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  1. i just finished a series of 35 TMS - i also had bilateral - the right for anxiety and the left for depression. Not sure how much it helped because i also had a change in medication. I think i had a response, but haven't remitted. Will probably have another top up in 6 weeks. It was very easy treatment to have
  2. trintellix turned out not to be the drug for me - i came off over a couple of weeks at the same time cross tapering onto lexapro. Have kept me on the valodoxan as it apparently augments it nicely.. have been on lexapro 10mg for 2 weeks, but think it probably needs to go - seeing my dr tomorrow but i think she wants to give it 4 weeks before increasing - given that i am also on valdoxan
  3. i started Trintellix 6 weeks ago after reducing off an 18 year run with Effexor. I had no noticeable side effects whatsoever from the Trintellix which was really surprising from me because i am quite sensitive to meds. I was feeling really well until about 10 days ago when i felt like i was plummeting - I am unsure if it's delayed reaction to effexor w/d or the trintellix is just not cutting it - i was on 10mg for one week, then 15 mg for 4 weeks and 20 mg the last week. 3 days ago my doc added in Valdoxan - I am still up and down, feeling some side effects from Valdoxan - mainly fatigue - but a different type of fatigue i was feeling when i was plummeting.
  4. so, i recently had some major stress which caused my anxiety to spiral out of control. normally i can roll with stress without it negatively affecting my mood - just like someone without depression/anxiety issues would probably cope. So, I had to increase back up to 225 - i have had such a hard time cognitively with this - beating myself up and assuming that my depression is getting worse...the increase has helped, but i don't know what i plan to do in the near future. I would like to come down and successfully go onto another medication so i can stop 'believing' that effexor is my problem LOL
  5. I posted this in the effexor forum, but got no replies - so thought i would cross post here... I have been mostly on effexor for 18 years - between 75 and 225, currently on 225, but just not feeling 'joy in life' - maybe i am expecting too much in the drug and not enough in my own responsibility for how I feel. Have been probably drinking a little too much - maybe 1 bottle of alcohol over 2 nights - I feel like i 'have to have it' - i don't actually crave it, but want to drink it - i don't even really feel the effect, but wonder if it is impacting how I feel. Anyway, i did go up from 150 to 225 about 6 weeks ago, feel a bit better but not like I used to feel after i first went on it. I have talked about going to another medication with my doctor, but am really scared of coming off - every time i come off - one to 2 weeks later i get crushing anxiety and depression - i don't know if this is withdrawal or relapse - and if it is withdrawal will a new medication help mediate it? One time when i was in this position I substituted pristiq for the effexor and my anxiety went through the roof. I sort of feel like i am in between a rock and a hard place - do i go on feeling 'just ok, or do i try and get really better again? Or, is it a natural function of age, that one starts to feel a little less 'alive'
  6. I have been mostly on effexor for 18 years - between 75 and 225, currently on 225, but just not feeling 'joy in life' - maybe i am expecting too much in the drug and not enough in my own responsibility for how I feel. Have been probably drinking a little too much - maybe 1 bottle of alcohol over 2 nights - I feel like i 'have to have it' - i don't actually crave it, but want to drink it - i don't even really feel the effect, but wonder if it is impacting how I feel. Anyway, i did go up from 150 to 225 about 6 weeks ago, feel a bit better but not like I used to feel after i first went on it. I have talked about going to another medication with my doctor, but am really scared of coming off - every time i come off - one to 2 weeks later i get crushing anxiety and depression - i don't know if this is withdrawal or relapse - and if it is withdrawal will a new medication help mediate it? One time when i was in this position I substituted pristiq for the effexor and my anxiety went through the roof. I sort of feel like i am in between a rock and a hard place - do i go on feeling 'just ok, or do i try and get really better again?
  7. I have long pondered this question... i am stable on an antidepressant, but when i come off (after reducing responsibly - and lately when i reduce down really low) i relapse. The times that i have come off - about 5 times, the times to relapse have shortened - from 6 months down to 2 weeks. before i took antidepressants, i had 3 episodes of depression that were 4 years apart, with complete remission in between. The difference in time well since going on antidepressants compared to before makes me suspect some kind of delayed withdrawal, or rebound depression. It's sort of like my brain is unstable and trips into depression quickly. If that is the case - how do i go about resolving this? Do i take a mood stabiliser at the same time for a while and then come off the AD, do i bridge to prozac to make the landing softer, or do i just stay on the antidepressant... i AM well on them, but do endure some irritating side effects - like NO libido, and muscle twitching.. but they are really quite minor compared to the horrors of the depression. I realise that i am likely to have another episode, but if i could get back to the pre AD days and have 4 years off drugs in between that would be preferable..
