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Question for Dr. Bob on Effexor Withdrawal

Posted by Sean9 on April 7, 2003, at 9:41:12

In reply to What is Lorazipam? (nm), posted by Napaba on April 7, 2003, at 8:23:42

Dr. Bob,
I’m not sure what this site’s policy is on medical advice, but I was wondering if any of the common treatments used for Effexor withdrawal symptoms (e.g. brain shocks, dizziness, headaches, etc.) have been confirmed to work by the medical community?
For instance, Benadryl and other antihistamines are reported to help with the dizziness and brain shocks. A prescribed low dosage of Prozac is reported to help lower the intensity of Effexor withdrawal symptoms. And other drugs such as anti-vertigo medication and a drug called ondansetron have been reportedly prescribed by some doctors to help alleviate many of the Effexor withdrawal symptoms.
Possibly without offering individual advice, can you explain why any of these treatments may help alleviate some of the withdrawal symptoms experienced when quitting Effexor? Also, has there been any medical research done that supports the use of these treatments of Effexor withdrawal?
It seems like a lot of people are searching for information on this subject, only to find that is not much information out there. For instance, the maker of Effexor, Wyeth Laboratories, acknowledges ‘discontinuation effects’ but does not offer advice on treating these effects.




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