And welcome to healing well.
I have been on effexor and off a couple times. It is not impossible to go off, but you have to go very very slowly. The first time, I had a lot of problems and got dizzy, couldn't walk and felt like I was falling off of the face of the earth. But they put me on serzone and it took all that away. So it can be done. The only reason though that I went off of it was because I was feeling good and didn't think I needed it anymore. Wrong... That was the reason that I felt good. I am on it again and have been for years. I take 375mg every day. Don't be afraid of it, but if you ever decide to go off, do so with the doctor's help and go really really slow.
I hope that this helped some.
fibromyalgia, Chronic fatigue, depression,allergies