II’ve been reading about the side effects of the antidepressant Effexor XR. I wasn’t very impressed. In fact, it scared me. I stopped abruptly taking Zoloft, because the pharmacy would not refill my prescription until I saw my doctor, and I wouldn’t be seeing her for about 9 days. Gosh, I was so mad about that! How could they allow me to stop cold turkey. It’s dangerous! The withdrawals were terrible! I had dizziness as if my brain was turning over and over even when I was driving.
I got an appointment with the doctor and I told her about the Zolft, and she was a little pissed off. She immediately call the pharmacy. She told me she was taking me off the Zoloft since I’d been off of it any way, and to try Effexor. I wasn’t told about any side effects or what would happen if I got off of it. Then I read other people’s view on Effexor. I was horrified! However, I must say it effects every one differently. I’ve had more energy, positive attitude, more mentally challenged, less appetite, creative, and I’m exercising. Another side effect I’m having is insomnia. I just don’t want to go to sleep. I’ll keep a close watch and write in my blog when I have different side effects.
My little dog had made a terrible mess of himself. In other words – he stunk! I put him in the tub and this was very hard on me. I had to sit on my knees, and I have bad knees. Hurt! Boy do they hurt! I was getting so out of breathe and started to feel shaky. When I stood up I became disoriented my hands and body were trembling. I had to sit down and put my head between my knees – I was feeling faint. It took a lot for me to get to my bed. I was deep breathing and still trembling all over. It was scaring me.
The time was 1:00 pm and realized I hadn’t taken my medication. I called out to my mom for help and asked for some orange juice. I thought my sugar may too low. I’m a little over the diabetic number. I drank some orange juice and took my medicine and laid still for a few minutes. I also took an anxiety pill. I heard anxiety could cause the shaking.
After about 30 minutes I started to feel a little better, but I have know idea what it was. Was I having side effects from Effexor, anxiety, stroke or a heart attack? All I know right now is I’m alive. I’ll continue taking the Effexor and hope it wasn’t the axe that fell on me. It’s taken so long to find the right combination. I pray this will be it.
I’d like to hear from others who are or have taken Effexor