Effexor and tiredness

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I'm really anxious at the moment (I've suffered with it for 10 years) but due to a health scare its become uncontrolable. The thing is im shattered, especially after about 5pm. I can't even get out of bed in the mornings. Anyone else find this?
at this moment I stopped the effexor and the doctor gave me cortisone because I have exams and it takes about 6 weeks for the effexor to kick in.. and it would have been too long.. the cortisone helps a little bit more on short term.. but in two weeks I'm gonna start effexor again.. I can't wait now that I have seen your post.. I have the same issues.. neurocardiogenic syncope.. pacing heart... high blood pressure.. low blood pressure.. damnn.. It's like going through hell..
the extreme anxiety has stopped but this extreme depression and tiredness aren't at all good either....somehow there has to be a combination that will work better for him. thx again, have a good day!!
Pristiq is also an SNRI that may be better suited to help the depression and combat this constant tiredness you get from and SSRI alone.
would the tiredness decrease? The Effexor works for the depression and anxiety but I just can't seem to say out of bed. Any help is appreciated!
week 1: 150mg and 75mg. week 2: 75mg. week 3: 75mg and 37.5 and week 4: 37.5. I'm now at week 5 completely not taking anything and I'm feeling what appear to be withdrawal symptoms. I feel light headed, dizzy, confused. Is this normal? How long will it last for? thanks.
It is so helpful to chat with someone who has been or is going thru about the same thing. I felt so good Wed and Thrus and then the tiredness and aching returned on Friday. I keep my adorable grandchildren every Friday from noon until late Saturday, Of course, they wilt me but I love every minute of it. Jack is 2 and Caroline is 6.1/2. They really mess the house but I clearn it after they leave. today I feel fairly good again. I went to bed last evening about 7 and just got up.
I have been on Effexor for about 1 year for depression and anxiety. I take 75 mg. per day, which has worked wonderfully for me. I went from living life on a rollercoaster of emotions and at sometimes not even wanting to go on, to being able to deal with life's ups and downs as a healthy, normal person. Just in the past couple of weeks I have noticed small tinges of the old depression (nothing major), but I'm wondering if my body has gotten used to the 75 mg.
This was a plus for me because my severe depression gave me massive exaustion, fatuge and sleepiness. Effexor is one of the more stimulating Antidepressants on the market. Much more so than SSRI's like Zoloft and Lexapro. 37.5Mgs a day is a very low dose, and if you were only taking it for 5 days, then a cold turkey stop should be fine. Just try to keep in mind that it's not unusual for a these meds to cause higher than normal side effects for the first few weeks you take them.
But when I entered the work world in 2011, my anxiety and fears came back, and the 262.5 mg of effexor I was on didn't seem to be doing the trick anymore. My doctor refered me to a psychiatrist, who upped my dose to 300mg. I felt better about the increase at first, but then I was just tired for the entire summer of 2012. By the fall I decided to ask if I could decrease the dose I was taking and work towards coming off it.
Maybe you really need just an adjustment in the effexor up or down ? I've tried Paxil, Zoloft, and Prozac, and I know effexor is tough to start, and tough to stop, but maybe you need it. My daughter had problems cutting back on zoloft when she was pregnant, but she was able to take a lower dose all the way to the last two weeks, and both her and baby are fine. I hope you feel better, if you need to talk, I'm here to listen.
My husband das been diagnosed with depression and anxiety had been taking Effexor XR 75mgs or about 1 year however the side effects ie weight gain tiredness and loss of libido was troubling him. The switched to cymbaltor, due to high costs (even with insurance) of this medication is wanting to switch to somethig that is less expensive and that has a generic available. What about Wellbutrin or do you have any other suggeations?
So far, the symptoms have been the brain zapping, interesting dreams, and joint/body aches/pains. Some tiredness. Apart from that I have not experienced nausea or any bowel problems. My appetite is just fine. I don't think I am irritable, nor am I experiencing any crying jags. I'd say the worst thing is the brain zaps. They are worse if I am walking around. Oh, and I have an occasional mild headache - more like a pressure behind my eyes (I find taking an aspirin takes care of that).
I thought I was tough and could handle going off effexor - nope! Called the emergency room and asked the nurse one night and she just said "oh darlin' why'd you do something so stupid, no one should just stop." The pharmasist told me to take benadryl - it helped a lot. It took me about 2 weeks to feel better. I got stuck out of state and out of ins so I kinda had go off cold turkey - Not a great idea. I think my husband has been scarrrrred forever.
Anyone have success with EFFEXOR? How long were you on it and any side effects? I've been on it for 3 weeks and feel a little better but not sure how good one really feels on antidepressants. First week was 37.5mg, 2nd and 3rd 75mg and continuing now on 4th week at 75mg. Still tired, less insomnia since taking medication, anger and stress has started to decrease.
