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Does Effexor Cause Insomnia
Short term: There are at least three effects that venlafaxine (effexor) has on sleep - it has a short term effect increasing agitation and insomnia that lasts usually only a few days, it has a long term effect improving sleep by treating depression (which has a big negative effect on sleep), and it has a small long term effect reducing rem or dream sleep. For most people #2 is the most important. ...Read more
Does Effexor (venlafaxine) cause Insomnia? I have been on it for 7 months and just recently cannot sleep at night. Also does it increase blood pressure?
Effexor (venlafaxine) side effects: Yes to both. Consider lower dose for insomnia. Suggest you see your doctor to get your bp checked. If it's higher than usual for you, discuss with prescribing doc to discontinue this med. Had this happen once with a patient who's pcp thought higher bp was from 'stress.' I knew Effexor (venlafaxine) could increase bp. Pcp and I agreed to stop the med and her bp dropped to normal. I hope this helps. Best wishes. ...Read more
I've been taking Effexor (venlafaxine) XR at bedtime along with seroquel & klnoplin for a week. Ok to switch Effexor (venlafaxine) to am. I've heard Effexor (venlafaxine) causes insomnia?
I'm still taking seroquel 50mg at night. How long will I feel the bad effects (anxiety, insomnia) Effexor (venlafaxine) and Prozac has caused since stopped taking
It depends.: Stopping antidepressants can cause a "discontinuation syndrome" that people mistake for withdrawals because the symptoms include nausea, sleep disturbance irritability and a flu-like symptoms hence these medications should done gradually. The length of the symptoms will vary depending on how high a the doses were and how long you've been taking them. Seroquel (quetiapine) helps with sleep. ...Read more
I've had moderate insomnia ever since increasing my dosage of Effexor (venlafaxine) XR to 225 mg about a month ago. Will the insomnia ever go away?
I'm becoming tolerant to unisom. My insomnia from Effexor (venlafaxine). Can't sleep w/o help. Most sleep meds I'm unable to get up (min 9h sleep). What do I do?
How's your sleep: Hygiene? Retire & rise same time each day. Bedroom should be dark & cool - used only for sex & sleep. Turn off tv. No naps. Exercise regularly but not in late evening. No caffeine for 6 hrs & no alcohol or tobacco w/i 2 hrs of sleep. Dinner should be moderate sized & finished at least 2 to 3 hours before sleep. Can try warm milk, chamomile tea or melatonin along w light reading, warm bath, ...Read more
Seroquel is not helping with insomnia. It was for about a week, but loss of sleep is creeping up again since I weaned off Effexor (venlafaxine) and prozac?
Friend taking Effexor (venlafaxine) for 3 days. Has had mild side effects such as dry mouth, no appetite, headache and insomnia. Now has kyphosis. PERRLA absent.?
Kyphosis?: Kyphosis cannot come on quickly - it is an abnormal curvature of the upper spine. Are both of his pupils unequal, abnormally shaped and unreactive to light and accomodation? If so, then there is a serious problem and he should be evaluated. The other side effects described are common for effexor (venlafaxine) and will usually subside after 4-6 weeks. ...Read more
Started Effexor (venlafaxine) 75mg have nausea headaches jaw tremors anxiety worse insomnia didn't have these sideeffects when I took 6 yrs ago how long will itlast?
Need more info.: These side effects more than likely will not abate until you either stop the Effexor (venlafaxine) or reduce the dose. DO NOT do this until advised so by your physician. Rapid and unsupervised changes in medications like Effexor (venlafaxine) also have certain side effects. ...Read more
I've been taking seroquel and Effexor (venlafaxine) XR for 9 years. Have I completley screwed up my brain? Tried to get off them and have horrible insomina
Find guidance: You probably do need medical guidance to help you safely wean yourself. But it is possible and you can interview physicians to see if they'll accept this as your goal and work with you on it. Don't waste motivation worrying about whether you screwed up anything. The best time to do a good thing is now. It is not hopeless. Sleep experts may help. So may meditation skills or yoga, etc. Best wishes! ...Read more
3 weeks ago I started effexor (venlafaxine). Are increasing trouble sleeping, loss of appetite in evenings and mild jitteriness during the day normal?
