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Re: Effexor withdrawal - my approach

Posted by suzicreamcheese on January 1, 2004, at 1:19:53

In reply to Re: Effexor withdrawal - my approach, posted by John2222 on December 31, 2003, at 20:46:16

I went through a year of tearing open the Effexor capsules. I used a separate pill jar and poured a capsule into it. I would just shake it into my mouth and get a little. There's no taste - you really don't need to bother about getting gel caps or whatever. You could also pour it into Yogurt or something. I just don't recommend biting into the small balls.
The withdrawals are as horrible as everyone describes. I have known this and it has made me go back on it before - this time I am determined not to give in.
For over a year I have been pouring small amounts into my mouth. I am probably catching 15 mgs a day. Yet the withdrawal is the same as if I had been taking 150 mgs a day.
My doc says that the withdrawals (electric sensations) are impulses coming from your brain looking for the serotonin that it has been accustomed to getting. I am going to look for natural ways to provide myself with seratonin (exercise is excellent).
There is something that does help with the electric sensations. It is called ALPHA LIPOIAC ACID. It is an anti-oxidant that you can buy at Walmart. Just 100 mgs a day will help.
Good luck to all those trying to get off. I am just going to hole up in my house and hope it passes quickly and also hope I am not too rude to people that come into my sphere. This withdrawal has turned me into an awful bitch!!
Suzi

 

Re: Going through Effexor Withdrawl now

Posted by dmbdelta on January 1, 2004, at 9:37:56

In reply to Re: Going through Effexor Withdrawl now, posted by nigel99 on December 31, 2003, at 8:28:27

I am so thankful for this forum. I thought I was just nuts as my doc does not seem to recognize the importance of getting off of this nightmare train. I have been on 150mg effexor xr for more than a year. I am in my 4th day, and can hardly type this. Each time I turn my head, get up from sitting or standing, or any real movement I feel like I am going to fall. After reading these threads, I just flushed my last 4 pills because I do not want to be tempted. I have read about benadryll and Alpha lipolca acid to help with the withdrawals. Any direction for me. I started during the holidays so that I can go through this without the pressure of going to work. How long will the intensity be here. Is there a normal tapering of the brain shivers. On day 4 they are constant.

 

Re: Going through Effexor Withdrawl now

Posted by karlou on January 1, 2004, at 10:51:37

In reply to Re: Going through Effexor Withdrawl now, posted by dmbdelta on January 1, 2004, at 9:37:56

Delta,

My brain fritzes...started to taper around the 4th or 5th day...and now I get them only once in a while...and usually only if I am in a stressful situation. Each day is better! Hang in there!

For me the Benadryl I took one every 4 hours at first then as the brain stuff started to slow down, I started taking it less...now...I only take the Benadryl because of a darn cold!

 

Re: Effexor withdrawal - my approach

Posted by baddog55 on January 1, 2004, at 10:53:59

In reply to Re: Effexor withdrawal - my approach, posted by suzicreamcheese on January 1, 2004, at 1:19:53

Thank you John and Suzi, I really appreciate the help. If this boat we are all in gets much fuller, we may have to charter a yacht! lol. I wasn't doing very well on 37.5 every other day so I'm going to stay at one a day for 1 more week, and then split my 75s into 3 parts, and do those for a couple of weeks to see how I feel. I definately agree that TAPERING SLOWLY is the only sane way to do this. And for those of you who are getting the bejeezus scared out of you in this forum, take heart. It is possible that these withdrwals won't kick your butt as hard. My husband was on Eff 150 for over 6 months and had no withdrawls to speak of. He did however, go straight to lexipro, so that could have helped. I want to be AD free for a while so maybe that's why I feel worse. Good luck to all, and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

 

Re: Going through Effexor Withdrawl now

Posted by dmbdelta on January 1, 2004, at 11:00:47

In reply to Re: Going through Effexor Withdrawl now, posted by karlou on January 1, 2004, at 10:51:37

Thanks Karlou and surprisingly, there is much comfort in this support group. I just returned from the pharmacy with benadryl, alpha-lipioc acid and vitamins that are a package of antioxidents. I am going to plant my head deep into the back of my chair, try not to move around alot, and utilize my female friends to exercise their maternal instincts. I hope I do not offend anyone during these days, but I come fully with warnings that I am a little irrational right now, and please do not take offense. Thanks again.

