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Hello, so I am just starting effexor as of today. I have read many reviews on the internet which probably isn't the best idea because I know everyones body works differently. 

I see some people have had horrible experiences and some have had life changing ones. I don't have severe anxiety and I don't think my depression is super horrible... 

So did anybody with a similar situation have a good experience? Can you eventually come off of effexor and be okay?

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Hello, I've been on it for a little less than a year now.  It took awhile to find the right dose, but I do think it's helping for both depression and anxiety.  Nothing life changing, but it has helped to lessen the symptoms.

In terms of side effects, I had a bit right at the beginning and then had a week or so of them whenever I increased dose.  It wasn't anything too bad for me, felt very flat and had kinda muted emotions.  These went away after the adjustment, and aren't bothering me now.  I've had some other, longer lived potential side effects, but I started a bunch of medicine around the same time (after avoiding the doctor for over a decade - not a good idea) and I think these are causing my other issues.  

Obviously, as you said, everyone reacts differently, but I'm hoping it works for you!

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Hi how are you getting on? I’m on day 2 of 75mg (taken in the morning), it’s made me even more tired so I’m thinking tomorrow I’ll take at night as my specialist advised any time is fine as long as it’s not on an empty stomach.  Hope it’s working for you. 

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Hello all. Since I'm now starting up Effexor again after 5 months off(15 years+ I was on Effexor 150mg - 300mg). In hindsight, I should have stuck with 225mg p/day as I did for many years, but eventually made the decision over a year ago to try to wean off of it. Again, in retrospect I can see how my Mental Health gradually declined during this period of time while slowly lowering the doses. Since severe Anxiety / Depression runs deeply in my family, I now realize lowering it/stopping it was a mistake. I now must resign myself to the fact that I need to be on an AD(I'm assuming Effexor again) for the rest of my life.

So, here I am again. A newbie. Groping/grasping for morsels of new information and some hope to get me through this new tiration back up (to 225mg?) on Effexor.

My PDoc starting me with 37.5mg ER p/day that I have quickly(too fast?) bounced up to 75mg p/day this past week.

I cannot lie. I feel HORRIBLE. I do take some Xanax that helps squelch it temporarily throughout the day/early evening, but I do not want to overdue that!

It's been almost a week on 75mg and I guess I had hoped that my body would respond 'quicker' this time since it has only been 5 months off after 15+ years taking Effexor. That doesn't appear to be the case.

Are there any new thoughts or other places I can go to investigate the nuances of Side Effects while titrating?

Thanks in advance!

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On 10/24/2017 at 5:38 AM, hbrink said:

Hello, so I am just starting effexor as of today. I have read many reviews on the internet which probably isn't the best idea because I know everyones body works differently. 

I see some people have had horrible experiences and some have had life changing ones. I don't have severe anxiety and I don't think my depression is super horrible... 

So did anybody with a similar situation have a good experience? Can you eventually come off of effexor and be okay?

It is as you said, some people will benefit from certain medication and others do not. I think you should be optimistic and also take the doctors advice.

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