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Monday, July 7th, 2008
5:28 pm
Sex and Effexor
Hi, I am a chronic depressive who's just been put on Effexor 75mg since the second week of April. I read that it deceases sexual interest and sensitivity. I found this out after I had sex two days ago. Have any other females here had trouble getting orgasm while on Effexor?

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Current Mood: concerned
Friday, May 23rd, 2008
4:00 pm
weaning off

I have been on Effexor for 6 years and only recently have I began to notice something different, a change, and not in a good way. My body was not accepting it anymore. I was having so many of the side effects from the effexor. It got to the point that it was effecting my love and social and work life- and not in a good way.

I went to my doctor and he decided to wean me off the effexor and for me to see a psychiatrist. I'm hoping I don't even need to be on anything. So anyway, what he had me to was take half my dose for 7 days, then take half my dose every other day for 7 days then just stop it. Well.. week one went okay until the 2nd to last day. I was at work washing my hands and my hands felt like.. they were thick.. almost like there was a layer of velvet or something. It was a strange feeling. I thought maybe it was the lotion I had used prior. Well, since then it's only gotten worse.. I'm on day 2 of the second week. So I haven't taken anything at all today and I'm light headed and dizzy but my entire body feels tingly. Like, when your foot falls asleep and it's starting to "wake up".. that weird tingling sensation. I literally feel it all over. My hands, legs, torso, arms, lips, even my tongue.

Have any of you's experienced this at all? I just hope it doesn't last too much longer because this is a really uncomfortable feeling.

Current Mood: weird
Sunday, May 18th, 2008
12:18 am

Hi new 2 the group. I should have joined lj about a year ago because i alwasy wanted some kind of support group for freakin effexor. I have been taking it for over a year for depression/anxiety/bulimia.Totally kicked my depressions ass. This is seriously the only thing that has ever pulled me out of my horrible dark cloud. Yeah i still have bad days but i dont get that"i can lay in bed for the rest of my life" feeling everyday like i use to. But yeah...my stupid doctor thought it would "help control bulimic urges" ya nice try but no...anyways Im suppose to come off of it ina  few months and im TERRIFIED. Every had to go more then on day with out ur dosage(im only on 75mg a day) then u will know exactly what i mean. Has anyone out there every hear of anyone coming off of it with out the frigin brain zaps?The litteraly make me unable to function:( <3Marlene

Sunday, November 25th, 2007
4:26 pm
Hi all i'm new to the group.
I'd just like to say effexor xr is helping me. yesterday I had a bad day but today I'm having a good one.

Current Mood: happy
Thursday, December 7th, 2006
5:23 pm
effexor in SF
is there anyone the Bay Area who can spare me
112 mg of Effexor XR?

 my pescription ran out tuesday
I have been calling my MD several times a day since

 I got 1 days worth from the pharamcy yesterday

I am Not looking forward to trying to survive without this shit!

Wednesday, August 9th, 2006
7:30 am
I am very desperate for help. Anything is appreciated.
My brother was diagnosed with schizophrenia five years ago. He's on and off medication. He hates taking it and when he does it only works for a few months and than he flips out again. His doctors, in the next two weeks, are going to put him on Clozapine (Clozaril) for treatment-resistant schizophrenia. I know about all the danger side effects and the percent of people its helped and the rate blah blah but I dont know anyone or any information with people who have had first hand experiences with this medication.
Also my brother is extremely delusional and I dont know what to say/ do when he is like that. I dont want to just make em pop a pill or take him to the hospital every time he flips out. He thinks I am against him for that. What are some things that I am suppose to do or say because in all honesty, I dont understand a bit of him.
Tuesday, April 4th, 2006
8:12 pm
who am i?
I'm not sure what has happened to me. In the past 4 - 5 months, I haven't been feeling myself.

I started Effexor in January 2005 and ended in August 2005, I weaned off gradually for about 2 weeks. The last days were brutal, but other that, I turned out fine.

I think.

My depression was extremely severe as it related to OCD Morbid Thoughts. My mind was on autopilot for about 6 months thinking about crazy shit that I was really horrific...my mind would convince me I was going to kill people or hurt/molest innocent children or become a drug addict with AIDs...every worst fear I had, my mind convinced me I would do it. And when I mean I had "thoughts", it was 24/7 constant, non-stop, and there was no such thing as thinking "logically". I was so worried I would do violent crimes (and by no means was I some angry, violent person - it was my low self esteem which resulted in me doubting myself as a good person) that I figured killing myself would be the only way to save myself. I had constant thoughts of just jumping out of windows and killing myself.

