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Why are you going off Effexor in the first place?

Posted by jenniferjaguar on May 27, 2004, at 20:37:28

In reply to Re: Effexor withdrawal side effects, posted by babyapehanger on May 24, 2004, at 1:11:06

I wish one of you people would say why you're coming off Effexor or any other medically prescribed drug in the first place. Especially that babyape fellow, who has been sober 3 months, and takes himself off it cold turkey. What an idiot! He wants to be "drug free." He has no idea the damage his drinking has done to him chemically, but he's got to play doctor and god at the same time. Well surprise, buddy, you're going to crash big time. I give you a month, you'll be drunk on your ass. If people in AA are giving you that crap about "you aren't sober if you taking something" tell them to shove it. They're not doctors. If your md prescribed something, and you're not sure about it, you should see a shrink about it anyway, not some general practice person. Am I venting? Sure! I've been weaning off Effexor for 3 weeks, and have discovered at 25mg a day that my old feelings, rage, fatigue are worse. Which is a bitch, since I was fine at 75mg, but have been coming off it because I can't afford it, lost my job. Well I guess it's peanut-butter time, I'd rather been sane and eat lousy, I seemed to be OK at 37.5 for 2 weeks, so I'm going back up.

Please please please if you are feeling good, dont come off the meds. You probably feel good BECAUSE YOU'RE ON MEDS!!!! I've been sober 20 years, and you don't want to know how many multi-diagnosis people have gotten drunk, or died because of this stupid idea. Please talk to a professional or an openminded AA sponsor before screwing with your head!


> I thank all of you for your postings. I am a recovering alcoholic who went through inpatient therapy jan 1 2004 and the doc put me on effexor 150 mg daily. It did help with the mood swings and other stuff I went through. I am on my second cold turkey day of withdrawal and it sucks. I havent been able to move hardly today and sleep for maybe 15 min a hour. my bp is 145-85 which is normal for me. I do feel woosy and have no ambition now. I know it will pass just like the alcohol withdrawl symptoms did. I am tired of being on drugs. I switched from alcohol to effexor and they both made me feel the same. It is time to do it (life)naturally! Thanks for letting me ramble and if anyone can let me know what I might be in for (symptoms wise) for the next few days it could help.

 

Re: Why are you going off Effexor in the first place?

Posted by Tesssi on May 27, 2004, at 21:17:14

In reply to Why are you going off Effexor in the first place?, posted by jenniferjaguar on May 27, 2004, at 20:37:28

Wow, a little pent up frustration there...well i can't blame ya, i had 3 days of hell trying to go off effexor myself and will try again tomorrow with the help of prozac. Why go off you ask? I don't believe i need this medication anymore, although my psych dr. would love to keep ringing the bell and watching me salivate like pavlo's dogs. I think it is over precribed and unnecessary sometimes. I was having marital difficulties, so they gave me ativan, then my husband took his own life and they added 3 more meds including effexor...that was 3 years ago. At the time i was dazed, shocked, in mourning, and looking back, perhaps i should have just dealt with the mourning naturally, not gotten into this tangled web of mind altering, addictive drugs. THAT IS WHY...NOT EVERYONE NEEDS TO BE MEDICATED ALL THEIR LIFE. I want to live unaltered and be me.

 

Re: Why are you going off Effexor in the first place?

Posted by worm on May 27, 2004, at 21:46:55

In reply to Re: Why are you going off Effexor in the first place?, posted by Tesssi on May 27, 2004, at 21:17:14

I am going off Effexor because I thought I was fine, but I was just a "yes" man (woman) to everyone - I was Ms nice guy, and I got walked over.

Really, I was fine on Prozac a few years ago, but all of a sudden I got a prescription that didn't sem to be working for me. This happens from time to time, the meds just quit working, so my doc switched me to Effexor. I was doing fine on 75, but I happened to mention to my doc that I thought I was just a little too "down" so she doubled the dose (weaned up). Then I started having problems every time I missed a dose, and I started to read all these posts, and decided to TRY life without it. Yes, I am more irritible and I get angry, but if I can manage to not blow up inappropriately, I think I can do this. Its better than just saying "right, whatever" like a Stepford wife and then wondering why I am not happy.

