Hi. I have been diagnosed with having an eating disorder and depression. I started with bulimia and switched to anorexia. I am in therapy and having a hard time with it. Most of all I hate the medication I am on effexor xr (extended release). I am currently on a 225 mg but it was sedating me. My doc. Said to switch the time I took my med's from morning to night so I wouldn't need constant naps and could function. I still feel medicated all the time. I don't think it helps my depression / eating because I am irritated by the side effects of effexor. Has any one else had problems with effexor? Has any one else felt that maybe medications are not the best way to beat an eating disorder? I have always been interested in natural health, herbs and maybe even just strength through thought and behaviour change. Any ideas out there?
Kate_o7- I take effexor and I don't have any problems with it except some dizzness. The gave it to me for my fibro so I couls have more energy. I all so take wellbutrin for the cravings for food. The effexor is also for depression. I guess you could call craving sweets and eating them till you get sick is an eating disorder. You must be senective to drugs
i have tried other drugs like paxel and prozac but the effexor workes better. How long have you been taking it? I may go away after a while. How old are you?
I have been on effexor. I was on it for about 9 months. It made me gain weight it worked I took it at night to make me sleep..My mom is on it and has no troubles at all she has been on it for about 2 years I think..My nana was also on it before. She had no trouble either..At the moment I am taking wellburtin I just started it about a month ago..It seems to be working but I am having very bad mood swings I get so pissed off for a stupied reason.. I hope I helped you alittle
I was on effexor for over 2 years and have taken every anti-depressant made. I'm 43 and have been bulemic since I was 14 yrs. Old. I am currently drug free and am holding my own with the eating disorder. I think using the drugs long-term are worse than the disease itself. You feel great at first but then, for me, the drugs took on the opposite effect and I would have to change meds. I gained weight with some which made me depressed even more which made my eating disorder worse. I decided I would tackle this on my own, and with counseling. I have been a vegetarian for 2.5 yrs. And eat much healthier. I take vitamins, minerals, and herbs and I feel great!! Once my body was cleaned out and was being fed properly, I didn't crave the carbs or sweets that made me binge. I read a lot on toxins and it was a real eye opener for me. Drugs whether perscribed by a physician or not take a real toll on your body. When I started looking at being healthy: mind, body, and soul, I started feeling better. It was very difficult for me to get off effexor, so if you do decide that's not for you, be sure to ask your doctor to help you get off the med.
My daughter (15) was diagnosed as anorexic despite being atypical in many ways & it took us 7 months to find a dr who would look at her as a person not just say oh, girl, teenage, weight loss= anorexia nervosa or bulimia. In fact my daughter has some imbalances in proteins & so on(i'm not a dr!!) & just needs to get these back into balance!!
Look up tryptophan, serotonin, prolactin, stress, & other links you'll find. Weight loss can be caused by sooooooooooooooooo many things it is horrifying & if your diagnosis is wrong then you aren't likely to get better.
I have always resisted medication because I wanted to recover as naturally as possible. For a while I took prozac but it made no real difference. I've been both anorexic & bulimic for 30 years (i'm 41). I'm just now discovering new ways to help myself.
1) eating regular, balanced, low-fat, high-fiber meals. (it's amaxing how my body stops wanting to binge when I allow it to have adequate nutrition. Yet i'm not getting fat --- i'm getting stronger, in better shape than ever before in my life).
2) exercising sensibly. (i do yoga and I walk for 1/2 hour or more daily. I used to overexercise --- lots of crazy calisthenics & aerobics ---now I work out but not to burn calories as much as relieve stress and calm my moods).
I read alot about nutrition & exercise. You may want to check out ayurvedic medicine --- it's an indian tradition that recommends special foods for specific body types. I've found it helpful. Good luck!