OK - I have one more question for the community here. When do you take Effexor XR? I have read posts and opinions (medical and lay) on both sides - in the morning and at night before bed. I think I have experienced some sleepiness with it - I have been taking it in the morning. Also, I normally take Ambien CR at night for help with sleep. So...Effexor at night to help the sleep even more, or during the day, or AM? Thanks for the input.
When I was on effexor it wired me. It made me feel like I was on crack or something. I had no appetite, I lost a bunch of weight, and I could not sleep. I would try to sleep, my body was just so tired, but my mind would not shut off. I would just lay there awake. Not a fun experience. It also took my sex drive away, which still after 2 years of being off effexor I still do not have a sex drive. I did not like this drug and yes it is hell trying to get off of it. The withdraw effects are horrible. I have switched from effexor to cymbalta. In my opinion it works alot better. There was one month where I could not afford to get my cymbalta though, and the only withdrawl I went through was that I just wanted to be alone and I wanted to cry alot. I didnt have the zaps in my body or shakes, headaches, sweats, or other withdrawl effects like I did with effexor. If effexor works for you great! but I will never try it again. Happy New Year and good luck to you!!
I had similar experience as amythist, but without sexual effects. Effexor made me feel like I was on bad speed. My mind would not shut off and felt like a pinball. Also very bad withdrawl effects. Lexipro is working for me.
I have been on Effexor XR 150 mg for 2 years and take it at night about 9 p.m. It seems to help me rest and then the dosage stays with me when I get up in the morning and throughout the day. I also take Trazadone to help me sleep at night as well.
Just wanted to let you know what has worked for me
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