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Re: Effexor Withdrawl-My description of the Hell

Posted by baddog55 on January 25, 2004, at 17:50:40

In reply to Re: Effexor Withdrawl-My description of the Hell, posted by Stryker88 on January 25, 2004, at 13:57:13

Many of us want off Eff because of the side effects. For my part, on 75 mg. I had extremely bad memory loss and no energy. I have been on Celexa and Lexipro with no such side effects, but not sure if it really helped with depression. Anyway, this is why I wanted off, and the withdrawals are really exactly what you have read here in this forum. Good for you if Eff works for you, and congrats for beating much worse demons, but keep in mind that all of us are battling too.

regards

> I can't figure out why everyone is so convinced that Effexor is bad for you and it is evil. I have been addicted to more serious drugs like: Marijuana, Meth, alchohol, and cigarettes. This is just to name a few, not to forget gambling, now I am in recovery and currently 7 years clean and sober thanx to 12 step programs, and it seems like everyone thinks Effexor is so bad, but maybe it isn't and all you have to do is change your atttitude and maybe you will be happy of such a drug.

 

Re: Effexor Withdrawl-My description of the Hell

Posted by Stryker88 on January 26, 2004, at 3:54:50

In reply to Re: Effexor Withdrawl-My description of the Hell, posted by kelly7707 on January 25, 2004, at 14:06:19

Yes I am on Effexor 150mg, and I do feel like I am dependent on it. I do want to quit but I dont know how and is it dangerous to quit cold turkey. Like If I through my bottle in the garbage then stopped tomorow. I am tired of feeling drugged up all the time, and it would be nice to feel like me again, but it is tough to find people out in the world who are going through the same thing.

 

Re: Effexor Withdrawl-My description of the Hell

Posted by Stryker88 on January 26, 2004, at 3:57:38

In reply to Re: Effexor Withdrawl-My description of the Hell, posted by baddog55 on January 25, 2004, at 17:50:40

no I am here to get support as well because, just taking this drug is not helping me. I would like to feel normal again and not drugged up all the time.

 

Re: Effexor Withdrawl-My description of the Hell

Posted by Vasterling on January 26, 2004, at 9:38:33

In reply to Re: Effexor Withdrawl-My description of the Hell, posted by Stryker88 on January 26, 2004, at 3:57:38

The withdrawals from Effexor are no picnic, but the end result is amazing. I am so glad that I decided to get of Effexor. While on Effexor I had no emotion. I felt like I was just existing and not living my life. Now that I have been off of the Effexor for 6 weeks now, I feel like I am now living my life. This chat board really helped me get through the withdrawal symptoms and made me feel that I was not the only one who felt like they were going to lose their mind. Thanks Everyone for your support and knowledge.

Truly happy to be Effexor Free.
Virginia

 

Quitting effexor-xr: my experience so far (300-75

Posted by jasonr on January 26, 2004, at 12:04:25

In reply to Re: Effexor Withdrawl-My description of the Hell, posted by Stryker88 on January 26, 2004, at 3:54:50

Well, I figured I would post how it is going for me... (getting off effexor-xr that is)

I was up to 300 mg a day. (150 at wake up, 150 at dinner) I am also taking same dose of wellbutrin-sr at the same times so ya'll can keep tabs.

My plan with the p-doc was as follows: Reduce dose of effexor by 75mg every week on tuesdays. So, tuesday nights or tuesday morning is when I reduce a dose.

so, wk: morn/eve
1:150/75
2:75/75
3:75/0
4:37.5/0

Tommorow is week 4 tuesday. So let me tell you what I have been feeling...