Delta

 

Re: Going through Effexor Withdrawl now

Posted by Bones3456 on January 1, 2004, at 11:56:52

In reply to Re: Going through Effexor Withdrawl now, posted by karlou on January 1, 2004, at 10:51:37

I really appreciate this forum and I am very thankful I found it. I had pills in the house and took a 75mg capsule on Tuesday at 5 am. Before I took it I was in day 3 and I felt drunk, I stumbled around the house, nearly cried when I turned my head or got up, yelled at my girlfriend to please shut-up for a second, and cursed the day the doctor first suggested these pills. I had a doctor tell me that 75 mg of effexor does basically nothing and stopping after alternating (pill/no pill) for two weeks I should be fine. 75 mg is nothing, she is very wrong and I plan to take some threads with me on the 8th when I see her again. I am going to try the tapering thing, I can get one more refill of 75mg and I am going to ask for sample 37.5. I heard about putting the tiny grains in applesauce oe something and will try that instead of splitting capules, etc. Seems easier. What sucks is that this has affected my job and my boss had a talk with me yesterday and she says she noticed that I have not been myself lately. I have been a pain lately. I tend to be a bit long-winded so to sum up, I appreciate everyone responding, it is comforting to know that I am not alone and I can survive!

 

Re: Going through Effexor Withdrawl now

Posted by Vasterling on January 1, 2004, at 16:32:07

In reply to Re: Going through Effexor Withdrawl now, posted by dmbdelta on January 1, 2004, at 9:37:56

I am on day 7 and I only get dizzy if I stand up to fast and my speach has returned to normal. The feeling of intoxication is starting to go away. I did taper from 225 to 150 to 75. I decided not to go any lower because it seemed that people were having the same withdrawals even if they tapper to 37.5 or lower. I am glad that I got off Effexor and will never (NEVER) go on it again. Just remember that there is an end to the withdrawals and that is what kept me going. Good Luck Everyone and Thanks to everyone who has posted on this board. It really helped me to understand what I was going through and that I was not the only one going through it.
Virginia

 

Re: Going through Effexor Withdrawl now

Posted by BADDOG55 on January 1, 2004, at 20:17:49

In reply to Re: Going through Effexor Withdrawl now, posted by Bones3456 on January 1, 2004, at 11:56:52

WHAT CAN WE DO TO GET OUR DOCTORS TO UNDERSTAND THAT WE ARE NOT MAKING THIS CRAP UP? MAYBE BECAUSE THEY PRESCRIBED IT, THEY DONT WANT TO THINK IT IS AS BAD AS WE SAY?? MAKE ME UNDERSTAND...

 

Re: Going through Effexor Withdrawl now

Posted by suzicreamcheese on January 1, 2004, at 23:02:13

In reply to Re: Going through Effexor Withdrawl now, posted by BADDOG55 on January 1, 2004, at 20:17:49

Maybe all of us on this current thread should file a class action suit! I am not on any cake walk here - speaking after the 4th full day of hell...... Suzi

 

Re: Going through Effexor Withdrawl now

Posted by BADDOG55 on January 1, 2004, at 23:48:52

In reply to Re: Going through Effexor Withdrawl now, posted by suzicreamcheese on January 1, 2004, at 23:02:13

I have been waiting for a contact to file a suit, if anyone knows of someone who would take our case, let me know.

 

Re: Going through Effexor Withdrawl now

Posted by Raggy on January 2, 2004, at 10:47:03

In reply to Re: Going through Effexor Withdrawl now, posted by BADDOG55 on January 1, 2004, at 23:48:52

> I have been waiting for a contact to file a suit, if anyone knows of someone who would take our case, let me know.

My daughter in law was on effexor xr, and started having seizures, took her off this drug and a month later she committed suicide. This is a very dangerous drug. She was never suicidial before. After getting off this drug she became more depressed.

 

Re: Going through Effexor Withdrawl now

Posted by Raggy on January 2, 2004, at 12:18:48

In reply to Re: Going through Effexor Withdrawl now, posted by BADDOG55 on January 1, 2004, at 23:48:52

Wyeth makes $2.1 billion a year on this drug alone. Wyeth has posted warnings not to give this drug to children under 18 years of age, makes them more depressed and suicidal. Well my daughter in law was 31 and weighted only 100 pounds and it affected her with more depression and she became suicidal also.
Something has to be done to stop them giving this drug to people, it is very dangerous.