The thing of it all is, now that I think about it, the Prozac quit working about the same time that they went generic. My insurance company requires me to get generics whenever possible. Now I wonder if it was either counterfeit or the generic was chemically different and didn't work for me. I could still be on the Prozac and doing fine! I only took one refill before I complained tehat they weren't working, and they did look slightly different - I blamed that on the generic company. They were all green instead of green and cream colored.

That's my story, and I'm sticking to it!

Mgesh

 

Re: Why are you going off Effexor in the first place?

Posted by babyapehanger on May 27, 2004, at 21:55:15

In reply to Re: Why are you going off Effexor in the first place?, posted by Tesssi on May 27, 2004, at 21:17:14

> Wow, a little pent up frustration there...well i can't blame ya, i had 3 days of hell trying to go off effexor myself and will try again tomorrow with the help of prozac. Why go off you ask? I don't believe i need this medication anymore, although my psych dr. would love to keep ringing the bell and watching me salivate like pavlo's dogs. I think it is over precribed and unnecessary sometimes. I was having marital difficulties, so they gave me ativan, then my husband took his own life and they added 3 more meds including effexor...that was 3 years ago. At the time i was dazed, shocked, in mourning, and looking back, perhaps i should have just dealt with the mourning naturally, not gotten into this tangled web of mind altering, addictive drugs. THAT IS WHY...NOT EVERYONE NEEDS TO BE MEDICATED ALL THEIR LIFE. I want to live unaltered and be me.

Thank you for both opinions. The psych doc put me on effexor, my general md who knows what is going on and has seen me since I was 10 told me to do what MY body told me to do, the psych told me maybe a year and I could go off. B.S. !!!
AA and my sponsor hasnt told me to do anything but take it one day at a time. I am going to do the effexor thing on my own and listening to others helps (alcohol is another issue with others help). Exercise and simplification of my life has been the most help. (and congrats on 20 years sober, I will see you there)

 

Re: please be civil jenniferjaguar

Posted by Dr. Bob on May 27, 2004, at 23:37:04

In reply to Why are you going off Effexor in the first place?, posted by jenniferjaguar on May 27, 2004, at 20:37:28

> What an idiot! ... I give you a month, you'll be drunk on your [*]ss.

Please don't post anything that could lead others to feel put down or use language that could offend others.

If you have any questions or comments about this or about posting policies in general, or are interested in alternative ways of expressing yourself, please see the FAQ:

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or redirect a follow-up to Psycho-Babble Administration.

Thanks,

Bob

 

Re: Pharmaceutical Assistance / Effexor jenniferjaguar

Posted by psychosage on May 27, 2004, at 23:40:47

In reply to Why are you going off Effexor in the first place?, posted by jenniferjaguar on May 27, 2004, at 20:37:28

> I wish one of you people would say why you're coming off Effexor or any other medically prescribed drug in the first place. Especially that babyape fellow, who has been sober 3 months, and takes himself off it cold turkey. What an idiot! He wants to be "drug free." He has no idea the damage his drinking has done to him chemically, but he's got to play doctor and god at the same time. Well surprise, buddy, you're going to crash big time. I give you a month, you'll be drunk on your ass. If people in AA are giving you that crap about "you aren't sober if you taking something" tell them to shove it. They're not doctors. If your md prescribed something, and you're not sure about it, you should see a shrink about it anyway, not some general practice person. Am I venting? Sure! I've been weaning off Effexor for 3 weeks, and have discovered at 25mg a day that my old feelings, rage, fatigue are worse. Which is a bitch, since I was fine at 75mg, but have been coming off it because I can't afford it, lost my job. Well I guess it's peanut-butter time, I'd rather been sane and eat lousy, I seemed to be OK at 37.5 for 2 weeks, so I'm going back up.
>
> Please please please if you are feeling good, dont come off the meds. You probably feel good BECAUSE YOU'RE ON MEDS!!!! I've been sober 20 years, and you don't want to know how many multi-diagnosis people have gotten drunk, or died because of this stupid idea. Please talk to a professional or an openminded AA sponsor before screwing with your head!
>
>
> > I thank all of you for your postings. I am a recovering alcoholic who went through inpatient therapy jan 1 2004 and the doc put me on effexor 150 mg daily. It did help with the mood swings and other stuff I went through. I am on my second cold turkey day of withdrawal and it sucks. I havent been able to move hardly today and sleep for maybe 15 min a hour. my bp is 145-85 which is normal for me. I do feel woosy and have no ambition now. I know it will pass just like the alcohol withdrawl symptoms did. I am tired of being on drugs. I switched from alcohol to effexor and they both made me feel the same. It is time to do it (life)naturally! Thanks for letting me ramble and if anyone can let me know what I might be in for (symptoms wise) for the next few days it could help.
>
>

Congrats on your time! I have 2 years and some change myself, and usually the people who are anti-medication in AA have stable lives without mood disorders or simply haven't recognized their illness from which alcoholism is their symptom.

