early effexor xr review
I've been on effexor xr for 6 weeks now. (37.5* 1 week, 75*1 month, and now its just been upped to 112.5 mg). For the first month it was hard to tell whether it was having any effect... One day it would feel like it might be working and the next, i would be anxious again... but since starting on 112.5 I'm pretty sure its having a positive effect, as I've noticed the fight-or-flight response is simply not triggered in social situations where it normally would be. It will take a few days to tell for sure. But it has taken 5-6 weeks to feel any noticable effect, which is evidence that effexor and other snri/ snri's can take a while to work, so just be patient if you are not seeing effects within the first couple of weeks.
As far as side effects, I've only noticed mild nausea and digestive irregularities (diarrhea, constipation) around dose increases, though this maybe not even due to the meds. Also, regular fatigue (sort of a mild hazy feeling) and delayed orgasm (because of decreased sensitivity down there). I have never forgotten a pill, although I have gone 36 hours between doses and not experienced any exasperated side/ withdrawal effects. Also, If you drink any substantial amount of alcohol, you'll probably sleep the entire next day
BTW, I'm 18 male, and my SA is fairly severe, though not nearly as some I have read. This is the first med and/or treatment I have tried.
Hope this helps anyone considering/ about to start/ recently started effexor xr, and I hope that it works for you if you do try it.