  8. I have been on effexor for 16 years - it has been a very good med for me, but i am unable to get off - i don't know if that is the medication or me - i have had several episodes of depression prior to being on effexor, but they were 4 years apart - since being on medication when i come i relapse within a few months - my intuition is that being on the medication has made me less able to hold my own when i come off - but that is pure speculation. I don't have any trouble GETTING off, just staying off. I remember when i first went on, i was terrified too - i think that is part of the anxiety - but once i settled on it, I was amazed at how good i felt
  9. I have been on and off E for 16 years - up to 225mg, but currently on 75mg. Works very well for me - i have tried to stop a few times but get depressed and anxious again after a few months. i really feel much better on than off
  10. it is simply not true to say that antidepressants do NOTHING for depression - i think the problem is that depression is not a homogenous condition - many paths lead to it and there are obviously many treatments to resolve it. for people whom antidepressants work they are miraculous - i experienced 5 episodes of depression (3 were post natal) ranging in severity from mild to severe and lasting from 4 weeks(mild) to 9 months (severe). I did not take antidepressants for these episodes. Instead i ran, swam, did hypnotherapy, chinese herbs, therapy, vitamins, meditation, acupuncture and so on. On the sixth episode i became suicidal and my anxiety was so great i couldn't sit still. I reluctantly agreed to go on an antidepressant. I was convinced that it wouldn't work and that i would stay in that nightmare condition forever. Amazingly within a couple of weeks i was feeling so much better and within a month i was completely better. I have been off and on the same medication now for the last 16 years - i can come off quite easily with little withdrawal effects if i go slow, but i usually relapse again within a few months. I won't bother going off again now - my quality of life is so much better. I am stable and highly functional - I have my own business and employ 7 people. Peter Gotzsche is not a psychiatrist and i find it quite offensive that he would make such a broad brush statement. I do agree that antidepressants are over prescribed - off label use should not be easily done and probably not by a GP. Regarding some of your links above - Peter Breggin is a cowboy - his credentials are not stellar. A meta analysis is not a good way to read and interpret the benefits and dangers of antidepressants and news.com, newsweek, 60 minutes and any other science journalism report is not a good way to get your information. yes there ARE horror stories out there - but if you choose any medications you can get people posting negative reports about them - especially medications taken for a long time. At the end of the day, if you need them you need them - and what is worse - the medication or the illness. The problem with the internet is that half truths can be spread very quickly and easily
  11. dark lotus, thank you - i never actually equated anti medicators on the same page as antivaxxers.... i have tried so many times to get off effexor - maybe 15 or 16 times? i would count out beads and weigh them trying to sneak off without my body noticing - but once i get below a certain dose the world crumbles and i have to go back up. I was a member of an anti - drug group that would plead with people not to go up - kept saying it's just withdrawal, it will get better, it's just a wave... i know of several people that have committed suicide whilst waiting for that wave to open to a window. but my body just seems to do better ON rather than off
  12. i think it is better to think of 'for the foreseeable future' rather than for life. I spent many, many years slowly decreasing my effexor dose, trying to get off - only to get depressed again - anywhere from 2 weeks to 3 months later. Then i have to endure the 4- 6 week period before i stabilise again. I have decided it is just not worth it for me - i don't have many ongoing side effects and my depression/anxiety is completely gone on 150mg effexor. I now realise that i would rather be on effexor and be able to plan for something in the next 6 months than to be off meds and unable to commit to a morning tea tomorrow! I think for some people they can go off AD's and not need to go back on - but for others - like me who have had 4 depressive episodes, our brains just don't bounce back again.
  13. hi meldinoor - for me, it takes 28 days for effexor to 'kick back in' - i do feel relief in windows prior to this, but it is almost as if the curtains open and the sun shines in at the 28 day mark.
  14. i have worried about this in the past, usually when i have just gone back on worried that it may not work this time or that it will poop out on me - but i have been mostly on it for 14 years with no sign of tolerance or poop out. I hope to be able to still be taking it when i am 95!
  15. i have been on (and off for short periods) effexor for 14 years. It is a wonder pill for me. 150mg is my most comfortable dose. I have been on 225mg and i think overall i feel emotionally 'best' on 225, i have terrible constipation and zero libido. Constipation is manageable on 150 and whilst the libido is still down, i can get around it a bit by delaying the dose.I tried 75 for a couple of years and i notice a big difference with my motivation and sleep.
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