For a number of reasons, my depression "cured" last summer and everything sorted itself out again, so I gradually stopped Effexor because it never really seemed to help me. I just had a hard time crying and feeling emotional. I felt more numb, if that is the worst to describe it.

So ever since August my life has been so much better, I am a much happier person and everything seemes more settled.

On the other hand, in the last 4 months I have encountered something strange in myself. I feel very, very emotionless, almost sociopathic. And I don't want to be sociopathic, but it's like...my mind doesn't feel emotional or sympathetic when I want it to. It's like if someone close to me died, I am not sure I could feel sad about it or cry - even though I want to. It's not like I have ever been a cold person...until now, and I don't know why the fuck I am feeling like this. It's like if a TV show about people dying in a natural disaster comes on, I don't feel anything. I don't feel sad, don't feel a connection, no sympathy. And it's starting t affect everything in my life. I feel numb towards everything. I feel very shallow, superficial. Before my depression and before effexor I was a very deep, down to earth, real person. but now I feel like I have changed so much, and I want to be my old self.

Are these long term side effects of Effexor? it's like I don't know who I am anymore. I don't know how to explain it. Maybe the effexor fucked me up in the long run...
Saturday, February 11th, 2006
4:23 pm
of madness, meds and migraines
so i take a tri-cyclic.
it prevents the reabsobtion of

not enough of
A = can't move - can't overcome minor upsets - adrenaline = the energy for anger, fear or excitement
S=too depressed to funciton. can't even complete thoughts. Seratonin is associateed with "Joy"
D= anxiety. tears at the slightest thing. dopamine is the thing associated with "good chocolate"

just right =

too much (today, yesterday)

a= sweating, gittery, jumpy, anxious, ready for action: upset that there IS no need to fight/flight
S= headaches, over awareness of physical sensation: (very mild E) , teeth grinding.
d= sleepyness, excessive creativity, seeing patterns where there aren't any - borderline schizophrenia

so, i've been lowering my dose (with dr.s advice/contact
for 3 days now - because I am
1) dripping sweat at all times
2) twitchy
3) supremely aware of the sweat, pouring in rivers off my body
4) grinding my teeth
5) headachey
6) sleeping 16 or so hours/day
7) seeing patterns in words/sounds...
8) I will see a TV comercial: and deeply empathize with the charecors in it, and feel the need to - explain to the rest of the worled, their pain, their unending need - the pathos.
9) I am tense - even when i lay down in my bed - my muscles are locked in what ever position I am in, I ma ready to leap into action - fast/violent action - but I *KNOW* that there is nothing to react to - so I am driving myself mad.

I *know* it's the meds.
I understand the poor mumbling street schizo's more than ever lately.

fuck I hate this.
Wednesday, November 16th, 2005
5:02 pm
I thought this may apply to some people here, and may help someone. If this isn't allowed, please delete it and I apoligize. :-)

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Wednesday, November 9th, 2005
11:41 pm
Celexa withdrawal
Hi, I just joined, specifically because I'm having some problems going off my celexa. I was taking it for 5 years, and with my doc's permission, just went off of it 7 days ago. I'm having pretty bad withdrawal: brain shocks, dizziness, exhaustion, eyes hurting, etc.

If any of you have ever had to wean off celexa, my questions are: how long did you feel withdrawal for, and is there anything (vitamins and such) that will help with the symptoms? Thanks!!!
Wednesday, October 26th, 2005
8:59 pm
Need some advice
Posted this in my journal but thought I'd be more useful posting it here. Any comments or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

Well, I've never posted in this journal before, using my livejournal account mostly to perv at david bowie pictures.. anyway I thought getting this out might help and I don't really care who reads this. I started a new medication yesterday and I'm now feeling completely neurotic. The medicine is Effexor. It's making me crazy. I feel anxious and paranoid, I'm afraid to leave my house and go to school. My body feels warm and electric, does that make sense? I can feel the medication in my brain. I couldn't sleep last night, kept waking up. Didn't go to class this morning because I was too tired and afraid and knew too much would be required of me. Managed to go to my afternoon/evening class but felt completely neurotic and fearful the entire time, I'm afraid of speaking, I'm afraid to move. I'm afraid of how I might behave in public. However, I can't scream or even cry, I'm just trapped in this electric-alert feeling. This is after only ONE DOSE of Effexor, one 37.5 mg dose. I don't know if I should continue this. I was miserable before but I can't function this way, I feel like I'm losing my mind. Should I stop it before it gets even more serious?

