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I was put on Efexor tablets (venlafaxine) in 2000 to treat

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I was put on Efexor tablets (venlafaxine) in 2000 to treat one dimension of M.E., that being the depression. I have tried cutting them down, but if I get a virus, I feel in mental hell. I'm on 75mg a day, and there seems no way out of taking them. They slow down metabolism and cause weight gain, I am 3 or 4 sizes bigger since being on these tablets. They also cause high blood pressure for which I'm on tablets. Another of the effects is short term memory loss, disorientation, sleep difficulties, and sporadic anxiety. Is there any hope for me?

Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Dr. Brims replied 4 years ago.
Have you tried any other medication?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

You're kidding me right?

Expert:  Dr. Brims replied 4 years ago.
I'm not sure what you mean, I asked so I can determine if you can switch to another medication for depression with less side effects