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Re: Snake: How long does withdrawal last?

Posted by carissa on August 13, 2004, at 16:13:09

In reply to Re: Snake: How long does withdrawal last?, posted by carissa on August 13, 2004, at 16:04:23

oh my goodness! someone mentioned wooshimg in the ears. i noticed that too. i thought i was just being a hypochondriac. it sure helps to know that i'm not alone. however, i wish all of you well in recovering from this. my doc told me that some people have trouble coming off the drug, but i had no idea.

 

Re: Effexor withdrawal - very bad news

Posted by sha on August 13, 2004, at 23:23:55

In reply to Re: Effexor withdrawal - very bad news, posted by itsrick on August 13, 2004, at 12:21:04

i actually stopped taking effexor cold turkey it is going on three weeks. The first week was terrible but i have to say thank god i feel better now. Dont get me wrong i have my days and i do get depresed i just try and focus on other things like i joined weight watchers because i feel effexor contributed to my weight gain i would like to lose about 20 pounds. I also started seeing a therapist which i never thought i do and i began excersising. I am trying my best so that is all i can do it is tough dont get me wrong. I found this site to be very helpful and a lot of very nice people. Write back i would love to know how you are doing and why did you go on in the first place? talk to you soon

 

Re: Snake: How long does withdrawal last? carissa

Posted by lorily on August 14, 2004, at 6:21:41

In reply to Re: Snake: How long does withdrawal last?, posted by carissa on August 13, 2004, at 16:13:09

The enormity of this withdrawal is frightening. Probably one of the reasons it took me a while to attempt getting off. I am so happy that I did it. Off the depakote (which me and my therapist never thought i needed anyway) and the effexor. still need to take about 25 mg of trazadone or i'm up and down all night. The ONLY problem with not taking all these meds is that I forget to take my thyroid medication!!!!!!!
Today I'm quitting, or have quit rather, smoking. I put the patch on about 2 hours ago, so far so good. Normally I'd have had at least 5 get the day going cigarettes. I know this is going to be tough.
The thing with the effexor, you don't crave it like cigs and alcohol. Nothing is like the alcohol detox, effexor was a piece of cake compared to that.
It's been a solid month since no effexor at all, I weaned off of 37.5 for about 2 weeks, 1/2 to a little less every couple days, then every day the granules got halfed. Reading posts here, I was scared the side effects would have been a lot longer, but i really feel good. Good luck to you and anyone getting off.

 

Re: Snake: How long does withdrawal last? carissa

Posted by lorily on August 14, 2004, at 6:24:50

In reply to Re: Snake: How long does withdrawal last?, posted by carissa on August 13, 2004, at 16:04:23

try dramamine for the nausea, maybe it's your equilibrium that makes your stomach sick. It seemed to help me, I hated that feeling that the elevator had suddenly stopped when you turned your head or even your eyes, LOL Still having the headaches ehre and there but I think it's from smoking *which I quit today)

 

Re: Snake: How long does withdrawal last?

Posted by carissa on August 14, 2004, at 12:19:12

In reply to Re: Snake: How long does withdrawal last? carissa, posted by lorily on August 14, 2004, at 6:24:50

lorily-
hmmm.. dramimine...that makes sense. i think i'll try it. thanks for the tip. good luck with the smoking. as far as the effexor withdrawl, it sounds like you're over the worst of it. i am now taking welbutrin which actually took away my urge to smoke. i haven't smoked for two weeks. maybe some of my symptoms are related to that. but i'm not turning back. hopefully it's uphill from here. i have found clonapin to be helpful, but they are extremely addictive so i use them sparingly. well, good luck to all.

 

Re: Snake: How long does withdrawal last? carissa

Posted by lorily on August 15, 2004, at 14:52:20

In reply to Re: Snake: How long does withdrawal last?, posted by carissa on August 14, 2004, at 12:19:12

Thanks for the encouragement. I considered strongly asking my doctor for welbutrin for the smoking thing, but I just got off AD and you know............
Today is day 2 without a cigarette. Yesterday was a breeze. Today is like the storm rolling in. I was bored and dying for a cig. I did my bills, balanced the checkbook, did the budget for the coming weeks, cleaned out all the old receipts and outdated paperwork from my desk, vacumned the apartment and took the dog for an hour walk. I'm using the patch which I know doesn't come near the same nicotine level as if I were smoking, but it does help with the physical effects. I'm just dying to get that burn sucking on a cigarette!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
AAAAAAAAAACCCCCCCKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK

 

Re: Snake: How long does withdrawal last?

