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Avatar n tn I too am comming off of Effexor. I've been on many different antidepressants though out my life and didn't have this much trouble getting off them. My brain feels like it's skipping a beat. I'm not dizzy, but I feel uneven! When I try to sleep it feels like my skin has pins and needles all over it! I'm taypering over a week and a half but I'm not sure if I can do this now. I can't even drive my car or memember words and numbers that I use all the time! Does anyone have any suggestions?
Avatar n tn Effexor XR therefore has a longer half-life than Effexor. Effexor has to be taken twice a day while Effexor XR once a day.
Avatar m tn I just cant understand why your mid can play tricks on you that much that you can feel so terrible. Well to make a long story short, He reccomended to have me on effexor for a month, he gave me a packet that starts me out on 37.5 mg then after a week it goes up to 75mg. I am just curious if this medication will help and if this is dangerous. I asked him about the side effects and he said they were nothing really to worry about. Thank you for all your help.
1665434 tn?1365242498 All I can say is that it was very difficult for me to come off of, due to the short half life. I was terrible... but not everyone has the same experience. My psych. to me that is the last drug that he will ever try. However, many people are helped by it. I would say if you decide to stop, please use the help of a dr.
Avatar n tn I have now been off Effexor for 13 1/2 months, and have my life back in control. For me short term ended up being nearly 3 years on antidepressants that I don't regret. If I had it to do over again, Effexor would definitely be my choice.
607502 tn?1288251140 Anyone got any experiences, thoughts, ideas on Effexor (Venlafaxine) as an Anti depressant and in particular experiences using it and using it with Lithium?
Avatar n tn Hi, When the doc took me off effexor he weaned me down on half doses (75mg) per day and built me up on zoloft (50mg) per day. I experienced sadness, frustration, and sort of uncontrolled anger expressed quite loudly at work during the week ahead but as I started zoloft full dose a week later the withdrawal went away. This doesn't mean it works for everyone but that's how it went for me. Coming off effexor is definitely a withdrawal in every sense.
Avatar f tn My doctor has me on 75mg now for 3 months. I know when it is time for the half life to be over and I am having more problems, fuzzy, sick to my stomach. In the last 2 weeks I have been counting individulal beads because I want this to be over. Now last week my ankles were swollen, hand and face. Doctor said that I am in congestive heart failure. I didn't tell him about the effexor. I am scared. What should I do?
Avatar m tn If you want to know why it this works, a big part of it is the half-life of the medicine (Effexor is 3 hours vs. Prozac 70 hours....short half life means far worse withdrawal). Second is the receptors that Prozac hits vs Effexor which ends up reversing the withdrawal effect. Then when you finally get off Prozac it just slowly fades away over a 7 day period out of your body without any withdrawal.
4753943 tn?1359938169 Tomorrow I start taking splitting the pill in half and taking half in the morning, half at night. After a week it will be only half a day, until I cut it out altogether. I would just love extra information that will help make this rough time as easy as possible. (because it is not the only medication I'm coming off of) Thanks.
Avatar m tn how can I servive wid this shaky body rest of my life it destroyed my life it feels when I wakeup until I sleep nothing wrong wid my medical report n even doctor doesn't know what is happening wid me I think so bcoz what medicine dey giving me is not stopping body earthquake plz if any one knows how to stop dis plz write me I would be gr8 pleasure me n I will be thinkful rest of my lofe
408795 tn?1324939275 If you google Effexor, you'll find a petition from individuals that: "have or are experiencing "often ignored" serious side effects of this medication. And that thousands of patients in the US and worldwide are unable to discontinue Effexor or even reduce dosage due to the rapid onset of severe withdrawal-like symptoms which often initiates before a patient begins dose reduction due to the short half-life of Effexor.
Avatar n tn How long does it take for Effexor XR to totally leave the system? I know the half life is supposedly 3-4 days. When will ALL withdrawal side-effects be gone?
