Prozac for effexor withdrawal

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is no quick fix to your symptoms of withdrawal. I don't think Prozac is In the same group as Effexor. Effexor is a SNRI, what group is Prozac in ? My doctor changed me from Effexor to citalopram to dolsulipin that was in a different group and works on a different part of the brain. That means that you go into cold turkey. When we come off too quickly like the doctors tell us to switch your brain chemistry is altered.
The doc said to basically make a clean switch to prozac, for example Tuesday take last dose of effexor and Wednesday take Prozac. I have read and read and read everything I could find about tapering and withdrawal. I have NOT read one thing about anyone just quitting effexor and being okay. It is because of the short half life of the drug, meaning it is out of your system the next day. Prozac takes 5 weeks to get out of your system which is why there are no withdrawals.
I was on Prozac for post natal depression, for 3 years , after several unsuccessful attempts to stop I have now not taken Prozac for 2 months. I felt completely better and had felt brilliant for the required period ( 6 months) before my GP stopped my medication. I was 20 mg a day. However I feel as is I am heading back (albeit slowly) to where I was mentally before. I am feeling short tempered, hard down by, over sensitive, tearful, over emotional, paranoid, insecure.
is a much too sugar-coated term for what this entails... I stopped taking Prozac (cold turkey) about three months ago without consulting my doctor. Bad move, I know, but I longer have health insurance, hence the reason I stopped taking it. I was fine for a couple of weeks, as Prozac had a long half-life. The the brain zaps began...and still continue. My question is this: Is it possible that I may have brain zaps indefinitely? They are seriously driving me mad and I am at my wits end...
I had diarrhea, IBS coming off effexor is that what you were on ? I believe prosac is a good swop for effexor. However the shakes could be withdrawal as we are addicted to these drugs after 2 months, infact it's worse than coming off drugs because it alters our brain chemistry and receptors in our brain.
I have been taking prozac for 3 years and want to stop. My doctor initially started my dosage at 20 mg, then upped the dosage to 80 (3 pills) I felt too hyper and experienced burning when urinating, so i went back to 20 mg. I have depression as well as panic attacks. I am also taking ativan 2mg and think this helps more than the prozac. I am 48 years old and am perimenopausal, taking premarin as well. I feel too medicated and want to stop the prozac.
After taking 150 mg of Effexor for four years one day it stopped working. Depression and anxiety (panic attacks) came back full force. Last week I went to see my doctor who I respect he switched me to Prozac (20 mg). I stopped taking Effexor and replaced with Prozac. 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.
she was unable to rescribe effexor to me and put me on 10mg of Prozac. I've been on it for 6 days now. I do feel withdrawal symptom from the Effexor, it's a feelin I can only describe as feeling "off" . headaches through the day, some dizziness. I asked her if the dosage of 10mg was enough to equate to the Eeffexor, she said yes. I'm still cocerned, do I have reason to be and I know as a community clinic there is only so much a Dr. is able to do with someone who has no insurance.
I stopped taking is cold turkey but luckily i was only on 75mg for about a year after being on 275g for four years. the withdrawal was the worst thing ever... it lasted for about two weeks. And after i was glad to finally be off of it. i was dissociated and confused for most of the two weeks. I didn't go to the ER or go to a doctor. maybe it was because i was on such a low dosage for a year that it was as extreme as your withdrawal sounds.
Everything you are going through is normal for withdrawal. I must say you couldn't have found a better site for support in this. Thank you everyone! I am still suffering from the brain zaps and dizziness, but they are diminishing. I have heard it can last up to three months depending on your dose. I personally chose not to go on anything else while weaning off of the effexor, but some people have to. What really helped me was acupuncture.
I spoke with my doctor and tapered off the dosage of effexor and started on Prozac to help with the withdrawal symptoms. I took my last 1/4 pill of 37.5 effexor 1 week ago. I have been so sick, unable to eat, drink, crying, phobic, scared, nauseated and unable to function. I am really worried about my job as I have been emotional there and unable to do my job properly. Yesturday I felt that I just couldn't get through it, drove to work but don't know how I did it.
I have been taking effexor xr 75 mg daily for 2+ years and have no thoughts of soon discountining it however; I know many that have come off of it and have a really hard time..I would advise you to ask the dr. to help you wean off of it...
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.
I've known people on prozac, that quit cold turkey and had no withdrawal symtoms. I didn't have such luck with paxil,effexor. Does prozac not have the withdrawal symtoms, is it not as likely to cause these problems?
Taking two weeks worth of Prozac (fluoxetine) will make the discontinuation a lot easier. So when you're off of Effexor and you cannot function, get on the Prozac for a week or two, then stop taking the Prozac. You'll find you'll have either no discontinuation syndrome, or it won't be nearly as bad.
Can't comment on the natural-remedy part of your question, but if you are experiencing withdrawal from Effexor, I know what you are feeling--needlessly! I recently reduced my Effexor from 225 mg to 19 mg (or so) without a hint of trouble. In a previous attempt to get off, I went through purgatory, but if you do it really slowly--say over two months--you may escape the horrible withdrawal symptoms altogether. Are you taking Effexor in the form of Effexor XR spansules.
It's kind of lack in the 60's when I was taking LSD and smoking pot. I would see things for days after a trip. Effexor is just the same. Withdrawal from Effexor is just like the morning after a really bad Acid trip. Except on Effexor, I think it takes a good 2 weeks to flush out the poision. Drink lots of water and eat a lot of fresh food. And quit taking all the other **** the doctors are prescribing. Hell, I threw away my heart medications, and my blood pressure has never been lower!
