Venlafaxine headache/head pressure

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Hi, I’ve been on venlafaxine 9 weeks in total. 2 weeks at 75msg, 2 weeks 150msg and 5 weeks 225mgs. 

I have seen small improvements in mood but still not good. My main concern right now is the headaches, feels like tension headaches and pressure in the front of my head. It leaves me unable to function as I just want to rest. I’m also tired, Lack energy and motivation but I do feel if the headaches went I would be in a much better position to try and push myself to do more. 

Has anyone had this? Or side effects that’s lasted longer than the normal 2-3 weeks that they say. I really want this drug to work as had few failed ADs and I’m wasting my life being like this. And as there have been tiny improvements I’m willing to hang on until 6/8 weeks on this dose. Has anyone taken longer to recover fully? 

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    Hi I have been on ven for 9weeks also....still having side effects went up to 50mg 2 weeks ago....nausea dizzy and very tired! They have improved my mood though....just hate this told me they can take up to 12 weeks to settle! Hope ure better soon x
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      Your on 50mgs now? That’s low. I’m on 225mgs no wonder I’m feeling rubbish. I’m very tired and don’t want to do much at all. Also having headaches and foggy brain. Can you function? I spend a lot of time in bed resting as I feel rubbish! 
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      Yeah I started on very sensitive to meds.... on 50mg now, I can function I also have a couple of bad days where I need to lie down I feel drained ..but my doctors told me for every dose they put u up takes another 4 weeks to settle x
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    When did the headaches start? 

    Maybe the dose is too high for you. I found that 150mg gave me headaches. The 75mg improved my mood and headaches. 37.5mg no headaches no brain fog. 

    I think it may be a case of trial and error. It’s difficult I know. I would be tempted not to take such a big dose so quickly. 

    Sara x

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