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Posted 30 November 2011 - 07:43 PM

I searched this forum for "coordination" and didn't find anything, but I am fairly new and might have done something wrong. I apologize if this is a topic that has already been discussed. I suffer from a number of mental health issues including PTSD, MDD and GAD. I have tried numerous medications (including most antidepressants, some anti-anxiety medications, benzos, and anti-convulsants) with very little success. A combination of Effexor XR (currently at 225 mg) and temazepam (30 mg). I took Effexor several years ago and stopped because the side effects were so bad (horrible sweating and headaches being the worst). As it turns out, it is worth it to me even with headaches, insomnia, and sweating. Recently I noticed some problems with fine motor coordination. Specifically, when I use a trackball instead of a mouse (which I used to do with no problem), I can no longer keep my index finger totally still - so I can't control the trackball. While this is listed as a side effect of Effexor on the FDA warning, I haven't seen anyone else talk about it actually happening. Obviously I will talk to my doctor about this at our next appointment. I was just wondering if this was something that other people had experienced. To be honest, if it doesn't get worse and isnt' a symptom of some other major neurological thing, it won't make me stop taking Effexor; It just seems a little more scary than headaches and sweating...

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#2 MissyMe


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Posted 05 February 2012 - 02:56 PM

I did get tremors with Effexor and now that I'm on with Pristiq, I do notice a fine tremor of hands as well. I don't think its all that uncommon.
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Posted 06 February 2012 - 02:44 AM

I never had any kind of motor coordination and always had tremors when feeling cold or holding hot stuff (I never accepted coffee in social situations, I'd just spill it). Klonopin reduced that a lot; lithium increased that a bit. I am constantly being reminded that I could take a beta blocker for the idiopathic tremors, but they're not impairing enough, for my lifestyle, that I'd go further on the polypharmacy treadmill.

The point of this being "beta blockers are often suggested for tremors". Even classical violinists take them to get a steadier hand on their fiddle.
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Posted 06 February 2012 - 05:49 AM


Now on my first dosing of 150mg of Venaflaxine. (37.5mg/d for one week, 75mg/d for another week). I do get very slight hand tremors so I dont think your alone. Although mine are very slight, so 'twitch' when I hold my hand out.

I am on diazepam as well, so not sure if that is having a effect which may be causing it, hard to tell really unless I stop one or the other.
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