I was on Effexor XR for years and it eventually was making me too manic. I switched to Wellbutrin for about 10 months but it did not do that job, i.e., I still had mild depression. My doc has switched me to Pristiq about three months ago and it is working well. No more insomnia nor occasional manic attacks. I am Bipolar i - rapid cycling. Wotj Effexor I had more rapid cyclig also . It is also my understanding that Pristiq is easier on the liger. gjmichele
I was on Effexor for over a year,I am only 22 yrs old and diagnosed with manic depressive, I lost alot of weight on Effexor and it was working very well, I was myself again. Then , I missed a few doses and went cry, I would snap, cry,scream, go from one extreme to another, my vision would go complete blurry and I would shake, I went to my doctor and said that it was working but I couldnt afford to miss a dose and it was too much for me. He switched me to Pristiq, I dont feel as "good" as I did on Effexor, and I still get really REALLY moody and still have my ups, and downs. the side effects are ALOT better than Efexor, but I still am semi depressed. Hope it works better for you than me. One day I am enrolling in school, I work 40 hrs, and then few days later Im dropping out bc I cant handle it, the next week I think I can do it again. I sleep ALL day few days later I go days without sleep and feel fine. Its emotional rollercoaster, Im thinking I may need to switch meds, good luck with it though =)
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