I was on Effexor for about 3 months, 75mg was my highest dose. It just didn't work for me. I found weaning off was easy, but I hadn't been on it that long either. I too have heard the horror stories (I had a bad withdrawal from Paxil the first go around, so I understand the withdrawal horrors first hand). I take Seroquel at night to help me sleep - to calm down the noises in my head, so to speak. I was taking 50mg but am going to ask pdoc this week if I can up that to 75mg because it works better.
My neuro had me on Neurontin (gabapentin) as needed for migraines. It didn't work for me so I'm now on Lyrica. Still titrating to target dose. I am on Lamictal for my mood stabilizor and I love it. I feel more stable than I have in years.
Take care and good luck with Neurotin.
Dx: BPII (and everything that comes along with it), Chronic Migraines
Current Rx: Lamictal, Paxil, Lyrica, Seroquel (prn), Xanax (prn), NuvaRing
Past Rx: Prozac, Paxil/CR, Lexapro, Cymbalta, Ambien, Wellbutrin XL, Effexor/XR, Topamax, Neurontin, Trazadone, Klonopin, array of triptans (allergic) and lots of pain meds