Effexor withdrawal relief

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I am experiencing significant withdrawals from the Effexor. I expected some withdrawal but brain shivers and aching joints are dehabilitating. I've also noticed a significant decrease in my vision when reading. Is there anything I can do to minimize these affects? How long will this take to make the switch? Would it hurt to taper off the Effexor and take the Prozac at the same time? I'm needing relief.
Get back on a small dose now!! Get a new doctor if you can. At this time for a Effexor withdrawal is so well known that it is criminal your doctor doesn't know about it. You will need the above mentioned things to help you withdrawal. So very sorry you are going though this hell. So many have suffered at the mercy of Effexor.
When switching from Paxil to Effexor, I lost about 20 of the 60lbs. Effexor was given to me at 75 mg per day; then to 150 mg. of Effexor per day in a.m. A new doctor changed me to Effexor XR 300 mg. per day, taken 150 mg. twice a day. Though i lost about 20 lbs. after stopping the Paxil, the weight started going back on until i was back at 60 lbs. over normal. After some time, I felt that I was doing well mentally, and I discontinued one of my Effexor pills per day.
I have read the closed forum headed "Withdrawal Symptons from Effexor XR" to see if other's are/have experiences when stopping Effexor. I have gone 'cold turkey" which I know I should not have after only taking a small dose of 75mg in the morning along with 2 Ritalin for about 2 years (before that taking 150mg). I had forgotten to get my script and I thought I should try to see if I could do without the Effexor.
Mothers who took Effexor for brief periods of time during the pregnancy had neo-natal fetuses suffering from Withdrawal Syndrome. Who was on Effexor withdrawal but Andrea Yates herself when she drowned her children (supposedly, anyways). I have tried three times unsuccessfully to taper Effexor. The last time I tapered to 265 mg/day for a week and it was miserable - I know what it feels like now to be an addict going through rehab.
hi there, i have some comments on withdrawal from effexor. my withdrawal has been pure hell for about2 weeks now and i am beginning to wonder will i ever make it thru this. i had been taking 300mg a day for the past 2 years but was beginning to feel it was time for me to be off this medication and live my life you know. anyhow with my dr's advice we gradually tapered off the meds but i am still having severe withdrawal and wondering will it ever stop.
1) If i take 2 percocets around 6pm, i will wake up in the middle of the night with withdrawal systems. For an example, i can't sit still, i have to shake back and forth, heart palpations, just plain old miserable, so i take just 1 percocet and in 30 min, i fall back to sleep, thank God. 2) I am going to have surgery and i am scared that i will NOT have pain relief, i currently take 3 percocets at a time because i built up such a tolerance. What to do? I have battled opiates for years now...
I almost have to believe that effexor, or lack of effexor may play a direct role in altering other body chemicals such as blood, hormones and even glands. Anyway, I don't think many medical professionals truly understand how this medicine can impact a person's health on the whole. My question is how long did your symptoms last once you stopped the med after a slow tapering. Could there be a conection between my difficulty getting normal now and the horrible time I had going on the med?
From July 2006 to December 2006 I went through a slow and difficult withdrawal from Effexor 37.5, after being on Effexor for about 10 years or so. I initially went on it just due to depression over a bad job situation; I ended up staying on it because I felt so lousy every time I tried to quite. Finally, I used the program and supplements from theroadback.org faithfully, to help with the withdrawal, and my doctor was aware of the program.
However there are also standard withdrawal symptoms from Effexor and other anti-depressents that you may be experiencing and of course the return of the symptoms the Effexor was treating. All of this is clinically complex and a doctor who prescribes a medication for a legitimate use (in this case depression) would not be at fault but they should research and then be able to prescribe another option that would not have this potential side effect.
I have been completely off of Effexor for two weeks now and am still experiencing severs withdrawal symptoms. At peak I was on 300 mg./day, tapered down to 150mg/day, then tapered that to every other day, got to every third day and went to 75 mg. same regiment, down to 37.5's and was havig to take then every other day for a while. Dr. said when I got to every third day, go ahead and stop.
There really is nothing that needs being done about it. It's no secret that SNRI drugs such as Effexor, Pristiq, and Cymbalta do have a higher risk of what is called Discontinuation Syndrome. SSRI's can also be nasty buggers to discontinue. Paxil being one of many. I hear a lot of people complain about antidepressant Discontinuation Syndrome, but I never hear then speak of the flip side. I used to take Effexor XR at 300Mgs a day for about 4 years.
Hi, I can't pretend coming off Effexor was easy, and I would never do it again now that I am back on it. My withdrawal took 10 days, so if you can stick it out, you should feel better after about 2 weeks. The zapping is the worse. I just lay down for 10 days and let it happen. I don't think it will get any worse. Do you think you can stick it out? If you don't you will never try again to come off it again. Hang in there. Let us know how you get on.
