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Re: Tell me about starting Effexor XR- JohnPaul

Posted by NatureGirl on May 27, 2004, at 23:47:44

In reply to Re: Tell me about starting on Effexor XR, posted by Johnpaul Q on May 27, 2004, at 8:42:22

> Hi naturegirl,
> I've been on Effexor 75mg for 6 days, so am fresh with the start up symptoms.
> I am having the following (from day one)
> Disrupted sleep (but it wasn't great before), can't seem to sleep past four/five hours regardless of how tired i go to bed.
> Dry mouth and thirsty with related needing to pee (from all the water) sometimes once an hour.
> Constipation I haven't been since I started..
> Sexual insensitivity, but I'm going to see that as a glass half full. I haven't lost any sex drive.
> Low level tiredness through the day, probably related to the lack of sleep.
> Involuntary swallowing occassionally. This is the least pleasant side affect.
> Some muscle restriction in my arms
> Night sweats
> But to the good news, I'm not anxious anymore, the general depression appears to be lifting, tho that maybe a placebo thing.
> I'm less bothered by peoples opinions than I used to be, and I'm feeling less self-critical. I changed from berating myself loudly for my clumsiness and errors in judgement, to just thinking, "Oh, Johnpaul."
> Funny thing, I also don't get the energy crash after lunch that I used to.
> I hope that helps.

Hi JohnPaul...
Thanks for responding...definitely nice to get someone's recent perspective. My sleep has been horrible with Paxil for almost 6 months, so I don't know that I'll notice a difference on Effexor. Fingers crossed I don't get the sexual side effects, that's never fun :-( Most of the other symptoms sound tolerable, I've also been supplementing the Paxil with Xanax for my Anxiety attacks and it helps me a I do have that to fall back on until the Effexor kicks in - glad to hear Effexor works for your Anxiety, I'd rather take 1 drug than 2 - Paxil never helped with my anxiety. I'm also looking forward to being less critical of myself.

Thanks again for your input. Keep posting and let me know how you're doing.

- NatureGirl




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