I've been taking generic Effexor XR 75 mg for about 3 or 4 weeks now for anxiety/depression and I've been noticing that I'm having a sensation of feeling short of breath after taking my medicines in the afternoon. Obviously, it isn't fun to feel like there are issues with your ability to breathe, but I'd like to know if anyone here had issues with this and if it eventually resolved itself over time. Any useful or helpful information is much appreciated.
Having shortness of breath on Effexor XR should I continue on?
- 15 Aug 2018 by Dartfrogs4life
- 15 August 2018 (6 weeks ago)
- effexor, effexor xr, depression, anxiety, atrial fibrillation, panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, major depressive disorder, generic, dyspnea
Hello DF4L: Can't see where shortness of breath is listed as a side effect. This symptom and Effexor was addressed on this forum last year and I've copied one of the more pertinent responses as follows: "I'm on effexor and I have trouble breathing constantly. I went to my doctor, thinking it was asthma, but they told me it was probably just anxiety (though I'm skeptical). It constantly feels like there's a weight on my chest, or like my lungs just aren't big enough to take in the nessesary amount of air. It gets espically bad in high humidity and its progressed to the point where I can no longer take warm showers because I'm constantly afraid I'll suffocate, or pass out and bash my skull in on the bathroom tile.
I did some reading on other forums and apparently other effexor users (and users of other antidepressants) have had strickingly similar issues."
I'd say it is probably anxiety related, especially if you are prone to panic attacks but It's a symptom you should probably discuss with your Doctor.
All the best and take care for now.
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