I have been on effexor for several years and have reduced my dose about 6 months ago. I tried to go off of it, but the withdrawls were horrible. I found that taking a fourth of a 50mg generic tablet (12.5mg) a day stops the withdrawls. My husband and I are planning on trying to get pregnant soon and I want to come off this medicine. I realize that 12.5mg isn't a theraputic dose and that I am just taking enough to stop the withdrawls. I am now taking a fourth of a tablet every OTHER day.
My doctor has added Welbutrin (150 mg) to the Effexor-that was four days ago and it has helped tremendously and my attitude and mental health are almost back to what I call normal. I don't know yet what my doctor is going to keep me on - should find out this week. There have been no side effects that I can pinpoint regarding Effexor - just know that it saved me.
i've just stopped taking effexor cold turkey and i'm experiencing vertigo, nausea and excessive tiredness right now. but i was feeling so toxic on it that i'm willing to put up with this for a bit...its good to be able to read people's personal experiences with this horrible drug. and i'm mad that no one told me it was addictive and had such evil withdrawal effects. i believe that the doctor prescribed me effexor without ever actually considering whether or not i needed it.
I am taking effexor and buspar..things were great and then now for sometime after I take it I just get really moody and I am so negative and well basically like I am on my period. ANYONE ELSE EXPERIENCE THAT AS WELL? ANY FEED BACK IS WELCOME! I have been on the Buspar for almost a year and the effexor about the same time.
A vertigo sensation, nausea, concentration loss, extreme tiredness and nightmares to name a few. How long do these symtoms take to disappear? I'm starting a new job in January and I need to be 100% functioning. What are my chances?
Then I went from 75 mg of the Effexor to nothing, and within two days I felt like I was going to die. I felt nauseous, drunk and hung over at the same time, shaky, dizzy, etc. Sometimes my heart feels like it's pounding so hard that it's going to explode. I've done everything everyone says to do--Benadryl, vitamin B complex, antacids, ginger tea, omega-3 fish oil pills, no alcohol--and it's gotten a lot, lot better.
You wrote about this over 17 hours ago which should have given you ample time to contact SOMEONE regarding your excessive tiredness. Consider also that since Effexor is prescribed for major depression, and one of the major symptoms of depression is feeling excessively tired, then possibly what you are reacting to is not connected with the Effexor, but the depression.
I know that these are both common side effects for all, but ive been through Lexapro, Paxil and Zoloft, and Effexor is the only that has had some type of effect in terms of alleviating the dear depression and anxiety. But, I am terrified of the process of switching, I'm terrified that I'll be suicidal all through it. I'm sure if i do it I'll wind up dead. I went down 37.5 once, to try to see if it could help with me sleeping so much, and was a wreck.
A crying jag started today and I am not a crier. It seems that the tiredness comes in waves and a spurt of energy (an hour or two) enables me to accomplish a few things before complete exhaustion sets in again. It's impossible to explain to friends and family although my husband is the one who figured out that it was the withdrawal that was wrong with me. I'll report back after seeing my doctor tomorrow if I have any thing of value or help to offer.
Effexor stays in your body a long time it is fat soluable sounds like you are having withdrawals our bodys become physically dependant on it. Withdrawal can cause nausea excessive tiredness and mimic depression and anxiety. Hopefully because prozac is in the same group your body should adjust to this change shortly. People go on prozac to get off effexor as it is not as hard to get off. What is Chantix ? Sounds like you had too many changes at once, best to take one thing at a time.
The naturopath did a hormone test and found my adrenals working “overtime” (that explained my tiredness) and prescribed a few supplements: St John’s worth, fish oil, B6, skullcap and 5HTP. Slowly, I’ve been regaining my strength and no longer feel as tired. However, I’m still quite sensitive and have short periods of sadness that take me back me of my former episodes of depression. Both my doctor and my therapist often remind me that these episodes are much shorter and that is not the same.
My doctor switched me to Effexor (150 mg) and it really helped with the sadness and suicidal thoughts. But not with excess of sleep, tiredness and total lack of concentration (while reading or having a conversation with someone, my mind just wonders everywhere but where it is supposed to be). My doctor gave me Ritalin (40 mg a day) and it helped a lot with this problem.
You must be really ready to give up taking Effexor. If you want to be like me and have no withdrawal side effects, then you must take it really slowly. You will need your doctor's help with this. Make sure you are really fit. I eat very sensibly and take supplements, which I believe have helped a lot. I walk a lot so my body is very fit. I have put on weight whilst taking Effexor, so the exercise and sensible eating have stopped me putting on any more weight.
Stacy... I have been on Effexor XR 450mg daily for over 2 years. At the same time Buproprion 450mg a day. I had become very uncomfortable on that dosage and have changed doctors (long story). In any case he is weaning me off. I am taking the generic Effexor (Venlafaxine Hydorchlorie) 75mg for one week, 37.5mg for one week. At the same time, he has started me on Pristiq 50mg and continue with the Buproprion.
I had the withdrawl symptoms of the zappy feeling and a little tiredness too. The only other problem I had with effexor was after taking it for 18 months I started feeling kind of sick. I was tired a lot and it raised my blood pressure somewhat. I went off of it alltogether all at once.
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