hi, everyone. i've taken 2 doses of effexor now, and i'm not having an easy time with it. after i take it, i'm really groggy/nervous for about 6 hours...i slept most of the day yesterday because i couldn't stay awake. i felt really tired still at my usual bedtime, so i went to bed, but woke up startled at least once an hour all night until i woke up about 3:30am and couldn't seem to shut off my brain to go back to sleep. i tried all my relaxation techniques that usually work -- visualization, progressive relaxation, even counting sheep, but i was awake until about 5am. every time i'd wake up, i'd have a warn, tingly feeling through my chest and down my arms, and my heart was racing, like a panic attack.
those of you with experience with effexor, it this still just part of the start-up anxiety that will go away? i have a big work project that i have to finish up in the next two weeks, and i don't think i'll be able to function if i feel like this much longer.
i hate to spazz out and call my psychiatrist after just two doses if this is normal to experience in the beginning. my health anxiety always makes me afraid to call or see the doctor unless i know something's really off because they always dismiss me as just being anxious. :(
dx: dysthymia, generalized anxiety, health anxiety (hypochondriasis)