so i know that it takes a while to adjust and all that but for the love of god, if i wasn't at home right now there is no way i could make it at office. i'm in sales, i gotta be A type personality all day long to coworkers, clients etc. i can barely keep my eyes open and just feel like i'm in slow motion, hungover, lethargic. ugh. i've read many of these boards, i've been on numerous things before it's just this one is not at a good time cuz i'm 2 months into new job and have big project due. ugh.
It will get better. When I first got it I took it at night because it made me so sleepy. Now it doesn't touch me. Did they start you out very low? The side effects only lasted a few weeks for me, not long enough for me to remember them well. As the effexor starts working the side effects seemed to subside.
Effexor just might not be the right drug for you. I have a close friend who has 3 little boys under 5 and she was so tired on Effexor that she could not function. However, Prozac did wonders for her... You may need to switch if you don't start adjusting to Effexor within a week or two.
Oh no!!! Not a good sign. That happened when I was started on cymbalta, plus the creepy crawlies. But the not being able to form sentences was awful. 5 days in I went to the ER and they took me off it and listed it in my drug allergies. I did not tolerate the other SNRI'S nor SSRI's. you may need a lower dose or different med all together. If symptoms get worse, call your doc or on call doc because I know EXACTLY what you're experiencing and it's awful! My heart goes out to you!!! Best of luck!!!
I have been on Effexor about 4 years. I felt the same way when I first started taking it. I had been on lexapro but it stopped working for me. I thought the Effexor would start working sooner than it did. My dr insisted I try it for at least a month. If it didn't work after that they were going to switch me. Almost exactly a month went by and it finally kicked in. I would hang in there for a little while longer. Good luck. I hope u start to feel better soon.
In my case, and having tried many medications, I finally found with Effexor that at last I was able to function "normally". I've been on it now for some 14 years, take 225mg daily, before I couldn't even leave my house without getting so anxious and on the verge of panic attacks. So, as has been said, maybe it's not the drug for you, or maybe you should give it more time? Either ways, take care and the best of luck, we're all with you.
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