I sympathize with anyone who takes psychiatric medications. I know from personal experience some of the disadvantages to people with mental health issues–both on and off medication.
I’m not currently taking any antidepressants but have been on
Zoloft, Remeron, and Paxil. I was diagnosed with Bi Polar Disorder, sometimes generically referred to as a form of manic depression. These meds caused exacerabation of my manic propensity all three times inducing increased energy, hyperness, inability to sleep, increased urination, and/or inability to concentrate.
I’ve been on: Lithium, which caused frequent upset stomach and weight gain; Zyprexa, which made me extremely tired to an almost zombie-like state(which I believe is why they often prescribe it for bedtime) and caused severe munchies(my overnight fridge raiding was well over normal); *Haldol[i/], which caused the more severe exhastion and sleepiness than Zyprexa, as well symtops resembling slight drunkenness; Cogenton, a side affect stopper that made me on-edge; and currently(by itself!), Risperdal on which I have re-gained the weight which I lost after discontinuing Lithium and Zyprexa, and I sleep much more than normal. I got over-prescribed for the Risperdal and started drooling a lot. Out of all of my experience with psych meds, I am more satisfied with my overall condition now, than during many other periods.
This site’s list of adverse reactions and side affects to Effexor doesn’t seem altogether too similar to what’s in my ‘97’ PDR. The PDR(Physician’s Desk Reference) does mention “orgasm disturbance,” “impotence,” “abnormal ejaculation/orgasm,” and “taste perversion.”