Current Mood: horrific
Wednesday, October 19th, 2005
6:21 pm
Bad Day
The Effexor withdrawals I am going through are a living nightmare of hellish pain and suffering now. I have started my 3rd week and the physical pain is worse for me than the suffering I endured within my head the first two weeks.

Many days I think of killing myself because I know there is no medicine on the market they can give me anyway that will ease my suffering. Not that I would trust the very people that gave me this taste of hell in pill form anyway.

I just want to stop suffering and feeling agonizing pain. The other symptoms I had where a walk in a park during spring time compared to this. Each day the pain gets worse and comes faster and has to be endured longer.

Now I understand that quote in the Pet Cemetery movie.... "Sometimes, dead is better."
Monday, October 17th, 2005
9:44 am
this is not fun
Saturday was my first day being totally off this stupid med, after tapering down from 150 to 75 to 37.5 every two weeks. All the steps down? No problems.

As of yesterday? Vertigo like CRAZY. I am so dizzy, I'm dizzy just sitting here at the computer. Plus I managed to time it so well that my period started yesterday and I was crying up a storm. I'm hoping the panicky weeping is just my normal hormonal crap. I don't know how I'm going to get through work being dizzy like this though. Ack.

I managed to avoid most of the major ramping-down issues, but this one is just bizzarre. Hopefully it goes away by tomorrow. When I first started on Effexor I had this vertigo plus nausea but they only lasted two days. At least the nausea isn't back, I guess.

Not really expecting advice, just putting this out there as a warning. Never got the electric shocks, but the vertigo is practically disabling.

Current Mood: uncomfortable
Friday, October 14th, 2005
12:26 pm


taking effexor.
started noticing the side effect of "too much" in my case: nodding off. Too tired; all the time. CRAZY amounts of coffee would make it possible to get through a day without falling asleep while driving, working, watching TV.

But then I could not sleep at night.
ok: so - Decreased MEDS and decreased coffee.

I sleep at night, I am awake during the day - but I am more... "Fragile" than I'd prefer to be. Anxious. I freak out - am more sensitive to criticism than I prefer. AND I still sometimes - feel a 'nod' coming on.

1) more effexor - to get 'sane' but sleep all day
2) less effexor, to keep from falling alseep randomly = I don't think I could "function"
3) change meds.

no I have not gone to my DR yet - as I have only - (with his consultation) lowered dose & coffee last week.

maybe it's still settling: but I tend to have side effects/drug effects FAST AND SERIOUS if it is going to happen. (IE: within 6 hours of my first dose - I was shaking/dumping sweat/insane, within 10 hours, I was not sweating, not shaking, and 'sane' and have been pretty much togather ever since. )


Tuesday, October 4th, 2005
9:59 am
Is this stuff for REAL?
My med levels just got bumped up a notch this week and I am now experiencing the equivalent of a goddamn Pink Floyd video as I walk through the halls at work today. I swear, my feet have not touched the ground yet today and NOT IN A GOOD WAY. What the hell is this stuff and why do I suddenly need to be on a stronger dose of it?
Monday, September 26th, 2005
5:23 pm
ramping down
I know many people have had trouble getting off Effexor so I figured I'd write a few updates as I go.

Overall Effexor wasn't too horrible for me. It worked well as an antidepressant. I've been on it since January, and upped my dose to 150mg in May. When I first started taking it, about a week later I had a few days of extreme nausea and dizziness, to the point where I had to stay home from work in bed. This did not happen again when I upped the dose in May.

Major side-effects:
1)Since May though I've been extremely tired all the time. Not muscle aches, but lethargic and sleepy. I can take naps at any time and fall asleep, but don't wake up feeling rested. This is in spite of ~8 hours regular sleep every night.
2) Since January I've put on 40 pounds. I'm currently 15 pounds heavier than my prior record heavy weight. Not good. While it probably isn't solely because of the Effexor, I'm sure the meds are involved. My lifestyle is essentially the same as it was before I started the meds in terms of diet and exercise.
(Note: I've had blood tests done due to both of these things, and I'm physically fine. ie: no thyroid conditions or diabetes etc.)

