Effexor withdrawal symptoms side effects

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Avatar n tn Shortly after I started the drug, I started having hot flashes and bad leg cramps. My doctor then prescribed Effexor for those side effects. I started at 37.5 mg and worked up to 75mg which I took for 5 years. A month ago he changed my prescription to 37.5 mg and said to stop once the medicine ran out. I took my last pill 3 days ago. I feel horrible. I have nausea, dizziness, a swoshing feeling when I turn my head from side to side and just feel bad overall. I have been cranky and moody.
Avatar m tn Treatment started with 75mg Effexor and I got good result quickly. But the side effects started to mount up, I felt lazy, gained weight and lost interest in activities and sex. We cut back to 37.5 mg, things improved a little, but I want to feel more active again. it has been 18 months. Do I dare request to taper off? Is ther eeven a smaller dose? Would an different drug be an option. I think I am dealing with the flash back issue, but then again I am on Effexor!
Avatar f tn No, not crazy. It could be withdrawal symptoms from one med and side-effects from another. I'm not very knowledgeable about meds so any comments are best left to the expert (or other well-informed members). I'm sorry you are feeling so bad.
Avatar n tn does anyone know when the side effects of weaning yourself off of effexor stop? i have been completely off of it for three days now and i still feel awful. my coordination is off, i feel confused and forgetful, but the most irritating and troublesome side effect is one that is hard to describe. about ever ten seconds or so i get a really strange feeling in my head. almost like a pulsy - dizzy - out of it feeling. im just wondering when these things will go away. i feel so odd. thanks!
Avatar n tn I have been reading everyone's comments on the withdrawal symptoms of Effexor. It seems to me, whether you quit cold turkey, or go off of it slowly, the withdrawal symptoms are the same. I have been off Effexor for 3 days because I could not afford to refill the prescription. My psychiatrist put me on it when I was going through my divorce. I was having a bad time of it so he put me on the Effexor and Gabapentin. I am still taking the Gabapentin.
Avatar n tn never mentioned that Effexor is associated with withdrawal symptoms. The effects of the Wellbutrin seemed to kick in almost immediately. My libido jumped way up, and just like that I quit smoking cold turkey. I couldn't stand the smell or taste of cigarettes all of the sudden. Now without the smoking, I also found that my morning coffee was nearly forgotten. (I'm sure that withdrawal from nicotine and caffeine added to my symptoms.
Avatar n tn it is possible its side effects from going off the meds, I had the terrible side effects from coming off effexor and they told me to wait it out, 6 weeks Ispent in the house, lost my job and everything, finally i put yself back on it and the side effects went away......you might be very sensitive to the pills like me and have to wean off more slowly...how did you wean off?
768617 tn?1475035656 Has anyone ever chose to take all natural medications instead of prescriptions due to withdrawal and/or side effects of Effexor or related medications, and asked their physician about it, and the physician disagree? I was wondering because mt physician disagrees with me resorting to all natural medications.
Avatar n tn I'm now at week 5 completely not taking anything and I'm feeling what appear to be withdrawal symptoms. I feel light headed, dizzy, confused. Is this normal? How long will it last for? thanks.
Avatar n tn Do this pranayam daily, twice a day, and the side effects of withdrawal will be reduced. The pranayam is very relaxing and you will notice the benefit in weeks. Build up your timing gradually.If you feel tired or dizzy, stop and resume after one minute.
Avatar m tn It does seem that withdrawing from Effexor could be related. Usually, side effects including increased depression and crying. Since your tests all came back normal , I think you can safely wait until the scheduled neurology visit. Let your shrink know if your condition worsens.
611559 tn?1233780045 Though I initially felt some mild side effects from withdrawal (slightly lightheaded at times and occasional headache) the main problem that I seem to have is anger. I feel fine most of the time, but I am very quick to tear up over very mildly sad/cute or whatever situation. And I seem to get very cranky at the drop of a hat. I notice that one second I am fine and the next I am really mad about something fairly trivial. Big question: is this anger a side effect of stopping the Effexor?
Avatar f tn Throughout the whole weaning process I really didn't suffer any serious withdrawal symptoms but now I am having a bunch of problems. I can't sleep (I still take two sleep meds), I have periodic nausea, headaches, lightheadedness, foot and leg pain, fatigue, headache and excessive sweating including night sweats.
Avatar m tn The most effective way was to take to Effexor back up to a dose the did not give them the withdrawal side effects, that ADD 20mg of Prozac to the mix for 4 weeks. then and only then we would start slowly step down off of the Effexor 37.5mg a week until off. Then after one month more cut Prozac back to 10mg for two more weeks then go completely dry. 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....
Avatar m tn Fortunately or unfortunately I came down with the flu, strep throat and an upper respiratroy infection on day 14 - that week my physical health symptoms trumped the WD symptoms. However, Sunday was day 21 without the Effexor and my second day feeling human after my sickness. The "brain zaps" appear to be gone, but I had a nightmare. I think I am coming out of the woods.
Avatar n tn The Lipitor and Xanax weren't that hard, no major side effects. But I was totally not prepared for the hell getting off Effexor. I applaud each and every one of you for trying to quit this thing. I think that if you have depression and anxiety, as I have had, that sometimes you just have to change your life. You can't just keep taking a pill. Maybe I'm wrong, but I have this feeling that I don't ever want to take another pill again, even if I drop dead. At least I will die with dignity.
Avatar n tn I also take 450 mg of Wellbutrin every day, as well as 150 of Effexor -- I've taken those with only beneficial results and no negative side effects. The big one is I've been taking suboxone, very small doses, like 1/2 a mg a day... and I've been doing this for about 3 years. And now I would like to stop. In fact I have stopped -- and I'm on day 2. My doctor tells me I should be feeling better in about a week.
Avatar n tn Now I am just on the wellbutrin and I am fine, no side-effects at all. Also, the effexor withdrawal symptoms did have nausea, headache, vertigo... as well as other symptoms too for me, so it sounds like it could be effexor withdrawal for you too maybe. Hope the withdrawal symptoms get better soon! I really like wellbutrin, I hope it works well for you too!
Avatar n tn Please consult a physician about any unusual symptoms.
Avatar f tn Were you weaned off the Effexor gradually? If so, the withdrawal symptoms are usually not too bad. If however you stopped taking the medication abruptly you would experience terrible withdrawal symptoms. If it's been 3 weeks, you have probably already been through the worst of it. Just hang in there, you will start feeling better. It does take time.
Avatar n tn There are so many withdrawal effects and it is so difficult to distinguish between withdrawal effects and any underlying anxiety.
Avatar n tn I have not been able to find anything on the internet about withdrawal on such a low dose. I would like to be relieved of these symptoms, but not if withdrawal is going to be horrible. Also will it help with not sleeping well? I know hot flashes and menopause is a new use for this drug, and hoping you can help me clear this up. My doctor said not to worry because of the extremely low dose. Thanks for your comments.
468784 tn?1207160705 My doctor told me that if I stayed on effexor my baby might have withdrawal symptoms and might have to go into the NICU...but she said it was 'no big deal'! Well, I thought that that was the craziest thing that I have ever heard! I have withdrawn from Effexor before and I remembered how awful I felt, why would I do that to my baby?! Why would I allow my baby to have tremours and possibly have to go to the NICU?!
Avatar m tn Zoloft stopped working for me, Paxil and Lexapro dont work for me so this Med has been treating my symptoms fine, then I read these effexor horror stories and it sounds like I'm taking the "Devil Pill". Maybe i should just not read the effexor posts i was just wondering if anyone had any positive experience with it..............