Bullshit. Bullshit. Bullshit. Truth .... brain zaps brain zaps brain zaps followed by nearly killing yourself trying to withdraw from it when you enter the deepest place in hell - with sensations you never knew were possible. And for everone who is on this drug who hasn't learnt this yet - sorry .... you have been warned. I was forced onto a stronger drug - with a *very long half-life* (opposite of the very short half-life of this drug) in order to survive ... and now I am in recovery from that crap. Read the Mad In America website (which incluces the great Dr Peter Breggin) to learn the truth about all these drugs.
Terrible drug. I was prescribed it, I told them it was not working out for me so the Dr doubled my dose! Made me feel suicidal. I lost 3 months of my life to this drug. The worst thing I have ever taken.
4 months taking it daily. Helped me a lot. No side effect. Negatives thoughts have gone. I can sleep. I don`t have shame to go out my house no more. I am not worried with catastrophic future that i always build in my head. The medication is a tool to help you to fight. You need to create a hole system, with your doctor, psicotherapy, your family, your owns thoughts, your will, the ambient that surrounds you and etc. I hope everybody can get better, do not give up, do not create worries about the medication that doesn't exist. I'm controlling my bipolar disorder and now i'm taking care of my ADHD. Do what is need and focus in your live, not in your desease.
It's a really expensive trash drug. Yeah it doesn't do anything then when you try to get off it you have withdraws. Which include sickness dizziness nightmare sweats ELECTRICAL shock in the brain. Trash do not take it.
I Am trying to get of venlafaxine . i was in 37.5 and the second week one day . now went to 1/half day rigth now i am take the small pecie a day when dose the bad stop .Dizzinea drowsiess ihate the feeling was giveing me for pain can drink this any more.
You're a drug addict, instead of chosing to learn a life lesson and become even stronger than you've ever been (even if it takes very long time) you choose to do drugs. well congrats, the devil got you
Side Effects - you mention 3 - nausea, dizziness, drowsiness.
Been on this life saving drug [for me anyway] for 17 years. These 3 side effects are minuscule compared to the many that I personally have experienced. It should be mandatory that Doctors inform their patients about the severity & multiple of Side Effects of this Drug Efexor XR. Yes, this is a wonder drug, but one must be prepared for all that comes with taking it. Unexpected, nasty, unwanted side effects that can and will interrupt your life & many that slowely creep up over time without you knowing.
The Side Effects, for me, far out way what would be if I were not on it and I have learnt to live with them not because I like them, not because they're pleasant [!] but because for my LIFE, I have to.
If you are about to start on this drug, Efexor XR OR have been on it for a short time PLEASE PLEASE Drink At Least 2 Litres of Water A Day and TRY your hardest to Exercise. Water - Your whole self will Dry out - Vital Organs, Ears, Eyes, Skin, Hair, Mouth, Teeth [Yes, I said Teeth] - you will slowely loose the enamel on your teeth causing them to slowely rot & turn black, therefore having to have them pulled out. To avoid this horror & Pain, PLEASE thickly paste your mouth each night with Toothpaste, rub all over 2 pea size of toothpaste onto the gums & inside & outside of your teeth covering them all well. Please keep up Dental Appointments at least once every 6 months & tell them you are on Efexor XR. Most dentists know how this drug eats away at the enamel. I have had countless ear and eye infections & problems caused from Efexor XR, which I won't go into. I lubricate them also with eye lubrication gel & for my Ears, I use Ceramal drops. Use a generous amount of Conditioner on the Hair and let it sit while showering the body, then comb through. You may also have a loss of Hair with some chunks falling out - this may pass. Exfoliate your Skin, OFTEN, then thickly moisturize all over.
All of the things I have mentioned, I tell you so that you can AVOID what I have gone through. I have been looked down upon and even told that, I was on illegal Drugs, namely Heroin. I so do not want any of you to have to feel as horrible as I have nor look as horrible as I have. So it is imperative that you look after your health while on this drug & stay Moisturized inside and out, as silly as this sounds and Yes, Exercise because this will lift your mood & lift the serotonin, naturally. This one is a hard one to do when you are Depressed, however if you can write on your calendar a time when you will walk for say 10- 30 minutes, each & every day & stick to it, you will greatly benefit and keep the weight down. If you do not exercise while on this drug, there is a great chance you will slowely put on the pounds!
