Antidepressant promising for tension headaches
NEW YORK - For some patients seeking relief from frequent tension-type headaches, the antidepressant Effexor XR may reduce the number of days with headache, according to results of a small study conducted in ... via Reuters
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#1 Apr 15, 2007
Here are the risks with effexor per the wyeth web site. Do you really think a tension headache warrants a big gun with all these possible side effects and withdrawal issues? Judge for yourself. Personally I think aspirin or excedrin are much safer options.
EFFEXOR XR may cause side effects in some people. In clinical studies, some people had to stop taking EFFEXOR XR because of side effects. Click here for important safety information.
In clinical studies, the most common side effects included:
Loss of appetite
Tell your doctor right away if you have:
Increases in heart rate
Extreme confusion or seizures, which may indicate very low levels of sodium in the blood
Abnormal bleeding or bruising
Sudden, unexpected eye pain, eye redness, or changes in vision, which may indicate increased eye pressure
Symptoms of mania or hypomania, such as persistently elevated or irritable mood, a decreased need for sleep, racing thoughts, hyperactivity, and rapid, excessive speech
EFFEXOR XR may cause an increase in your cholesterol. Your doctor may want to do blood tests to check your serum cholesterol periodically.
For more information on these and other side effects associated with EFFEXOR XR, talk with your doctor or pharmacist, or see the Prescribing Information.
What happens when I stop using EFFEXOR XR?
Symptoms are known to occur when people stop using EFFEXOR XR, especially when they suddenly stop therapy.
When people suddenly stop using EFFEXOR XR, they can get symptoms from stopping the medicine too fast. Some of these symptoms include:
Dizziness or vertigo
Fasciculation (muscle twitching)
Insomnia (trouble sleeping)
Loss of appetite
Sensory disturbances (including electric shock sensations)
#2 Apr 15, 2007
by the way. The above are only the side effects Wyeth actually admits to causing. Read the forums to see what people are actually reporting. There are some pretty scary effects occuring, and there is a reason this drug is nicknamed "side effexor" in the medical community.
#3 Jul 14, 2008
Efexor is an SSRI with a little “pepper” added to it. It will be not much help with headaches. Side effects thou are numerous.
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