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Old 10-30-2006, 06:49 AM   #1
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Effexor side effect?

I just started taking effexor - 25mg to start and my doc has it prescribed to end up being 350mg daily after 6 weeks. After just 1 dose I feel jittery, teeth chattering and yawning alot with a tight constricted feeling in my throat.

Is this a side effect that will go away or is it just not the med for me?



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Old 10-30-2006, 08:04 PM   #2
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Re: Effexor side effect?

I think that depends on how your body normally reacts to side effects. For me, side effects always get worse with time. For most people, they either subside -- or they get used to them.

Old 10-30-2006, 11:46 PM   #3
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350 mg seems to be really high! I would talk to your doctor, and I also know that Effexor withdrawl is horrendous. I am going through it is worse than an illegal drug -- nausea, blurred vision, dizziness, sweating, nightmares. And if you are having problems this early, I recommend changing medications.

Old 10-31-2006, 12:36 AM   #4
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Re: Effexor side effect?

Thank you both for your responses!! I'm going to call the doc tomorrow. I met with my new psychologist today and he doesn't think that I need an anti-depressant. If I can get my chronic pain under control then I should be ok. I agree with him. I was hoping for some pain relief from this med. My pain doc did say that we could try Cymbalta if the Effexor didn't work so that's probably what he'll want to do and I'll go along with it in case it does help with the pain.

Thanks again!!!


Old 10-31-2006, 02:38 AM   #5
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Re: Effexor side effect?

How does your doc know that in 6 weeks you will need that dosage? I have been on this for 3 months and am only up to 150 mg as it has worked quite well.

Speak to your doc again, only you know how you are reacting to this drug, if you don't need to increase the dose hun tell them.

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Those can be side effects of Effexor, but you should talk to your doctor.

Old 11-15-2006, 05:13 PM   #7
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Don't take Effexor unless you are prepared to face horrible withdrawls. I've been tapering for 9 months and the way I feel now is far worse than the symptoms I had when I originally started taking the drug.

Old 11-16-2006, 05:54 PM   #8
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Re: Effexor side effect?

That does seem really high. I was told that I was never allowed to go over 225mg. I don't know whether that depends on height and weight... But I pulled myself off, because my doctor wouldn't and i agree I have never ever felt worse in my life. But effexor made me SO dead. SO tired and so sick feeling all the time.

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