Not sure what you tried. If anxiety is your main problem, not depression, Effexor is a more stimulating antidepressant which might explain what you're feeling from it. If your anxiety is caused by depression, this can work better than if you're pretty much just a primary anxiety sufferer because of how it works. So, wondering what you've tried and if you're seeing a psychiatrist for your meds or a general doc -- the latter might be okay but the former only does this stuff and so theoretically knows more about how to start you on a med and how to stop you off a med safely. No guarantees, but I've found this to be true and this website over the years seems to back this up. If Effexor isn't working and you've been on it at a therapeutic dose for a couple of months, it probably isn't the right med for you. Stopping sooner rather than later will make withdrawal less likely to be difficult. A good psychiatrist knows how to properly taper you slowly onto a drug so you handle start-up side effects better and how to slowly taper you off of it at a speed that suits you so withdrawal can be mitigated. Regular docs, again, don't do this as often and are quite rushed since they handle everyone's problems so they're not necessarily going to be the best at doing this. As far as start-up anxiety is concerned, while it might delay a drug from working, whether a drug works or not is more defined by how well your body absorbs it and whether it's an appropriate drug for what ails you or not, so over time, the drug if it's being taken up and not blocked by your liver or other defenses your body has to things that are not food then it's going to do what it does and you will eventually feel it. If your brain is able to overcome it, it was a placebo and not working all that well, or it has pooped out after being on it a long time. Remember that the brain is powerful enough to have brought this problem of anxiety to you in the first place, so it can block meds that really don't work very well, but liken it to taking a laxative, say -- you might be scared of taking it but assuming your body accepts the drug it will clean you out. Tell us, though, what meds you've tried so far and how you got to Effexor, and know that while Effexor is one of the two most difficult meds in this area to stop taking, it is also a very powerful drug and so it does work for a lot of people for depression.
Yes i have it. I was taking xanax for it until my doctor lied to me an said the law wouldn't let him prescribe it anymore.