Prozac for effexor withdrawal

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Avatar m tn 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.
1331182 tn?1275479204 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.
Avatar f tn 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.
1636357 tn?1300258094 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...
Avatar n tn 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.
Avatar f tn 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.
Avatar n tn 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.
Avatar m tn 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.
Avatar m tn 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.
Avatar n tn 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.
Avatar f tn 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.
220090 tn?1379170787 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...
Avatar m tn 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.
20290546 tn?1494340570 and for the 15 minutes i'm given for my appointment my Dr started me on 20mg of Prozac. Needless to say since I started the Withdrawal, I quit my job and I'm putting my family though hell. My job was my trigger when I started Effexor. It was during an audit that I knew was right and eventually so did everyone else. My job even though I'm not there anymore is a huge trigger. I don't even go near that place and avoid it at all costs.
Avatar m tn 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.
768617 tn?1475035656 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.
Avatar n tn 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?
Avatar n tn 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!
Avatar n tn 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.
Avatar n tn 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.
Avatar n tn 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.
Avatar n tn 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.
Avatar n tn 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.
Avatar f tn I am now over two weeks without effexor, but I also started prozac to help. The worst of the withdrawal is over and I am able to function again. However, I am still feeling some symptoms. Wether this is due to withdrawal or the prozac start up side effects I'm not sure. What I do know if that my psychiatrist thinks its just plain old depression and not the withdrawal. She increased my prozac from 10mg to 20mg.
Avatar n tn 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?
Avatar n tn 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.
Avatar n tn 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.
532848 tn?1214348768 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.