Venlafaxine and feeling so tired

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Hi I'm on 150mg of venlafaxine and I'm so tired. I'm lethargic and unmotivated. I'm craving junk food and struggling to look after my 3 children and remain positive.

I'm told that my gp wants to up my dose and I'm really worried this will make me a zombie and in bed constantly!

Will this wear off....I've been on this dose for about 2 weeks

Thanks 😴😪

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  • Posted

    Hi there

    I was on this drug for about 6 months and to be honest the worst 6 months of my life. I started this forum about 1 year ago and the amount of people that shared their side effects was unbelievable.

    This was the common list of side effects:-


    Feeling of flu like symptoms

    Dizzy head

    Aches and pains

    No energy

    Unable to sleep



    Depression worsened

    Anxiety worsened

    Rapid heart beat and many more

    Most anti depressants take about 2 - 4 weeks for the side effects to subside but these tablets didn't and coming off them was the best decision I ever made.



    • Posted

      Thanks. I'm at the end of my tether really I don't tried and failed with most SSRIs and so I've been put on these! I was hoping to feel 'wired' like I've read but these are knocking me for 6.

      Looks like I'll have to go back to my long suffering gp and ask for a review

    • Posted

      hi, having failed a few of these meds this is now being offered.  Your side effects are similar tomthise imhad on sertraline.  Did younfind anything that worked for you, i wonder if doing nothing is better than this.
  • Posted

    I'm reducing from 225 for the same reasons, I've been on them since last June and had absolutely no lift in mood.

    • Posted

      I'm just so frustrated as was hoping it would be the magic pill after trying ssri and not getting anywhere.

      Good luck I hope you can find other more suitable Meds x

    • Posted

      You hear of lots of people who are helped by venlafaxine and it gives them energy and motivation but a percentage of us are left tired on them
  • Posted

    I was supposed to take these in the morning but they made me so sleepy I went against orders and now take them at night instead.  I'm on 225mg @tm, not prepared to go higher.

    Been prescribed mirtazipine too now, but that's another story...

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      Hi, inhavebtried sertraline and others with no success.  Venlafaxine suggested but i am scared about same side effects again, if not worse.  Dont know what tomsay to psych about my sensitivity to meds.  Have mirtaz at low dose for sleep, what domyounthink

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