Effexor, one of the three types of anti-depressants that I have had the displeasure of having to take over the last five years; Effexor, in my opinion, has too many side effects that like to take place rather than the root of the medication that actually works. Effexor is a once a day, approved treatment for depression as well as panic disorder and generalized anxiety and social disorder. There are three levels or sizes of Effexor you can take; 37.5 mg, 75 mg, or 150 mg. I was only on the 37.5, however the side effects were unbearable.
Within the first week of taking Effexor I began to experience nervousness, insomnia, and a loss of appetite. Going into the second week, I felt like my brain had been charged with electricity and it almost felt like something was zapping my brain. I had a constant headache or migraine and when the zapping feeling started to happen, which happened quite frequently, my thoughts began to race and I felt as though I was not in control of myself or my body. I wasn't able to control my strength. At one point I almost cuddled my cat to death. Hallucinations were constant especially when it came to depicting colors. For over three hours I was convinced that my boyfriend's shirt was yellow, but in reality it was dark blue.
Of course I quickly discontinued taking Effexor, which also caused more side effects. The most extreme was the continued sense of nervousness, as well as agitation. Thankfully all the side effects subsided in about a week.
Suicidal thoughts were also part of the side effects, which brings me to the conclusion that I do not suggest this medication to anyone. Currently, Effexor's website states that all patients taking the antidepressant should be watched closely.
There is a large array of antidepressants out there, do not choose Effexor.