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to everyone claiming age/anxiety/depression are causing the struggle to work out it could in fact be the effexor

I prior to taking effexor i was in decent shape-was a dancer and an aerialist for fun after work so was dancing 2-3 days a week and working out another 2-3 days a week. after 2 weeks on effexor xr i could barely get through a dance class and a month in couldn't walk from the parking lot to my work building without stopping and taking a break, my muscles would be so weak and my legs would be shaking and so sore just from walking that by the time i got to my desk i was exhausted.

told my dr, dr said it was all in my head so i tried it for another month. my muscles deteriorated so much i could barely carry bags or simple things like put my hair on a ponytail. doctor ran other tests nothing else was causing it finally ran bloodwork then promptly took me off the medication. a year later im still rebuilding the muscle mass i lost and am no where near where i was prior to effexor. i still struggle with a basic push up let alone a pull up (used to be able to do 10).

muscle weakness and deterioration on this med is no joke. ive been told i may never get back to where i was. if something isnt right with your meds speak up, you know your body and meds effect everyone differently.

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    It's now 16 years since I came off Effexor 'cold turkey' - I ended up carrying an inner rage I couldn't get past. Also, it's just as you say - I went downhill for 6 months before any advantage from the medication kicked in - this lasted no more than 18 months, and all through that period I was washed out - nor did I ever regain my facility for being active,


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      Hi Philip,

      How long were you on venlafaxine and once you came of venlafaxine how long did it take for your "inner rage" to subside?

      After 10 years on venlafaxine I started to get irritable, easily stressed and angry (although I mostly kept it inside rather than reacting to things). About 6 months ago I switched to another medication but am still experiencing similar issue although a bit less.

      Thanks in advance,


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      Hi, Ed- the anger is no longer rage, but remains too easily triggered. The other facet of it is that over the 6 years or so I was on Effexor, and for some years after - my 'intolerance' of all energy foods became worse, so that my energy levels dropped again - if any 'stability' has come into being, this is it - dairy, eggs, sugar, simple carbohydrates, any oily foods, + as a consequence confidence is a no-go.

      I hope this isn't how it goes for you.


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    Hiya, Effexor is a brand name for Venlafaxine ! I have been taking this for Years.. I'm trying and have reduced my dose.. I Hate this Medication..So. Much.. it has also caused me a lot of problems.. Mainly emotional Such as if I forgot to take it I didn't realize until it was 2 weeks or so.. I was acting strangely and talking nonsense .. I Cannot Wait to Get off this Stuff Hope you can get off this onto a safer Antidepressant of luck regards

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