Please tell others about your experienced with Effexor XR (side effects, dosage, age, gender).
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I was on this medication for 3 years, but went off it because of the harsh side effects. I went back on because the alternatives medication - Wellbutrin and Lamictal weren't keeping me stable. However, I stopped it again because the side effects are way too harsh for em to handle. I lost my sex drive, had brain zaps, restlessness, couldn't sleep and very emotional. I hated being around people and lost enjoyment in my life. The withdrawals were also pretty harsh when going off it so I'm lost and don't know what to do. Can't handle staying up all night and not getting enough sleep. This is triggering manic episodes in my life. Me and my husband don't feel connected anymore and we are no longer intimate either.