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Sun Jun 13, 2021, 02:31 AM

Does anyone here take venlafaxine (Effexor?

If so, does it leave a weird taste in your mouth and make food taste different? Doc thought it was time for a change in my SSRI and I'm not sure if I like the new med.

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Reply Does anyone here take venlafaxine (Effexor? (Original post)
Laffy Kat Jun 13 OP
SheltieLover Jun 13 #1
Laffy Kat Jun 13 #7
flor-de-jasmim Jun 13 #2
Laffy Kat Jun 13 #10
elleng Jun 13 #3
Laffy Kat Jun 13 #5
Murphyb849 Jun 13 #4
Laffy Kat Jun 13 #9
hunter Jun 13 #6
Laffy Kat Jun 13 #8

Response to Laffy Kat (Original post)

Sun Jun 13, 2021, 02:37 AM

1. Quick google result

https://www.rxlist.com/effexor-side-effects-drug-center.htm

changes in the sense of smell, and taste

Among other side effects.

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Response to SheltieLover (Reply #1)

Sun Jun 13, 2021, 03:30 PM

7. Thanks. I guess I can attest that it's true, LOL.

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Response to Laffy Kat (Original post)

Sun Jun 13, 2021, 02:40 AM

2. You can check for that side effect online. Others are more serious.

My husband took Effexor for years. He stopped feeling like himself and told me he thought about suicide. He never acted on it, but he became so anxious over it that he weaned himself off the medication - - too anxious to talk to the doctor about it.

If you haven't already done it, I'd ask the doctor to discuss the side effects of the various options.

Good luck.

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Response to flor-de-jasmim (Reply #2)

Sun Jun 13, 2021, 03:36 PM

10. Thanks. I've already had one check-up on it and all he did was raise my dosage. nt

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Response to Laffy Kat (Original post)

Sun Jun 13, 2021, 03:11 AM

3. I took it, years ago;

don't recall weird taste.

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Response to elleng (Reply #3)

Sun Jun 13, 2021, 04:59 AM

5. Thanks. nt

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Response to Laffy Kat (Original post)

Sun Jun 13, 2021, 03:39 AM

4. Pristiq

I took a close relative of this. Desvenlafaxine. Had no difficulty with it and it really helped me with situational depression. Sold as Pristiq. And had no issues with tapering off dose to quit.

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Response to Murphyb849 (Reply #4)

Sun Jun 13, 2021, 03:35 PM

9. I'll ask my doc about Pristiq. Thanks! nt

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Response to Laffy Kat (Original post)

Sun Jun 13, 2021, 10:39 AM

6. One thing I'll say about Venlafaxine is don't quit it cold turkey.

Especially at the dose I was taking.



Add that to the list of crazy things I've done in my life.

Yep, because I didn't like some of the side effects.

What came next was worse.

Effexor did stabilize me enough to reveal other mental health issues I have in addition to depression.

A lot of it probably boils down to PTSD which I fiercely denied for a long, long, time.

I'll post this with the usual disclaimer -- don't ever take any medical advice from me!

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Response to hunter (Reply #6)

Sun Jun 13, 2021, 03:34 PM

8. Thanks for sharing, hunter.

I appreciate your insight. I've already learned my lesson about quitting psychotropic meds. cold turkey. I sure do wish I didn't have to take anything.

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