SNRI (Effexor) withdrawal was more hellish than Lyme for me. I went on 150 mg of Wellbutrin to taper off and have been taking it since (2 years), but I don’t know if it’s really doing anything. I have sworn off ever going on a new antidepressant. It’s not worth it to me.
After my mom passed away and my dad was grieving, the asshat Dr. put my dad on Effexor.
Many years later, when in hospital recovering from hip surgery, they also gave him sleeping pills every night for 6 weeks that he was in there. We never knew, and neither did he. (That generation doesn't like to question the Dr.'s)
He ended up in withdrawal from the sleeping pills after he was discharged. What did they do? Gave him more zopicolone and ativan to be taken up to 4X daily....which of course he did...not knowing better.
So, he ended up in the psych ward....where the "Geriatric" psychiatrist took him off his Effexor in three days.
He called that 'weaning'.
I kid you not.
My dad never recovered. It was the beginning to the end.
Moderator, Lyme Forum
Symp started April/2013; Buhner's Lyme May 15-July24/14; Igenex pos. July 3/14
Doxy: July 4-Aug.24/14;Zithro July26-Aug24/14; Amox + Proben. Aug. 29/14;
added biaxin Sept. 26/14
Disc. amox,added Ceftin Nov. 20th.;
Disc. biaxin added Buhner bart herbs Dec/14;Jan/15 pulsing Tinda (w/ Ceftin);
Abx/herb break Apr-July/15; July-mino; Aug. added Rif;
Nov./15 mino - to biaxi