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Re: Effexor
Apr 21, 2006
I have been on Effexor for over a year. I tried Lexapro and Zoloft however had really bad side effects. My psychiatrist started me on a low dose of Effexor and gradually increased the dosage based upon my feedback. I reached as high as 300 mgs but I am now at a steady dose of 225 mgs that I take in the morning. This medication has helped me tremendously. My depression is manageable and I am having no panic attacks and hardly any anxiety. I am also taking a low dose, .15 mg of Ativan for the anxiety and to help me rest at night.

I was feeling really tired and having pains in my left arm a few month ago. I went to my general practitioner and got tested for everything and all tests came back normal so my psychiatrist put me on Wellbutrin 150mgs. He said that this would increase my energy. I feel fine now and no longer having the pains in my arm.

It is best to start these meds at the lowest dosages to see how your body reacts and then increase as needed. The same goes for coming off the drugs. Decrease the dosage over a period of time and constantly give feedback to your doctor so that he can adjust your dosages as needed. :wave:

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