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 so I've been on effexor for pry 6 yrs now. it works so amazing on my depression, but I've always clenched my teeth. it's been bugging the snot outta me so I got on and found your question. yes withdrawal is horrendous I forgot to take for a week or so, but amazing otherwise. now if u could find me the miracle to stopping strokes, I'm 37 and suffered 4 now that would b great, lol, no but hope my info helps out god bless

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      oh hi there! you said strokes? did you really mean this?

      My clenching has settled down alot. Never had it (ever) before ven but now that ive been on it 8 months its much better, i dont even think about it anymore.

      And yes, this drug is brilliant for me to.

      best wishes


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    Hi all!

    I have read that various people on venlafaxine experience jaw clenching. I'm unsure if I do this at night (I used to years ago, before any major anxiety symptoms) but I do notice something else. I catch myself doing it all the time...and let's just say, "It ain't pretty!"

    I have been clenching my lips in a way that I can only describe as the grumpy cat. You remember the one...the unimpressed looking kitty with the frown. Yeah, that's me. I do it so much that it's starting to give me the frown lines even when I have my face at rest. When I catch myself doing it I feel like a grumpy old Grammy sitting in my recliner reading the paper and hating life. lol

    Anyway, wondering if anyone else has experienced this. I'm not sure it's worth a trip to my GP as this is one of the only side effects I'm experiencing. I am sure, though, that I don't want to be all grumpy-cat-looking for the rest of my life! That would be an ironic catch all in itself.

    Thanks in advance folks 😃

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    hey i odly have the same thing but its not pain like u said. to me its like mild tightness thats constant. almost feels like its swollen almost all of the time. it does come and go randomly though.

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    Hello your not alone, I have been clenching my jaw a lot too. I just started taking Effexor XR 37.5 mg this Monday so I'm on day two. I take mine at night so I sleep through some of the potential side effects. Tuesday I was a bit tied didn't sleep well but still got out of bed faster than I have in months. I was in a decent mood all day, very thirsty, random hunger bursts, and mild mind wandering thoughts. Wednesday however was terrible, I slept better which was good. Woke up fine felt fine until about 11:30am then was agitated and impatient all day, alot of intrusive thoughts till I got home round 5pm. After 5pm I was calmish again but body still felt tight/tense. Hopefully tomorrow will be better. Hope the jaw clenching goes away after 2 weeks along with other side effects. Be well!

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