I just discontinued taking Effexor
XR after about 2 and
a half years and
it was the most difficult and
painful thing I have ever done! The side effects for me were: increased depression, confusion, dizziness, diarrhea, nausea, and very weird dreams.
The only relief I am getting is by switching to an SSRI, Celexa. The "Discontinuation Syndrome" from the Effexor XR seems to be going away very slowly, but I hope surely!
I hope that's helpful!