...or should I up the dose from 1 x 75 daily, as doc thinks?
can I bear the continuous brain zaps/scary dreams 3 days after I stop taking it???? How long will they last????
Hi Mr Low, welcome to healing well forum. I am not too sure I understand what your asking here. Are you trying to go off of Effexor or are you increasing your dosage?
I my opinion, you should refer to you physician on this matter. Never stop an antidepressant on your own as it does and will cause serious side effects.
People here have reported that Effexor has some of the worst withdrawal effects out of all the antid's. So, if your trying to stop it then the question on how long will the effects last depends on how long you were on it and at what dosage.
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It's a fast withdrawal from Effexor, I went fast too. I dropped the first 75 all at once and ended up in bed for nearly 3 days! After that I went down by 37.5mg. I started the last week of February and finished just before Easter, and started Wellbutrin the next day. Thankfully I was on sick leave so I wasn't trying to work and deal with the symptoms at the same time. But some people take much longer and need several months to get through it, particularly if they are just going off it and not replacing it with anything. There are some other old threads that deal with this. You might want to search back a couple of months. But the fact that you are replacing it with another should make it a little easier. I've never been on Cymbalta so I can't speak to that. But the chances of the withdrawal/change over process being without side effects is pretty slim - unfortunately.
Thanks for your help. I'm really hoping that since I'm on the Xanax for panic that it will lessen some of the withdrawl, keeping my fingers crossed.
I totally agree with your comment at the bottom that it would be easier to tell people that you have cancer as oppesed to being severly depressed. If someone hasn't been through this I don't think they can truely understand. My husband and I will celebrate our 20th anniversary next week and he tries, I think, although he gets frustrated with me. He really doesn't get how debilitating depression can be. He has come a long way though. He is an engineer and does tend to have the "just get over it" approach to a lot of things. Oh, if it were only that easy we would all be thrilled. But sometimes I don't even understand how I can be at home all day and hardly get anything done around the house. Most days I feel I've made accomplishments if I get the dishes in the dishwasher and the bed made and if I get a load of laundry in then it's been a productive day. Sorry, I don't mean to vent or plop all my troubles here. But it really doesn't help my depression when I think the man I have loved and devoted my life to seems to see me as a failure and burden. Even if he doesn't really see me that way that's the way his comments make me feel and believe me I'm hard enough on myself. I have always been a strong active do it myself woman and to see myself like this is very hard, especially since it has lasted for about 12 or so years now with sometimes being better than others. I can look back through my life and see patterns that I believe the depression has been there off and on to some degree even when I was a teen.
I feel the medical community doesn't help the matter in the way people who suffer these type illnesses are treated. Such as, I think it's quite unfair that my insurance seperates medical and mental and I have a whole different deductible and co-pays. This is a medical disease just like my diabetes or my husband's high blood pressure. If I say that I suffer from depression I can just see the little image in someone's head of me in a straight-jacket. At least that's how I believe socity treats those of us who struggle with these type illnesses, which is a sad reality in the 21st century.
Thank you for your help and sorry to ramble on.
You are not interfering. I appreciate all comments and suggestions. That's why I joined to see what others have to say and learn from them. I really have nobody to talk to. I need to try to find a good therapist. I have tried a couple over the years and can't get comfortable enough to keep going. The last one was last year and she was very nice but almost too nice if that makes sense. I just didn't feel a click, and when I was leaving her office and we were bidding our farewells she hugged me bye. Now I do live in a huggy-type area, but I've never had that from like a doctor type person so that was somewhat odd. But in this part of Tennessee you give a hug to people, when you say hello, when you say goodbye, just whenever. The part of TN I grew up in just 1.5hr away was not like that. It took a little getting used to when we moved here.
My daughter leaves for college in August and I had been thinking of trying to get a part-time job. The last time I did that I started working about ten hours a week and went full blast and ended up putting in 40 plus hours a week and put over three different departments. I was getting calls at home constantly from my staff and it was consuming me. I finally quit because it took so much time and energy from my family. I tend to go overboard with everything I do. It's all or nothing. So I told myself this time I would like a low stress job where I am not having to hire and fire because I hate that. I think I would enjoy working at the local library or a bookstore. I love books and that would put me in contact with people and even though I close myself off to the world when I can I have to admit I do tend to feel better if I just have a small chat with a nice salesperson while doing my shopping. But since I've been out of the work force for almost ten years I know I will crash if I try to take on too much. But thank you for your reply, I do appreciate them all.
Thank you both for your support. And I really felt that last part about the shower. People who have never dealt with depression just don't understand that it takes a lot of effort on some days just to wash my face and brush my teeth. And if I get a bath or shower then it's time to celebrate.
So far it's not been too bad coming off the Effexor although my husband says that I'm grinding my teeth more than usual. And I can tell because my jaws are sore in the mornings. I'm going to get one of those mouth guards. I use to use them but they don't tend to last very long with me. But I do think it's due to the meds.
I know what you mean about sometimes it's easier to be alone. My husband had a business trip out west last month and he was debating about staying longer and doing some sight seeing since his flight was would be paid for already. I told him he should because to be perfectly honest I don't give a rat's ass about going to the Grand Canyon. I have flown over it and saw it but I don't want to hike it. So I told him to call a friend that will sometimes do something with and see if he was interested in flying out there after the business part was over. So he did and they had a great time. And for ten days my daughter and I just took it easy. She was in school all day and then she likes to play Sims or Starwars computer games. She's probably the only girl in her school ever to be in the homecoming court and hate shopping and would rather talk about Lord of the Rings instead of make-up and shoes. I used to love to shop but now I don't even have to leave the house to do that. I have it at my fingertips. My daughter and I took it easy and ordered pizza and chinese food. Actually, it was nice not having to think about my husband coming home and there being no dinner and the house still cluttered. The day before my husband got back we tried to straighten things up and ran the vacuum and dusted so it wasn't too horrible when he came in.
Thanks for your help and your ears. It really does help to get some things off my chest.