I know this is a big lot of info here, but IF I can help even one person, then I will be most happy.
Peace & Good Health to you all!!
this shit is poison, the withdrawal for me has been a living nightmare, and i only tooked it for 8 months, that was an year ago, TO THIS DAY i'm feeling totally crap, don't ever take this poison, the withdrawal is just like benzo withdrawal (if you were on a high dosage like 300 mgs) and it can go on for YEARS, this is just totally bullshit, this drug should not exist
Alfredo Pereira I have been taking this drug for five year. I have tried to off when my mood stable but after 2 months my mood getting worst again and I have to consult psychitist to restart Exfexzor again . Side effect of is drug is hoorible aggitation, mood fluctuation and throw up.
Do I have to take this drug for the rest of my life?
I am sorry for every good thing I said about Effexor, it stopped working and then hell started, I am going through junkie style withdraws from Venlafaxine hydrochloride (Effexor) I am done trying to find a pill that works long term, for the first two weeks these where amazing then after every day got worse, phantom noises shocks being sent up my neck into my head and horrific nightmares. now that I have slowly came off the pills these symptoms are magnified 10 fold and it is making me moody, dizzy and cold/hot flashes like crazy, I have the shakes, i am tired yet hyper and every time I lay down my head starts pounding.
this drug messed my head up ,,,yorning every min,felt good at first the I was freaked out for 3 days no sleep, agitated and so bad couldont stop rocking in my seat,had ambulance out and was told stop straight away , 10 yrs later I steal feel the effects every now n then n v scary
Saved my life too. It was that or eventual suicide for me. What I'm worried about are long-term effects I've heard som anti-depressants have. They may include even damage outside the brain (bones, muscles, liver etc.). Hovever, this particular drug is different from the majority of them. If the only downside occurs only when I don't take it, with the universal healthcare my country has, i think i'm fine with it.
I had great experience with it for a while but been off it for months now, started to give me auditory and visual hilutionations(spelling sucks) they stopped after a few weeks off, but still get them now and then, it was good short term for me but went bad big time later, still tho some of my family benifited from it greatly.
i had a crazy withdrawal syndrome, and protracted withdrawal that only got worst with the time, like the 4th month off the drug, i was bedridden, my parents ended up sending me to rehab, yeah REHAB, anyway now i'm taking trazoden and quetiapine, i don't know if i'm all right now, i mean i'm sure i'm not 100% still feel kind of shitty, but whatever you do, don't be stupid like me, don't quit it cold turkey, go to a doctor and shit should be fine (sorry for me english i'm brazilian)
+Fernando Dornelles personally only a few months but I have 2 family members that have taken it long term (8-10+ years) and I honestly believe that without its help they would have died from stress and self medicating years ago without it, I realize now I have a chemical imbalance and know I will need this long term and do not plan to withdraw and if I do have to eventually I expect a bad time just as with any drug your body/mind desires.
This crap has been a nightmare! Considering withdrawal is a long drawn out miserable existence. It totally messes with your brain chemistry. No such thing as an easy withdrawal, while they say there are cases of people going cold turkey with no effects, I have not met one.
Wish I would have read more and watched these before taking it. trying to get off now. Tapered down and stopped the Effexor after 2 weeks at 37.5mg and was switched to Paxil. Bad side effects from Paxil after 2 doses and I stopped everything. Now it's like a friggin nightmare. Using Alprazolam to offset some of the effects but my dreams are scary, a dream inside a dream inside a dream, difficult to wake up from and incites extreme panic, my wife has had to wake me up from screaming fits. Brain Zaps are almost constant throughout the day and exhausting. Constant torture. and the detox feeling is nightmarish, clammy skin, head and body aches, sudden vertigo and hypersensitivity to light and sound.
"....believed to work.." NOT "does work". This disinformation promotional video is a sham and so is the drug. Antidepressants are poison and this stupid paid shill should know this. Overwhelming data shows that these drugs will destroy you life.
landenthe70s I had a great experience besides irritation and withdrawal that only a severe heroin addict could understand.It is physically addictive but they lie and say it could be psychologically addictive which is utter nonsense.its a gift and a curse because it works but you WILL become physically ADDICTED.
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