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   Posted 2/23/2009 1:57 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been on effexor for the past 5 years now and just recently quit. It hasn't been easy, but I've been making it through. I've been off for about 2 months or so now and have had some side effects, but in the past couple weeks I've been having very vivid and awful dreams. Has anyone else experienced this? Back in November I had a pretty traumatic experience with someone being in my home watching me sleep. While I know that these dreams are somewhat related, I'm not sure if it's the cause. If anyone else has had any similar withdrawal symptoms please reply!

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   Posted 2/23/2009 5:57 PM (GMT -6)   


Welcome to HealingWell.  Many people coming off meds have withdrawal sx that can last for a fair amount of time and add that to your trauma I would say you may be having the dreams as part of both issues.  I am not a professional and I hope you will talk to someone if the dreams start to interfere with your activities of daily living.

So glad you found us and do stick with us.

This is an awesome forum.

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   Posted 2/23/2009 6:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kelsie,

It is very possible that the effexor withdrawal had a lot to do with it. Because effexor is know to cause vivid dreams, but as Kitt said, it is probably a combination of the both.

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   Posted 2/24/2009 9:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks! I appreciate your quick reply. As of now, these dreams have mainly only affected my sleep, and I'm hoping that with time they'll go away. I'm working really hard to not be on any sort of medicine anymore and I suppose I should consider myself extremely lucky if dreams like this are one of my worst withdrawal symptoms!
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