I've been taking Effexor for about 2 years and am weaning off the medication right now. Actually I should just say I am stoping the medication cold turkey, since I am just not taking any pills at all each day. Yes, there are side effects. Are the side effects so severe that a person cannot tolerate them? Absolutely not. You need to tough it out, get this drug out of your system, and start exercising 5 times a week, especially cardiovascular exercise.
I normally am the kind of guy that likes to keep things natural but after trying all the natural antidepressants and no relief I went to my doc and started effexor. after 1 month I went up to 75 mg and stayed there for 3 months. Then I decided to back off and reduced to 37.5 again for a month and then stopped it.
Has anyone else experienced these delayed, long-term withdrawal effects from Effexor? If so, did they ever go away? I'm scheduled for an MRI of my brain to rule out anything more serious such as ALS. If my tests come back o.k., the doctor mentioned putting me back on Effexor and then weaning me off of it very slowly to see if that gets rid of everything, but I'm afraid to go back on it in case it just makes everything worse.
I feel sick from the methadone still, am not sleeping and i feel the effects of withdrawal from the effexor. I'm trying to figure out if i was taking a rediculously high dose or somehow it synthesized into something else? Whatever it was, it made me feel better and now i feel like **** and don't want to use. Does anyone know how much you can take? or if it could have turned into something else entirely?
I have been taking Effexor XR 450mg and Buproprion 450mg for a couple of years. I'm weaning off the Effexor, going onto Pristiq and continuing the Buproprion.
I was only able to stand the withdrawal by taking 8-10mg/day of doctor prescribed Xanax. Benedryl, for some reason, gives some relief. It's worth a try.
I'm 28 and have suffered from panic attacks just about my whole life. The Doctor put me on Effexor Xr about a year ago. I did not help me at all. she had suggested that wean off the pills so that i could start another medication. So I'm in that process. I have not had any Effexor since Sunday morning. The side affects that i have been experiencing have been unreal. I have what they call brain zaps, dizziness, chills, and my lips tend to go numb.
I plan at this point to wait and see if his sexual function does return and when it does, to point out (ever so subtely) that maybe the problem was related to Effexor rather than his age and it might help him focus on the benefits of being off Effexor while experiencing withdrawal. Again, thanks for letting me know Effexor related sexual dysfunction is not permanent. I will let you all know how it goes.
My therapist has suggested changing from effexor xr to the chemically similar pristiq. I've been on 150mg per day of effexor for several years, and have experienced withdrawal effects before due to missing doses for a few days, so I know what that's like. To start, I'm taking 50mg pristiq and 75 mg effexor daily for 7 days, and then 50mg pristiq and 37.5mg effexor for the next 7 days. My therapist has suggested this dosing to make the transition gradual.
I have not tried decreasing the dose, so I'm afraid I can't comment on the experience of withdrawal from Effexor; however, withdrawal from any SSRI or SNRI is best done in small decrements over a few months. Going cold turkey on them can be brutal, so I'm informed.
This is from withdrawal and it will stop! In the meantime people have suggested many things. Some really like the Hyland's Restless legs Tablets. Which I believe is an over the counter drugstore drug. Nothing really helped except time and the firm belief that this was normal and would end. I think it is the memory of that that is the biggest deterrent to my using again. Good luck; you really are doing great! This too shall pass!
I have been on Effexor XR for the past 2 years. I was taking 300 mg a day with Lamictal 200mg/day and Seroquel 100mg to sleep. The Effexor wasn't working so my psychiatrist wanted to drop the Effexor and replace it with Lexapro 10mg/day. He told me to "just" drop my Effexor dose by one 75 mg pill a day and I would be "off" of the Effexor in 4 days. Yeah, right!!! Having once before attempted to "stop" Effexor, I knew it wasn't going to be that easy.
The problem with ultram is that it contains the same components found in an anti-depressant (very similar to effexor) and that makes withdrawal that much worse. But I can tell you that now over 10 months later I am feeling almost 100% better - getting off this drug (and the xanax) was the best decision of my life and it will be for you too. But from what I've read, tapering is a much easier and safer way to detox off the ultram.
In the begining of November my doctor and I decided to decrease my dosage and try Effexor. My doctor did not tell me about any withdrawal symptoms. My dose was decreased from 40 mg to 20 mg for seven days and then from 20 mg to 10 mg for seven days. After about the seventh day at 20 mg I noticed that I was becoming more moody and emotional.
I don't think doctors understand this withdrawal, as they say there is no such thing as Zyprexa withdrawal. I hope and pray you will improve. Some people have found relief by going back on it and then tapering the dosage down. I just want to be through with it for good.
DO NOT stop taking Effexor suddenly because serious withdrawal symptoms may occur. I have reduced from 150mg daily to 75mg and I'm now on 37.5mg. See your doctor for a suitable acne medication. Oral antibiotics can be helpful. I wouldn't take Erythromycin whilst on Effexor as it may affect the way your medicine passes through your body. Ask your doctor about Oxytetracycline or Lymecycline instead. If you would like a topical remedy ask your doctor about Differin.
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