Posted by carissa on August 15, 2004, at 15:32:10

In reply to Re: Snake: How long does withdrawal last? carissa, posted by lorily on August 15, 2004, at 14:52:20

lorily-
LOL wow, sounds like you've been very busy!!! well, all i can say is try and hang in. it will be worth it. today my digestive tract is giving me hell. i went to brunch with a friend and had to go straight home. uuuuugh...good thing i have a drs. appt. on monday. sending positive energy to you all. peace-christine

 

Re: Snake: How long does withdrawal last? carissa

Posted by lorily on August 16, 2004, at 8:23:34

In reply to Re: Snake: How long does withdrawal last?, posted by carissa on August 15, 2004, at 15:32:10

Digestive problems---got those too. I have an allergy to wheat, Celiac's Disease. Have to be on a gluten-free diet for the rest of my life. You'd think, OK, so I just don't eat bread and pasta, no biggie. WRONG. No wonder they have support groups for this. Gluten is found in everything, under disguised names of course, like caramel coloring, food flavorings, and many many more.

 

Re: Snake: How long does withdrawal last?

Posted by carissa on August 18, 2004, at 16:51:36

In reply to Re: Snake: How long does withdrawal last?, posted by carissa on August 15, 2004, at 15:32:10

a couple of days with minimal symptoms... woo hoo

 

Re: Effexor withdrawal - very bad news

Posted by Andrew Phelps on September 10, 2004, at 21:26:42

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

I am 19, I have been dealing with the symptoms of depression for possible 5 or 6 years now, and as of only two weeks ago did I try a medication. Due to illegal substance abuse through highschool my problems were not recognized, but after having nearly a year of sobriety, I find I truly need help. I recently tried Lexapro, but did not sleep for 50+ hours straight, followed by 1 hour of sleep, which I then woke up from with a migraine that lasted over 8 hours. I called my doctor and stopped immediately. As of yesterday I am trying a new medication, Effexor, which has led me to this website. I was told by my doctor that if I am to stop taking Effexor I should immediately seek medical attention. I then spoke with a friend of the family, who is a well credited psyciatrist. I asked him what he knew and he tried to explain the severity of the withdrawl. Seeking more information I searched the web for some personal responses to the withdrawl from Effexor. I am now quite worried as I am young, in great physical health, and have extensive plans for my future. Although I truly feel I need help through medication, and don't want to take the risk of not taking it, I don't want to happen to me what I have just read. Please respond to this or email me personally with advice. I am very concerned. Thankyou.

Andrew Phelps

 

Re: Effexor withdrawal - very bad news

Posted by Phamos818 on September 11, 2004, at 2:57:22

In reply to Re: Effexor withdrawal - very bad news, posted by Andrew Phelps on September 10, 2004, at 21:26:42

effexor is a hard drug to come off of after you've been on it, so you should consider that before you go on it. i've had great success with it myself, however. there are other drugs where the withdrawal isn't so bad that maybe your doc could consider first -- like wellbutrin?

what concerns me more is the reaction you had to your last antidepressant. often teenagers will present with depression as their first bipolar episode. you can usually tell if someone's really bipolar rather than just depressive if taking an antidepressant makes them manic/hypomanic. from your description of not sleeping, i would guess that's what happened to you. you should mention this to your doctor. it's very possible that if you are actually bipolar, taking antidepressants will just continue causing the same reaction. you might want to ask about lamictal. it's a mood stabilizing drug that's also been approved as an antidepressant, so it might kill two birds with one stone.

good luck! i know how hard it is to start dealing with mental illness as a teenager -- i've been there. take care of yourself.

