AntiDepressant damage

Welcome to our community. Please fill in the following template as a way of introducing yourself, and helping others to understand your background and situation.

Where are you from (country)? USA

How did you find this forum (Google search – if so, what search terms? Via link from a forum or website – if so, what page? Other?) surviving anti depressants

What is your current age, height, weight? 32, 5’11 160

What specific drug did you use (finasteride, dutasteride, saw palmetto, isotretinoin/Accutane, fluoxetine, sertraline, citalopram, leuprorelin, etc…)? effexor/ SJW

What dose did you take (eg. 1 mg/day, 1 mg every other day etc.)? 37.5

What condition was being treated with the drug? headaches

For how long did you take the drug (weeks/months/years)? 2 years

How old were you, and WHEN (date) did you start the drug? 29

How old were you when you quit, and WHEN (date) did you quit? 31

How did you quit (cold turkey or taper off)? cold turkey

How long into your usage did you notice the onset of side effects? n/a

What side effects did you experience that have yet to resolve since discontinuation? akathisia, numbness all over body

Check the boxes that apply. You can save your post first, then interactively check/uncheck the boxes by clicking on them. If your symptoms change, please update your list.

Sexual
[x ] Loss of Libido / Sex Drive
Erectile Dysfunction
Complete Impotence
Loss of Morning Erections
Loss of Spontaneous Erections
Loss of Nocturnal Erections
Watery Ejaculate
Reduced Ejaculate
Inability or Difficulty to Ejaculate / Orgasm
Reduced Sperm Count / Motility

Mental
[x ] Emotional Blunting / Emotionally Flat
Difficulty Focusing / Concentrating
Confusion
Memory Loss / Forgetfulness
Stumbling over Words / Losing Train of Thought
Slurring of Speech
[x ] Lack of Motivation / Feeling Passive / Complacency
[x ] Extreme Anxiety / Panic Attacks
Severe Depression / Melancholy
Suicidal Thoughts

Physical
Penile Tissue Changes (narrowing, shrinkage, wrinkled)
Penis curvature / rotation on axis
Testicular Pain
Testicular Shrinkage / Loss of Fullness
Genital numbness / sensitivity decrease
Weight Gain
Gynecomastia (male breasts)
Muscle Wastage
Muscle Weakness
Joint Pain
Dry / Dark Circles under eyes

Misc
Prostate pain
Persistent Fatigue / Exhaustion
Stomach Pains / Digestion Problems
Constipation / “Poo Pellets”
Vision - Acuity Decrease / Blurriness
Tinnitus (ringing or high pitched sound in ears)
Hearing loss
Increased hair loss
Frequent urination
Lowered body temperature

Other (please explain)

What (if any) treatments have you undertaken to recover from your side effects since discontinuation of the drug?
SJW on accident with a tea
If you have pre or post-drug blood tests, what hormonal changes have you encountered since discontinuing the drug (please post your test results in the “Blood Tests” section and link to them in your post)? yea they’re all normal. still waiting for cortisol and estrodal

Anything not listed in the above questions you’d like to share about your experience?
yea i got off effexor cold turkey, got bad aka, non-sensitive to light(yes you heard that right. the sun didnt bother me if I looked directly at it)
Tell us your story, in your own words, about your usage and side effects experienced while on/off the drug.

got off the drug and around 8 months off accidently took tea with SJW in it. a week later, I crashed with hot flashes, my numbness went away(oddly enough), got more anhedonia, motivation issues, hair loss… It’s all so weird

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Hi @xxdtmxx

First of all, welcome, and I’m sorry to hear you aren’t doing great. How long have you been off the drug?

Best,
Mitch