I’ve always taken SSRIS, for about 13 years. Celexa and Lexapro worked good. No others have seemed to works so my therapist switched me to Effexor. I’m still on 10mg of Lexapro, took 75mg of Effexor for a week, bumped up to 112.5 mg for 2 weeks, now on 150 mg for a week. I’m able to go to work, but still nervous all day long. Also have a lot of dreams, not nightmares, just vivid dreams. Lastly feel numb in the head... ”medicine head”. Still don’t like to be around people, low appetite, up and down depressed feeling, lower anxiety but nervous and tired. Any thoughts? Signs that it might be working? Should I hang in there and see if these are just side effects and if they go away? I do take .25mg of klonopin, which helps take the edge off but don’t love taking it. Would love to hear other experiences and if they feel I should stay on it? Thanks
Signs Effexor is working?
- 19 May 2018 by Lkruege
- 19 May 2018
Hi, L! Just out of curiousity, if Celexa and Lexapro worked well why did your doctor switch you to Effexor? Are you weaning off Lexapro or are you to continue taking it?
Anyway, Effexor is by far my drug of choice. I can't say enough good things about it! I think what you're experiencing now is a bit of drug stupor from the combination you're taking, side effects from the Effexor, and possibly discontinuation syndrome if you're weaning off your Lexapro.
From the literature here on Drugs.com:
"Some side effects of venlafaxine may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects."
"Common (1% to 10%): Abnormal dreams, depression, agitation, anxiety"
"Common (1% to 10%): Weight loss, decreased appetite, anorexia"
"Side effects have been reported to be generally mild and transient. They are most common during the first 2 weeks of treatment and decrease in intensity and frequency with continued treatment. They generally do not lead to treatment cessation."
"While symptoms of depressed mood, anxiety, and lack of interest in activities may need up to 6-8 weeks to improve; disturbances in sleep, energy, or appetite may show some improvement within the first 1-2 weeks. Improvement in these physical symptoms can be an important early signal that the medication is working."
I hope something in all of that will be useful to you! If you have further questions or concerns please feel free to post anytime, okay?
- Effexor Information for Consumers
- Effexor Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Effexor (detailed)
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