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My husband started Effexor XR 15 weeks ago. He was in a very very bad place when he started the meds. He went through the horrible side effects... increased anxiety, insomnia, nausea, dizziness. Those stopped about 3-4 weeks in. Then we saw ok days start appearing where he wouldn’t be panicky but also wasn’t great. Then the blips. The roller coaster ride of ok days and horrific days. Never any days with no symptoms but days that the symptoms would be there but manageable.
He feels like he’s hit a wall for the last few weeks. He hasn’t felt like anything has improved since about 12 weeks, although I’m seeing less of the bad days overall and more of those ok days. The ok days haven’t gotten better but they are more often.
He is worried he is stuck like this. Like it’s stagnant and he won’t get better than this. His symptoms now include morning anxiety that tends to fade around lunch time, apathy, racing thoughts and intrusive thoughts throughout the day and they just seem to be there but not overly bothersome.
I’ve seen a huge improvement in him since the beginning and so have our kids. But as someone with anxiety, in this process, he can’t see the progress or light at the end of the tunnel. Has anyone gone through this same type of experience? He is a poor metabolizer and is overmethylated. He can’t tolerate any supplements, he is gluten free, dairy free, no sugar, caffeine or alcohol. He does yoga daily, keeps himself busy and tries to work through it all but some days he struggles. Would love to reassure him that this is normal and other people have gone through it all.
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