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Effexor and sleep disturbances
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    Unhappy Effexor and sleep disturbances

    I've been on Effexor (Venlafaxine) now for two weeks. First week was 37.5mg, the second week I've upped it to 75mg. I'm now having issues with sleep disturbances. I fall asleep easily enough but then wake around 2-5am and struggle with falling back to sleep, having overwhelming ruminating anxious thoughts like generalized anxiety that I haven't otherwise suffered from in over a year, and after that I struggle with sleeping without waking over the least bit little thing. It's like I never enter deep REM sleep during the night anymore and it's driving me nuts. I have no dreams.

    Please, those of you who have been on Effexor for years and like Effexor, tell me if the sleep disturbance as side effect eventually passes, or if it stays like this all the way through. If it does, I'd love to change to another medication. I used to be on Lexapro and never had sleep issues. Hope you can let me know.

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    Cindylouwho82 is offline New Member
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    Have you tried taking it at night?

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    I've been on Effexor for 5 weeks and all the debilitating side effects have disappeared except for my inability to fall asleep. I've been on sleeping meds for 4 weeks and today my Doc called time on it and is switching me to Lexapro. I have raised anxiety - only surfaced this year, I'm female in my 50's. I was able to sleep like a baby all my life - even before I started the Effexor when I was already anxious. But from day 3 I've had this problem - no naps either like I used to have . My doc never came across this before so it's not too common, hopefully your situation will improve. I can empathise about the strange no dream sleep which is challenging / with sleeping meds it's a relief to get asleep and to dream as normal but alas this is not a long term solution. Hoping Lexapro works for this .. best wishes.

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