I fell into a depressive slump again this weekend and ended up calling my doctor today and agreeing to try an anti-depressent. (FWIW, I avoid drugs until I *absolutely* need it). Took my first pill (37.5mg Effexor) this afternoon and have been having all sorts of side effects, and now wondering if this is normal or if I should be headed to a hospital. It's 8:30pm here so I can't reach my doctor. Side effects are grumbly stomach, then feeling anxious and more depressed, then a sharp stomach ache, then diarrohea, then nauseous, now I feel edgy and bit nauseous, and the other symptoms are pretty much gone. I read the side-effects before taking the drug and nothing indicated that I should feel these effect and so soon. Is this normal? Is this something I'll get used to? Or will it get worse? I'm avoiding the hospital because of cost, but it seems necessary I'll go. Any thoughts. Much thanks!