So like an idiot I abruptly decided my effexor was no longer working for me as i was getting extremely depressed. I blamed the medication rather than the fact there had just been a massive earthquake (in christchurch on the 22.02 of this year) which my sister and I experienced add that to the horrible experience i had at work with harassment and my dad was getting sicker as he has a bad heart problem so rather than seek therapy for these circumstantial issues i decided to drop the effexor and convince my doctor to change my medication
when the pdoc said no to drugs like Bupropion, Parnate the tianeptine (stablon) medication which he could have had imported in as his brochure suggested, i was tempted to look up TCA medications after my pdoc suggested one of the sedating medications. So having psyched myself up i asked for nortriptyline over the other two options i had which were amitriptyline
The pros of Nortriptyline
- It started off as a very good NRI med with little to no side effects
- Sleep was amazing, i have never slept so well in my life
- I stopped getting headaches
- It potentiated any other drug i took like zopiclone
After a month into this drug on the highest dose supposedly 150mg i started to feel irritable, restless, sweaty and ever so hungry, i could always eat and sleep and steadily gained a quarter of the weight i had lost in the past two years.
Depression, anxiety and SA all grew to the point where i needed the emergency doctor and my eating disorder was constantly on my mind and i saw myself in the mirror as fat all the time.
So i told the doctor and he said effexor being so positive for me at the beginning would be a good idea to stay on.
I am on 225mg which is lower than my original dose and i am feeling better already and its only been three days.
Pros of SNRI compared with SSRI
-Nausea is less frequent than paxil
-I do not act like a village idiot on them like i did on fluoxetine
-Sex drive is actually higher than when i was on nothing
-Mood is lifted, it was all over the place on SSRI's
-No nightmares or scary thoughts entering my head like on paxil and zoloft.
-Energy is increased, on paxil and fluoxetine i was a lethargic lump
- I am nicer to be around
according to my fiance anyway
- I cannot drink on them which is a blessing for me because i have an adverse reaction to wine or spirits while on these pills
-Insomnia, the same as any SSRI, its bad
-Feeling wound up and twitchy
-Food doesn't taste as good as it used to, although that is a positive for me but for most people it would be seen as a con
-Heart rate is a little fast, not as bad as nortriptyline but still there
-Although sex drive may have increased from relaxation, it takes awhile to get in the mood fully but being really relaxed is preferable than being terrified
Is anyone else here on effexor OR starting effexor again after stopping before? If so, is it pretty much the same in terms of side effects and efficacy in the first month or so??
So the pros outweigh the cons for me and since there is no "miracle drug"
i will stay on effexor because there can always be ways to combat insomnia, sex drive and twitching because its all temporary
I admit i was an idiot when i decided to just stop and it was a very big mistake and now 7 kilograms later, i need to rebuild again