Week 1:
Tuesday night - Bad dreams, not restful sleep at all.
Wednesday: Dizzy. All day. Hanging on to walls. Afraid to drive. Bad headache in the morning. 30 min after morning dose, headache gone. 1pm headache starts. 3pm headache really bad. 4 advil do nothing. I get some little zaps in my head.. wierd! Feel like skin is crawling. Some times the floor looks like it is tilting upward or downward. Headache and dizziness get much worse until 30min after 6pm dose. Then things get back to "normal". Sleep sucks. I now know that my clock actually counts the hours while I am sleeping, cause I saw them. (I got 1hr naps all night)
Thursday: Same as wednesday, but headaches worse.
Friday: Same, headaches worse.
Saturday: returning to "effexor normal", that is withdrawal effects calming.
Sunday/monday: withdrawal effects pretty much gone. Occasional dizziness - not preventing driving though.

Week 2: Same as week 1 for the most part. Dreams are much more vivid and much worse. I am having flash backs of all the crap I did not like in high school (bullies, bad exams, etc). Wed night while I was sleeping I almost punched a hole in the drywall due to a bad dream. (I am just glad I was facing away from my wife!!)

Week 3: Same thing, dreams worse.

Other notes: While on full dose, suicidal thoughts were few and far between. The further off effexor I get, the more the thoughts come on. Not good. P-doc warned me about it. I warned wife abotu it. We are keeping it in check.

Good notes: I am getting some energy back. I get occasional good moods. My sense of humor is returning a little bit.
-------------------------
Things my p-doc suggested that I did not need to do:

She said that if my withdrawal sideeffects were too bad, to get off the drug slower. Either taking reductions every 7-10 days, smaller reduction steps (37.5mg), or both.

She also went through a ton of literature with me about SSRI discontinuation syndrome, official effexor withdrawal reports, and some unofficial reported things that can happen (like listed here).

Now, my withdrawal has not been smooth sailing, and I could have tapered slower, but I need to get this depression thing fixed. I am getting off to try a tri-cyclic, so I am toughing out these withdrawal problems (which are not as bad as some I have read about).
--------------------------
I should add that effexor did help somewhat in the beginning at keeping things from getting worse, but it has not been successful in getting me undepressed.

No sexual side effects for me aside from inability to orgasm for 4wks after increase in dose.

I will post how it goes as I work the rest of the way off this stuff.

-jason

 

Re: Quitting effexor-xr: my experience so far (300-75

Posted by Roomy on January 26, 2004, at 13:34:45

In reply to Quitting effexor-xr: my experience so far (300-75, posted by jasonr on January 26, 2004, at 12:04:25

Jason, Wow, thats a pretty quick taper if you ask me, but, you didnt! Props to you for doing it so quickly. I have been off Effexor now for 27 days. My energy level IS back. I have many more happy moods. I still have some sad moods and sad things make me cry but...is that so bad?? Crying is good. I used to do it all the time and that wasnt real kewl but for the past 7 years, while on Effexor (or friends) I have not even remembered once crying!! Suicide doesnt run in our family, it gallops!!! I have to be careful about suicide thoughts. I have to put forth an effort now to keep my anger in check whereas with the effexor, it was not a problem....or was it? I have a three yr old son and a 14yr old daughter. They do stupid things! I get ticked off. Is that so abnormal? Heck, while on effexor my little one pretty much did as he pleased. It happened right under my nose and I failed to see it. It didnt bother me. Now...effexor free... I am starting to finally restore some order in my household again. He isnt a BAD kid...he is just being three. He needs a scheduled daily routine. I can (and AM) doing that now and he is responding beautifully!!
So yeah, effexor can control your emotions but when it totally takes over and you no longer have emotions, it time to get off it! Keep up the good work Jason! and keep your back to your wife when you sleep. hehehehehe
-Roomy

 

Re: Quitting effexor-xr: my experience so far (300-75

Posted by kelly7707 on January 26, 2004, at 23:03:42

In reply to Quitting effexor-xr: my experience so far (300-75, posted by jasonr on January 26, 2004, at 12:04:25

