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Effexor for panic disorder, social anxiety?

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Hello,

I was diagnosed with panic disorder and social anxiety disorder last summer. Since then I've tried Paxil (short duration, stopped due to losts of nausea), Zoloft and currently Lexapro. None of the aforementioned meds have helped my anxiety to any degree. Lexapro has actually made it worse. I have an appointment with my doctor next Thursday, and I suspect that he is going to recommend changing to another medication. I still have Prozac as a possibility, but I don't see it helping seeing how 2 solid tries with other SSRIs didn't do anything. I know that Effexor is an SNRI, thus its different.

Has anyone been prescribed Effexor for either panic disorder or social anxiety disorder and had success with it? I've read plenty of bad things about this med. - i.e. difficulty getting off it. But at this point I would be willing to give anything a try to get to a place in my life where anxiety isn't in control.

Thanks for any info.

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effexor is prescribed for people with Generalised Anxiety Disorder, so it might be a possible help for you.  I got effexor for depression but I have read that a lot of people do take it for anxiety.  

Perhaps you could mention it to your dr and see what she thinks.

Don't be too alarmed about the bad stuff you've read about coming off effexor.  Its true that some people have had a bad time coming off but many others (including myself) have had very minor side effects.  The best way to come off effexor is long and slow.  Don't worry about that till you have to cos it might do wonders for you.

I have heard of some folk say that it made their anxiety worse but unless you try the med you won't know how it might affect you.  You suffer from anxiety so I'm wondering how much of the worries you have are due to your anxiety rather than fact.

Anyway whatever you do, good luck to you.

Eileen

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I have heard of some folk say that it made their anxiety worse but unless you try the med you won't know how it might affect you.

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I can say that I don't have panic attacks quite as bad as I did before I started effexor.  There are still times when I forget to breathe due to stress but it doesn't elevate past that except maybe a headache.  I don't have the fear that was attached to it all anymore and the urge to flee is much lower also.  

Hope my input helps.

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Thanks libra...that input definitely helps.

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there is a thread of Effexor success stories near the top of the page, see the pinned topics.

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Sorry to have posted unnecessarily.

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I don't think she meant it like that!  :)

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I was just pointing out where there were some success stories, wasn't meant as a rebuke.

eileen

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Hello,

I was diagnosed with panic disorder and social anxiety disorder last summer. Since then I've tried Paxil (short duration, stopped due to losts of nausea), Zoloft and currently Lexapro. None of the aforementioned meds have helped my anxiety to any degree. Lexapro has actually made it worse. I have an appointment with my doctor next Thursday, and I suspect that he is going to recommend changing to another medication. I still have Prozac as a possibility, but I don't see it helping seeing how 2 solid tries with other SSRIs didn't do anything. I know that Effexor is an SNRI, thus its different.

Has anyone been prescribed Effexor for either panic disorder or social anxiety disorder and had success with it? I've read plenty of bad things about this med. - i.e. difficulty getting off it. But at this point I would be willing to give anything a try to get to a place in my life where anxiety isn't in control.

Thanks for any info.

I'm sorry I cant say anything good about Effexor...but I had horrible side effects on it and honestly thought I was gonna die when I came off it. Ended up in hospital. Really long story. Some people have had good luck on it, but there are some pretty horrifying stories too. Good luck and go see your doc the second something dont seem right!

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i found it worked for about 4 years then it stopped, i was also given clonazapan because my cause is bad. even with effexor i still had the shakes and butterflies but the overwhelming dome was lifted by it

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