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Re: Has anyone experienced nightmares on Effexor X Kathy Powers

Posted by zinya on July 11, 2003, at 12:58:05

In reply to Has anyone experienced nightmares on Effexor XR?, posted by Kathy Powers on July 11, 2003, at 8:10:39

It seems possible from what I've read here over the months that the nightmares could indeed be from the Effexor. She didn't have them prior to taking the Effexor? Or is it that they are more chronic or more intense now?

I presume there are also some positive effects from the Effexor which mean that the nightmares are the one undesirable drawback she'd like to get rid of but keep staying on the Effexor??

If so, one thing you might try is to leave either music or TV on while she sleeps and see if it might give her brain something else to think about instead of the nightmares. I suggest this cuz I had to resort to this. My only situation (which I summarized above in a post to Mercedes a bit ago) led me last fall in the height of grief after losing my mom to cancer and having what was surely deprssion, I later decided, as well as grief, I started having nightly wake-ups at 3 am or so and with horrible thoughts in my head, possibly from nightmares i'd been having, and I started purposely falling asleep with the TV on, and it did "solve" the problem cuz my brain must find other topics instead. It probably interferes with dreaming of any type (or at least remembering them) cuz I haven't had any dreams I know of since I started doing that, but that seems okay, even though i used to like my dreams and be intrigued by what they meant (but they weren't nightmares).

Wishing you and your daughter well and let us know how she's doing. How old is she?





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