> Well, I figured I would post how it is going for me... (getting off effexor-xr that is)
>
> I was up to 300 mg a day. (150 at wake up, 150 at dinner) I am also taking same dose of wellbutrin-sr at the same times so ya'll can keep tabs.
>
> My plan with the p-doc was as follows: Reduce dose of effexor by 75mg every week on tuesdays. So, tuesday nights or tuesday morning is when I reduce a dose.
>
> so, wk: morn/eve
> 1:150/75
> 2:75/75
> 3:75/0
> 4:37.5/0
>
> Tommorow is week 4 tuesday. So let me tell you what I have been feeling...
>
> Week 1:
> Tuesday night - Bad dreams, not restful sleep at all.
> Wednesday: Dizzy. All day. Hanging on to walls. Afraid to drive. Bad headache in the morning. 30 min after morning dose, headache gone. 1pm headache starts. 3pm headache really bad. 4 advil do nothing. I get some little zaps in my head.. wierd! Feel like skin is crawling. Some times the floor looks like it is tilting upward or downward. Headache and dizziness get much worse until 30min after 6pm dose. Then things get back to "normal". Sleep sucks. I now know that my clock actually counts the hours while I am sleeping, cause I saw them. (I got 1hr naps all night)
> Thursday: Same as wednesday, but headaches worse.
> Friday: Same, headaches worse.
> Saturday: returning to "effexor normal", that is withdrawal effects calming.
> Sunday/monday: withdrawal effects pretty much gone. Occasional dizziness - not preventing driving though.
>
> Week 2: Same as week 1 for the most part. Dreams are much more vivid and much worse. I am having flash backs of all the crap I did not like in high school (bullies, bad exams, etc). Wed night while I was sleeping I almost punched a hole in the drywall due to a bad dream. (I am just glad I was facing away from my wife!!)
>
> Week 3: Same thing, dreams worse.
>
> Other notes: While on full dose, suicidal thoughts were few and far between. The further off effexor I get, the more the thoughts come on. Not good. P-doc warned me about it. I warned wife abotu it. We are keeping it in check.
>
> Good notes: I am getting some energy back. I get occasional good moods. My sense of humor is returning a little bit.
> -------------------------
> Things my p-doc suggested that I did not need to do:
>
> She said that if my withdrawal sideeffects were too bad, to get off the drug slower. Either taking reductions every 7-10 days, smaller reduction steps (37.5mg), or both.
>
> She also went through a ton of literature with me about SSRI discontinuation syndrome, official effexor withdrawal reports, and some unofficial reported things that can happen (like listed here).
>
> Now, my withdrawal has not been smooth sailing, and I could have tapered slower, but I need to get this depression thing fixed. I am getting off to try a tri-cyclic, so I am toughing out these withdrawal problems (which are not as bad as some I have read about).
> --------------------------
> I should add that effexor did help somewhat in the beginning at keeping things from getting worse, but it has not been successful in getting me undepressed.
>
> No sexual side effects for me aside from inability to orgasm for 4wks after increase in dose.
>
> I will post how it goes as I work the rest of the way off this stuff.
>
> -jason
>

Jason, your doc sounds like a good one...may I ask where you live? I know that's a bit personal, but right now I am searching for a doc that will know more, sit with me and discuss the meds and what the withdrawl period involves, etc...just seems as though mine keeps throwing a new prescription at me when I go in to see him.
If this isn't too personal, I'd love a response.
Thanks,
Kelly

 

Re: Quitting effexor-xr: my experience so far (300 kelly7707

Posted by jasonr on January 27, 2004, at 10:56:57

In reply to Re: Quitting effexor-xr: my experience so far (300-75, posted by kelly7707 on January 26, 2004, at 23:03:42

> Jason, your doc sounds like a good one...may I ask where you live? I know that's a bit personal, but right now I am searching for a doc that will know more, sit with me and discuss the meds and what the withdrawl period involves, etc...just seems as though mine keeps throwing a new prescription at me when I go in to see him.
> If this isn't too personal, I'd love a response.
> Thanks,
> Kelly
>

Long Island, New York.

In the region? We can work something out to further narrow it down.

