yes, it's an antidepressant. yes, it works; yes, it really does. especially at the highest doses. yes, it works when nearly everything else doesn't work. even the most emo of emo kids will cheer up and stop cutting themselves at 450 mg/day.
the only things more powerful are:
1. ect, where they fry your brain with electricity; it does work; but the downside is that you lose any recollection of the past few months, and you have to keep getting it for it to work
2. the maois; of course, with the maois, if you drink wine, beer, eat aged cheese, or take any other sort of medication, your blood pressure goes to 300/240 and your head explodes, so they have to keep you in the **happy**place** while they use the maois on you.
downside to effexor:
1. if you're taking a low dose, and you're a man, forget about getting it up easily. on the other hand, at a high enough dose (300-450 mg), the problems actually seem to go away.
2. it has the absolute worst withdrawal of any antidepressant. you feel brainzaps for a few weeks to years, in addition, you're woozy and f'ed up. you're an addict, or you're miserable.
it's the bomb in the war on depression. like THE BOMB. the big one. the one with a big red button. it will fuck your depression over. just remember that it comes with fallout. you'll probably be taking those pills for the next 50 years or so.
is it worth it? maybe. if nearly everything else doesn't work.
you can take the blue pill, and go back to the matrix, or take the red pill, and see how deep the rabbit hole goes.
but don't say i didn't warn you.
omg i only have one day left of effexor! (call pdoc frantically: NEED REFILL NEED REFILL!)
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