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Re: high-dose Effexor - anyone?

Posted by bob on December 12, 2001, at 21:01:37

In reply to Re: high-dose Effexor - anyone?, posted by Cam W. on December 12, 2001, at 8:44:00

I took the non-XR version of Effexor back inn '94 and '95. I was on it for well over a year (probably more than a year and a half) and was at approx 300mg briefly. Among the intolerable side-effects I had were: horrific appetite, weight gain, constipation, sweating, bruxism, almost complete absence of sexual function (complete at higher doses), and the most devastating effect of all... severe morning sedation. I often would not hear my alarm clock, and wasn't lucid enough to even think about getting out of bed until 1 or 2 o'clock in the afternoon. The weight/appetite and sedation took a few months to develop. None of these effects ever resolved, so I eventually had to get off of it. It's hard to live your life getting up at 2:00pm everyday.

Ironically, I don't think I ever took another med that helped me so much so quickly -- especially in the beginning. It bogged down though.




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