Sobriety is also cognitive and behavioral as well as self-defined. It goes beyond the bounds of not abusing scripts, alcohol, and illicit drugs. I think many newcomers have to go through that error-filled process of deciding if cooked wine in their food or psych meds are acceptable. I only read your post, but this person will learn about what he really needs, god-willing.

One thing about AA literature is that it doesn't preach self-reliance and that includes relying on self-will alone whie mentally ill. Bill W. was a bipolar compulsive who would no doubt be sticking to his lithium or mood stabilizer today if he were part of these psychopharmacological times.

I find that AA fellowship itself can be a trigger for insanity and inanities.

I hope you find a doctor that will give you samples. They free-float everywhere, and if your doctor doesn't carry any Effexor then ask him to call the rep to bring some.

I take 75mg of Effexor myself among other meds.

I think finding a nice doctor is easier than jumping hopes for the pharmaceutical assistance programs.

If you have trouble affording a doctor now, look for some agencies and clinics with a sliding fee scale, but I am sure you are aware of this idea.

Check out the link below.

http://www.nami.org/Content/ContentGroups/Helpline1/Prescription_Drug_Patient_Assistance_Programs.htm

 

Re: Why are you going off Effexor in the first place?

Posted by winifred on May 28, 2004, at 10:37:28

In reply to Why are you going off Effexor in the first place?, posted by jenniferjaguar on May 27, 2004, at 20:37:28

> I wish one of you people would say why you're coming off Effexor or any other medically prescribed drug in the first place. Especially that babyape fellow, who has been sober 3 months, and takes himself off it cold turkey. What an idiot! He wants to be "drug free." He has no idea the damage his drinking has done to him chemically, but he's got to play doctor and god at the same time. Well surprise, buddy, you're going to crash big time. I give you a month, you'll be drunk on your ass. If people in AA are giving you that crap about "you aren't sober if you taking something" tell them to shove it. They're not doctors. If your md prescribed something, and you're not sure about it, you should see a shrink about it anyway, not some general practice person. Am I venting? Sure! I've been weaning off Effexor for 3 weeks, and have discovered at 25mg a day that my old feelings, rage, fatigue are worse. Which is a bitch, since I was fine at 75mg, but have been coming off it because I can't afford it, lost my job. Well I guess it's peanut-butter time, I'd rather been sane and eat lousy, I seemed to be OK at 37.5 for 2 weeks, so I'm going back up.
>
> Please please please if you are feeling good, dont come off the meds. You probably feel good BECAUSE YOU'RE ON MEDS!!!! I've been sober 20 years, and you don't want to know how many multi-diagnosis people have gotten drunk, or died because of this stupid idea. Please talk to a professional or an openminded AA sponsor before screwing with your head!
>
>
> > Since we are not doctors.... maybe we shouldn't be judging one another. Everyone should be able to make their own decisions about what they do or do not put in their body. For me, 450 of effexor a day was crazy. My insurance company wouldn't cover that high of a dose and said it wasn't recommended for anyone. I don't think effexor was the right choice for me. I am on day 10 of no meds after 2 mos of weaning off of effexor. Last friday, I was sick as a dog....today, I am a little dizzy and not quite right but on the right track. Effexor scares me, if I was even an hour or two late on my dose I was hugging the toilet. I want to try this. Maybe I will need another anti-depressant, I don't know. My dad also suffers from depression and has tried to go off his meds (prozac) from time to time. He has never been able to cope and has even been hospitalized after going off. He says he understands my need to try. He is scared for me and does not want me to find myself back in the deep depression hell he thinks I am heading for, but knows I need to try. Not everyone is the same.
Let's try to support each other and our choices!!!

 

Re: Why are you going off Meds?

