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Re: Am I already addicted to Effexor after 3 month

Posted by SLS on September 26, 2006, at 18:27:02

In reply to Re: Am I already addicted to Effexor after 3 month linkadge, posted by SLS on September 26, 2006, at 17:56:30

> How would you describe your Effexor withdrawal?
> How did you manage it?

Interestingly, my first time coming off of Effexor reminded me very much of my coming off of Parnate. I don't remember the dosage I was at, but I did not use a very gradual taper. I experienced anxiety, tremulousness, brain-zaps, and other stuff that I can't remember right now. It wasn't really that intense, though, and I wasn't too upset by it, as I had already been through withdrawal syndromes from various antidepressants and benzodiazepines in the previously.

Withdrawal syndrome? What's the issue with this term? A syndrome is a complex or pattern of symptoms indicative of a disease or condition. In this case, it is indicative of the withdrawal of a chemical substance. Some people had a problem with the term "discontinuation syndrome" when it first appeared in medical literature. I still don't understand why. It is descriptive.

With my subesquent trials of Effexor, I used dosages of 300mg or higher. I learned how to taper gradually from this dosage using what I call a flexible-dosing strategy. I dose as needed rather than following a strict schedule. It only takes me 10-14 days to accomplish this, and I don't have to experience symptomology that would include brain-zaps. I don't know if this would work with everyone, but several people who have tried it while posting on the Withdrawal board found it effective. However, I can't say that any of these people were the worst of the worst.

- Scott




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