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I have been on effexor for 3 weeks and just recently i have been having very wierd dreams. Most of them involve people from my past who i haven't seen in a very long time. Lots of the dreams involve very weird things happening that don't really piece together. Sometimes the dreams are frightening. Has anyone else expierenced this, is this a side effect, or is something wrong?

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Hi chiqnina

I've been reading a lot of info on Effexor over the last few days, and this seems to be a pretty common side effect.

Have you recently increased your dose? Or did they just start up 3 weeks into your current dose?

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Hi chiqnina

I've been reading a lot of info on Effexor over the last few days, and this seems to be a pretty common side effect.

Have you recently increased your dose? Or did they just start up 3 weeks into your current dose?

i have increased the dose, it was 2 weeks of taking 1 pill/day, and now it's 2 pills/day. Thank you for responding it is good to know that it is a pretty common side efect.

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Hi chiqnina,

Though I'm not on Effexor any more (it was working pretty well for me, when, suddenly, it just stopped doing so), I can also attest to having the most bizzare, lucid and yes, sometimes frightening dreams while on it. I mean, all dreams have an element of the fantastic to them but this stuff was in a different league altogether, for me.

I wish I could say that I got used to them or they stopped after the while, but that wasn't my experience the entire time I taking it. I hope yours is different.

I have been on effexor for 3 weeks and just recently i have been having very wierd dreams. Most of them involve people from my past who i haven't seen in a very long time. Lots of the dreams involve very weird things happening that don't really piece together. Sometimes the dreams are frightening. Has anyone else expierenced this, is this a side effect, or is something wrong?
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I've only been taking Effexor for a week and a half now so I haven't really had any effects at all from it. But I do know that when I was taking Cipralex (escitalopram) which is in a similar class of drugs (it's an SSRI where Effexor is SSNRI I think) I would have super intense dreams every night. Happy dreams were wonderful and bad dreams were really scary. If I had a bad dream I'd be afraid to go back to sleep...but some days I didn't want to get up because my dreams were so real and so enjoyable I didn't want to go back to the real world. Hopefully most of your intense dreams are the good kind! But if not I totally sympathize with that as well.. and from the research I did when I started having dreams it's a pretty common side effect with AD's, so no worries about that :)

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I've been on efexor for years and the dreams don't stop. Sometimes I get bad dreams but i think that its not us dreaming more, its us being more conscious or remembering them better.

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I've only been taking Effexor for a week and a half now so I haven't really had any effects at all from it. But I do know that when I was taking Cipralex (escitalopram) which is in a similar class of drugs (it's an SSRI where Effexor is SSNRI I think) I would have super intense dreams every night. Happy dreams were wonderful and bad dreams were really scary. If I had a bad dream I'd be afraid to go back to sleep...but some days I didn't want to get up because my dreams were so real and so enjoyable I didn't want to go back to the real world. Hopefully most of your intense dreams are the good kind! But if not I totally sympathize with that as well.. and from the research I did when I started having dreams it's a pretty common side effect with AD's, so no worries about that :)

Since the venlafaxine, my dreams have been incredibly real, vivid and intricately-plotted. They have themes, story-lines, twists in the tale and complex plot structures. As a consequence, I've started to get them confused with movies and wondering why no-one else has seen them. This is actually a welcome side-effect; I often have to go back to sleep to 'finish the story off' - I need to know what happens at the end of my dream! However, when they take a scary twist though, I get real night-terrors that take quite a while to shake off. I've learned to live with those.

The human brain - a very odd thing :hearts:

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the dreams can be amazing and very difficult sometimes to tell if they were really just a dream or a memory.

I enjoy the dreams mostly, except for my awful ex-husband who keeps turning up in them and we've been divorced since 93 and i left him in 91.

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I've been depressed for many years but refused medication until now, just started taking Effexor at the beginning of Aug-09, and BEFORE that, I always recorded my dreams on paper, which I kept right beside my bed, because i'd start to forget the dream(s) immediately after waking up. I believe dreams can tell you things, if nothing else, what your subconscious mind is up to. What you really desire, and so forth. Anyways, I've noticed REALLY funky dreams on Effexor. Just like someone else wrote here, involving people from my past. Random people I haven't thought about for years. Maybe it has something to do with the brain getting 'back on track' as it were, getting more access to itself and memories and the like, I dunno. But on Effexor, I don't care what I dream. I'm convinced these dreams now mean absolutely nothing. They're totally berserk. I often get the feeling while dreaming that I've done something in the dream twice, like I have a dream, and then dream it over again, and I always seem to know what's going to happen in my dreams before it happens. So in that regard, even nightmares aren't that scary, cause I know how they're gonna end. I seem to have way more control in dreams, and get a 'spectator' feeling in some dreams, like I'm not even in the dream, I'm just watching it all happen. Often I have 4 or 5 different dreams in one night, and sometimes there are common factors in every dream, like for instance, in a span of 4 or 5 dreams, even though the dreams were all different and unique, I happened to have rings on the fingers of my left hand in every dream, and throughout the dreams, I 'knew' these rings would be there if I looked. Seems like much more 'lucid' dreaming. Peace and love.