 

Re: Quitting effexor-xr: my experience so far (300

Posted by Stryker88 on January 27, 2004, at 11:42:57

In reply to Re: Quitting effexor-xr: my experience so far (300 kelly7707, posted by jasonr on January 27, 2004, at 10:56:57

I feel the same way about my doctor, I get the feeling he gets commision on each new prescription he gives out. Figure it the more he gives out the more the drug companies can make $$$$$$$$$$$$

 

Re: YESdoctors get kick backs from drug companies!

Posted by flyingdreams on January 27, 2004, at 15:30:35

In reply to Re: Quitting effexor-xr: my experience so far (300, posted by Stryker88 on January 27, 2004, at 11:42:57

Yes doctors get kick backs from the drug companies. There are drug pushers that show up at the drs offices all the time pushing these drugs!!!! They give out free samples so that you will get addicted to their drugs and then have to buy them!!!! Amazing and it's legal! $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$MONEY$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ is all the drug companies care about and most doctors become doctors because of the high salaries. I say drop their salaries and see more doctors that care!

 

Re: Quitting effexor-xr: my experience so far (300

Posted by kelly7707 on January 27, 2004, at 19:36:04

In reply to Re: Quitting effexor-xr: my experience so far (300 kelly7707, posted by jasonr on January 27, 2004, at 10:56:57

> > Jason, your doc sounds like a good one...may I ask where you live? I know that's a bit personal, but right now I am searching for a doc that will know more, sit with me and discuss the meds and what the withdrawl period involves, etc...just seems as though mine keeps throwing a new prescription at me when I go in to see him.
> > If this isn't too personal, I'd love a response.
> > Thanks,
> > Kelly
> >
>
> Long Island, New York.
>
> In the region? We can work something out to further narrow it down.


Hi Jason,
Thanks for the reply...but we are no where near each other. I am up in freezing cold Canada...but too bad...
Just to update on my own situation, as I have just recently stopped taking Effexor due to sexual side effects, I just had an appointment with my GP today and because my anxiety is so bad and the depression is back, I agreed to go back on another anti depressant...this time Celexa, which I have been on before. I know it still has the side effects, but in order for me to get through school I need this anxiety to go away...it's unbearable.
So, next week I have an app with a psychologist for the first time ever, and what my goal is is to establish a new way of thinking about all of this and hope that with some cognitive beh therapy, I might not need all these drugs which have terrible side effects....
Honestly, today I thought to myself, I honestly feel right now like I was better off without them at all...that I am now taking these meds to help with the side effects of them...like switching to a new one is only to help with the damage or whatever you wanna call it, from the last drug...
I dunno...
Wish me luck, as I wish everyone luck with either coming off of their meds, or struggling with being on one.

 

Re: Quitting effexor-xr: my experience so far (300

Posted by jasonr on January 27, 2004, at 21:10:50

In reply to Re: Quitting effexor-xr: my experience so far (300, posted by kelly7707 on January 27, 2004, at 19:36:04

> > > Jason, your doc sounds like a good one...may I ask where you live? I know that's a bit personal, but right now I am searching for a doc that will know more, sit with me and discuss the meds and what the withdrawl period involves, etc...just seems as though mine keeps throwing a new prescription at me when I go in to see him.
> > > If this isn't too personal, I'd love a response.
> > > Thanks,
> > > Kelly
> > >
> >
> > Long Island, New York.
> >
> > In the region? We can work something out to further narrow it down.
>
>
> Hi Jason,
> Thanks for the reply...but we are no where near each other. I am up in freezing cold Canada...but too bad...
> Just to update on my own situation, as I have just recently stopped taking Effexor due to sexual side effects, I just had an appointment with my GP today and because my anxiety is so bad and the depression is back, I agreed to go back on another anti depressant...this time Celexa, which I have been on before. I know it still has the side effects, but in order for me to get through school I need this anxiety to go away...it's unbearable.
> So, next week I have an app with a psychologist for the first time ever, and what my goal is is to establish a new way of thinking about all of this and hope that with some cognitive beh therapy, I might not need all these drugs which have terrible side effects....
> Honestly, today I thought to myself, I honestly feel right now like I was better off without them at all...that I am now taking these meds to help with the side effects of them...like switching to a new one is only to help with the damage or whatever you wanna call it, from the last drug...
> I dunno...
> Wish me luck, as I wish everyone luck with either coming off of their meds, or struggling with being on one.
>
>

I know how you feel. I got lucky. My psychiatrist was my first one. Took me 2 months to find one though! Almost seems like w/o a referral no one wants to see ya!

