Several weeks into my bout with T, I have become reliant on Benadryl or Tylenol PM in order to sleep. Every night is unpredictable. Fall asleep within an hour some nights, seemingly up for 3-4 hours others, and when sleep finally occurs, it is a mere twilight, with waking spells usually each hour. Went to my GP who prescribed a minimal dose (37.5mg) of Effexor each day in order to become less anxious over my T (I also have H) and 1 small dose of Xanax (0.25mg) for aid in sleep. I am freaking out over whether to take these, due to the horrors which have been known to arise from them in certain cases. Worse case, I am currently living with my elderly father who also takes Effexor (and has taken 37.5 for 14 years-not for T). he hates that I visit this site and he always tells me that my unwillingness to heed my doctor and fight "what is best" is killing him slowly. I'm stuck between the proverbial rock & a hard place...What to do??