728480 tn?1312063530 Ive been taking Venlafaxine 225mg for 3 and a half months it isnt eleviating low mood at all. Instead it is making me angry and slightly erraqtic finding it hard to settle or sleep. I told my doctor all he said was keep taking it. The anger inside me bursts out without thinking like never before and im straining relationships. I feel my depression isnt this chemical business in the brain. Im in therapy which is good.
Avatar m tn You see, what a difference between you and me. You say they have taken your life away, I say they have given me my life back. Josh, good luck with your withdrawal. Let us know how you get on.
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Avatar n tn Take a half dose of 37.5 mg every day during the entire 2nd week. Week three: Take 37.5 for day one/then none day two/37.5 for day three/ none day four. By the fourth week you could be done, but during this weaning process it is important to be aware of your body and what is happening. You might have some odd symptoms, but all should pass if related to the Effexor. Weaning from Effexor is easy for some but that is not to say it is for all.
Avatar n tn I've been on effexor for about 7 years, due to my husbands lung cancer and eventual death 6 years ago. Today my life seems fine, I;m not unhappy, I do have a gluten allergy and severe osteoarthritis and chronic anemia. I have recently decided to go off the Effexor, unfortunately, I didn't think it was going to be that big a deal, but have learned that I should have consulted my doctor before doing so. However, I took my dose of 37.
Avatar n tn You are going to have a hard time figuring out what is what. I think it is safer to Slowly taper off of Effexor XR then you should find out what the half life of Effexor is. Meaning how long dose it take to get completely out of your system after you take you last dose. Once it's out of your system then Start the Paxil.
Avatar f tn I am weaning off effexor and the withdrawls are HORRIBLE! If anyone is about to start taking it, research all of your options first. It is good for depression however if I would have known what it is like to wean off it. . . I would have not started it. I read a lot about how people gained weight when they first started it, but I was wondering if anyone has gained weight coming off of it?
Avatar m tn I am working full time and a mommy a wife when I get home.. Life used to be so easy before Effexor. I went from 75MG..to 37.5 MG and now I’ve broke pen the capsule and I’m taking 45 pellet of the 105 that are in the capsule … I went to my Doctor who said I should be able to quit it by now and I went two days with out it and I feel like I’m going to die. He gave me Zofran for the nausea but I’m afraid to take it because I don’t trust him now. Will Zofran help? Has anyone else taken it?
Avatar n tn I think it is probably in my best interest to go back on the Effexor and get back to my life right now- and I'll try again to get off it once my wedding is over. But I am afraid that I will never be able to get off this awful stuff and I won't be able to function and live my life without it! Someone please tell me how to get through this!
Avatar n tn I am the boyfriend that "ames" wrote about. I have been effexor free for about a year and a half now. I no longer suffer from the small seizures, or brain shivers, that phase of the withdrawal ending after about six months. I have to admit, those episodes were very disturbing. The lingering effects seem to be an inability to sleep normally, and some mild anxiety. I also have trouble staying "on task" for more than a few minutes.
Avatar f tn 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.
Avatar f tn Go and speak to your doctor about switching to another anti depressant that is easier to get off. Effexor has a half life of 5 hours which means that 5 hours after you take it, there is only half of it left in your system, then 5 hours later 1/2 again. This is why you feel so bad if you miss a pill.....if you skip a day then take another 37.5 mg you have just put yourself back where you were the last time you took a pill. Prozac has a half life of a week!
Avatar n tn I have been on Effexor for about 1 year for depression and anxiety. I take 75 mg. per day, which has worked wonderfully for me. I went from living life on a rollercoaster of emotions and at sometimes not even wanting to go on, to being able to deal with life's ups and downs as a healthy, normal person. Just in the past couple of weeks I have noticed small tinges of the old depression (nothing major), but I'm wondering if my body has gotten used to the 75 mg.
Avatar f tn My doctor started me on Effexor XR a couple weeks ago. I'm not exactly sure of the dosage because they were in a trial pack. The first two weeks I was supposed to take a smaller pill/dosage and then go up to the larger one. What I'm wondering is will I have w/d's from this and what is everyone's general thoughts on it. It seems to be helping but it's hard to tell. He gave it to me after I flipped out in his office crying (my mom had just died and I had a hysterectomy etc.