Venlafaxine sleep issues on XR but not IR?!

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Hello Everyone,

I'm after some advice please smile

I have recently changed from citalopram to venlafaxine. At first I was put on 37.5mg of the instant release and had the best 8/9 nights sleep I've had in years! However the last couple of those days I'd started to feel anxious in the evenings so my doctor decided it was time to increase. He gave me 75mg of the extended release and I'm now back to intermittent sleep! I'll sleep for 3 hours be awake for 1.5-2 hours and then sleep for another 3 hours sad it's been 9 days since I started the XR and the sleep issue is very frustrating! I'm contemplating going back to the 37.5mg instant release twice a day on the hope I start sleeping properly again. My doctor has told me he's happy to let me change and see if it helps but I just wanted to see if anyone else had had a similar experience?

Thanks for reading xx

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    Hey there Rhubarb 57 

    Yes indeed this is an issue that I've found with this medication! I started on the 75mg twice a day, but due to so many side effects I decreased to 75mg once a day. However I still suffered the same fatigue, I'd wake in the morning to go to the loo & thought I'd have another hour or so & this is at like 9:30-10am the next minute I no it's like 1:30-3:10pm.

    I'm now on the 37.5mg dosage as I'm tapering of off it due to like I say side effects and the sleep issue is an 'issue'. I'm on 'alot' of medication that makes you tired anyway & I don't mind my sleep i.e rest but there's sleep and then there's sleep! Even on the 37.5mg dosage I am sleeping alot, yes this is pretty common with Venlafaxine I have found. It has also increased my depression, my anxiety and paranoia I seem to be suffering with.

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