Tell us what you are using to treat your MS-- and how you are doing.


Postby Sandra17 » Sat Mar 24, 2007 10:49 am

Hi Everyone!!

My doctor just recommended I try Effexor for my MS pain and migraines. I need some feedback from anyone else that might be using this anti-depressant as a treatment for their MS...symptoms it helps, side effects, etc.

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Postby oreo » Sat Mar 24, 2007 7:39 pm

Call me confused.

I know Effexor is used to treat both depression or, as in my case, stress induced anxiety. It is a very safe drug but must be used carefully. You start out at a low dose and build up to the max effective dose you require. Then, ONE YEAR after you no longer exhibit the symptom which started you on the drug, they wean you off of it. I am just finished week 5 of a 6 week weaning period.

Unless your migraines are triggered by stress, I can't see Effexor doing you any good. As for pain, in the year+ that I have been on this drug, it did nothing for pain that I am aware off.

I cannot say that I suffered any side effects while taking Effexor.
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Postby missvicki » Wed May 09, 2007 9:43 pm

I've been on Effexor for 3 years (150 mg/day). No side effects, but does nothing for my pain. I take Ultracet for pain. Effexor for depression. Good luck!
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Postby mom10789 » Fri May 18, 2007 4:23 pm

i use effexor for the ms 'hug' yep it helps but not in arm or legs
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