... have one of each of the side effects. The most recent one being extreme fatigue. I was on Celexa for 6-7 years and needed to try something new because it wasn't helping my depression or anxiety. Will I ever feel normal again?? I am having serious doubts :(
Hi, Bella! I'm sorry you're having such a difficult time. It sure CAN get frustrating!
You're still very early on in this course of treatment; it's not unusual to have side effects at this stage and there's a very good chance they'll fade as your body adjusts to the new medication. It can take as long as 6-8wks to fully adjust and feel the full benefits, so try to be patient for just a little longer.
Every individual reacts differently to psych medications, but just my personal experience ~ Effexor is the best antidepressant I've ever taken. I feel better than normal ~ I feel great!
Best wishes, WCV
Please persevere. It DOES get better. And it takes a while for your body to adjust. Effexor is great.
Please don't give up! I have been diagnosed with Dysthymia and GAD... all of my life.I am 47.I have been down the same road... My wife take 150mgs of Effexor and she feels pretty good.37.5 twice a day is still a low dose.I took every drug in the books for my depression and anxiety.I was on Zoloft for years then I found a 17 yearold hanging in my brothers basement.He was my brothers(step son)... well to make a long story short... the Zoloft just fizzled out... I was a mess... It took a long time before I was even able to leave the house.The road through depression is a long one and for some of us like you and me its a life long struggle.Dont doubt just take it day by day and feel free to message me... there are 44 million of us out here... you are not alone bella
Don't give up on Effexor yet. It takes at least 6 weeks to feel it
working. Being patient is the pits!
It's been crazy. Wednesday was the absolute worst day - really foggy, disconnected and so tired. Literally Thursday morning I woke up and felt like a different person. I feel cautiously hopeful again. The dragging fatigue is gone. My daughter pointed out that I was happy again (which has been a struggle in itself with my kids seeing me like this). I appreciate all of your input and positive advice. It has helped me to try and sit back and let the medication do what it's meant to.
effexor did not help me much. I like cyymbalta much better. I worked my way up to 200mg/day for trigeminal neuralgia.
- Effexor Information for Consumers
- Effexor Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Effexor (detailed)
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