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Hey there I have taken Effexor for about 2 years, I do dream a fair bit, but it always gets worse with a dose change, they seem to settle down then after a few days. Sometimes they can be nasty or very strange, and others silly or funny! Im not sure if you just get used to them! I think time is the best way to tell if they are getting less they could go away! Best of luck :hearts:

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. . . But on Effexor, I don't care what I dream. I'm convinced these dreams now mean absolutely nothing. They're totally berserk. I often get the feeling while dreaming that I've done something in the dream twice, like I have a dream, and then dream it over again, and I always seem to know what's going to happen in my dreams before it happens. So in that regard, even nightmares aren't that scary, cause I know how they're gonna end. I seem to have way more control in dreams, and get a 'spectator' feeling in some dreams, like I'm not even in the dream, I'm just watching it all happen. Often I have 4 or 5 different dreams in one night, and sometimes there are common factors in every dream, like for instance, in a span of 4 or 5 dreams, even though the dreams were all different and unique, I happened to have rings on the fingers of my left hand in every dream, and throughout the dreams, I 'knew' these rings would be there if I looked. Seems like much more 'lucid' dreaming. Peace and love.

OMG! Me too. Amazing, realistic-ish dreams. But when I think of them while awake I am amzed at how unreal they are. People I know are in them, and familiar places, but everything is different in some ways. My town is laid out differently and the people act differently that they do in "real" life. I can also seem to control them, I am in the dream while also being an observer. I never have nightmares, although sometimes there is a sort of unseen threat factor in some of them. And many are recurring, which is nice when I know it's a threatening one.... I can remove the threat and change the whole outcome I love them!

I read in the CrazyMeds forum that they go away when you stop taking Effexor, and that they are more vivid on XR than on the non-time release kind. I can attest to that. I also had them while on Paxil, but nowhere as realistic and fun.[/size]

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I started effexor just over a year ago (225mg) and have super vivid dreams, often nightmares. I had the same side effect from taking fluoxitine, which I came of just after starting effexor. I was aware that weird dreams were a common side effect of fluoxitine, and so thought it may just be a hangover from that, but it's lasted really long and seems to be getting worse. A few nights ago I had a dream so realistic of my dog being euthanised that I cried while recounting it to my mum. I had another where I was just chickening my best friend again and again. I won't come off the medication, as it has worked for my depression like no other medication has, but the nightmares can really affect my daily life. 

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Yes I have vivid dreams too and sometimes lucid dreams. One night I even woke up and while half unconscious I was still dreaming and heard someone running up my stairs when it wasn't real. Some of the dreams seem so real I even question myself. It can be scary.

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I’ve been on Effexor for 9 days everynight for the past 5 nights I have several night terrors that make me scared to close my eyes and very very vivid dreams that are sad and I wake up panicking and scared or crying from them I can’t take it I had s baby a month and a half ago and after every feeding every hour and a half to two hours as soon as I go back to sleep it’s another and then another a repeating cycle and I’m so sleep deprived because I force myself to stay awake because I don’t want another night terrors worsts med EVER!!

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I’ve been on Effexor for about 1.5 years now (225 mg/day).  My dreams have been awesome since the very first days on this.  I’ve never taken another depression med so I can’t compare to anything else.

I have posted before about this. I personally feel that I have become addicted to my dreams. They are so real, so tangible, but so so weird and odd and interesting that I just cannot wait every day to get to sleep. When I have a vivid dream I will ponder that dream for most of the day. About 30% are happy and promote a general feeling of warmth, 50% are unemotional but extremely interesting, and then 20% are terrifying. I have learned to enjoy even the terrifying ones because the experience they offer is exactly that, an experience. Living through even terrifying events is still living.

Not to get too into my story but I just can’t seem to find ANY interest in life. I go through each day detached and uninvolved as if I’m watching someone else’s life. I’m an unemotional, uncaring automaton. But it’s through my dreams that I can experience what it’s like to be alive.

I want to stop the Effexor because it hasn’t really done much for me. I’m still extremely depressed with zero interest in life. I sweat like crazy ALL the time, which is a huge, embarrassing side effect for me. So I should stop. But I don’t want to lose the dreams because it’s through the dreams that I at least have something to look forward to each day. I fear that if my dreams were taken away it would become far too easy to call it quits.

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Since I’ve started taking venlafaxine, 1 year ago, I have been having the most vivid dream. I didn’t use to talk at night , but now my husband sometimes have to wake me up because I am mumbling, crying, talking or laughing! 

Some days takes me some time to realize it was a dream, because is very messy and real.

Recently I have started lowering the dose of the medication. I thought that it would get better but, actually , during this last few days the dreams are being even more vivid ! When I read about it I saw that is actually one of the symptoms of the withdrawal. 

I hope it doest take long to stop this vivid dreams once I am out of the medication. Very disturbing for me

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I've been on effexor since late August last year. I'm currently on 150mg. Tried higher but switched back cuz very negative side effects. But I've also had the most bizzare, and usually not so great, dreams on this stuff. I've had horrible people from my past show up. I've been kidnapped, abused...it just has NOT been a good time. The dreams are never good for long. Though they're not always bad if that makes sense. It's been really affecting me during the waking hours because I feel like I'm always exhausted.  Any time I hit that length of sleep where I can dream I usually do. Even when I take naps. I'm at my wit's end about it. My doctor prescribed me 1mg prazocin (minipress) in combination to try to help with the dreams and it's not. (Prazocin is sometimes used to treat PTSD dreaming). 

 

Had anyone else had the problem of being constantly exhausted because of the dreams? 

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