So something I want to try fairly soon is to lower my generic instant release effexor dose by about 10% (from 200 -> 175) and hold at least a month to see what happens. Basically I had gone from 150/day to 200/day a year or so ago as an ostensibly temporary measure to deal with depression and the like. Since then I've done a ton of EMDR which I think has made me much more stable (and my EMDR therapist commented as much). I'm not entirely sure I ever NEEDED an antidepressant, but I imagine it helped. Anyway, I'm just talking about taking one step (under the supervision of a doctor, of course) because if some of the side effects I suspect are coming from this med are really coming from this med, I'm really really really tired of them and I'd like to at least back off to 150 eventually and see what that does.
Basically if I don't get enough sleep it's very easy for me to wake up in this state where my brain just isn't working and I have this... chemical feeling?... that I can only compare to the feeling of not having enough oxygen. It sucks.
I thought the shakiness I had was related to it.. it might have been, but I've made that mostly go away by getting regular meals.
Anyway, I had a bunch of insomnia last night so I'm dealing with these symptoms now, so forgive me if this doesn't make much sense.. this is mostly a vent post.
Other side effects that are noticeable include dry mouth, which most of the time I don't really notice, but it does increase plaque formation a bit, increased sweating/heat sensitivity, and I THINK emotional numbness, but much of that could just be me and not the med. Shrug.
[This message edited by ProbableIceCream at 2:24 PM, July 19th (Saturday)]