 

Re: Going through Effexor Withdrawl now

Posted by Vasterling on January 2, 2004, at 12:42:35

In reply to Re: Going through Effexor Withdrawl now, posted by Raggy on January 2, 2004, at 10:47:03

Raggy, I am so sorry for your loss. I am getting off Effexor myself and when I was on the medication I had suicidal thoughts and that is the reason I got off the drug. I am doing better now but the thoughts still run throughout my mind. I never had suicidal thoughts before the drug. My doctor kept telling me that they would pass and for me to give the medication a little longer and that the suicidal thoughts would go away, but the never did. It has been 8 days off for me and everything does seem to be clearer for me now. If the doctor told me the side effects and what the withdrawal was like I would have NEVER taken this drug.

 

Re: Going through Effexor Withdrawl now

Posted by baddog55 on January 2, 2004, at 13:32:10

In reply to Re: Going through Effexor Withdrawl now, posted by Vasterling on January 2, 2004, at 12:42:35

Raggy, I too am so sorry for your loss. I still don't understand why doctors, including mine, who is so caring and thorough, don't believe that this is happening. But if I ever get off this drug, I am going to try to make them hear us.

 

Re: Going through Effexor Withdrawl now

Posted by pala on January 2, 2004, at 20:28:03

In reply to Re: Going through Effexor Withdrawl now, posted by Vasterling on January 2, 2004, at 12:42:35


We not only need to file a law suite against
the drug manufacturer but also those culprits
who prescribe them without any hesitations,

I would sue my PDs first, without studying much
about the drugs they simply prescribe them for
their financial gains

pala

 

Re: Going through Effexor Withdrawl now

Posted by Vasterling on January 3, 2004, at 16:08:08

In reply to Re: Going through Effexor Withdrawl now, posted by pala on January 2, 2004, at 20:28:03

I am on day 9 of the withdrawal. The past few days were not to bad, but today, I am very tired and my sense of smell is very keen. I can smell everything and it seems to be maganafied. I am so glad that I am past the first 6 days and I feel that I am on the down hill of the symptoms.

Just wanted to share
Virginia

 

Re: Going through Effexor Withdrawl now Vasterling

Posted by BADDOG55 on January 3, 2004, at 17:11:06

In reply to Re: Going through Effexor Withdrawl now, posted by Vasterling on January 3, 2004, at 16:08:08

VASTER,
I'M SORRY, I'VER READ SO MUCH THE LAST 4 DAYS, I CANT REMEBER IT ALL. HOW ARE YOU COMING OFF? WEANING OR COLD TURKEY?

 

Re: Going through Effexor Withdrawl now

Posted by Vasterling on January 3, 2004, at 17:19:05

In reply to Re: Going through Effexor Withdrawl now Vasterling, posted by BADDOG55 on January 3, 2004, at 17:11:06

I kind of did both. I went from 225 to 150 to 75 and then off. From what I read you can go down even lower, but I did not have the patience to wait that long. Some days are better than others. I am on day 9 and i am just starting to have the energy to work and clean house. I work from my home and I am so far behind because I could not focus long enough to sit at the computer and actually work. Thanks for asking.
Virginia


> VASTER,
> I'M SORRY, I'VER READ SO MUCH THE LAST 4 DAYS, I CANT REMEBER IT ALL. HOW ARE YOU COMING OFF? WEANING OR COLD TURKEY?

 

Re: Going through Effexor Withdrawl now

Posted by Raggy on January 3, 2004, at 22:26:38

In reply to Re: Going through Effexor Withdrawl now, posted by Vasterling on January 3, 2004, at 16:08:08

I just want you all to know, that you all are in my thoughts and prayers. This is a difficult time for all of you. At least you have a heads up on what is goig on, my darling daughter in law didn't know.
Thank you all for your concern.

