Effexor and anger

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She has flipped her lid. She has left her husband, took the kids and has extreme anger issues and nobody can talk with her, as she feels she is right in all things. She has not been herself since she was pregnant with my grandson 2yrs ago and I feel alot (or most) of her problems have stemmed from PPD. What can be done about this situation? She has been on Effexor 6mos.
I recently quit taking effexor cold turkey and have had a horrible time of it. I am tired and grumpy and felt like I was depressed even though I know I am not. That medecine is horrible for your mind and body. I have had to take half doses so I can walk around and function but let me tell you, in a few weeks, I will NEVER EVER take it again. The withdrawal is phenomonally horrendous. I wonder how strong of a medication it is to make me feel this way now.
I believe this is a mania induced anger due to Effexor withdrawl. She is 59 and bipolar 30 or more years. She has been on this drug for over 7 yrs to my knowledge. Sure she went through most of the other side effects but none as bad as the anger and hopelessness she has been experiencing. Has anyone ever gone through any of the anger quitting Effexor? How long does the withdrawl symtoms last. I have read on these board anywhere from 3 wks to 3 months.
Irritability and anger are the most reported effect after fatigue of course. Stress an anxiety is also known to cause anger and irritability. Effexor withdrawal is can also have a huge impact. Please note that i'm not a doctor and you should talk about this to your doctor since maybe he will increase your dose a little bit and delay the withdrawal or take another strategy.
I watched in horror as I screamed in to the phone comments and words I did not think I would ever hear coming from me, not to mention the intense gesticulations I was exhibiting. Next someone rang the doorbell, and I could see in my face that I was seething with anger and was even talking to myself out loud; "How inconsiderate, can't people just knock. WHat the hell is wrong with people.
I went to my psychiatrist and explained the increased anxiety and agitation, and he increased the Wellbutrin to 300mgs daily and the Ativan .5mgs to 3x daily prn. Since this change, the anger and agitation has increased dramatically and I keep having fits of rage and feel as though people are constantly judging me negatively. This med change just happened a few days ago and my therapist suggested I wait it out another week, though I don't know if I can handle this anger much longer.
'a good man is slow to anger'..'a good man is slow to anger' I keep repeating this to myself and usually as fast as the anger started it declines. Soon what ticked me off in the first place doesn't seem so bad now. This may or may not work for you Rocker. The Key is, you must find a coping mechanism for your anger. Preferably without added drugs and Before you do something you regret and cant take back.
It sounds like it has triggered that. When I was on Cymbalta, I was a ball of anger, extremely anxious and stressed out and even with a strong sleep med, couldn't sleep at all.
After some time, I felt that I was doing well mentally, and I discontinued one of my Effexor pills per day. That was about 1 year ago. About two and 1/2 weeks ago, after attempting to lose weight unsuccessfully for months, I dropped to 75 mg. per day for about 3 days and then stopped taking Effexor completely. [I realize the stupidity of doing this without a doctor's supervision. However the Dr.
Now the psychiatrist at the school has placed him on Effexor as well, as he told the doctor he felt sad and depressed as well...He is currently in a boy's school finishing the school year for discipline issues as mandated by his original school district, and the courts...he has done very well at the school..straight A's and they love him...I am his Aunt, just concerned about the Effexor.
Now off all together but it was awful at the end - nausea, dizziness, tinnitus, exhaustion. But are the anger and paranoia I'm feeling the result of withdrawal? Or was the effexor alleviating those all along?
I have a few good weeks at a time but then have periods of 3-5 days where it seems like the anger, irritability, crying and sadness for no reason wash over me and I can not control it then it seems to subside again and I feel stable again. I am wondering HOW LONG I can expect this to continue? It seems like if I just knew how long this will continue and I could see an END POINT, I could deal with it better..... I am 48 and have been post menopausal for 3 years...
I have good weeks at a time but there have been several periods of 3-5 days where it seems like the anger, irritability, crying and sadness for no reason wash over me and I can not control it then it seems to subside again and I feel stable again. Has anyone experienced this? I am wondering HOW LONG I can expect this to continue? MD's just want to put me on another antidepressant and I am NOT willing to do that.
I weaned off Effexor xr very very slowly and had no withdrawal symptoms. I opened the capsules and took a few grains out. Every day I took out a couple more than the last. When I was down to 5 grains I quit. It was a long, tedious process, but totally painless. I know it sounds stupid but it works.
My husband has been on Effexor XR 150 mg for about 1 1/2 years and his original symptoms seem to be reoccuring (ie. extreme irritability, lack of sleep, low motivation, easily overwhelmed, anger). He contacted his internist (Texas) about increasing his doseage and they told him that was the maximum doseage he could be on and I'm looking on the blog and that doesn't appear to be true. My husband hates taking medication and certainly doesn't want to ADD anything else.
