I started taking effexor XR a little over a month ago after for almost a month i had experienced EXTREME panick attacks and anxiety (along with an array of other symptoms, which were mainly just in my head). I've had cat scans and blood work and x-rays, it all came back perfect. My doctor had me take 37mg for the first week, then 75mg for the second week and 150mg the third week. I've been on 150mg for about 17 days now. When i first started taking it I got diahrrea for the first day and some dizzyness. When I upped to 75mg I got diahrrea for the first day again, but I got REALLY tired, like I was tired ALL the time for about 3 days. I'd wake up feeling really dizzy and stuff. I got quite a few of the side effects on 75mg/150mg. Including abnormal vision, chronic yawning, dizzyness, sometimes drowsiness etc.
Although the medication has been helping me alot and alot of the side effects have for the most part tapered off or gone away completely. I've been feeling really strange lately (last week or so). I can't explain it. I just feel strange. This morning I woke up COMPLETELY out of it (yesterday morning and the morning before were similiar, though it really hit a peak this morning) I couldn't comprehend anything. It was so bad I almost panicked because i felt like brain dead almost. For ths whole day i've felt really dizzy, get some weird headaches that come and go and I almost seem to be getting abnormal vision again. Not blurry vision or even distorted or anything, it just looks, odd....Like I said, it's really hard to explain. I almost start to feel like im panicking from it at points, then I feel these strange sensations in my head.
the thing is. I don't know if this is just another side effect and if i need to just give it more time or if i should go back to the dr immediatly, I was gonna give it another week but I don't know.... I don't know because there's soooo many different side effects and you can feel so many different weird stuff as it is from this drug. Everything else is pretty much normal besides this weird feeling im getting. I'm tired of going to doctors constantly.
I'm thinking maybe its stress combined with the drug? Cause the last few days were extremely stressful for me. My girlfriend of 2 years and I had a really bad falling out and life has been generally stressful (i've been unemployed too and money has been a REAL problem)