Effexor Withdrawl

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Undone
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   Posted 9/25/2005 5:08 PM (GMT -7)   
 I have been on Effexor for a few months now...150mg down to 75.....down to 37.5 and now my second day of not taking it at all. I am feeling like crap!!! Dizzy, feel like I can't concentrate, thought there was dirt on the carpet when in fact there was nothing at all, headache. If anyone has had experience with withdrawl from this specific medication and what they experienced I would be interested in knowing just how long this may last.
 
Jeff

psychnurse
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   Posted 9/25/2005 5:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Unfortunately, Effexor has a reputation for being the absolute worst to come off of of all SSRIs.  Coming down on doseage seems to be ok, but when you skip a day is when the problems start.  Have you talked to your doc (hopefully pdoc) about your tapering schedule?  Do you take the tablets or capsules?  Ask your doc about a pill cutter, perhaps to help the withdrawl, not a good idea to stop cold.
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bdr1
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   Posted 9/25/2005 6:12 PM (GMT -7)   
In addition to what Shannon mentioned ... you could ask your physician for a some xanax to deal with the remaing week or so. It shouldn't be too long -- and I've found this to be effective when taking people off of EffexorXR.

Undone
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   Posted 9/25/2005 6:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Well I am taking the capsules and I have been taking the the lowest dose (37.5mg) for 15 days now prior to stopping completely. This is after a long and gradual tapering down of my original dose. By the way it is Effexor XR that I was taking. I heard that this was a rather difficult med to get off of but I just wanted to know about some other experiences people have had.
 
Thanks for the replies
 
Jeff

kittycat27
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   Posted 9/25/2005 6:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Well i had to stop my Effexor all together. Scary , I felt really strange on it. So I called the doc and he said stop. Although I wasn't on it very long, so maybe that's why I didn't have to cut it down. I was on 75mg. I seem to remember being on a different effexor for depression last year, that worked better for me, however my insurance did not cover it this last time. Not to mention what I know now, I defo. wouldn't take again. Hope you get better, nice to see your posts again.This probably helps none, but I did take it! :-)   

Sassie and Sad
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   Posted 9/26/2005 12:52 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been on Effexor for a couple of years now.  I was on 450 mg. a day,  but am now down to 300 mg a day.  Who knows what I am --I am now being tested for BP II which if that is the case, I shouldn't be on thsi med. anyway b/c it triggers hypomania....anyway
 
whenever I miss a dose, I get dizzy and shaky and my heart feels like it is racing and skips a beat......so be sure you as you came off of it you were on the smaller doses for a long enough period before dropping again........that is just my thoughts--no professional opinion to back that......I would definitely check with dr. 
 
 
My pdoc told me that Effexor is really fast to get out of your system so that is why you feel the withdrawal affects so suddenly and abruptly....hope this helps...
 
 
One thing I have learned--make sure you are diagnosed correctly b/f they start you on meds.......that makes a big difference....do your own research too and never forget--they are working for you---yes, they are the experts, but if they don't have time to really hear you,,,,get the heck out of there and find someone willing to listen!!
 
 
 
Good Luck! 

psychnurse
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   Posted 9/26/2005 1:07 PM (GMT -7)   
SASSIE WROTE:
One thing I have learned--make sure you are diagnosed correctly b/f they start you on meds.......that makes a big difference....do your own research too and never forget--they are working for you---yes, they are the experts, but if they don't have time to really hear you,,,,get the heck out of there and find someone willing to listen!!
 
 
Sassie, that is excellent advice, exactly what I am always saying.   You have to learn about this disease and all the meds used to treat it, and work WITH your doc, really talk to him/her.   If they don't listen, defo move on.  yeah

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kittycat27
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   Posted 9/26/2005 5:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Ditto Shannon and Sassie! :-) I am no guniea pig!! LOL
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