So far as meds.. I have been on lexapro, effexor, wellbutrin.. no luck so far. Time to try something again.

Good luck to ya.

 

Redirect: kick backs from drug companies!

Posted by Dr. Bob on January 27, 2004, at 21:18:03

In reply to Re: YESdoctors get kick backs from drug companies!, posted by flyingdreams on January 27, 2004, at 15:30:35

> Yes doctors get kick backs from the drug companies...

I'd like to redirect follow-ups regarding kickbacks to Psycho-Social-Babble. Here's a link:

http://www.dr-bob.org/babble/social/20040120/msgs/306238.html

Thanks,

Bob

 

Re: Quitting effexor-xr: my experience so far (300

Posted by ann33 on January 28, 2004, at 17:01:27

In reply to Re: Quitting effexor-xr: my experience so far (300-75, posted by Roomy on January 26, 2004, at 13:34:45

>wasnt real kewl but for the past 7 years, while on Effexor

>it was not a problem....or was it? I have a three yr old son and a 14yr old daughter.

Hi,
your text lead me to interpretation that you had a child on the time that you where on treatment.
Did you get pregnancy taking effexor?
I am curious about the effect of efexxor on pregnancy. Is there any study about it?
ann

 

Re: Effexor Withdrawl-My description of the Hell kelly7707

Posted by micro on January 28, 2004, at 21:13:03

In reply to Effexor Withdrawl-My description of the Hell, posted by kelly7707 on January 25, 2004, at 12:28:59

> Hi. Yesterday I sat and read through a number of entries and found myself bawling at my computer. On top of how afraid I felt reading it all, I also found a bit of comfort in knowing that I was also not the only one. I am a university student, and dealing with this is close to impossible while trying to get anything done. My concentration is completely gone...I am finding that I am having close-to-panic attacks almost daily. The other day I was in one of my classes and the floor appeared to be uneven, and my heart started pounding and it took everything inside me to calm down and not pass out. I have made an appointment with my GP about the insomnia...but that is now only one of a number of things I need to bring up. I have been off of Effexor since before Christmas now...just before, so I am almost at 5 weeks, and this doesn't seem to be getting any better. Yes, some days are good, but it is always there to haunt you. Has anyone found any antidepressant that also helps with anxiety that didn't affect their sex drive? I tried Wellbutrin and that made me feel like I wanted to crawl out of my skin, and of all that I have tried, my GP said that would have been my best chance. Is there a drug out there that can counteract the sexual side effects that you can take while on an SSRI? I think this message board is really an amazing thing. I was deeply affected by what I read yesterday...and as scary as it is knowing that we all have to deal with this, it is a definate comfort to know that I am not losing my mind. It is so unreal how identical some of these entries are...how we are all really going through so much of the same thing. I can't believe how many people have to live their life like this...it is truly devestating.
> Anyway, any comments?


Hello,
First, try to be positive. I know that this is alot to ask right now but, it will get better! Second, Please see a biopsychiatrist. Your Pcp is not Qualified to handle the difficulties which you are experiencing nor do they have an extensive background in psychotropic meds. Some Psychiatrists do not do well in rxing either!

Usually, there is a med that will work without compromising your intimacy issues or a combination is possible.

