Hi everyone, I am new to this site.
I am on Day 2 with no effexor. I had been taking it for 7 years at 150 mg. Last fall the bottom literally fell out... I was close to suicide for the second time in my life. My physician, who has been my prescriber, also put me on 100mg of Bupropion (generic wellbutrin) and 25mg of Trazadone (to help me sleep). It all helped to pull me up a bit, but I noticed that I have sort of plateaued in the melancholy zone, so I finally started to see a psychologist. She teamed up with a medication specialist and they decided to take me off of the effexor. They gave me one week of the 75mg capsules, and told me to go cold turkey after that, while upping my bupropion to 200mg.
Day 1 without effexor was not too bad, it felt like any other day that I had forgotten to take my medication. But later in the evening, I couldn't eat or drink anything without it going right through me. Then, despite taking the trazadone, I barely slept last night. I would doze off for 15-20 min increments only to wake up and start all over again. I finally fell asleep around 6am and slept until noon.
When I got up today, Day 2, my head was and still is extremely buzzy, sort of brain shivers, as I have heard them referred to on other sites. As the day has gone on, the brain shivers have been getting more frequent. And I have barely stopped crying for the last hour.
I have read about
the MANY possible withdrawal effects and they scare me. I am in my last semester as a graduate student and I am completely unable to do my work. And I am supposed to start a new job on Monday, and I am terrified that I am not going to be able to do it. These symptoms are only supposed to get worse before they get better. Also, I am afraid of who I will be when I am completely over the effexor. I have been on it so long that I almost don't remember what I was like before it. Besides the withdrawal symptoms, my biggest fear is that my fiancee, who is extremely loving, understanding, and supportive, will not like the person I am minus the effexor.
Side note: I am not a doctor or expert, just sharing my experience. And symptoms may vary.
I will try to keep you all update as I try to break free from effexor.
Post Edited (ShakesDarkLady) : 4/2/2009 5:22:22 PM (GMT-6)