I just got a prescription for Effexor from my MD who wouldn't waste an extra breath on saying more than two words per appointment. He said nothing about when to take it or what to expect . . .so I came here, looked around and got scared to death! Maybe people are only posting their problems with these drugs, which I understand, but I am really curious as to why so many people are desperately wanting to get off them and if anyone finds them helpful for pain. Advice needed! Thanks.