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Re: try clonazepam for effexor withdrawal

Posted by hatemylife on January 20, 2004, at 11:04:24

In reply to Re: try clonazepam for effexor withdrawal hatemylife, posted by KimberlyDi on January 6, 2004, at 12:54:03

Here's a follow up to my post of 2 wks ago. Today is 2 wks since I went to the doctor and asked for help in getting off Effexor XR. I told her I wanted OFF these types of meds, but she shoved Lexapro at me anyway. I was to go from 75 mg to 37.5 for a few days and then switch to Lexapro. Why don't doctor's listen? Anyway, I did fine mentally, but nausea was a problem. I read somewhere else that Benadryl was good for the withdrawals, so I used it. It worked like a charm. I took 37.5 mg of Effexor for a week and then went to 37.5 every other day. So far, so good. I have a headache that Tylenol, etc, doesn't help. Only Benadryl. I have some anger that comes out vs holding it in, but too bad. I've had a couple of nightmares, but all in all, this is going better than I expected. I haven't taken Effexor for the past 2 days, but I did need Benadryl for the headache this morning. And I feel fine. The Benadryl helps the emotional symptoms, too. Effexor caused me to hold everything inside, vs dealing with it. Thus more anger and depression building. Now, out it comes. My husband says I've become paranoid, but I don't think so. He's just not used to hearing about it when I'm upset at him.
I will never take anything like this again. I flushed it all down the disposal and felt wonderful doing it.
The sad thing is, when you think you can stop taking the meds and you try, the emotional stuff comes back. So, you think you've got to take it forever cause you're damaged in some way. Not true. Doctor's don't mind getting you on it, but Heaven forbid that you want to stop. I've been on something for 9 yrs, and enough is enough. I want myself back, whoever that is.
My depression is gone. The Effexor was making me worse instead of better. I tossed the Lexapro without starting it.




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