 

Re: Effexor withdrawal - very bad news

Posted by pandareina on September 11, 2004, at 8:07:50

In reply to Re: Effexor withdrawal - very bad news, posted by Andrew Phelps on September 10, 2004, at 21:26:42

In Response to Andrew ...

I am sure many people will suggest differents paths to follow - I believe there is no right or wrong here, just degrees of healing and dependence! SO here is my 2 cents:

I have been diganosed as chornically depressed - that is, I would need to be in meds all my life. I been through many, many antidepressants which provided different levels of "normal" feelings. By far, for me, Effexor was the best of them all. Granted, at first, "the getting used to" symptoms were umpleasant - from diarrea to lack of sleep to sexual side effects ... But once that phase was over, I was in bliss and life truly became a pleasure, it remained so for years, without a relapse, without even remembering that I once was the suicidal type ...
I made the decision to stay with Effexor forever ... until I met my other half and decided to try for a baby ...

Leaving Effexor behind was truly a nightmare, a lot harder that I thought it would be. It took me 4 months of trial an error until I got rid of it. Now I am clean and I am still happy (no depression) My withdrawal symptoms were purely physical, no emotional changes (Well ,I am a bit more snappy and more oppinionated, but that is it).

Should depression come back in the future I would go back to my doctor and ask him if there is a pill from the same family that creates less dependence. If the answer was no, I would go back to Effexor because this medicine saved my life and made it all better for many, many happy years. For me the price to pay to be happy was worth it - every tinny and huge withdrawal symptom was 100% worth it ... because life in Effexor is grand!

Good luck to you and keep us posted on your progress and decisions.

V.

 

Re: Effexor withdrawal - very bad news

Posted by pandareina on September 11, 2004, at 8:28:14

In reply to Re: Effexor withdrawal - very bad news, posted by pandareina on August 13, 2004, at 10:54:41

I am finally Effexor free! It has been 2 weeks now!
If I can summarize the whole ordeal I would say this:

It is easy to drop from large amounts to small ones - almost no withdrawal symptoms.

It is hard to go from small amounts to none at all.

I went from 225 Mg a day to 32.5 mgs by decreasing 75 mgs on week one, 75 mgs on week 2, 32.5 mgs on week 3. When I was down to half 75 mg capsule y quit cold turkey and that did not go well at all. I returned to 32.5 mgs and started taking 10 pellets out every 8-10 days or so. When I got down to 15 pellets I stayed there for about a week and then stopped. The withdrawal symptoms were very mild and lasted almost 3 days. This place helped me very much and taught me to pace myself and that everyone's body quits the drug differently.

I started effexor early on 1999 and quit mid 2004.

Good luck to all who are getting into Effexor or out of it.

V.


 

Re: Snake: How long does withdrawal last?

Posted by Americk on September 12, 2004, at 1:37:39

In reply to Re: Snake: How long does withdrawal last?, posted by LynnM. on August 11, 2004, at 16:33:05

I have been off Effexor xr 75mg now for 3 days, and I have severe brain shakes. I am scared that this will last for a long time and that my job will suffer from my memory, and concentration problems due to effexor.

The withdrawals have made me feel like Im on the inside looking out, and that's very scary. I do have my family support which is awesome. But I am nervous that I will give in.

My wedding is next year; I am a happy person now and look forward to my future. But I tell you, its hell right now being off Effexor and feeling this way. How much longer will this go on.?

I hope this will go away soon. Thank you all for your messages and support.


 

Re: Snake: How long does withdrawal last?

Posted by Andrew Phelps on September 12, 2004, at 4:12:06

In reply to Re: Snake: How long does withdrawal last?, posted by Americk on September 12, 2004, at 1:37:39

I recently posted for the first time on here, and recieved a variety of much needed advice. I am grateful for such opportunities to learn and share. I have begun attempting to take approximately 3 pellets or granules out of each capsule from each dosage, and plan on working my way down to none, never increasing or decreasing the amount of reduction. This seems to be the most obvious solution, and I hope it will allow for a smooth decline in my bodies requirement of this chemical. I plan to share my results after completing this. Thanx again, Andrew

 

Re: Snake: How long does withdrawal last?