Posted by PoohBear on May 28, 2004, at 11:37:59

In reply to Re: Why are you going off Effexor in the first place?, posted by winifred on May 28, 2004, at 10:37:28

Just a quick general reply to all who have posted regarding this issue, pro and con...

People in general have many reasons for going ON meds as well as many reasons for going OFF. Personally, looking back, I have had to deal with depression all my life, there is a family history of depression and BP, all of which I believe is due to brain chemistry.

For me the meds help to fill-in the chemical "gaps" in my brain chemistry. Some people need meds simply to get through a rough spot on their life's journey and then they can move on, post trama, post meds and be fine. I believe that I will always need something to help me to maintain the life I want, not the depressive, addictive tendancies I inherited.

Your mileage may vary...

I have stated before and I'll say it again, that there seems to be a false notion running around that you're not "whole" or "complete" unless you're off medication. This is, in my mind, attached to the old ideas related to mental illness as a pariah, not an illness like any other.

Someone with a different physical condition, diagnosed through almost any other branch of medicine, who needed medication, perhaps for life, would not feel the "need" to "get off medication". Ask someone without a thyroid if they can live fully without their medication. Their thyroid is GONE. They need to REPLACE the missing chemicals that are no longer being produced.

My view is that there are people, not all, but some, for whom brain chemistry is similar. The necessary chemicals are either simply not being produced or are not able to get to where they need to go to allow normal functioning.
Certainly if a person has no history of depression or other mental illness and is over the stretch where medication would be indicated, they need to try to get off and see how they manage with other therapies. Even those with a history may feel the need to wean themselves from what they may see as a crutch.

BUT, if things don't go as planned, if symptoms reappear, then one should allow oneself the grace of continuing medicating WITHOUT the mental self-abuse of always thinking that they're "less" of a person because they need medication.

Just my two cents; Blessings to all,

Tony

 

Re: Why are you going off Effexor in the first pla

Posted by Frisky_cat on May 29, 2004, at 11:21:33

In reply to Re: Why are you going off Effexor in the first place?, posted by Tesssi on May 27, 2004, at 21:17:14

I think a lot of you folks are missing the point. One person called Effexor a 'mind altering drug'. So is aspirin.

The point is simple. Chemical imbalances in the brain, whether due to genetics, environment or some combination of the two, can be corrected in many cases by drugs such as Desipramine, Serzone or Effexor. These drugs correct imbalances that are chronic in their absence.

Take myself. Diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder in graduate school, I suffered unnecessarily for 15 years from chronic muscle tension, insomnia, extreme social anxiety and general misery. There is plenty of evidence to indicate that GAD has a genetic component.

Desipramine saved my life: it eliminated the insomnia, the muscle tension, and the general anxiety. The first six weeks were hard due to the side effects, but most of those passed. I am trying Effexor now to eliminate some residual anxiety that I feel around people.

Drugs are no more or no less 'natural' than a tomato or a piece of meat. They are all chemical substances and their impact has to be assessed on a case-by-case basis. By the way, arsenic is also 'natural'!

If you have a chronic condition, whether an amputated limb or brain malfunctioning, you should choose the best solution regardless of whether it grows on a tree or is produced in a laboratory or on an artificial limb assembly line.

The simple truth is that a lot of you having withdrawal symptons are not weaning yourselves properly off the medication or have chronic conditions where you will need the medication for the rest of your life. Accept the truth.

Taking medication for the rest of your life if it gives you a good quality of life and makes your life better is nothing to be ashamed of. Rather, you should pat yourself on the back for doing the right thing rather than letting misguided traditional notions about what is 'natural' and 'unnatural' and about the importance of 'character' lead you astray. Reflection and psychotherapy will not necessarily eliminate anxiety and depression.

Let me add that my experience with medication is that it does not sedate. It may feel like sedation if you spent most of your life wracked with anxiety and guilt, but it actually gaining a reasonable perspective.

Revel in your time for it is brief. Be brave.

