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I have been taking venlafaxine for approximently 25 days now. The first 7 days I took 37.5mg and the last 18 days I have been taking 75mg. I have seen little to no improvement in my depression and anxiety. There have also been some side effects that have been annoying me and very much worrying me. I have never felt so disinterested in everything and I feel tired a lot. I also feel like my emotions have felt numb to other peoples feelings and I have lost my temper with a few people and have felt angry. I have a dry mouth most of the time. But the main side effects that are very much concerning me are the sexual side effects. Lets get one thing straight I am desperate for this medication to help my anxiety and depression. But I also do NOT want my sexual functioning took away from me the entire time I take this medication. I have had some advice from people telling me to keep taking the venlafaxine and see if the sexual side effects improve and to be fair they have improved somewhat from a few weeks ago. But the sexual side effects are still bad enough that I am unable to have sexual intercourse. First of all that's nearly a month on venlafaxine and I have seen little to no improvement in my depression and anxiety. That doesn't seem right? and also I just don't know if I feel that it is worth the risk continuing to take venlafaxine if there is a chance that the sexual side effects will remain so bad that I can't have sexual intercourse. This outcome would not be ok to me if the venlafaxine even cured me of my depression and anxiety but I still had such bad sexual side effects that I could not perform. That is not an acceptable outcome to me. I am not willing to be in my mid twenties and impotent. Regardless if the medcation cures my depression and anxiety or not. An ironic thing about that is it won't cure my depression because if I am impotent in my mid twenties then I will be depressed. I also feel that it is such an unnatural thing that these drugs can do to people. It's changing your brain in such a way that it is stopping you from being able to do one of the most natural things there is. I have also been reaserching some worrying stuff online about how these drugs rewire the brain and can sometimes have long lasting or permanent sexual side effects. If that is the case these drug companies, psychiatrists and doctors who prescribe these drugs should be in serious trouble because robbing people of their sexual functioning is destroying their lifes to some extent. If it's not permanent and only lasts through out treatment from these drugs then it's not too bad. But if it is permanent then it is a down right disgrace. I really am not sure what to do because I have seen little to no improvment in my depression and anxiety and thats nearly a month I've been on the venlafaxine and I am extremely worried these sexual side effects will not improve to an acceptable enough level the entire time I take the venlafaxine. If I just stopped taking the venlafaxine the now would I experience withdrawal symptoms? Or should I just reduce the dose slowly if I decide to stop taking it? Or do you think I should take the venlafaxine longer to see if it improves my anxiety and depression and see if these sexual side effects improve to an acceptable enough level? I just don't know what to do? Please any help and advice would be much appreciated.
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