Posted by awatts on September 12, 2004, at 9:53:54

In reply to Re: Snake: How long does withdrawal last?, posted by Andrew Phelps on September 12, 2004, at 4:12:06

> I recently posted for the first time on here, and recieved a variety of much needed advice. I am grateful for such opportunities to learn and share. I have begun attempting to take approximately 3 pellets or granules out of each capsule from each dosage, and plan on working my way down to none, never increasing or decreasing the amount of reduction. This seems to be the most obvious solution, and I hope it will allow for a smooth decline in my bodies requirement of this chemical. I plan to share my results after completing this. Thanx again, Andrew

Sounds like a good plan.

What worked for me:

-150mg to 75mg in one step and stayed at 75 mg for 2 weeks
-75mg to 37.5mg in one step and stayed at 37.5 for 2 weeks.
-no really bad side effects so far, so I went to zero - BIG MISTAKE! - after 2 or 3 days of no Effexor XR, major side effects.
-went back to 37.5mg, and then did about what you're doing. Went just fine.

For me, the last reduction (from 37.5mg to nothing) was the hard part.

 

Re: Snake: How long does withdrawal last?

Posted by pandareina on September 12, 2004, at 11:07:01

In reply to Re: Snake: How long does withdrawal last?, posted by Americk on September 12, 2004, at 1:37:39

WHen I started Effexor, I was given a start up pack of 2 weeks worth of Effexor at 32.5 mg each pill. After the 2 weeks the dosage increased to 75 mg. I had symptoms during the first couple of days - 4 or 5 and that was it.

Maybe you may want to talk to your doctor and start with a lower dosage.

Good luck.

v.

>I have been off Effexor xr 75mg now for 3 days, and I have severe brain shakes. I am scared that this will last for a long time and that my job will suffer from my memory, and concentration problems due to effexor.
>
> The withdrawals have made me feel like Im on the inside looking out, and that's very scary. I do have my family support which is awesome. But I am nervous that I will give in.
>
> My wedding is next year; I am a happy person now and look forward to my future. But I tell you, its hell right now being off Effexor and feeling this way. How much longer will this go on.?
>
> I hope this will go away soon. Thank you all for your messages and support.
>
>
>

 

Re: Snake: How long does withdrawal last?

Posted by pandareina on September 12, 2004, at 11:11:19

In reply to Re: Snake: How long does withdrawal last?, posted by Andrew Phelps on September 12, 2004, at 4:12:06

Andrew ...

I thought you just started taking Effexor. Is that right, if so, why trying to get off it?

I am confused, but good luck to you on whatever you decide to do.

v.


> I recently posted for the first time on here, and recieved a variety of much needed advice. I am grateful for such opportunities to learn and share. I have begun attempting to take approximately 3 pellets or granules out of each capsule from each dosage, and plan on working my way down to none, never increasing or decreasing the amount of reduction. This seems to be the most obvious solution, and I hope it will allow for a smooth decline in my bodies requirement of this chemical. I plan to share my results after completing this. Thanx again, Andrew

 

Re: Snake: How long does withdrawal last?

Posted by carissa on September 12, 2004, at 17:42:57

In reply to Re: Snake: How long does withdrawal last?, posted by Americk on September 12, 2004, at 1:37:39

americk-
hang in there. i experienced alot of what you're describing and have come out on the other side...finally. i have to say that for me the symptoms took a couple of months to resolve. however, bear in mind that i was on a much higher dose than you were...225 mg. finding this message board was also a godsend. thanks to all who have posted there support.
peace-carissa

 

Re: Effexor withdrawal - very bad news

Posted by lorily on September 12, 2004, at 18:03:58

In reply to Re: Effexor withdrawal - very bad news, posted by pandareina on September 11, 2004, at 8:07:50

FYI: There is another that works like effexor without the horrible side effects, I'm pretty sure it's called Cymbalta. I agree that effexor truly is a life-saver and did wonders for me. If my depression returns, I plan the same as you, try the other one. Good Luck to you, I hope we never need to find out if Cymbalta works!!!

