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Effexor for Bipolar Disorder

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By Fabs
December 1, 2013
Fabs wrote
Cipralex vs Effexor
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I was first treated with Cipralex, for Depression NOS, but it made me numb/depressed after 3 weeks. I eventually self-diagnosed with cylothymic disorder and my new pdoc has me on Effexor. It has almost instantly knocked out my ptsd. There are usually a couple days of exhaustion and restlessness when raising dosage. Despairing thoughts no longer frequent the mind. Course of treatment -1 year.
Spudz  |  July 5, 2014
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By dirk cunnington
September 10, 2013
dirk cunnington wrote
In praise of Effexor - wonder of wonders
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This drug is horrible. It gave me a headache everyday for 6 weeks. I went off of it, and was extremely ill. I couldn't even get out of bed one of the days....sharp head pains, vomiting, diarrhea, nausea. DO NOT take this medication until you learn the withdrawal symptoms. Easing off of it slowly just prolongs the agony.
Sue  |  October 15, 2014
I concur wholeheartedly! "SO, don’t criticize Effexor because it didn’t give you what you were looking to get – embrace it because it takes you to a better place that you never knew existed. But you have to want to go there, to find your true self." Well said. By-the-by; I was recently rx'd a serotonin making drug called amyltriptaline- poof; brain favors it truly. Utopia might be some Mu receptors and Celebrex; then no unnecessary toil on my brain nor being nor spirit. Ah, but such is lif
dutchfish  |  June 13, 2014
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By Elizabeth
September 6, 2013
Elizabeth wrote
Effexor & Swollen Feet
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By judy
September 1, 2013
judy wrote
i have lost my mind completely
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I was diagnosed with BPD and PTSD 22 years ago after a TBI. I've been on Effexor and Aderal since. I can't live without Effexor, it stabilizes my disregulated emotions but does nothing to stop the flashbacks. The only thing that I've found that will do that is Opium, which I don't want to go there, or some strains of canibis, which I do. I'm sill trying to find a pharma solution. My new research stream is that maybe adding Aricept might help. Anybody have any experience with that?
Chris  |  December 9, 2014
Does takeing covesyl lesson the effect of efexor
diane  |  August 26, 2014
wish you did too
August 20, 2014
I was on high dose effexor and also "lost" several years. I simply STOPPED taking this drug, and with the help/love/understanding of my wonderful lady, I have (so far) been able to function without it. For the first time in a long while, I am aware of what I am doing. It has been five LONG months, but..... I CAN DO IT!!
Russ  |  August 20, 2014
I can totally empathise with you I feel exactly the same - I am suffering from Anxiety & Depression have been taking venlafaxine and flupentixol for years and although I am much worse without the meds I still manage to embarrass myself on a regular basis to the point my eldest son is ashamed of me and doesn't care about me anymore. I worry constantly that the rest of my family will soon decide I am not good enough for them also and they will start to look down at me and decide to disown me, too
Diane  |  July 26, 2014
I understand what you are saying and how you feel. I think my son cares as well as a few other people but they are just tired of hearing it. I know I am and I'll bet you are too. I don't have any magic words. I wish I did.
Bonnie  |  March 27, 2014
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What patients are saying about Effexor and Bipolar Disorder

8,248 patient discussions from healthcare websites and blogs
to treat my Bipolar disorder. It worked wonderfully...
...Bipolar disorder, effexor, bipolar Was prescribed Effexor to treat my Bipolar disorder. It worked...
a BP med as the Effexor worked so well and I had trialed...
...180/120 when I got put on Effexor. We added a BP med as the Effexor worked so well and I had trialed ...it made me hypomanic and that was mistaken for a good response. My pdoc...
started on effexor last October for bipolar 2 and GAD. It...
I started on effexor last October for bipolar 2 and GAD. It took 12 weeks ...a higher dosage of effexor made my blood pressure too high. But for me it has made a huge difference in my day to...
effexor 150mg xr for 7yrs my b.p. is now 158 / 108 getting...
...the drug to much. it has really helped me so i am hopeing the right thing to do is lowering b.p. with a dieretic.i am seeing dr today to discuss but i think effexor contributed to my high b.p.is...
effexor is for her Bi-Polar, but that is a life saver(cont....
...on seroquel, effexor, and klonapin. She is in the middle of a nervous breakdown. These meds. tend to make her not have to think about everything as much. The effexor is for her Bi-Polar, but...
though so I went on bp medication which took care of...
...300 mg for several years and it worked great for me. It did increase my blood pressure though so I went on ...
meds for Bipolar which are working well (finally). But I...
...me at all. I found effexor helpful (some side effects though) and now I am on a mix of Welbtrin and Cymbalta with some other meds for Bipolar which are working well (finally). But I ...ya, and...
effexor works for my manic/bi-polar problems. By taking it...
...Depakote Er 500mg 5x's a day for as long as I can remember. I love this drug but I find it is better to take 1 or 2 in the morning and the rest at bedtime. I have also been put back on effexor 300m...
off of effexor for BP issues and my dr lowered me to 75 mg?...
...for BP issues and my dr lowered me to 75 mg? You shouldn't have a problem going off the effexor with the...
i take 300 mg's effexor and a low dose B/P med. im fine but...
...take 300 mg's effexor and a low dose B/P med. im fine but ...have increased my...
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