Changed my mind about meds--now what?
August 3, 2011 2:32 PM Subscribe
My doctor prescribed Effexor, and after filling the prescription--I'm chickening out.
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (26 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I recently went for a regular physical (with a new doctor) and on the long sheet of "things that have ever applied to you" I checked "yes" for anxiety and depression. I was also, literally, in the middle of the worst day I've ever had at my current job. She wrote me a prescription for the lowest dose of Effexor, after we discussed my on-again-off-again lifelong issues. I've always been somewhat "high-strung" but not to a debilitating degree.
Now I've got the bottle in my hand, and I just can't do it. There are just so many withdrawal horror stories online, and the info that came with the pills talks about how important it is to take at the same time every day. My schedule is crazy and unpredictable, I might be up until 2AM one day and in bed by 9PM the next. I also enjoy a drink or two on the weekends (which the doctor knew), and it seems like that may be a big no-go.
Yes, I'm too anxious to take anxiety meds. I know they work for other people and I'm not philosophically opposed to them. I feel like I have them if I ever really need them, but things are ok right now. My question: now what? Call the doctor and tell her? Call the doctor and ask for a talk therapy recommendation instead? Wait until my next scheduled visit (in 6 weeks)? Or do I just get over myself and figure out a way to responsibly take these meds?
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