These things built up slowly so I did not realize it was the effexor for a long time. Extreme hostility-everyone and every thing that doesn't go my way sets me off, (I have never ever been this kind of person); gained 60 lbs. (of course you do when you're eating chocolate and sweets all day and night); sleeping 12 hours a day; exhaustion so extreme it was hard to get through the work day. I couldn't even clean the house in one day because I had no stamina.
I have been off effexor for about a week and a half and have already lost about 10-15 pounds. i'm back down to what i was when i graduated high school and started taking the meds.
I do know that everytime you change your dosage there can be side effects. They usually go away within a few weeks. I have PTSD and that is why I am on effexor and I will be starting light therapy as well.
My doctor old me that because these two meds work on different parts of the brain i was experiencing w/d from the Effexor- needless to say- I stopped the Wellbutrin and started taking th Effexor again. Now I want off all meds and am really not looking forward to the dizziness, crying fits, emotional outbursts and brain zaps. Here's to a hopefully short withdrawl!
Maybe you really need just an adjustment in the effexor up or down ? I've tried Paxil, Zoloft, and Prozac, and I know effexor is tough to start, and tough to stop, but maybe you need it. My daughter had problems cutting back on zoloft when she was pregnant, but she was able to take a lower dose all the way to the last two weeks, and both her and baby are fine. I hope you feel better, if you need to talk, I'm here to listen.
I don't know for sure, but I believe it is because even a little bit of adrenaline added to my already over-abundance of adrenaline shoots me through the roof. I'm on effexor and hope that it will help me with these issues. Thankfully, my kids don't even flinch anymore. They think I'm full of hot air.
Even with the exercise/diet, you can still be depressed. I encourage you to see your dr and tell him that the effexor isn't working and can you try something else. Just be careful not to get into the habit of being put on every anti-depressent under the sun. Some dr's will do that. As for feeling like you should be happily married w/kids and yet feeling trapped well, I was married once (no kids though) and I felt trapped too. It was my depression doing it though.
I've been off dope for 6 years got off effexor last year and quit smoking recently. I have noticed I get frustrated or anger easily sometimes and it was the same when on SSRI''s or when I smoked. I don't get this way when I teach kids music and it's mostly when things are going my way or when I get tired and sometimes get short with people I care about. I getting better at not reacting this way but wonder why I have this and that maybe it could be from the 25 year addiction or what?
He is known as homicidal and sucicidal and a danger to himself and others and unable to take care of himself.It is all trial and error on the doctors part due to the fact just because one medicine works for one does not mean it wil work for another.
4 days after each dosage decreas), flu like symptoms, crying spells for no reason, extreme irritability, anger towards loved ones, severe depression (feelings of hating myself which is new), sleeping at first 20+ hrs a day followed by insomnia the following weeks, tremors for a day, loss of bladder (one time in sleep), and psychotic episode of wanting to run away combined, suicidal ideation (although too coward to do it).
Anger is anxiety which is a form of depression. I took Clonzapam for this and it helped me alot.
WELL MY DOC FOR OVER 6 MONTHS TRING TO FIND THE BEST DOSAGES FOR ME I AM BI POLAR /SOCIAL DISORDER /PANIC DISORDER/ANGER MANAGEMENT/ RAPID CYCLE/ AND A FEW THINGS AND HERE IS MY COCKTAIL IN 6 MONTHS 1500 DEPAKOTE THEY HAVE CHANGED THIS 3 TIMES 4. KLOPIN CHANGE THIS 3 TIMES 900 LITHUIM 4 DOSAGES OF EFFOX 37.
She checked her palm pilot for side effects and said there was not data showing shortness of breath as a side effect and ended up sending me home with a prescription for Effexor XR 150mg. I went home and typed in EFFEXOR and shortness of breath and thank God I did because there were many sites addressing this issue. I called my MHFNP back on Friday to try and advise her I saw this on the internet.
I really feel that I do not need this medication any longer but everytiime I have tried withdrawal by tapering, I get into severe symptoms of brain zap, anger, crying and feeling totally out of control. I have ask from my familly MD's help but he suggests I may need to stay on the drug for the rest of my life! I have tried cutting back slowly and ever opeing the 75 mg caps and counting beads. I just can't make it past the horrors. What can I do to free myself of this medication?
Yeah, that's the scary thing. After all the researching and soul-searching, you finally decide to take the "plunge" and come off meds and brave the withdrawals - and you still have no way of knowing if it will all be worth it in the end. I have been on Efexor XR for 3 years, tried coming off a year ago and my psychiatrist didn't warn me of the side-effects?!! So, I panicked and went straight back on after a week of being spaced-out, dizzy and weepy.
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