I am glad I found this site. I'm a 47 yr old single mother that has been on Effexor XR for ??7??yrs. By my choice, my doctor helped wean me off. After day 3 the "mind zaps", extreem nausea,confusion, irritability, even rage, hot and cold flashes, bloated stomach, malaise, aching, ringing in the ears, and many other sensory sensitivities. Oh - and depression. Yes, I was taking the med for general anxiety and depression.