Social Anxiety and Effexor XR
I'm new to this board, but a long time SA sufferer. I hate calling or interacting with people who I don't know, and it causes me severe anxiety when I do. After six years of ineffective CBT, I am currently pursuing the medication route. I just started Effexor ER and I'm hoping to get some feedback from people on this board as to its effectiveness. My pdoc started me at a low dose of 37.5mg, and I moved up to 75mg two days ago. The first day on the 75mg dose, I felt very irritable. I just wanted to yell at people and my mood was abrasive. Today is day 2, and I feel normal again (save for the fact that I wake up a lot earlier on this medication).
Though I've clearly run into some of the drug's side effects, I have not had an absence of social anxiety yet. I'm wondering how long it will be until I start feeling results?
Many years ago, I used Paxil, and at high doses, it was very effective for SAD. I remember one day the light switch just flicked on and I wanted to call everyone in my phonebook. I'd never felt that way before. Paxil had so many side effects that I had to stop taking it. So here I am, trying to achieve the same outcome with effexor, but hopefully with a less potent side effect profile.
When can I expect to see results? Has anyone had any luck on this drug?