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Abrupt stop of Effexor on my own...side effects?

Posted by Cindy on May 6, 1999, at 9:33:00

I am new here and I am not even sure if I am posting this in the right place or even the right web site so please bear with me.
I was taking Effexor XR 150mg daily. Take note of was. I stopped last week without talking to my doctor and now I don't know if what I am experiencing is some sort of withdrawl or what. There is a flu going around so maybe this is it too, I don't know. I am sick to my stomack but not throwing up. I get little 'jolts' through me, not big ones but they are frequent. I was taking 75mg but it was increase in the fall after trying to stop living. After a while it felt like I was getting better but was still very tired and I have two little ones to care for so sleeping all the time is not an option for me. Anyhow, I got tired of being tired all the time. So, I stopped taking the pills. Let me say that I think they were not doing the job anymore or maybe its just me, at any rate, I don't feel 'well' anymore anyhow, so I don't see the point in taking them now. I have forgotten them on occasion and did feel sick before but should I still feel this queezy after a week? I havne't been in touch with my doctor, not sure if I will. Frankly, I think I am too much for her anyhow adn I find myself not telling her things that maybe I should. Not sure what this is supposed to mean. So, anyone go off Effexor on their own and did you have any effects like feeling sick? little jolts? I also feel ready to snap at any moment, just real moody and teary. Please don't ask me to seek my doc. I just want to know when I will stop feeling sick and the mood swings will stop? Thanks for any input on the medication.




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