Jaw clenching from Venlafaxine

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Hi all,

This is a strange one! I take 1 x 37.5mg Immediate Relase tablet every morning, that’s all, never wanted to increase the dose.  I’ve been on these meds for about 5 months now and I believe they are helping.  However.... I’ve been suffering with jaw ache, ear ache, sometimes sore throat. ENT consultant has given me the all clear which is great but still I have this discomfort... bearable but not nice.

I’ve done some research on line and it could be a side effect of Ven. I just feel like I’m tensing my jaw all day, my dentist said it could be stress related but I don’t think so. I think it might be the drug causing it. Anyone else had this?

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    Hi,

    I had exactly the same thing. I was on venlafaxine for about 3 years and had it constantly. I've come off venlafaxine and am on a different AD and still get it. My dentist says it hasn't caused any damage and offered me a mouth guard to protect my teeth at night. It does give me jaw ache sometimes and headaches, and it comes and goes. I think it's just one of those side effects that we have to live with.

    Hope that helps.

    Liz

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      Hi,

      i came off ven because I thought I was better and I didn’t like the side effects, but after 6 months or so I had another bout of bad depression and realised I do need meds to keep me stable - I was in denial about my diagnosis - bipolar 2.

      i am now on Sertraline ,plus other for the bipolar and anxiety, which I find suit me better.

      i still clench my jaw, sometimes more than others, but other than a bit of discomfort at times I can tolerate it for being well again.

      Liz

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    I have the exact same symptoms...i got up to 62.5mg but have started to wean of them....i hate them I don't worry as much being on them but I hate the side effect, nausea dizzy...and all the others like yourself can't wait to come off then been on them 10weeks

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      Thanks Suzanne - I hope you get on alright coming off them.  Are you taking the slow release or immediate release?  I’m taking the immediate release - not so easy to split the tablets etc. I gather the slow release  tabs contain pellets that you could do a real sneaky taper ☺️
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    I had exactly the same thing and when I went to ent he said my adenoids were up did they check your adenoids ? 

    I do smoke and he said it was common in smokers I found that hard to comprehend because I’ve smoked for 20 years and never had a problem 

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    I’m now off venlafaxine and it’s alot better 
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      I’ve been off around 5 weeks my anxiety is through the roof I can’t sleep I feel nauseous and gag vomit when I get up in the morning and I pee a lot and urgency is an issue.

      Throat is a bit better than it was.

      My neck is not as sore same with the ears and not sooo much tension in my neck either

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      Hi Carl,

      Well done for staying off it. I’ve had withdrawal from AD in the past. Trazadone, very high dosage. I was so frightened !! I can only imagine that Ven withdrawal if worse. 

      I think this is why I can’t bring myself to go any higher than 37.5mg a day.

      Thanks for your input, 

      Nicky x 

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    Hello, I thought it was just me but now I have seen your comment I’m disappointed to see yet another side effect of  Venaflaxine. I have a gum shield made by my dentist but I do it during the day as well. I’m keen to come off theses tablets but I can’t as it will effect my job
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    Yes i have exact same thing i am on 187.5mg of venlafaxine xr and sometimmes i clench my teeth and jaws that hard that i give myself headac he and neck pains, and have to take ibroprufen.
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    I started taking this about 5 weeks ago and right from the start I found i was clenching my jaw. It has continued to get worse. I thought it was down to stress at first but it has been constant and getting worse. I can't take it for much longer.

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      Hi Li,

      I just thought i would put an update on here. The good news is my jaw clenching has reduced alot over the last few weeks. I honestly have no idea why. I have been on ven since May this year, maybe my body has just settled down.

      i hardly think about it now and have no jaw, head or ear ache.. so strange.

      N

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