 

Re: Why are you going off Effexor in the first pla

Posted by seeknsolace on May 29, 2004, at 12:55:59

In reply to Re: Why are you going off Effexor in the first pla, posted by Frisky_cat on May 29, 2004, at 11:21:33

> I think a lot of you folks are missing the point. One person called Effexor a 'mind altering drug'. So is aspirin.
>
> The point is simple. Chemical imbalances in the brain, whether due to genetics, environment or some combination of the two, can be corrected in many cases by drugs such as Desipramine, Serzone or Effexor. These drugs correct imbalances that are chronic in their absence.
>
> Take myself. Diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder in graduate school, I suffered unnecessarily for 15 years from chronic muscle tension, insomnia, extreme social anxiety and general misery. There is plenty of evidence to indicate that GAD has a genetic component.
>
> Desipramine saved my life: it eliminated the insomnia, the muscle tension, and the general anxiety. The first six weeks were hard due to the side effects, but most of those passed. I am trying Effexor now to eliminate some residual anxiety that I feel around people.
>
> Drugs are no more or no less 'natural' than a tomato or a piece of meat. They are all chemical substances and their impact has to be assessed on a case-by-case basis. By the way, arsenic is also 'natural'!
>
> If you have a chronic condition, whether an amputated limb or brain malfunctioning, you should choose the best solution regardless of whether it grows on a tree or is produced in a laboratory or on an artificial limb assembly line.
>
> The simple truth is that a lot of you having withdrawal symptons are not weaning yourselves properly off the medication or have chronic conditions where you will need the medication for the rest of your life. Accept the truth.
>
> Taking medication for the rest of your life if it gives you a good quality of life and makes your life better is nothing to be ashamed of. Rather, you should pat yourself on the back for doing the right thing rather than letting misguided traditional notions about what is 'natural' and 'unnatural' and about the importance of 'character' lead you astray. Reflection and psychotherapy will not necessarily eliminate anxiety and depression.
>
> Let me add that my experience with medication is that it does not sedate. It may feel like sedation if you spent most of your life wracked with anxiety and guilt, but it actually gaining a reasonable perspective.
>
> Revel in your time for it is brief. Be brave.
>

Frisky and Pooh: thank you for these latest posts. I've been struggling with the idea of returning to meds. With feelings of anger and unfairness, viewing myself as not being whole, feeling incomplete, because I may need to return to meds to feel good, normal.

Some of the thoughts I still struggle with are things like, is it chemical or because my environment as a child caused me to be this way, can situations in life really cause permanent chemical imbalances? I dont grieve over the past, only aware that this may be the sole reason for the unsteady (emotional) foundation by which my being was formed. Also being a single mom of a difficult 12 yr old who has been difficult all his life, it causes me to be constantly tense, upset, frustrated and when I reach a breaking point it adds to falling into the depths of depression, but maybe its my fault he is the way he is.

I wonder if the stresses were removed, if I'd still be symptomatic of depression. I've been feeling pretty level and almost good the last few days, but I was once diagnosed as rapid cycle bipolar.. the cycles are most sensitive to the changing of weather, but I never had the grandious expressions as clinically descriped in being bipolar, when I have my high, I can be more responsible for my life and just feel at peace and good.. but when I hit depression, I no longer have thoughts of suicide and I can still function.. so does that still make me bipolar?

Does this make me still have a need for meds? It's a human thing to do, to react to weather and to life... just some thoughts.. on a path trying to decide which road to take.

 

Re: Why are you going off Effexor in the first pla

Posted by Frisky_cat on May 29, 2004, at 13:38:31

In reply to Re: Why are you going off Effexor in the first pla, posted by seeknsolace on May 29, 2004, at 12:55:59

Yes, suffering is part of the human condition. But most of the medications don't turn people in zoombies - they simply allow them to better handle both the upsides and downsides of life. I still get angry and feel sorrow, but it is not debilitating anger and sorrow. I also have strong opinions, hardly a sign of zoombiehood.

If medication allows you to cope better without serious side effects, then it is hard to argue that you shouldn't be taking it.

You seem wracked with guilt. What does genetics and traumatic events have to do with guilt and personal responsibility? Nothing. By the way, traumatic events do cause permanent alterations to brain functioning. Traumatic experiences can cause reductions in serotonin levels just as a job promotion can raise them.

Forget about the past and trying to find reasons - that's often a fruitless exercise encourage by those high charging psychotherapists whose patients remain treatment for 20 years or more. Talk about creating dependency in the name of healing.

Revel in your time.

