Venlafaxine is a bitch if you take a dose late or try to come off it. It has some very bad side effects if taken incorrectly.
Absolutely agree with Maniac here, and the same goes for most medication that helps with BP and depression, and I know lots of people who take a pill or two when feeling down. Unfortunately I don’t think that’s the idea of such medication, and although you may feel results (better) within 2 hours or so, 24 to 48 hours later you may feel much worse.
I know it's very difficult when you start out with new or reintroduced medication, and I reckon drowsiness, heightened senses and feeling spaced out are the worst offenders when it comes to side effects.
I went back on a prescription called Avanza 30Mg (Mirtazapine) after a long break of not taking them. Unfortunately, I had to temporarily tailor my life around taking these again, because for the first 3 weeks they just knock you out, and they heighten your sensitivity. For example the slightest thing (a door closing) seems like a wall has just fallen over, or a bomb has gone off. Weird at first, frightening as it continues, but it does eventually stop.
However the main problem was waking up in the morning. They stop the insomnia, but getting up is very difficult, and staying awake during the day is even harder. So when I say I had to tailor things, I had to make sure that late nights didn’t occur. I.E.Cancel Band Practice for a while, and had reorganise my routine, to make sure that I initially took these, without fail, 7PM every night, knowing of course that I still had 2 hours or so to prepare for bed.
As time wears on, the side effects wear off, and I can now take them anytime in the evening without knowing that I will need to head for bed within 2 hours of taking them, and things do settle down.
My Dr. is going to put me on mood stabilisers next week (Sodium Valproate) so I guess the whole process will start all over again, but will also include regular blood tests to monitor and adjust the dosage. Apparently the Mirtazapine isn’t right for me.