I'm so terrified, I just need support and reassurance that everything will be okay.....

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hekofaride
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   Posted 1/14/2009 8:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone,
 
I've been on Effexor for six years, only the lowest dose (37.5mg) and because it has turned on me, I'm going to be weaning off of it.  My dr diagnosed me with GAD after I suffered a couple of panic attacks, that is why he prescribed the Effexor.  Today will be my first day that I skip.  I'm so terrified because of all the horrible stories I have read on the internet, in regards to coming off of Effexor.  They have scared me to no end!
 
I'm just needing some support and positive words of encouragement.  I would greatly appreciate any help and reassurance during this transition.
 
Thank you so much!
Karen

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   Posted 1/14/2009 8:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Karen, Sorry you're having a tough time. Life can be a real ride at times.

I'm not an advocate of medication so can't really help you there, but I can suggest taking the withdrawal real slow. The best way to combat withdrawal is with keeping yourself as healthy as possible. Exercise as much as you can

Are you in therapy at all?
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   Posted 1/14/2009 8:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Try to stay in the moment and try not to worry about the what if's. Also, it might be a good idea to stay off the net searches for now. I will keep you in my prayers that all goes well for you.

Hugs,
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hekofaride
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   Posted 1/14/2009 8:34 AM (GMT -7)   

Thank you ladies for your replies.

My anxiety came about when I entered my 40s, I was going through so many changes.  Finally I had my hormones checked and I'm in the throws of perimenopause, hence the anxiety.  I have been blessed with an incredible life at home.  My husband and I have been married for almost 20 years, and he is the man of my dreams:)  We have an amazing son that isthe light of our lives:)

Yes, I have been in therapy but it didn't do any good.  The therapist even agreed that my anxiety stems from a chemical imbalance and hormonal imbalance.  He tried to get to the root of some underlying cause and agreed there was nothing there.

I will do my best to stay off the net, it really hasn't done me any favours.

Hugs,

Karen


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   Posted 1/14/2009 8:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Karen, I hear ya, I am also 42 and in the midst of peri menopause.
Anxiety that is brought on by a chemcial reaction is scary but is fixable.
You can look into seeing a endocrinologist who also works in naturopathic medicine or an ND (Natural dr) who specialized in the endcrine system.
You can balance the horomones so you don't have to go through all this torture. I am in the same boat, so I totally understand.
A diet w/out sugar and caffeine is a must in order to keep the glycemic load down which causes the anxiety with hormone fluctuations like this.
You can also look into this book. She is a Gyno who treats naturally and is a GENIIUs when it comes to woman's issues
 
good luck


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   Posted 1/14/2009 11:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Karen, hey! I'm peri-menopausal, also. Fun, huh? Knowing that your anxiety stems from hormone imbalances helps. Try to relax while coming off the med. Everything will be okay!
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hekofaride
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   Posted 1/14/2009 12:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you once again for your words of encouragement and understanding. I am my own worst enemy! Rather then doing things to calm me down and distract me, I sit here waiting for the next symptom of withdrawal. Rather then going outside and enjoying the gorgeous weather, I'm on the net reading horror stories from people that attempted to come off the drug. I'm almost at the point where I'm so angry with myself and so angry at the anxiety, I'm just want to throw my arms up and walk away from this mess that I have created!

Having said that, I think I'm going to go for a walk and treat myself to some sushi :)
Hugs,
Karen

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   Posted 1/14/2009 2:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Good luck with the med change Karen. It will be okay as long as you work with your doc on this issue. Lots of healing thought being sent your way :)
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   Posted 1/14/2009 2:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Karen,

Good luck to you. I think you're smart to recognize that symptom-surfing isn't helping you right now. I've been on some of those drug side-effect sites, and they seem informative at first, but you have to be careful. I think it's human nature for folks who've had a bad experience to need to talk about it, warn others, etc., as part of dealing with it. It's far less natural to say to yourself, "Hey, I get along okay on Medication X. Let me share that with the world." So my assumption is that I'm reading a *LOT* fewer positive or neutral stories on those sites than what really happens in life.

Do take it slowly and gently with weaning off. Effexor is something your body is used to having, and it makes sense that it would act a little differently as it adjusts to not having Effexor any more. Try to remind yourself that the side effects will pass, even though it's nerve-wracking to think of them right now. I'm so glad you've got your doctor on board with you too - that's a big source of support and answers to questions.

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   Posted 1/14/2009 2:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Karen

Good luck with the med change, take advice from your doctor and come of the Effexor slowly keep posting to tell us how you are.

Take Care

Ben

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   Posted 1/14/2009 2:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Karen, I so hear you and know where you are coming from with the perimenopause stuff.  Been in this zone for almost 10 years now (I'm 47).  I think a small portion of my anxiety is hormonal related as well.  As for coming off the Effexor, try to take it one day at a time.  I've never withdrawn from a drug but I would suggest that if you just take it one day at a time and see how it goes and stay in the moment as someone said at least you are not worrying about the "what ifs".  If it does get too bad, call your doctor and maybe you can wean off of it gradually over time instead of cold turkey.

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hekofaride
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   Posted 1/14/2009 3:46 PM (GMT -7)   
You all are so wonderful!!! I knew I came to the right place for support :) I am doing just that and trying to stay in the moment. This is the type of response that I just don't understand........I was talking to my friend about it, telling her what I'm going through right now and this is how she responds...."OMG, you'll probably have rebound side effects after you're off the Effexor, it could get so bad that you'll want to kill yourself!". Now let me ask you this, why are some people so insensitive?! As a friend, as a mother, daughter and wife, I could never imagine having it in me to scare someone senseless (who is obviously frightened as it is).

As you all have suggested, I will take it one day at a time. If I didn't feel so awful on the Effexor, I wouldn't be coming off of it. Mind you, for a few years it worked so well, I didn't suffer with any anxiety. Somehow it just turned on me.

Thank you again for all your support, encouragement and understanding.
Hugs,
Karen
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