 

Re: Why are you going off Effexor in the first pla Frisky_cat

Posted by PoohBear on May 29, 2004, at 23:08:55

In reply to Re: Why are you going off Effexor in the first pla, posted by Frisky_cat on May 29, 2004, at 13:38:31

> Yes, suffering is part of the human condition. But most of the medications don't turn people in zoombies - they simply allow them to better handle both the upsides and downsides of life. I still get angry and feel sorrow, but it is not debilitating anger and sorrow. I also have strong opinions, hardly a sign of zoombiehood.
>
> If medication allows you to cope better without serious side effects, then it is hard to argue that you shouldn't be taking it.
>
> You seem wracked with guilt. What does genetics and traumatic events have to do with guilt and personal responsibility? Nothing. By the way, traumatic events do cause permanent alterations to brain functioning. Traumatic experiences can cause reductions in serotonin levels just as a job promotion can raise them.
>
> Forget about the past and trying to find reasons - that's often a fruitless exercise encourage by those high charging psychotherapists whose patients remain treatment for 20 years or more. Talk about creating dependency in the name of healing.
>
> Revel in your time.

AMEN!!!

 

Re: Why are you going off Effexor in the first place?

Posted by fuji on May 30, 2004, at 21:52:41

In reply to Why are you going off Effexor in the first place?, posted by jenniferjaguar on May 27, 2004, at 20:37:28

I have been sober 19 years and the withdrawal and the crazy making of my moods during this last month of effexor withdrawal has brought back home to me what I am like unmedicated. Some of us need meds to lead normal lives like insulin for diabetics. My tantrums this week made me closer to picking up drugs or alcohol than any time during my entire sobriety. So it's back to effexor for me which works quite nicely thank you. I just wanted more than effexor was giving me but after this past temper tantrum week I am just hunky dory.

fuji

 

Re: Why are you going off Effexor in the first place?

Posted by seeknsolace on May 30, 2004, at 22:07:52

In reply to Re: Why are you going off Effexor in the first place?, posted by fuji on May 30, 2004, at 21:52:41

> I have been sober 19 years and the withdrawal and the crazy making of my moods during this last month of effexor withdrawal has brought back home to me what I am like unmedicated. Some of us need meds to lead normal lives like insulin for diabetics. My tantrums this week made me closer to picking up drugs or alcohol than any time during my entire sobriety. So it's back to effexor for me which works quite nicely thank you. I just wanted more than effexor was giving me but after this past temper tantrum week I am just hunky dory.
>
> fuji

It can take more than a month to withdrawal from effexor.. its been something like 2 months since Ive been off of them. I too went thru the emotional roller coaster, thought I was regressing to pre-effexor days. Just in the past week have my emotions leveled out. I think maybe the emotional regression was symptomanic of the absence of effexor. Maybe you need effexor either way. I'm not sure still if I need meds. Life feels now as it did while on effexor, still bouts of depression, edgy, short tempered.. list goes on, but dont feel the anxiety/depression like I did prior to effexor and while coming off of it. So it took two months to be released from it.. still have the zaps, but just saying if your goal is to come off effexor, if you truly are ready.. it does take some time.

 

Re: Why are you going off Effexor in the first place?

Posted by annesand on June 1, 2004, at 7:20:16

In reply to Re: Why are you going off Effexor in the first place?, posted by seeknsolace on May 30, 2004, at 22:07:52

Can anyone speak to the emotional part of coming off Effexor? How long does it take for your emotions to settle down? I'm several weeks out now and not having the dizziness and brain zaps, but my emotions are raw with a capital R. I'm hoping this is temporary and not the depression coming back.

 

Re: Why are you going off Effexor in the first place?

Posted by babyapehanger on June 2, 2004, at 10:45:25

In reply to Re: Why are you going off Effexor in the first place?, posted by annesand on June 1, 2004, at 7:20:16

