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Re: Effexor withdrawal shelye77

Posted by cupcake on February 11, 2004, at 8:44:13

In reply to Effexor withdrawal, posted by shelye77 on February 11, 2004, at 4:55:59

hi shelye (sp?)

i am also having effexor withdrawal symptoms off and on. i'm sorry you had such a bad experience with it, that sucks!! could you maybe get out of the DUI charges by showing a letter from your doctor explaining you were taking effexor, NOT PCP, accompanied by the info you found on the net about effexor giving a false positive for PCP? that's scary.

if you taper off very gradually, i've heard the withdrawal effects are not so bad. I just dropped down from 300mg/day to 150mg/day, but I'm going to taper off a lot more gradually from here on out.

i posted below that i'm starting a blog/journal about my experiences while "withdrawing," i plan to post links and any info i find out about how to make it easier--if you want to go check it out so far, it's at

you know, i also had "violent rage" attacks while on effexor--but i never chalked it up to the drug itself. i thought it was because of a combo of PMS and my thyroid condition. but wow, if it was from effexor i'm really glad i'm getting off it.

> i started taking effexor in november when a shrink gave it to me to deal with the death of my best friend in the months i took it i lost my fiance my kids and i totalled two cars the first accident i was sure i saw all the cars pass i turned into the passin lane in front of a oncoming vehicle that was less then 100 feet away from me i was always having these outburst towards my kids and fiance for no apparent reason just missing a dose and the other accident i am not real sure of the events i was struck from behind i woke up in the ER with the dr telling me that i had PCP in my system never takin the drug or even knowin what it was i surfed the net and found with other drugs effexor can give you a false positive for PCP anyway i am now facing DUI charges for a controlled substance that i was taken to cure my depression well if and when i took it it helped i felt like my head was in the clouds and i had a three hour to a day and a half sleeping schedule anyway after the charges and the accidents i decided to quit taking the effexor and i am goin through HELL!!! im more agitated and irratated tired and never sleepin i never see my kids cuz of violent rage (no...i'd never lay a hand on my kids) i have no vehicle and even if i wanted i cant drive cuz i lost my license for a year
> in my opinion anything that can take your quality of living isnt worth it but i never imagined what i would go through gettin off it.




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