Third, Please purchase Jack Gorman's guide to psychiatric medicines. IT costs about 5 bucks and discusses sexual side effects and how to alleviate them. Sometimes with otc therapies.
Best money you'll ever spend. Peace Micro

 

Re: Effexor Withdrawl-My description of the Hell

Posted by kelly7707 on January 28, 2004, at 21:25:45

In reply to Re: Effexor Withdrawl-My description of the Hell kelly7707, posted by micro on January 28, 2004, at 21:13:03

> > Hi. Yesterday I sat and read through a number of entries and found myself bawling at my computer. On top of how afraid I felt reading it all, I also found a bit of comfort in knowing that I was also not the only one. I am a university student, and dealing with this is close to impossible while trying to get anything done. My concentration is completely gone...I am finding that I am having close-to-panic attacks almost daily. The other day I was in one of my classes and the floor appeared to be uneven, and my heart started pounding and it took everything inside me to calm down and not pass out. I have made an appointment with my GP about the insomnia...but that is now only one of a number of things I need to bring up. I have been off of Effexor since before Christmas now...just before, so I am almost at 5 weeks, and this doesn't seem to be getting any better. Yes, some days are good, but it is always there to haunt you. Has anyone found any antidepressant that also helps with anxiety that didn't affect their sex drive? I tried Wellbutrin and that made me feel like I wanted to crawl out of my skin, and of all that I have tried, my GP said that would have been my best chance. Is there a drug out there that can counteract the sexual side effects that you can take while on an SSRI? I think this message board is really an amazing thing. I was deeply affected by what I read yesterday...and as scary as it is knowing that we all have to deal with this, it is a definate comfort to know that I am not losing my mind. It is so unreal how identical some of these entries are...how we are all really going through so much of the same thing. I can't believe how many people have to live their life like this...it is truly devestating.
> > Anyway, any comments?
>
>
> Hello,
> First, try to be positive. I know that this is alot to ask right now but, it will get better! Second, Please see a biopsychiatrist. Your Pcp is not Qualified to handle the difficulties which you are experiencing nor do they have an extensive background in psychotropic meds. Some Psychiatrists do not do well in rxing either!
>
> Usually, there is a med that will work without compromising your intimacy issues or a combination is possible.
>
> Third, Please purchase Jack Gorman's guide to psychiatric medicines. IT costs about 5 bucks and discusses sexual side effects and how to alleviate them. Sometimes with otc therapies.
> Best money you'll ever spend. Peace Micro

Thanks so much Micro...I appreciate you taking the time to respond, and I will definately check out that book.

 

Effexor withdrawal

Posted by Norma_B on January 28, 2004, at 21:26:06

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

My Doctor gave me Samples of this drug Effexor Which I took for about a month and I went off last Thursday. He had written me a prescription for 3 more months, I didn't fill it because of cost, But anyhow, the last 5 days have been horrible, I thought I had a flu, then thought it was a problem with my ears causing this dizzyness, etc. Was even beginning to think my husband got life insurance for me and was trying to do me in. I decided to check the internet to see if this Effexor had withdrawl side effects and I see it does. I just want to know if there are any home remedies to help me throught this and how long is it expected to last? I have taken Tylenol, gravol, and even took Mersyndol last night. I'm so sick of feeling this rotten.

 

Re: Effexor withdrawal

Posted by kelly7707 on January 28, 2004, at 21:30:26

In reply to Effexor withdrawal, posted by Norma_B on January 28, 2004, at 21:26:06

> My Doctor gave me Samples of this drug Effexor Which I took for about a month and I went off last Thursday. He had written me a prescription for 3 more months, I didn't fill it because of cost, But anyhow, the last 5 days have been horrible, I thought I had a flu, then thought it was a problem with my ears causing this dizzyness, etc. Was even beginning to think my husband got life insurance for me and was trying to do me in. I decided to check the internet to see if this Effexor had withdrawl side effects and I see it does. I just want to know if there are any home remedies to help me throught this and how long is it expected to last? I have taken Tylenol, gravol, and even took Mersyndol last night. I'm so sick of feeling this rotten.

Honestly, I slowly got off of it, and now am thinking I didn't go off slowly enough (was about a three week period) and have officially been off for about 6 weeks. I am still feeling the withdrawl...but you have to understand that I am a very sensitive person to drugs of all sorts. I don't know what else to tell you except that in time I am sure it gets better...my symptoms seem to stay for a week, and when that week is done, other ones arise...but I know this won't last forever...just hang in there...I know it's hard...I am dealing with it too, but I am finding this site very helpful. A lot of people recommend taking other things to help with the symptoms, but if you can stand it, just plug through it...that's what I have done at least...it can't last forever.

