Hey has anyone had effexor worsen your anxiety and caused problems with sleeping, I'm still struggling with insomnia and it's been months since I stop taking effexor, i had anxiety before but was able to sleep restful now it's really hard for me to rest.



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  • paj


    I was prescribed Effexor and it was an absolute nightmare

  • paj


    After years of no depression, it brought it roaring back with a vengeance ... And I had to taper off of it again, and even when I was tapered, my depression was worse than ever .... Until I started the next option, Straterra, which my doc said is less active with your mood and more geared towards attention and focus. It literally had me feeling better within a few hours... I swear to God. I've never seen anything like it. And it's not placebo, because I wasn't expecting to feel anything at all, and when I checked with my doc, she said two other patients of hers had the same experience. Please, ask your doc about adding Straterra. For me, it's in conjunction with Bupropion/Wellbutrin. Wellbutrin had been super helpful for me, with energy, focus, and clarity coming through. I compared it to a radio station being suddenly tuned to the right station instead of in between But I wanted even more clarity, so... The rest is history

  • ayyyye


    I've had issues with almost every antidepressants I've tried, including effexor. it makes my depression worse, and caused more anxiety and restlessness also. i have bipolar 2 tho, and that's why antidepressants don't work for me and make things worse. i hope you can talk to your provider and maybe get on something that helps more

  • Vivi207


    My DO took me off of Zoloft for two weeks to try Effexor. I’ve been medically stable on Zoloft for almost 4 years; she’s my new provider so I guess she wanted to switch things up 🤷🏽‍♀️ anyhow. Effexor made my anxiety SO much worse, like worse than I was without Zoloft or Wellbutrin. At the end of those two weeks I started taking my Zoloft again and I’ve been about 3 weeks stable again. Avoid Effexor if you can

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