 

Re: Going through Effexor Withdrawl now

Posted by johnno on January 4, 2004, at 7:00:24

In reply to Re: Going through Effexor Withdrawl now, posted by Raggy on January 3, 2004, at 22:26:38

Hi All,

I've been lurking here for a while just to get the gist of the posts. I've been cold turkey on Effexor now for 28 days. Had been on 75mg for 2.5 years, but decreased to 37.5mg for the month prior to cessation. I've been thru' this before, but crashed after 5 months, and went back to the nipple. This time I'm determined to stay off, as was sick of sleeping 10 hours a night, and then needing another 2 hours siesta to get through the day. Yes, I suffered every withdrawal symptom described in these posts. Days 3 - 6 are the worst, be prepared. From then on, it's often a matter of two steps forward, one back, but... it does get better! Every ensuing day will give you a 10% improvement. Don't be impatient, and expect a major improvement over a short period. There will be times when you feel the depression has returned, and one small tab will take you back to normality. Don't be tempted! If you've come off the drug, then make sure you dispose of any remaining tabs, and then play Jason, by roping yourself to the mast, and disregard the Siren calls.

With you all.

 

Re: Effexor withdrawal - very bad news

Posted by Sandman on January 4, 2004, at 10:48:54

In reply to Effexor withdrawal - very bad news, posted by janey on November 1, 1998, at 16:30:34

I just thought I would add my two cents here. I've been on 375 mg of Effexor for several years and have no intentions of trying to go off of it. I have a long history of depression and Effexor (with Remeron) are the only anti-depressants that will work for me. (My doctors tried virtually every anti-depressant and every combination of them.) According to many doctors I've spoke with, going off of Effexor could be very risky. If I ever needed to go back to it, there exists a high probability of it not working the second time.

I learned something else that's quite interesting from the head of the psychiatry department at a major Chicago hospital. Years ago, it was believed by the psychiatric community, that after being on an anti-depressant for six months or so and feeling better, it was OK to come of the medication(s.) But in recent years they've learned differently. Supposedly, if a person has had more than one major depressive episode, the depression will very likely come back again. Therefore, someone with a history of depression such as myself, needs to stay on the medication indefinitely.

I have read some, but not all, of the above posts and am sure many of you have situations different than mine. But if your situation is like mine, you may want to talk to one or more psychiatrists about whether or not to stay on Effexor or whatever anti-depressant you may be taking.

 

Re: Going through Effexor Withdrawl now

Posted by suzicreamcheese on January 4, 2004, at 11:08:09

In reply to Re: Going through Effexor Withdrawl now, posted by Raggy on January 2, 2004, at 10:47:03

I am really sorry to hear about your daughter in law. Have you done web searches on suits. I can attest to the fact that the withdrawal makes you psychotic and say things and do things that you don't mean and that are totally out-of-line with your character. Maybe your daughter-in-law experienced this and then got so depressed over the aftermath effects that she became suicidal.
When I tried to get off this before I went to my doctor and he said the reason I was experiencing this withdrawal was because I actually needed the drug. I have yet to come across one person who can say they easily came off this drug. It is scary as anti-depressants seem to be the most easily prescribed drugs around. And I think we are really still in the dark ages in so far as what they really do the brain.
My deepest sympathy for your family's lost. Her loss of life was so unnecessary.
Suzi

 

Re: Going through Effexor Withdrawl now

Posted by Raggy on January 4, 2004, at 12:02:22

In reply to Re: Going through Effexor Withdrawl now, posted by suzicreamcheese on January 4, 2004, at 11:08:09

Thank you for your kind words Suzi. Still so very hard, happened in September and son is still so devasteded. Was a very tough Christmas. Stay strong and pray for God to give you the strength you need to be healthier and happy.

 

Re: Going through Effexor Withdrawl now

Posted by Raggy on January 4, 2004, at 12:05:12

In reply to Re: Effexor withdrawal - very bad news, posted by Sandman on January 4, 2004, at 10:48:54

I understand what you are saying Sandman and if it works for you, that is just great. With all drugs, what works for some does not work for others. I do think more clinical trials should be done on these mind altering drugs though.
So glad it does work for you.....

 

Re: Going through Effexor Withdrawl now

Posted by suzicreamcheese on January 4, 2004, at 12:17:25

In reply to Re: Going through Effexor Withdrawl now, posted by Raggy on January 4, 2004, at 12:02:22

I am sorry about that. You know, I said some things so mean to my family while I was in the worst part of the withdrawal I am scared I will never be able to face them again and that is a guilt that can make one suicidal. Maybe you can email my dad for me and explain to him what Effexor withdrawal does and what it did to your family. I feel so awful I am holed up in my house and won't answer my phone. Suzi


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