So, time to stop. I'm doing this with the supervision of my pdoc.

Starting today, I'm splitting my dose. Instead of 150mg in the morning, I'm taking 75mg in the morning and 37.5 at night. So I'm stepping down by 37.5 and splitting my dose to help even out the effects of the step-down. Hopefully having the lower dose at night will mean that I sleep through any withdrawl. We'll see.

I was very anxious to get on meds in the first place, and now I think I'll be much happier off them. I am currently seeing a therapist weekly, and I think that will assist with my lingering emotional issues, as well as act as a safety net while I'm ramping down.
Saturday, September 10th, 2005
3:45 pm

I was just wondering how many people here started taking effexor to get over a relationship break-up? I did, and it helped tremendously, but I only meant to be on it a little while and it's been two years. *sigh* I'm attempting to come off it again now slowly by tapering my dosage.

I guess I must have had underlying problems before the relationship break-up and effexor was a really positive thing for me- I started working hard at uni and even got offered an internship which I don't think would have happened if I wasn't on a/d's as I was finding it hard to cope with going to school.

Do most people here go to a counsellor or therapist aswell as taking effexor? I've tried the free counselling at my university but didn't find it all that helpful. That was when I first started taking it, and I've just made another appointment to go see a lady later this month (they must be busy, hey). I wish I could see a cognitive behaviour therapist as one of my friends did and she said it was great. It's a bit too expensive and I don't want to ask my Mum and Dad for the money cause they don't know I have been on a/d's. I feel horrible keeping this secret from them but on the other hand it would cause them a lot of pain and I think they would blame themselves. My sister-in-law committed suicide when I was 12 and my family is still getting over that. I'd hate them to have to worry about me as I know I would never kill myself, but I just get sad alot for no reason sometimes. Hmm...

Well that's my rant for the day.

Hope everyone's doing well...

Monday, August 15th, 2005
12:43 am
Hi, i'm new and I come to you in desperation. I don't really know where to begin. I've been in treatment for 8 years. I've been a guinea pig for most of that time. I don't have a clear diagnosis, i'm lucky enough to have a majority of disorders. *note sarcasm* I'm primarily bipolar if I had to classify things. The reason that I am writing to you is that I did a search of the drug, Effexor, and I found this lovely community. I'm having some problems that i've attributed with Effexor and I was hoping that maybe somebody else has had problems, too, so that I know i'm not going insane. I get these really intense zaps in my head and ears. They almost feel like electricity coursing through my body. They only last for a split second, but they really take a lot out of me. I know that you can have them if you stop taking the drug cold-turkey, but I am on Effexor XR and I take it religiously. Anybody else have this problem? Another thing that is really bothering me is my memory. I forget things ten seconds after I do them. I have ADD, but i've never felt fuzzy-headed like this before. I've been on the med more than once, but I can't recall ever having this problem before. I try telling my doctor and my family about this problem, but I feel like they are dismissing my concerns. I know that y'all have been in the trenches and I was hoping that maybe somebody feels the same way that I do. Any information that you could pass my way would be greatly appreciated. Even if you can't help me, thanks for listening. I'm the only one like me that I know and it gets rather lonely.

Current Mood: worried
Tuesday, August 2nd, 2005
6:22 pm
pill or no pill I am new here ...
I was On Paxil Once did not like It, gained weight, lost sex drive etc.....everything was fine In My life at the time ..My dr just gave me this pill ..

My neighbor today gave me a sample of Effexor not sure if I should take it or not ? she said she can give me samples for a long time

I cant really afford the dr right now ..

see My mom died 4 months ago , I lost my job, moved 3000 miles and 20 other bad things have happened so Im wondering if i need this ...Im a really happy person , somedays I am sad, but real sad , but its normal, I try to take walks to cheer up, I joined yoga .....

just asking if i should take a pill or not , I dont want to deal with side affects or get hooked , but during this tough time maybe

a pill will help ? advice would be nice , I know you guys are not dr's but how is this pill , the good and bad ?

Current Mood: curious
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