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  1. Hi Cerrie yes I found when I first started I needed to sleep, had brain fog, felt spaced out .... this lasted about 4 weeks then I no longer needed to nap and if I did I couldn’t sleep well at night. I also had muscle spasms/twitches which I was advised of, I found it a difficult drug to start but then I came straight off an older drug l(loxamine) that I had been on for years. For me it has certainly been worth changing to and I can live a relatively “normal” life that I want to lead. It has by no means completely taken away the depression/anxiety but has certainly made it much more manageable and I just need to be aware of what my symptoms are and look after myself. Hope you find relief with these meds and the side effects don’t last too long.
  2. Sorry to hear of your brothers passing. I was on loxamine for around 15 years - I had a small stint on fluoxetine during a pregnancy but as soon as I could I moved back to the loxamine. I suffer from anxiety and depression. I went under the advice of a psychiatrist and I did a straight swap. I started off taking 75mg a day for the first week and then increased to 150mg a week later. I’m on the extended release Effexor/venlafaxine and originally took it in the evenings but I then switched to mornings as that is when I find it easiest to remember to take it. The first 2-4 weeks were really hard, I had to take 2 months off work to get myself sorted, I needed afternoon naps, I did feel spaced out initially but I was at an all time low and couldn’t keep functioning properly anyway with the way I was so something had to change, for the most part I feel “normal “ again!! Now to remind myself I’m not super woman and to give myself down time/relaxing/exercise so as not to burnout/depression/anxiety all over again. Good luck with what you decide to do, if you do change and have any questions feel free to ask, I don’t come on here too much but I do from time to time.
  3. Hi how are you getting on? I changed from loxamine/Aropax after many years to venlafaxine nearly 4 months ago and after the initial side affects that lasted 4-6 weeks it is really working along with lifestyle changes like more sleep and less rushing!!!
  4. I’ve been on same meds and dose as you are on and the tiredness/brain fog were early side affects for me and thankfully lifted by 4-6 weeks. I wonder if your meds need adjusting? Brain fog and exhaustion are awful, hope you feel clearer soon.
  5. I have been on Effexor for 2.5 months now, I found the first month really hard on it with quite a few side affects - the most annoying being fuzzy/spaced out feeling when the next dose was due and needing to have an afternoon nap to get through the day. Fast forward to 6-8 weeks and I felt pretty much back to myself. I’m also taking more care of myself and trying not to be supermum and getting enough sleep which I think is helping heaps too. Hope Effexor works for you x
  6. I can understand your reluctance, I was in a really bad place 4-6 weeks ago, I was petrified of having to go with nothing before changing meds but my dr referred me to a psychiatrist and I changed from one to another with no withdrawal period. Sure it was ****** hard, there were many tears and feeling awful and sleeping a lot but 4 weeks later and I’m pretty much back to mt old self. Hang in there and remember you aren’t alone, good luck.
  7. Hi 3 weeks isn’t that long I think you need to give it longer and keep taking it at the same time each day. I’ve been on 150mg for 3 weeks and was on 75mg for the first week. The first 2 days I took in the morning but I was so wiped out I took it at night. But then by taking it at night I was waking early like 4.00am and still needing to nap by the afternoon (if not earlier). So I changed back to the morning (which was really hard as initially I was like a zombie and some days had to go straight back to bed) but thankfully after 5 days I no longer needed a nap and am back to feeling like my old self!!! Good luck In what you decide to do, I’m grateful that 150mg in the morning is working great for my depression/anxiety.
  8. Winston12

    Timeless Time

    Sorry to hear of your mums passing, so special that you could be there with her x
  9. I’m so sorry you are struggling alone, just know that you are worth it. Do you have any interests where you could try and find a group to join to help you meet new people for friendship or company?
  10. You’re in the right place, you’re not alone, sending you a cyber hug
  11. Hi when I have tried in the past to withdraw from this I had real difficulties. 9 years ago before I was pregnant my dr changed me to fluoxetine for pregnancy and then later back to Paxil, second pregnancy 6 years ago I was kept on Paxil (20 mg) and my baby was fine with no issues. I’m in NZ and was told that research had shown it was better to have a well mother and stay on meds if required rather than be taken off them. Hope you get the help required so you can make an informed decision for yourself. Withdrawal is awful, mix that with hormones from pregnancy and it’s not much fun!
  12. I recently started Effexor (in week 4) and I noticed changes within the first week or so, I found it really knocked me around but that I wasn’t crying as much !!! I still have a way to go myself and it’s frustrating but try and be patient as you were on something else it may take time for your body to adjust to the new medication. I read 6-8 weeks ...... x
  13. I find not having a rigid routine helps, i feel your pain I’m working through the roughest spell that I have had with depression and have been told to take 2 months off work so the work routine is out the window and I’ve recently changed meds which are making me even more tired so I’m sticking to a loose routine of doing house chores looking after my children/husband and myself. The thought of paid work sounds impossible but I’m sure I’ll get back to my job or something different.
  14. Is there a free help line that you can phone in your area? Mental health is real, sounds like your parents are in denial. Or another trusted adult/person that you can talk to? Hugs
  15. Sending you a virtual hug, can you talk to your parents? If you can see a dr I think that would be a great start. Stay strong you can get through this.
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