Coming off my meds... any suggestions?

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   Posted 9/18/2009 5:26 AM (GMT -7)   
I've had fibromyalgia for years now and finally found that Effexor is the one drug that works for me to keep most of my symptoms at bay without side effects. I've been on it for a couple years now and am finally living a semi-normal life.
Problem is I just found out I'm pregnant and I'm going to the doctor today and he's going to take me off my Effexor.
I'm not gonna lie... I'm a little terrified of this.
Does anyone here have any suggestions on how to get through a pregnancy without any fibro medication?
- Kodo20

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   Posted 9/18/2009 2:39 PM (GMT -7)   
You may find that you feel better during your pregnancy, some women do. I slept much better during my pregnancy and felt less pain.

Take care of yourself; stretch, walk, eat well, and try to sleep. Relax and take time for yourself.

good luck.

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   Posted 9/18/2009 3:49 PM (GMT -7)   
congrats on your pregnancy.
There are many things you can do like the above post says. Make sure you come off the meds slowly, over a couple of weeks.
Stay positive and i've been always tols that the body releases hormones to relax the body in pregnancy that'll actually make you feel better.
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   Posted 9/18/2009 4:38 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi...and congratulations!  I would make sure you go off the Effexor very slowly...cut the pills until you are down to nothing. Cold Turkey is not fun.  I hope you have a pain free pregnancy!



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   Posted 9/18/2009 7:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Kodo, and happy day for you! Congrats on your pregnancy and I am happy for you. I agree with the others in hoping you have a wonderful and pain free pregnancy. Let us know how you are doing while going off meds and how you are feeling.
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   Posted 9/18/2009 7:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Kodo, Congrats! I used prozac to help come off of effexor. You have to slowly drop down the dosage - by cutting pills in halves and thirds. By adding prozac, it helped with the weird side effects of stopping effexor. It was a small amount of prozac and I weaned off of that easily after the effexor.


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   Posted 9/18/2009 7:38 PM (GMT -7)   
take it easy going off effexor i had terrible side effects but i had to quit cold turkey i was itchy irritable and had severe mood swings

good luck
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   Posted 9/19/2009 12:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you all for your well wishes!

My doctor's dropped me down to 37.5 mg per day for three days and then I'm supposed to, if I feel ready, take one every 36 hours for a few days and then one every 48 hrs for a few days until I'm ready to stop entirely. Hopefully it will go well (crosses fingers).

Thank you to the person that mentioned Prozac made their transition easier... it's nice to know I have an option to help with the weaning off if needed.
- Kodo20

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   Posted 9/20/2009 1:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Congrads!! Good luck!
Pain is temporary.  It might last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year but eventually it subsides and something else will take its place.  If I quit, however, it lasts forever.
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   Posted 9/20/2009 1:47 PM (GMT -7)   
congrats Kodo! the next 9 mths will go by so quickly, enjoy the miracle that is happening to your body now.

I believe I started having fibro symptoms after my 1st C-section (my 3rd child). I was fatigued, my feet hurt, my hands hurt, my back hurt, I was depressed, I ached... I got the courage to go to the doctor, had Xrays done, blood work... of course it all came back normal.

This is the important part:
Three years later, a few weeks after dh had a vasectomy, I realized I was pregnant again. ALL MY SYMPTOMS DISAPPEARED! I felt better than I had in the last few years. I was pregnant and working 6 days /week, right until the last month.

Your body dynamics change. I am proof that pregnancy can reverse fibro :)
After 2dd was born (2nd C-section b/c of an incompetent doctor), my symptoms came back severe enough that I had more to complain about than just vague body pains. Hmmm, maybe baby fever isn't a bad thing? I wonder if I can convince dh to get a reversal ;)

Now, I didn't have any meds that I had to wean off of. Please keep posting and let us know how you get on.
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