So I decide to make the switch from Nort (was up to 50 mgs at about 6 weeks on trial) to effexor . I felt maaaybe a slight improvement with nort, but barely much, and docs said at that dose they would hope I would have seen more. also, i know for sure I am dealing with real anxiety issues, and have been my whole life, just wasn’t fully treated in the past!
so figured an snri might help more.
I tapered down nort fairly quickly to 20 mgs in a weeks time, and crossed it with low dose of venlafaxine (half at 37.5 tab). honestly, i feel like i can notice dizziness, imbalance and visual symptoms (and mood) lift almost immediately on it, though i felt v weird the first time (like coming up) and also nauseous every time, though it now it passes. then it feels like it wears off within 6-7 hours.
the problem is that im super irritable, and am having major issues sleeping (and im approaching pms!). i feel almost manic at times (not euphoric - more angry mind moving a mile a minute). could this also be the nortriptaline withdrawal? since i actually feel best the few hours while venlafaxine pill has been taken, im encouraged to keep going with it as im hoping withdrawal from nort starts to dwindle along with the side effects of the new pills.
thoughts? experiences? i really need to get some better sleep soon… so im also debating the time release as worried maybe that would effect sleep more? or maybe it would help. too many options!!
also i take ativan daily (.5-1) and really want to get off that once i feel better! tried tapering several times while on nort to no avail - ultimately why i felt nort was a failure bc it seemed like it was only ativan actually helping.