I dont quite know where this topic belongs really, but i have spent many days trying to decide wether to post this at all. Over the last 11 months i have been on an eternal quest to discover why my husbands personality completley changed during the last six months of his life. After 27 years together i knew without question, that something was terribly wrong, and simply couldn't believe that this sudden change was all due to depression. My research has all been a desperate attempt to find evidence to support my absolute belief that SOMETHING wasn't right. My husband started on a medication called effexor, 7 months prior to his passing, and very shortly after ( in hindsight) he was complaining of hallucinations, palpitations, chronic panic attacks, very heavy drinking, almost a compulsion, despite having a problem with drink binges, this was something i had never known the likes of. Two weeks before he took his life, he explained to his Dr that he didn't feel his medication was helping him and it was decided he would be tapered off, and a second drug was introduced along with the tapering. For so long i beleived that this change played some roll in the rapid decline of his mental state. Whilst i was concentrating all of my energy trying to discover wether or not this second drug had had an adverse effect on my husband ( a common side effect being suicidal idealisaton) i stumbled upon a section about the drug effexor. I couldnt quite take in what i was reading. I discovered page after page after page, of testaments, about this drug, thousands of people were having or had had compelling cravings for alcohol, some of these people had never drank, all of the side effects listed, were exactly what my husband had been experiencing. Also when reducing, or discontinuing this drug, the withdrawals were " a living hell " due to its short half life, just missing one dose can cause a rapid decline. I discovered that there has been law suits against doctors and the manufacturer alike for the damage this drug has done, due to the fact that failed to disclose a complete list of adverse effects this drug can cause. I have read many many testimonals from people who were prescribed this drug, having their lives ruined whilst taking or discontinuing it, it is described as poison by many people. I also discovered that there is a petion on the internet to get this drug banned. There is also a yellow card reporting site to lodge reports of any damage this drug has done to people. Please dont think i am scare mongering, my only wish is to inform people of the dangers and perhaps hear any similar stories from anyone who knows about this problem, and to make people aware, that if a loved one or anyone they know are given this drug or were given this drug, please look into it. I simply searched effexor and alcohol, and effexor withdrawals. Perhaps anyone who has had a similar experinece, or any further knowledge could let me know, im sorry this post is so long, and i am well aware that not all people will have had the same side effects, and BENEFIT AND RISK FACTORS, when depressoin is apparent have to be taken into account, but this drug has destroyed so many lives i made the decision to write this post. If i cant reach people here, then i dont know how else to get my message to so many people. Fay.
i missed you yesterday, i miss you today and i will miss you tommorow and always x