These are all the 'common' symptoms. I crossed out all the ones I haven't experienced and bolded the ones that have been really pronounced.
Abnormal dreams; anxiety or nervousness; chills; constipation; diarrhea; dizziness; drowsiness; dryness of mouth;
These are the less common mention to your doctor type:
And these are the rare bad ones:
I've attributed my occasional mania to various situations in my life and an unstable diet. I fainted once and figured I had needed more water, though I drink crazy amounts because my mouth is always dry, which I attributed to general nervousness and anxiety. I'm frequently lightheaded and have to sit or preferably lay down, which I know is the meds. The tinnitus has always been there but it's gotten worse. The heart palpitations are really freaky and disturbing, I feel like my pulse is going off at different times in different parts of my body - it's such a strong pulse it's like I feel the blood gushing through the veins and reaching down my legs and arms. When it's like that it often skips beats or just goes at random.
My back, neck and shoulders I've gotten used to, they all crunch constantly and the joints sometimes crack, and I try to rub them to alleviate the soreness and get rid of some of the crunchyness (I can't think of a better way to describe it), but that doesn't really help. I try to sleep in the right positions using a body pillow and good support but I generally end up in the foetal position anyway. I'm constantly getting chills and occasionally hot flashes, like my body can't regulate its temperature very well. I frequently notice myself trembling and can't stop, especially in my legs, which can be embarrassing in public. My nose is always runny, though my working theory had been newly developed summer allergies, which had been supported by a random extremely itchy rash I had on the back of my leg, which I see is another effexor symptom. And my eyes sometimes go blurry on me, making me have to squint to read signs, which is another kind of freaky thing to deal with.
Now, a lot of these symptoms are things that I'm sure I'd have without the meds. Anxiety causes them, and I don't sleep well at all and can hardly blame meds for that, I don't get enough exercise and I've never been able to stay asleep, I have awful nightmares.
Honestly, it feels like Effexor is being more trouble than it's worth, considering I'm still very depressed a lot of the time and I still have bad anxiety, really bad anxiety now that I have all these responsibilities stacked up.
I wish there was an answer in a pill, but I don't think it works that way, not with my situation.