Equivalent to seroquel but without the s/e of wt gain, hyperglycemia? I take it along Effexor (venlafaxine) prescription for sleep but still have trouble sleeping.
At end of rope. Tried Effexor, remeron, celexa, therapy nothing is helping anxiety/depression. I'm a mess all the time. Trouble sleeping. Please help?
Depression: Good question and good for you. People respond idiosyncratically to meds for anx/dep. So there are still a lot of options open and I see this time and time that if you can be patient and work with a psych prescriber slowly and methodically typically you find something that works. Also transcranial stimulation may be something to consider though very new. Keep on trying. I know it is hard. ...Read more
Effexor (venlafaxine): By itself, unlikely.Get a more detailed answer ›
There are no long term effects of effexor (venlafaxine). It can cause GI effects- these are not severe symptoms, usually go away, and are limited to diarrhea or conversely in some patients, constipation; nausea, and rarely vomiting. Again it's usually early on.
If you're suffering from severe gastrointestinal problems, you need to see your Primary care provider to have this checked.
Good luck! ...Read more
I am taking 75 mg effexor (venlafaxine). Does this drug affect your hormones? Can it cause a imbalance?
Reversible: Alot of the psychiatric medications can cause GI side effects. Usually constipation is a problem. This is because there is alot of serotonergic innerevation in the GI system, maybe even more than the brain. But, the bowels usually adapt, and if not they normalize when the med is discontinued. ...Read more
Taking Effexor (venlafaxine) XR cause me to test positive on a drug test? I have been on Effexor (venlafaxine) XR for 3 years.
Sweating/diaphoresis: May affect up to 22% of patients who take antidepressants. Options include stopping, decreasing, or changing antidepressants. If your medication is effective then prescriber may consider adding benztropine 0.5-1 mg a day or aripiprazole (augments antidepressant and may reduce sweating). Combining these meds with venlafaxine may increase dizziness, drowsiness. Best regards for relief. ...Read more
Does Effexor (venlafaxine) cause severe cause severe night sweats? Used to wake up soaked and dripping with sweat.
Could be: Unfortunately not uncommon for effexor (venlafaxine) and other norepinephrine increasing antidepressants (eg cymbalta, less so Wellbutrin) to increase anxiety despite good compliance. Which means increased heart rate, shakes, sweats, headaches and other fight or flight symptoms. A trial of a regular ssri (prozac, lexapro, zoloft, or celexa) can be a much better option. Please ask your doc about such options. ...Read more
On 112.5mg Effexor (venlafaxine) for 6mths. Mood dropped unexp. So upped dose to 150mg. 1mth later mood worse so now on 30mg mirtazapine. What caused mood drop?
Could be many causes: There can be a number of triggers to low mood, including: medical illness, stress, loss, relapse of depression, seasonal changes and even just normal variation. It would be best to talk to your doctor about the possible explanations to see if you need any further medical work-up or if adding other treatment components could be helpful (e.g. psychotherapy). ...Read more
I am worried that I have caused myself damage from overdosing several times on effexor (venlafaxine)?
Take 75mg effexor (venlafaxine). If it has plateaued and stopped working, what symptoms could that cause?
Same symptoms: Usually, when pt experiences what appears to be a "plateau" in response to antidepressants, it could be that the medication needs adjustment. This is presuming there have been no other changes that have occurred, such as changes in other medications, new medical conditions, or increased psychosocial stressors. Inadequate medication adherence can also present similarly. Discuss with doctor. Best. ...Read more
Dyspnea or not?: There have been patients that develop a catch in their breath while on medications. In addition a more central problem can occur where one seems to almost forget to breathe. Ssri's and snri's (like effexor) seem to not infrequently cause this. Decreasing the dose typically does not eliminate it. It usually does not occur with all the other agents in these classes - you will find one that does not. ...Read more
Probably not: This is not one of the more common side effects of this medication. However, with the uniqueness of each human, it is possible. If you are taking this medication and are having these symptoms, consult with your prescribing physician. ...Read more
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