Bet you knew I would be along soon...........
Effexor is an antidepressant in a group of drugs called selective serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SSNRIs).
Effexor is used to treat major depressive disorder, anxiety, and panic disorder
Adverse effects that can arise from reducing the drug dose have been given a name: SSRI Withdrawal Syndrome or SSRI Discontinuation Syndrome. To avoid this syndrome, very gradual withdrawal-as little as 5% dosage decline per week-has been recommended; rarely are the drugs withdrawn at a rate of more than 20% per week. Unfortunately, many patients are hesitant to spend this much time withdrawing from the drug, and many physicians do not recommend such gradual dosage decline, believing that the majority of the patients will do well with relatively rapid withdrawal, so SSRI Withdrawal Syndrome can readily occur; some patients may experience the symptoms even with very gradual tapering of dosage.
As far as adding in the Prozac to cover your withdrawal sx sounds like a responsible plan by your physician. Many people come off the drugs with little to no trouble so try not to be fearful.
Do you have to use the Prozac............you are your own best advocate and if you would rather just slow down your withdrawal schedule from Effexor then please do talk to your physician. My Pdoc tells me I am very insistant re what I want..........she is right to a point but it is my body and I have the right to say yes or no.
I am not a professional but I am weaning off Cymbalta and I was heavy into worrying about what might happen but I want to try going without any AD and see how I do. My Pdoc disagrees with me but like you if I am not allowed to try it how will I ever know? I am weaning off with the guidance of my Pdoc and we have a plan if I fail. But I am going to give it my best shot.
I am willing to go back on med if I need to. It has been 24 years of AD's for me and I want the chance to see if I will be okay on my own.
As far as the rules and guidelines of HealingWell, we always want members to know each person is different and telling someone what they should do is inappropriate. Sharing your own personal experiences is a completely different story.
Our goal as Lyn has stated is to keep everyone safe and let them know we are all members and peers here.
On HealingWell we strive to seek a balance between alternative and traditional approaches. I feel strongly, both approaches have value for anyone seeking healing.
Wow, I got carried away.............I am so glad you are with us and post away. Ask your questions and if we don't have an answer we will try to point you in the right direction.
Gentle Hugs to you and let me know how your weaning is going?
Kitt, Co-Moderator: Anxiety/Panic & Depression
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