 

Re: Effexor withdrawal

Posted by Vasterling on January 28, 2004, at 21:33:50

In reply to Effexor withdrawal, posted by Norma_B on January 28, 2004, at 21:26:06

> My Doctor gave me Samples of this drug Effexor Which I took for about a month and I went off last Thursday.

I just want to know if there are any home remedies to help me throught this and how long is it expected to last? I have taken Tylenol, gravol, and even took Mersyndol last night. I'm so sick of feeling this rotten.

When I went through the withdrawal, someone told me on the chat board that benadryl and dramamine would help. I took both of them and it helped tremendously with the dizzyness and nausea. I hope this helps and good luck.

 

Re: Quitting effexor-xr: my experience so far (300

Posted by Roomy on January 28, 2004, at 22:07:38

In reply to Re: Quitting effexor-xr: my experience so far (300, posted by ann33 on January 28, 2004, at 17:01:27

ann, Yep, I was on effexor when I was pregnant. No doctors or studies showed too much information about it either way. I had an 11 yr old daughter and was not really planning on another baby when I got pregnant. We all thought it best to stay on the effexor during the pregnancy. My hubby said I was such a "good sport" during my 9 months. I do drink alot of beer and I do smoke ciggerettes. I gave it all up during those 9 months. The only thing I didnt give up was the Effexor. I had no problem giving up smokes, and no problem giving up the beer...the baby was fine...9 pounds 3 ounces and beautiful. I doubt that I could have done it without the effexor. Giving up the effexor,however has been rougher than quitting smoking, quitting the drinking, or pretty much anything else in my life I have ever done. I have been off it for like a month now, after being on it for 7 years, and the physical side effects are pretty much gone. THANK GOD!!!! I am now dealing with a "rush of emotion" is what I like to call it. 7 years with a lack of emotion, and now BAM all my emotions are pouring out. I can only hope its from the withdrawl. I hope and pray that its withdrawl. If it continues much longer, I will have to consider another anti-depressant, and that alone makes me depressed!!

 

Re: Quitting effexor-xr: my experience so far (300

Posted by kelly7707 on January 28, 2004, at 22:12:59

In reply to Re: Quitting effexor-xr: my experience so far (300, posted by Roomy on January 28, 2004, at 22:07:38

> ann, Yep, I was on effexor when I was pregnant. No doctors or studies showed too much information about it either way. I had an 11 yr old daughter and was not really planning on another baby when I got pregnant. We all thought it best to stay on the effexor during the pregnancy. My hubby said I was such a "good sport" during my 9 months. I do drink alot of beer and I do smoke ciggerettes. I gave it all up during those 9 months. The only thing I didnt give up was the Effexor. I had no problem giving up smokes, and no problem giving up the beer...the baby was fine...9 pounds 3 ounces and beautiful. I doubt that I could have done it without the effexor. Giving up the effexor,however has been rougher than quitting smoking, quitting the drinking, or pretty much anything else in my life I have ever done. I have been off it for like a month now, after being on it for 7 years, and the physical side effects are pretty much gone. THANK GOD!!!! I am now dealing with a "rush of emotion" is what I like to call it. 7 years with a lack of emotion, and now BAM all my emotions are pouring out. I can only hope its from the withdrawl. I hope and pray that its withdrawl. If it continues much longer, I will have to consider another anti-depressant, and that alone makes me depressed!!


Roomy, that is EXACTLY what I am going through right now. I had an app with my GP this week and he has actually prescribed me Celexa, which I have been on before and I haven't started it yet...mainly because I have exams ( I am a university student ) and I remember how brutal those first few weeks are on these drugs...just can't deal with that right now...am dealing with the withdrawl a bit better these days...just the past FEW days...but ya...I went back to him because of exactly what you are contemplating...it's scary...and I don't want to have to be on anything anymore...esp cause of the sexual side effects...but sometimes, you think, what else is there for me to do???

