Can someone tell me when they noticed their intrusive thoughts going? I have upped my dose from 75 mg to 150mg and had horrible anxiety for a week and then the anxiety slowed down and I have been able to do more stuff but I'm still fighting the thoughts. They seem to be less but I keep reading reviews that Effexor isn't for OCD and then I start worrying I'm on the wrong med. I don't know what I should do?
2much; I agree with Janie also And think you should do as she said and in the mean time continue taking the dose of Venlafaxine until you see the doctor. They do use many medications that do not say for Ocd with very much success. I read that in ways you are feeling better and are a bit mixed up because you don't see it used for OCD and also part of that has you just changed the dose to 150mg please leave it there until you see the doctor this way if the doctor has you stay on it. you don't have to go through those bad side effects when we first start this medication. And you said yourself you are feeling a bit better and that is good because you should continue to feel better little by little until you have been on it for 6 to 8 weeks so keep on and make sure you try and take it about the same time each day.
Between you and the medication, you may be able to work those thoughts out that bother you I have found for myself as soon as I start getting thoughts that we don't like stop take a few breaths and think of things I enjoy and with practice many of the thoughts go away in time everyone is different. about this. Also, try and get in and have a good talk with your doctor. Have a great weekend and keep trying your best. Hope you get through this soon.
I began taking venlafaxine a year ago for OCD and am currently taking it. For me it has been a miracle drug. I was terrified to start it because my experience with sertraline prior to this was an absolute nightmare. Here's how it went for me:
I started out on taking 75 mg before bed. I noticed that the intrusive thoughts began to subside after 1 week. I no longer had the urge to act on my compulsions but my invasive thoughts and panic attacks remained.
After two weeks of 75 mg I doubled my dose to 150 mg. Immediately after doubling I experienced insomnia, rapid heartbeat, and more panic attacks than usual (2-3 per day instead of 1-2). The panic attacks were strangely bearable though; they were physically exhausting but I had no more feelings dread. This was wonderful.
For the first time in my life I was able to say to myself "this is only going to last a few minutes and I'm not going to die" and actually not be afraid. My doctor thought taking it in the morning with food would help with the insomnia and it did (I had been taking it before bed).
After about two weeks on 150 mg (so one month total on venlafaxine) I was finally on a good sleep schedule and by then my quality of life began to improve every day thereafter. I feel for you. I know how scary starting meds is. Keep in touch with your doctor and hang in there. I'm not a professional but my guess is that by now you are in the clear - usually by a week of new meds things get worse for me.
- Venlafaxine Information for Consumers
- Venlafaxine Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Venlafaxine (detailed)
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