor And Dialated Pupils

    I have been on effexor for 2 weeks and my pupils are huge. Not a big deal except I already have low vision. Does anyone know if this goes away over time?
    cry4adonai cry4adonai 31-35 1 Response Jul 25, 2010

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    Just Started Effexor

    hello. i am on day three of effexor. the first 24 hours, I FREAKED OUT! at first i felt engergized and ready to make dinner, and take care of the business i needed to take care of that night, then i went to sleep, but in the morning hours the next day, i was freaking out! ugh...
    loveinrococo loveinrococo 31-35, F 1 Response Dec 18, 2011

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    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

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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

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    Month 5 Of Effexor

    It's been 5 months since i have started effexor. i self raised my dose to 3 of the 37.5's which my dr. was ok with, but not much was different except that i no longer felt numb or dead to the world. i forgot a day, and boy, did i find out fast that you need to take that stuff...
    loveinrococo loveinrococo 31-35, F 3 Responses May 3, 2012

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    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

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    Haven't Taken Effexor In Two Days I'm Losing My Mind Please Help!

    I learned the hard way about taking my pill at the same time every day. I did take it on time Monday, still slept All day and woke up crying hysterically. Went to my dr she says its withdrawal from the Prozac I stopped taking in dec?!? She told me to stop the effexor and gave...
    jeanettehartwig jeanettehartwig 26-30 3 Responses Apr 25, 2012

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    Hope Its Gonna Get Better & Better...

    I have taken many different AD's over the years, mainly SSRI's. I never found any that worked well, only suppressed my emotions to the point I felt numb. I would stop taking them and pray it'd be better this time...never was. I had 3 years of counselling, and did everything I...
    mandi3 mandi3 36-40, F 2 Responses Mar 26, 2012

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    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 36-40, M 1 Response Mar 6, 2013

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    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

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    My Effexor Experience

    When I was deeply depressed, I tried several types of anti-depressants from ssri's to snri's I've tried quite a few. Prozac, Wellbutrin, Zoloft, Effexor just to name a few. I really want to focus on venlafaxine, generic for effexor because it was an experience I will not forget...
    somesoul somesoul 22-25, M Jul 19, 2011

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    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

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    Another Day

    So far, I got up got my daughter on the bus and I'm still awake and not crying!! Hopefully I didn't just jinx myself lol This has been the best start to my day that I've had in four days, I pray this is a sign that my stubborn *** can get through this effexor hell without taking...
    jeanettehartwig jeanettehartwig 26-30 Apr 26, 2012

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    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 22-25, F 7 Responses Aug 10, 2008

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    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 36-40 4 Responses Nov 8, 2009

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    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 22-25, F Jul 12

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    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

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    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 26-30, F 2 Responses Jan 17

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    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

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    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

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    A Necessary Evil

    Early this year I hitched a ride on the psychiatric medication carousel to treat Panic Disorder, GAD, and help control my self harm. Started off on 20 mgs of Celexa which made me extremely suicidal and didn't help at all, got switched to 10 mgs of Lexapro and then was upped to 20...
    RoastofRump RoastofRump 18-21, F May 23, 2011

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    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 41-45, F 1 Response May 13

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    Related Experiences

    I have went from 40 mg to 30 to 20 to 15 to 10 mg. I was told since I was a little girl that I needed adderall. I will never forget in junior high being called into the nurses...
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    I am constantly being taken advantage of! My family knows that I starting to be successful so they are trying to weigh me down as much as possible! My older sister(Becca) is...
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    everytime i get together with my girls, or boys u knw its picture time, i feel like if i dnt take that moment i will never see it again. so i take everything every time. i love how...
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