Effexor.37.5's story -Complex PSSD

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Where are you from (country)?Turkey

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?)Pssd forum

What is your current age, height, weight?26,187cm,74

What specific drug did you use (finasteride, dutasteride, saw palmetto, isotretinoin/Accutane, fluoxetine, sertraline, citalopram, leuprorelin, etc…)?Venlafaxine(Pssd),Sertraline,Escitalopram,Fluoxetine

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

What condition was being treated with the drug?Social Phobia

For how long did you take the drug (weeks/months/years)?2015-2019 SSRI’s(Prozac,Citoles,Lustral) 2019-2020 SNRI(Effexor-Venlafaxine)

How old were you, and WHEN (date) did you start the drug?21,January 2015

How old were you when you quit, and WHEN (date) did you quit?26,20 march 2020

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

How long into your usage did you notice the onset of side effects? After 2 weeks

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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

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

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

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- I lost 30% of my hair, it’s still falling out
Frequent urination
Lowered body temperature

Pleasureless orgasm
Premature ejeculation
Facial changes(small chin,narrow face)
Small neck
Exercise intolerance …

What (if any) treatments have you undertaken to recover from your side effects since discontinuation of the drug? Visiting doctors, blood test

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)?
Prolactin in the upper limit of the range

Anything not listed in the above questions you’d like to share about your experience?

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Thanks for sharing your experience. You mentioned multiple physical symptoms that some supposed medical experts want to exclude by definition from PSSD. I do hope that ALL symptoms that appear to be part of a “post-SSRI syndrome” get the attention they deserve in the future.