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Re: Effexor withdrawal - slightly better news

Posted by Paul on December 31, 1998, at 17:29:57

In reply to Re: Effexor withdrawal - very bad news, posted by saint james on December 31, 1998, at 0:42:34

A couple weeks ago I tapered off 375mg/day Effexor XR (eXtended Release - easier dosing), while ramping up desiprimine.

Was not fun. I felt an odd blend of dizzy and fuzzy-headed. However, the day I still felt fuzzed out (on around 37.5 mg Effexor), I happened to my third biweekly "craniosacral therapy" treatment.

Afterward, I realized the dizzy-fuzziness had lifted for the first time in days. Stayed away for a couple hours, and returned only mildly and briefly. I stopped the Effexor cold at that point.

I don't know much about craniosacral therapy except:

- it was apparently pioneered by a Dr. John Upledger, one of whose books ventured a little far toward the spooky for me
- Dr. Andrew Weil recently said it helped kids with recurrent ear infections
- it's very gentle and mellow, as I've experienced it: extremely relaxing, non-threatening, pleasant.

If craniosacral therapy can help somone else deal w/withdrawal, that'd be great. It seemed to help me, unless the effect was coincidental and it was really the desiprimine that finally started to help. I doubt it.

I've now switched to Celexa, by the way, which has fewer side effects than desiprimine for me and seems to be working reasonably well.

Best wishes for a New Year full of peace, love and joy.




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