Read about the many Effexor side effects and then learn the natural way to handle your anxiety or depression – starting today!
Effexor side effects are some of the most horrifying experiences a person can go through.
The pain, the loneliness, the absolute terror that Effexor sometimes produces can test the very sanity of those who are forced to endure these Effexor side effects.
Of course, not everyone has side effects from Effexor. Some users love Effexor, and what it has done to help relieve their symptoms of anxiety or depression. Hopefully you’re one of those people.
After all, about two-thirds of antidepressant users do receive some relief from their symptoms. (Only about half the patients taking placebo can make that claim.)
Listed below are the Effexor side effects reported by professionals observing patients during the clinical drug trials necessary for FDA approval.
Here’s the ‘official’ list of the most common Effexor side effects with the percentage of patients reporting them during clinical trials:
- Nausea 37%
- Headache 25%
- Sleepiness 23%
- Dry mouth 22%
- Insomnia 18%
- Constipation 15%
- Nervousness 13%
- Raised blood pressure 13%
- Fatigue 12%
- Sweating 12%
- Male sexual dysfunction 12%
- Decreased appetite 11%
Other frequent side effects of Effexor and Effexor XR:
Abnormal vision, belching, bronchitis, changeable emotions, chest pain, difficult or labored breathing, increased pulse rate, inflammation of the prostate gland, inflammation of the vagina, irregular uterine bleeding, lockjaw, loss of touch with reality, migraine, neck pain, purple patches on the skin, swelling due to fluid retention, vertigo, and weight gain.
Common side effects of Effexor and Effexor XR:
Abnormal sensitivity, abnormal speech, acne, anemia, angina pectoris (crushing chest pain), apathy, arthritis, asthma, bladder pain, blood or pus in the urine, breast pain, bone pain, brittle nails, bursitis, cataracts, chest congestion, clenching or grinding of the teeth, cold feet and hands, colitis, decreased muscle tone, difficulty swallowing, double vision, dry eyes, dry skin, eczema, exaggerated feeling of well-being, excessive menstrual flow, excessive urination, eye disorders or pain, fainting, hair loss, hallucinations, hemorrhoids, high or low blood sugar, high cholesterol, hives, hostility, hyperventilation, increased sex drive, inflammation of the bladder, inflammation of the digestive tract, infection, irregular heart beat, lack of coordination, lack of menstruation, laryngitis, leg cramps, low blood pressure, mania, middle ear inflammation, mouth sores, muscle spasms, muscle weakness, nerve pain, nosebleeds, overactivity, painful urination, paranoia, pinkeye, ‘pins and needles’ around the mouth, pneumonia, psoriasis, psychosis, stupor, rectal and vaginal hemorrhage, secretion of milk, seizures, skin disorders, swelling of the tongue, taste loss, tarry stools, tendonitis, thirst, urinary urgency and incontinence, vaginal discharge, and voice changes.
Less common side effects of Effexor and Effexor XR:
Abnormal gait, abnormal kidney function, abortion, alcohol abuse, alcohol intolerance, bleeding gums, blocked intestines, blood disorders, breast development in men, breast enlargement or swelling, breast inflammation, contracted pupils, deafness, decreased or increased reflexes, decreased ventilation, dehydration, delusions, dementia, diabetes, diminished or shortened menstruation, excessive body and facial hair, facial paralysis, fatigue, gallstones or gallbladder inflammation, goiter, gout, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, hair discoloration, hair follicle infections, heart disorders, hepatitis, inability to communicate, increased salivation, kidney pain, kidney stones, lack of skin pigment, lack or scanty amount of urine, loss of consciousness, lung problems, menopause, nerve inflammation, ovarian cyst, paleness, pelvic inflammation, prolonged erection, psychotic depression, rash, restlessness, rheumatoid arthritis, ruptured tendons, skin discoloration, skin disorders, sleep apnea, slow heartbeat, slow movement, soft stools, spitting blood from the lungs or bronchial tubes, stiff neck, suicidal ideation, thyroid disorders, tongue discoloration, uterine bleeding or spasm, vomiting of blood, yeast infection of the mouth, and yellowed eyes and skin.
One more side effect not yet mentioned is the ‘brain shivers’ that can occur with Effexor and Effexor XR.
This horrifying side effect can also occur as a withdrawal symptom – continuing long after the ‘medicine’ is discontinued.
With brain shivers, when you turn you head, if feels like your brain hesitates before turning with the rest of the head. When it does move, each brain movement produces ‘static’ sensations, with electric shocks running throughout the body. Different people experience different variations of this side effect.
In addition to these many problems, you may have your own unique Effexor side effects. Over time, more and more side effects keep showing up.
It’s also important to understand the underlying causes that would lead you to such a painful place.
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