I am on 150mg. Started on 75mg for 6 weeks, then bumped up for the last 6 weeks or so. I have previously been on Prozac, and Paxil, and this works just as well. I quit the Prozac because it stopped working after 2 years, and the Pail made me super tired. I am not worried about withdrawl, though, because I plan to be on something for life, and you don't get withdrawl if you transition to something else, only if you stop the effeor cold turkey.
I was on Effexor for about 7 months back in 96 after my cancer date I stopped taking it one day and never used again .had no withdrawal probs at all but you shoud be discussing this with your medical advisor the sx may be something else Remember this forum has no medical people here just others like yourself, so see the doc.
TO DeBacker- i just read your post about the "wah wah" sensations and that made me laugh b/c that is how i describe it too. And, interestingly enough I have had sinus/cold trouble that will not go away, as well. As I sit here, I have a kleenex up my nose (though when i stand up, my nose will become clogged). I have to breathe out of my mouth at night b/c my nose is completely clogged- not with snot but its like the sides of it have grown together. I'm basically a walking mess.
I decided to go off the Effexor about 2 weeks ago when my prescription had run out and I was already into slight withdrawal(the withdrawal symptoms have since stopped except for slight depression and weepiness). My husband and I are trying to have a baby, so I know I'd have to go off as soon as I concieve anyway, so it seemed worth trying to go without it.
I took 20mgs. Prozac for approximately 4 years starting in 1995. I then weaned myself down to 15 mgs. for approx. 3 months, feeling slightly less anxious. I lowered to 10 mgs. three weeks ago, 5mgs. one week ago, and now have taken none for the past 4 days. I also take .5mg. of clonazepam twice a day for one month. My concern is what type of withdrawal symptoms am I to expect in the coming weeks or months?
I have been on effexor xr 75 for 4 weeks and stopped abruptly. I am now taking prozac 5mg to start and ativan. I am feeling gassy dizzy and have diarrea. this is my second day off and I want to know if there is anything I can take to lessen symptoms. Also very nauseated. took pepto for that. any info would be appreciated.
Adderall XR 25 milligrams , dextrostat 10 milligrams for afternoon, and effexor (75)for mild depression, mind you. ( I think the adderall was causing the havoc made him tired all the time and rollercoaster mood swings. ) So, got recruited to college for golf but couldn't function for 18 holes. Taking leave of absence this semester to get well. Doctor put hiim on prozac because easier withdrawal symptoms.
cream w/pregnon/DHEA. 9 years on 20mg. prozac which was once a great help for PMS; about 20 mo.ago started having strange anxiety like attacks in the middle of the night. Severe shaking ice cold skin limb weakness fear etc. sev.appetite loss. KAISER:Saw Psycho.Nurse for anxiety they put me on Ativan (never telling me it should be short term)then had Several ER visits Saw Dr.s,GYN, Neuro, Endocron,then went to Psychiatry.I was told I had Prozac Poopout.
5 EFFEXOR, AND 10MG OF PROZAC. THEN FOR 3-5 DAYS TAKE JUST THE 10MG OF PROZAC. I FELT A LITTLE SICK STILL GETTING OFF THE EFFEXOR WITH THE PROZAC BUT IT WAS NOT NEARLY AS BAD. THE REASON HE GAVE THE PROZAC TO OFFSET THE EFFEXOR SIDE EFFECTS IS BECAUSE PROZAC HAS A MUCH LONGER HALF LIFE THAN EFFEXOR. THE SEROTONIN IN YOUR BRAIN STAYS MORE STABLE WITH THE PROZAC IN YOUR SYSTEM, AS THE DRUGS GRADUALLY COMES OFF YOU ARE ABLE TO SLOWLY WEAN OFF.
don't know how much of my problem is Effexor withdrawals and how much is depression) recommended that in order to get off Effexor, you should be put on Prozac (sorry, I don't know the dosage) for several weeks, (it takes a long time for Prozac to take affect and also to leave your system), and then you taper off the Effexor AFTER the Prozac kicks in. I read this in a doctors forum by one of the few Psychiatrist's that actually acknowledges the effexor withdrawal problems. He uses this tec.
5 EFFEXOR, AND 10MG OF PROZAC. THEN FOR 3-5 DAYS TAKE JUST THE 10MG OF PROZAC. I FELT A LITTLE SICK STILL GETTING OFF THE EFFEXOR WITH THE PROZAC BUT IT WAS NOT NEARLY AS BAD. THE REASON HE GAVE THE PROZAC TO OFFSET THE EFFEXOR SIDE EFFECTS IS BECAUSE PROZAC HAS A MUCH LONGER HALF LIFE THAN EFFEXOR. THE SEROTONIN IN YOUR BRAIN STAYS MORE STABLE WITH THE PROZAC IN YOUR SYSTEM, AS THE DRUGS GRADUALLY COMES OFF YOU ARE ABLE TO SLOWLY WEAN OFF.
Am content on Effexor, Prozac didn't work for me, Seroxat did too.Citalapram worked for a couple of years, then failed. Coming off meds. is best done over a long time, cold turkey would bring on an instant relapse.(My experience). All the boxes ticked in the leaflet that came with the meds. Libido does take a bashing, but that's the price to pay to stop freaking out/suicidal thoughts, when you're dead it's unlikely that there's much sex?
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