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Re: Quitting Effexor 2nd attempt

Posted by Mr K on April 27, 2004, at 6:51:22

In reply to Re: Quitting Effexor 2nd attempt Mr K, posted by Sad Panda on April 27, 2004, at 6:44:59

> > I am just about to attempt quitting Effexor for the second time. I was down to one 75mg capsule per day but I have had enough of taking them. I was put on them for depression after Paroxetine did not agree with me. The reasons for my depression are well and truely passed so I decided to just stop taking Effexor, I lasted 7 days but had to go back on them on the 8th day due to headaches, tight back muscles,nausia,light headedness and very bizarre electric shock like sensations through my body whenever I was not lying down!!!!
> > I was told initially that Effexor were easy to stop by my GP when I did not need them anymore, I have a slight feeling that this was a lie. I am really annoyed because I don't want to take them now but my body can't seem to live without them.
> > I feel disappointed that i could not do it, I felt the withdrawal on day 2, by day 5 it was a nightmare and by day 7 it was unbearable! Has anybody got any advice for quitting these evil capsules?
> >
> > Cheers
> >
> > Ben
> >
> >
> Hi Ben,
> When you stop taking Effexor 75mg, switch to Prozac 20mg for a week to get you through the side effects. Your doc should be able to give you a sample pack which would be ideal. Effexor is hard to quit because it has a very short half-life, less than a day, Prozac is easy to quit because it has an enourmously long half life of 7 to 14 days & is self tappering.
> I would also look for a new doctor, because you shouldn't really be given antidepressants to get you through rough patches. Antidepressants are for people who don't really know why they are depressed.
> Cheers,
> Panda.
> Hi Panda,

I was given anti depressants at first to stop my huge panic attacks which were caused by anxiety due to stress. Tablets was the last resort as I had tried a lot of alternatives before taking medication. I feel I am ready to get back to normal now, fingers crossed! Thanks for the advice, the withdrawals really are the pits from Effexor. I don't think these types of drugs are properly understood in England yet!!




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