Side Effects of Effexor

 Effexor, or Venalafaxine, is used to treat anxiety disorders, panic attacks and depression. It’s one of the most-used antidepressants in the USA. But what side effects can you encounter when you use it:

Nausea is the most-reported side effect of Effexor, and occurs in nearly forty per cent of patients prescribed the drug – or two in every five.

Various other digestive problems are also linked to Effexor. One in five patients, just over twenty per cent report having a dry mouth, while fifteen per cent reported constipation. Less than one in ten patients are afflicted with vomiting.

Effexor can also cause problems with balance – dizziness affects one in five patients. A small minority, around six per cent, have problems with blurred vision, and others have problem with eye redness and eye pain.

Sleep disorders are another common side effect of Effexor, with around one in five patients finding they experience some sort of disturbance to their sleeping pattern. These include somnolence, or drowsiness, insomnia, or inability to sleep, and continuous yawning.

Anxiety and mental disorders have also been reported as being side effects of Effexor. These include nervousness, anorexia, sweating, impotence, palpitations, and shivering. Memory loss was another recurrent problem, with almost half of patients reporting problems with their powers of recall.

Effexor also causes sexual dysfunction in some patients. Side effects can include impotence for six per cent of users, but abnormal orgasms and ejaculations are twice as likely to occur.

It should be noted that, because Effexor is used to treat depression, which can cause sleep problems, changes to libido and various symptoms related to mental health, it is difficult to pinpoint where patients were suffering these ill-effects because of the Effexor, or because of the condition that caused them to be prescribed the drug in the first place.

The discontinuation of Effexor can also be problematic for patients, and discontinuation symptoms can occur after missing as little as one dose. Symptoms can include depression, panic attacks, impotence, and aggression. To reduce the risk of any problems, patients should not suddenly stop taking Effexor – the dosage should be decreased gradually, with medical advice and supervision.

In extreme cases, Effexor has been linked to suicide. Some studies show that Effexor caused a 1.6 increase in suicide. The usual suicide rate in the USA is eleven suicides for every one hundred thousand people, and so, under this study, Effexor could increase the rate to 17.6 for every one hundred thousand people. However, the nature of the diseases that Effexor is used to treat makes it difficult to explain which factors in any suicide case are caused by any side effects of the drug, and which are caused by the nature of the patient’s illness.

A minority of patients experience severe side effects, which can have a sudden onset. If you or a loved one experience one or more of the of the more serious side effects of Effexnor, including extreme confusion, seizures, acute problems with vision or mania, then you should immediately make an appointment with your local doctor or hospital.

Side Effects of Cymbalta

Cymbalta, or duolextine, is used to treat severe depression, anxiety, diabetic nerve pain and some types of chronic pain, and can also be used to address urinary incontinence. Cymbalta is also known to have a range of side effects; in most cases these are inconvenient and cause a mild level of discomfort, however, Cymbalta is also linked to more dangerous side effects.

Nausea is the most-reported side effect in clinical trials of Cymbalta, with over one in three patients feeling queasy because of the drug.

Sleep disorders have also been linked to Cymbalta. These include insomnia, or difficulty in sleeping, and somnolence, where a patient feels tired much of the time and may need to sleep for unusually long periods of time. However, sleep disorders can also be a manifestation of the mental diseases that Cymbalta is prescribed to combat.

Around one in ten people on Cymbalta have problems with their digestive system. These can include diarrhea, constipation and the loss of appetite. In a small minority of cases, these problems extended to vomiting, indigestion and heartburn.

Headaches and dizziness affect around one in five patients prescribed Cymbalta. It should be noted that, during trials, headaches were also experienced by many of the control group who were given a placebo- the links between headaches, migraines and Cymbalta remain unclear.

Some complaints are experienced by a minority of patients; between two and five in every hundred users. These include sexual dysfunction, cold and ‘flu like symptoms including muscle pain, shakiness, headaches, a runny nose, coughing and a sore throat.  Unusual side effects also include blurred vision, unusually strange or vivid dreams, and restlessness.

Discontinuing Cymbalta can have a number of severe side effects. These include increased aggression, impotence and other sexual dysfunction, depression, mania and suicidal feelings. For this reason, patients should never cease taking Cymbalta without seeking medical advice and support first. Patients often come off Cymbalta through a gradual decrease in doses over a period of weeks of months, as recommended by the manufacturer.

The role of Cymbalta in suicide cases is controversial. In adults, it appears to increase the suicide risk by around twelve per cent. The normal suicide rate of adults in America is eleven per hundred thousand, and a twelve per cent increase raises this to just over twelve per hundred thousand. The drug seems particularly problematic in relation to teenage and young adult cases, where some studies indicate the suicide risk can quadruple or more – however, no extensive research has been completed in this field. As with any drug used to treat major depression, it is difficult to discern whether many suicides have been through drug side effects, or the mental health illnesses they were intended to treat.

A very small minority of patients on Cymbalta may experience side effects that need immediate medical attention. These include anaphylactic reactions – or, in other words, extreme allergic reactions. If you or a loved one is experiencing any serious medical problem, then you should seek urgent medical attention and, if possible, take along any medication that you have been using. Other serious side effects include seizures, palpitations, hallucinations, and suicidal depression, and serotonin syndrome, which manifests itself in twitching, pupil dilation and increases heart rate.