venlafaxine side effects, how long..?

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I am just 14 days into my first course of venlafaxine and am experiencing dreadful exhaustion, nausea and night sweats. I have read that this is not unusual, BUT I am wondering how long these side effects are likely to last..? I am assuming that they will eventually settle down..?! As I feel so awful I can barely leave my bed, let alone the house..and want my life to get better, not worse..!!! 

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    Hi Bethan,

    It's early days yet for you re tiredness and nausea, in the same way they take a whole before you get the therapeutic benefits.

    Sorry to disappoint but the sweats have never gone away in 15 years of this treatment. I get sweats from the least effort, in fact even concentrating on a task can cause a sweat. I've adapted to this in many ways, not all good but I suppose I've learned to live with this unpleasant nuisance.

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    Sorry you're feeling so bad. It won't last - I felt terrible for about three weeks then it gradually settled down. To be honest it did take a couple of months for them to really kick in but now after four months I'm doing fine. No sweats !! Good luck

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