I have been emotionally on a roller coaster since I came off. It is getting alot better and its been 11 days. I do blow up on occasion and I either take a walk or get my mind focused on something else. I have also been out of work for a month so I am usually sitting and thinking about what to do next. My wife has been helpful noticing my tendencies and letting me know ,she says she can see it in my eyes, but mostly I have been able to think back and know that I dont want that type of attitude and it helps. Try picturing yourself when you feel great either in the future or when you did either 5,10,30 min ago. The brain zaps and all the other physcial/psycological effects have been getting betterhour by hour, day by day. I do agree with some of the other posts, (if you are a diabetic you do need insullin). For me I need to be off all medication (alcohol also) to feel better. If I get to the place where more than one professional thinks that a ssri will help then I will do the research before going on any medication. Meds do help but the body is a incredible machine and for me diet,exercise, living clean with clean thinking make me feel 100 times better than I felt on effexor. Positive thinking has done for me what no drug has ever done, made me happy. Keep trying all of you and god bless.
> Can anyone speak to the emotional part of coming off Effexor? How long does it take for your emotions to settle down? I'm several weeks out now and not having the dizziness and brain zaps, but my emotions are raw with a capital R. I'm hoping this is temporary and not the depression coming back.

 

Re: How long does withdrawal from Effexor last?

Posted by PoohBear on June 14, 2004, at 14:44:40

In reply to Re: How long does withdrawal from Effexor last? (nm), posted by cahughes on June 14, 2004, at 14:14:31

Withdrawals should last the inverse of the time period that it took for you initial side effects to go away when starting Effexor. If 2 weeks, then about two weeks. This is anecdotal evidence. I am not the first to say this and have not experienced it myself since I am still on Effexor, but the premiss makes sence to me:

You brain takes a certain amount of time to get *used* to the chemical change that an AD brings. It only makes sense that when the drug is withdrawn, that your brain will THEN need some time to get used to life without it.

Just my two cents. Do NOT stop taking Effexor "cold turkey". Titrate down SLLLOOOWWWLY.

Tony

 

Effexor worried withdrawl

Posted by kaatjinx on June 15, 2004, at 8:58:43

In reply to Going through Effexor Withdrawl now, posted by Bobina on April 7, 2001, at 22:38:31

Hello all. My first time posting. I am worried because i lose my insurance coverage under my parents in september and am currenlty on 150mg of effexor every day. If i don't take a dose in the morning by noon I can feel it and by three I feel sick. I wish I had known before I went on this med.

 

Re: Effexor withdrawal - very bad news

Posted by TanyaJean on June 15, 2004, at 19:40:12

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

Just an observation. I went through a very bad effexor withdrawal in March. I am now pregnant and stopped methadone abruptly. Methadone was for chronic pain. The EFFEXOR withdrawal and the Methadone were exactly the same for me. Vomiting for 4 days, so much so that I went into the hospital. Cold to the bone, yet sweating profusely. It was hell, but the exact same thing happened when I went off the EFFEXOR.

 

Re: How long does withdrawal from Effexor last?

Posted by LynnM. on June 15, 2004, at 20:21:49

In reply to Re: How long does withdrawal from Effexor last?, posted by PoohBear on June 14, 2004, at 14:44:40

Hi, y'all-I am new to this BB. My mother and I found it, looking for info. on withdrawal symptoms of Effexor. We now know that we're NOT crazy, but you have all put us at ease with your information. We have felt most of the symptoms you describe. For me, it's mostly the headaches and the "brain flashes". That is such a great name for them! I was feeling toooooo euphoric on this med. It made me feel so good, in fact, I wasn't caring whether I was late for school (I am a teacher and have always been conscientious about my job), or church, or anything. I was just too "happy" to care. I also gained weight from this, and although I'm walking 2 mi. everyday, nothing has helped. I noticed I started gaining the weight after starting the med. I also got very sleepy during the day, and got very sweaty at night.

Anyways, I thank God for this BB and website. I knew I wasn't going crazy, thinking most of these effects were from the med. I'm gradually decreasing (I'm taking 75 mg. every other day for now). My mother is not so lucky, she decided to quit cold turkey and is sorry she did. She is now experiencing night sweats,nausea, lethargy, headaches, dizziness.....

 

Re: Effexor withdrawal piece of cake

Posted by Anjul on June 15, 2004, at 20:44:49

In reply to Effexor worried withdrawl, posted by kaatjinx on June 15, 2004, at 8:58:43

Just to balance all these disconcerting messages, my husband went off effexor after 1 year, and it was very easy for him. He titrated down, but not for any extneded time period. He had NO PROBLEMS and switched to Zoloft. Everyone responds to this stuff differently. Anjul

 

Re: How long does withdrawal from Effexor last? LynnM.

