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    Seperating Dreams from Reality
    soonerpete posted:
    For the past 2 years I have been on a very high does of effexor. Over the past 2 months they have been stepping me down gradually. I now only take 75mg every other day. My doctor also just put me on Vyvanse for my ADD. Now the wierd part.

    I cant tell if my dreams are reality or my reality are my dreams. I will have a dream where I am performing what seem to be possibly real situations or normal daily activities. The dream can go on for a lengthy time until suddenly I notice something doesnt belong. Lets say Im dreaming about driving to work. Everything is in its right place until one thing makes it obvious Im dreaming. Then I wake up but I cant be sure that is real until I analyze my surroundings.

    Last night this went on and on. Dream , wake up, dream wake up, dream wake up. But each time I fell back into the dream it was a continuation of the previous one only slightly different. Like watching a movie.

    Im sure its the meds but what if it isnt.
    Caprice_WebMD_Staff responded:
    Hi Soonerpete,

    It sounds like this began with the medication changes. Such dreams really can be disorienting, can't they? I really encourage you to discuss this with your prescribing doctor so make an appointment while you're waiting for others to respond here.

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