 

Effexor withdrawl nightmare and options Vasterling

Posted by Althea8869 on January 28, 2004, at 22:40:17

In reply to Re: Effexor withdrawal, posted by Vasterling on January 28, 2004, at 21:33:50

I have been following many of the different threads on this site and learned much from the posts - so first a quick thanks for the info. It is a strangely cathartic process to learn of other struggles that are indeed very similar to mine.
With regard to effexor I can tell you that its withdrawl is worse than any other drug that I have ever tried - in no small part because of its relatively short half life.
Here are some reccomendations that may help some of you - though make no mistake - the ride is extended and it is difficult - but is does end.
One excellent recommendation that was given to me was to reduce the effexor to a relatively low dose (rather quickly) and then introduce prozac(low dose) to the mix. Continue this for about two weeks and then dump the effexor rapidly (3 days) continuing with the prozac for another week and then titrate off the prozac quickly thereafter. At this point you may want to introduce low level benzo (klono works well) for another couple weeks. The idea here is simply to replace the Effexor with a similarly acting agent that has a very long half life(prozac) that makes for far less withdawl (in most). A few other suggestions: DHA from algea (aka neuromins) - laugh all you want those of you against "supplements", but the top pharmacologists at harvard, mit and Mass General believe this drug could well become the single most important "brain" supplement ever discovered. The research is out there (plenty of it in fact) you could call any one of a number of the doctors at Mass General Psychiatry and ask them for info. It is a specialized formation of the popular Omega 3 supplement, but is derived directly from algea using a very special patented technology. Almost all Omega 3 supplements come from fish oil. Getting it from algea improves its efficacy by as much as 500%. Another excellent supplement that is helpful is Inositol powder (must be pure).

Hope all this helps. All i can tell you is that the withdrawl from Effexor @300mg per day was the single most awful experience of my life. It felt somtimes like my eyes and my head were completely disconnected - many of you know just what I am talking about. The "brain shocks" became almost constant during the first four or five days. But the bottom line here- and I hope you walk away with, if nothing else, this: its does end - though many of the symptoms you were talking the Effexor for may return, they are nothing in comparison to the protracted withrawl from effexor. There should be far more serious warnings about effexor withdrawl for those considering it - all this despite the fact that Effexor for many people proves very succussful.
Good luck to all of you and thank you again for your honesty.

 

Re: Quitting effexor-xr: my experience so far (300

Posted by Stryker88 on January 29, 2004, at 12:41:45

In reply to Re: Quitting effexor-xr: my experience so far (300, posted by Roomy on January 28, 2004, at 22:07:38

I understand Benydryl may help with the withdrawl, but Benydryl makes you drowsy ( sleepy). In the middle of the day dont you feel too tired, and just want to sleep????

 

Re: Quitting effexor-xr: my experience so far (300 Stryker88

Posted by jasonr on January 29, 2004, at 12:52:50

In reply to Re: Quitting effexor-xr: my experience so far (300, posted by Stryker88 on January 29, 2004, at 12:41:45

> I understand Benydryl may help with the withdrawl, but Benydryl makes you drowsy ( sleepy). In the middle of the day dont you feel too tired, and just want to sleep????

I told her I heard about this on here, and my p-doc said that the Benydryl helping with the withdrawl is a myth. She said that the only thing it would help with is what it says on the label, or as a placebo effect.

Just passing the info along.

 

Re: Effexor withdrawal

Posted by Norma_B on January 29, 2004, at 14:11:26

In reply to Re: Effexor withdrawal, posted by Vasterling on January 28, 2004, at 21:33:50

I'm feeling not to bad today, it's by evening that I am feeling poorly. I asked my husband to dig me a hole so I could crawl in.Today I am able to function a little better than I did 2 days ago. As for getting these remedies, I can't get out because I live 20 miles away from a store and it's -40F. If I could get rid of this buzzy, dizzy feeling in my head i'd probably feel not to bad.


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