Posted by roomy on June 16, 2004, at 7:19:56

In reply to Re: How long does withdrawal from Effexor last?, posted by LynnM. on June 15, 2004, at 20:21:49

> Hi, y'all-I am new to this BB. My mother and I found it, looking for info. on withdrawal symptoms of Effexor. We now know that we're NOT crazy, but you have all put us at ease with your information. We have felt most of the symptoms you describe. For me, it's mostly the headaches and the "brain flashes". That is such a great name for them! I was feeling toooooo euphoric on this med. It made me feel so good, in fact, I wasn't caring whether I was late for school (I am a teacher and have always been conscientious about my job), or church, or anything. I was just too "happy" to care. I also gained weight from this, and although I'm walking 2 mi. everyday, nothing has helped. I noticed I started gaining the weight after starting the med. I also got very sleepy during the day, and got very sweaty at night.
>
> Anyways, I thank God for this BB and website. I knew I wasn't going crazy, thinking most of these effects were from the med. I'm gradually decreasing (I'm taking 75 mg. every other day for now). My mother is not so lucky, she decided to quit cold turkey and is sorry she did. She is now experiencing night sweats,nausea, lethargy, headaches, dizziness.....

I thought I would put in my two cents. I have posted on this bbs in the past when I was first getting off Effexor.
first of all, in reply to those wanting to know WHY people go off it when it works great: It worked great for me too! Gradually, over 7 years on the drug, I needed more and more to achieve the same quality of life. As the dose increased, so did the side effects. After being so exhausted and gaining so much weight from the increased doseage, I decided to go off the effexor completely. I tapered, I suffered, it was hell. But now I have been entirely off Effexor for 5months, after tapering for about 5 months. I am back to normal (whatever that is). I have lost 20 pounds since february and have my energy back. I still have days where I am frazzled and frustrated but then I live a life that sometimes includes those emotions. I am a busy mom with a 15yr old and a 3yr old, I manage a mobile home park, have an outside second job and I try to be a loving wife. I have been married for 18 years. All of that alone will make you a bit frazzled. Frazzled is ok with me. I like to be drug free. Life isnt perfect but then the 7 years on Effexor didnt make it that perfect either.
good luck and hang in there.
-roomy

 

Re: How long does withdrawal from Effexor last?

Posted by alan38 on June 18, 2004, at 8:05:28

In reply to Re: How long does withdrawal from Effexor last?, posted by Caleb96 on March 26, 2004, at 10:27:24

This is my first time posting... I have been on SSRIs since Sept. 2003, Lexipro/paxil/zoloft/ and finally Effexor. I started at 150mg/day and eventually tapered to 37.5 every other day as of last week. I took my last dose (5) days ago and have experienced some withdrawal (specifically, dizziness/light headiness/Brain Swooshes- not sure how to describe those. They have dissipated substantially due to time off the drug as well as some advice to take OTC Benadryl or Claritin. Is there or normal period of time for the withdrawal process.... Feeling a heck of a lot better, more energy, no fatigue, sexual side effects. Any advice/encouragement would be appreciated.

Thanks.

 

Re: How long does withdrawal from Effexor last?

Posted by alan38 on June 18, 2004, at 8:37:04

In reply to Re: How long does withdrawal from Effexor last?, posted by LynnM. on June 15, 2004, at 20:21:49

Brain Flashes seem to describe the senstation fairly well. How often do you get them???

 

Re: How long does withdrawal from Effexor last? alan38

Posted by LynnM. on June 18, 2004, at 13:47:25

In reply to Re: How long does withdrawal from Effexor last?, posted by alan38 on June 18, 2004, at 8:37:04

Hi, Alan~
My brain flashes (or zaps, as some here have called them...good name, also!) are coming right now, as a matter of fact-I'd say a zap every 10 min. or so, and sometimes they're what I call "double zaps". I'm down also to 37.5 mg. every other day. With this dosage, I'm feeling the flashes, some dizziness and headaches and a teeny bit of edginess. Also have felt a little nausea, but nothing that half a dramamine isn't helping. I was on 75 mg. every day, and had never felt so sleepy in my life! I've definitely lost the need for long afternoon naps.

I think as long as I stay busy and active, I don't notice the zaps as much. It's not easy, but I'm hanging in there. Once I'm off this stuff for good.....never again.:-)


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