 

Re: Effexor withdrawal - very bad news

Posted by lorily on September 12, 2004, at 18:15:23

In reply to Re: Effexor withdrawal - very bad news, posted by Andrew Phelps on September 10, 2004, at 21:26:42

Andrew, Effexor saved my life. I was not able to get sober until I got the depression under control. I now have 1-1/2 years clean, I also discontinued effexor and depakote. I was frightened, too, but it is possible to get off of it, for me and many others it is tolerable as long as it's done very slowly, little at a time, I dumped granules out of the capsule too. Not very medically recommended but I didn't want to go through what I read people here going through.
I've been off since mid-July and feel good. If you're really concerned, perhaps you should talk to your doctor about trying another medication. I've read that cymbalta works like effexor without the side effects.
the reason the withdrawals are so severe is because of the short half life. Some people get them if they miss a dose or are late taking it. It wasn't like that for me though.
Good Luck to you, I hope you find relief. Do you belong to a fellowship? There are many people there who can help you although NA seems to frown upon psych meds as a "mood-altering substance" and you'd probably find most opposed to your taking meds at all. Remember, It's YOUR decision and YOUR mental well-being, NOT THEIRS.

 

Re: Effexor withdrawal - very bad news

Posted by shanny on September 12, 2004, at 18:39:49

In reply to Re: Effexor withdrawal - very bad news, posted by lorily on September 12, 2004, at 18:15:23

Hi everyone -

I have been going through Effexor withdrawal HELL today, working with my doctor, but I'm wondering if anyone has any little "tricks" that help to get you through? I don't want to miss work tomorrow, but I'm afraid I'll burst into tears in front of my boss if I get a *zap*!
I wish you had to sign some sort of form BEFORE taking Effexor for the first time, that says the withdrawal effects have been described IN GREAT DETAIL to you, and that it can last WEEKS.
I was looking for info on the withdrawal on WebMD, and, funny enough, there wasn't a lot about it. Hmmmm. There was a whole heap of info about how GREAT the drug can be (which it CAN be if it's right for you), but precious little on the withdrawal symptoms.
I've experienced just today: electrical currents / brain zaps (so uncomfortable, but you know about those...), nausea, crazy realistic disturbing dreams, agitation and crying bouts...plus my eyes hurt, has anyone ever had that?
Let me know what has helped you!
Thanks so much guys!
-Shanny

 

Re: Effexor withdrawal - very bad news

Posted by 4WD on September 12, 2004, at 20:59:14

In reply to Re: Effexor withdrawal - very bad news, posted by shanny on September 12, 2004, at 18:39:49

Klonopin in very small doses has helped me get through the worst of the panic attacks. I get so scared and start crying. I am still taking about 1/10 of a 150mg capsule per day. (I was on a dose of 37.5mg per day for about five years)

Do any of you have panic/anxiety attacks while withdrawing from Effexor? Like you get nervous and then it spirals up into fear and then into terror and despair and crying?

Marsha

 

Re: Effexor withdrawal - very bad news shanny

Posted by lorily on September 13, 2004, at 12:47:08

In reply to Re: Effexor withdrawal - very bad news, posted by shanny on September 12, 2004, at 18:39:49

I found this great site with all sorts of info
I hope this helps you:

http://www.clinical-depression.co.uk/anti_depressants/withdrawal/venlafaxine.html

 

Re: Snake: How long does withdrawal last?

Posted by Petranella on September 28, 2004, at 14:20:59

In reply to Re: Snake: How long does withdrawal last?, posted by carissa on September 12, 2004, at 17:42:57

I've been on 150mg Effexor for approx 6 years - for anxiety (one episode after giving up smoking - no one told me about the side effects of withdrawl then). I'm always tired and have no motivation and would really love to get off these awful tablets. First time I tried was cold turkey (felt awful) and was back on them in a couple of days. Have tried to go down to 75mg, but that brings the withdrawl symptons back with the those horrible `brain shimmers' . Can anyone advise what is the best reduction method. I have heard that you can go onto liquid Prozac and this helps to reduce the dosage really slowly. Any ideas.


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