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Re: ? re: PHYSICAL DANGER w/abrupt discontinuation

Posted by jamie on July 11, 1999, at 9:27:00

In reply to ? re: PHYSICAL DANGER w/abrupt discontinuation, posted by Jane on July 11, 1999, at 8:03:59

> Is there any physical danger in abruptly discontinuing Effexor XR? I have heard warnings of abruptly discontinuing Xanax because of seizure possibility. Is it the same with Eff? Can the uncomfortable side effects of withdrawal from Eff. be shortened by spending a week just focusing on surviving without the med? Has anyone had GOOD success with discontinuing this med?

I don't know about actual physical danger, like seizures or something, from stopping abruptly. The real danger is the possibility of plummeting so quick as to lose all sense of control or willpower. Suicide could become a real risk, even if it seems an extreme remote ridiculous possiblity right now. Why would you want to stop so fast? Might be OK, but I wouldn't do it. Don't think any doctor or literature would support it either.

I do have a friend who did though. She stopped Effexor abruptly from a medium dose. She went into an obvious hypomanic state. Came over to wash her car. Then washed mine, both of them. Then the neighbors. Then the other neighbors. By then it was way after dark and cold out. She was having a blast. A few days later it settled into a mild depression and then leveled off. She is OK now with nothing. You just don't know what tricks the mind will play on you. Easy does it my friend. Don't want to sound overly cautious, but maybe I am. If you are going onto a different AD, might try cutting down Effexor slowly and adding the new one slowly at the same time (but not with MAOI). Many times a wash out period isn't needed. Good luck. jamie




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