Increasing my dosage from 75 to 100 but worried about side effects

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I've been on Effexor xl 75mg for 9 months, prior to that i was on 37.5 mg. I'm considering going up to 150mg as my mood fluctuates which i hate, very often i'm feeling ok then out of the blue i'm down in the dumps. At times i can't be bothered with people, many whom I like greatly. I can't seem to maintain a happy interested feeling. Any help would be appreciated.


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    Hi Robert

    I've isolated myself from my family similar to what you said.

    I have no feelings for them which is upsetting me..

    .(((sooo not like me)))

     I'm not sure if that's from the medication or the depression but I'm on a lot of medication.....

    ( sorry this is v. Long....)

    I was on 37.5 xl veneflexine in the beginning  (18 months )and then went up to 75 (8 months) but i was struggling...

    Under my GP's care...

    I ended up having to leave my job (of 10 years that I loved)  due to stress and depression 

    in tears all the time

    so 2  years later

    I'm still on 225xl veneflexine

    Then added  100sertraline  this summer...

    I was told this was due to being on such a low dose for so long..

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      I've been on 75mg XL for 9 months but my doctor left it to me if I wanted to raise it to 150mg, I now have , 3 days now and having some minor side effects but I think it'll be worth it long term. I'd tried Sertraline but couldn't cope with the effects. It made me feel worse, I did try and stick it out for a while, just didn't suit me.

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            hi Robert  

      thank you for your reply

      what were the side-effects that you had with the sertraline if you don't mind me asking .,!

      I've been told that going up or going down on doses of Veneflexene you should take it very slowly and take a very small change per week or per 2 to 3 weeks

      something to think about...

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      Hi Fiona, my anxiety levels increased terribly, I felt spaced out and just didn't feel good at all. So far, 4 days, I increased 75 mg to 150 mg effexor XL and the side effects are similar to what you normally encounter, a bit of nausea, sleep interruption, vivid dreams but these will pass.

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       Hi Robert

      thank you for getting back to me

      tomorrow I will be two weeks on my higher level of sertraline and lower level of veneflexine 

      (150 of each)

      Seems like a lot of meds to me

      I'm seeing my psychiatrist tomorrow 

      I'm trying to lower the  Veneflexine but not too fast as 

       I had the shakes a bit last week and nervous itch

      ( which has left a few sore areas)

      I hope you don't have the side effects for too long..


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