Hello I have read a big part of the site. I am on-off SSRIs since I cut alcohol, come years ago and now I am at my 40s. For the most part I use escitalopram but it doesn't cover me. And Sertraline doesn't. Earlier this year I switched to Cymbalta and after two months back to escitalopram, in view of the side effects of Cymbalta: mainly because of loss of sex drive but also high bpm and early awakenings (and minor stomach disturbances).
I want to switch off escitalopram as it makes me dull, tired, gain weight and others. I also felt more stable with Cymbalta, was talking way more calmly, I was more concentrated and with less stress. But I can't cope with the side effects. Do you think if I try Effexor I maybe won't have loss of sex drive and high bpm? Or if a person has certain side effects from Cymbalta has more or less same side effects with Effexor? From personal experience escitalopram/sertraline, two SSRIs have not similar side effects, but both with Cymbalta are completely different.