... do to how tired I get if I'm not working. On my days off I just want sleep. I'd rather be sleepy then crazy if it means staying on it. This was my second bout with anxiety. I heard that your chances increase of having more so am I just better off staying with it because It took me a couple months of pure hell to finally get to a good place
Of course, only you and your doctor can decide if you need to continue on the Effexor XR. I have been on psychiatric medication for many years and honestly prefer the sleepiness to the alternative, as you mentioned. Maybe a little exercise on your days off would help increase the metabolism to overcome the sleepiness some. I could also recommend an antidepressant that is very similar to Effexor but causes less drowsiness. It is called Pristiq. I have been taking it for over a year now and have gone from sleeping 14 hours a day to a normal 8 to 9.
Just some suggestions,
As I am sure you already know , make sure you wean off slowly and monitor your progress. I know that I don't have to tell you what to expect, my doctor pulled me off cold turkey to see if the effexor was causing my dizziness problem, that was many days of pure hell and I do not want to repeat it. I have comtemplated both sides, I am not going to be crazy in order to sleep, I will sleep when I get tired enough. I don't want to be locked up somewhere.
Best of luck to you and Happy Thanksgiving
I don't have any personal experience with Effexor XR, but I do have years of experience with Cymbalta 60 mg daily for approximately 8-9 years. I will tell you that I attribute that medication with saving my life. It is in the same class of medicine as Effexor, a SNRI, which is a seratonin, norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor. Along with it's anti-depressant activities, it also has anti-anxiety activities as well. Before I started Cymbalta, while maxed out on Prozac, all I did was cry and wish I were dead. Two weeks on Cymbalta, along with Depakote and Klonopin, my life turned 180 degrees. I felt like God was finally smiling on me. I never got tired, always full of energy, raised goats, chickens and Jack Russell Terriers. I was truly happy. You can bet I don't miss a single dose and never skip a dose. I don't seem to have any adverse side effects.
Yeah, we all are different, but next time you service your p/doc, might just ask. Wouldn't hurt.
Good Luck and God bless, I hope I was able to add some more information. I will have fingers crossed that you feel better.
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