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Re: Effexor side effects and withdrawral

Posted by Richard on July 12, 1999, at 1:12:23

In reply to Re: Effexor side effects and withdrawral, posted by TV on July 7, 1999, at 12:09:26

I discontinued Effexor XR 4 days ago after taking
doses as high as 1200 mg's a day, because I knew
eventually I would overdose or go nuts. Yes, I am
a recovering alcoholic addict, and of course I wen
from 100-150 mg's a day on up to 750 - 100 mg's a
day because it produced an amphetamine-like 'high'
for me and it didn't cause me to go into a depression like street drugs did. Problem was, of course, that I was still using, only it was 'legal'... I also couldn't sleep with my
wife because I would tremble and move incessantly in my sleep. I wouldn't get a good nights rest for
months until I let off of the dosage, and then,
Wow-- would I have dreams that would put any Hollywood script to shame. My wife, on the rare occasions she would try to sleep with me, was scared silly one night when she caught me talking
in 3 different voices during one of my dreams. I remember vividly the dream I was in during one of the vocalized dialogues she heard from me that night, but the other two I do not.
I am now on my 5th complete day of total
abstinence from effexor (as well as all other drugs) and I cannot rid myself of these annoying
electric shocks that seem to accompany my rapid-eye movements. However, the really bad shocks are
most definitely the ones I experience during what I like to call "the realization or conscious awareness of" a new discovery or maybe an "oh yeah !" type of thing that happens to all of us during the normal course of a day. It can be good , or it can be neutral, but the biggest "jolts" I receive are when these little discoveries are bad or evil in nature. Especially during confrontations or bad thoughts which actually come to pass. In short, the normal thoughts and judgements and observations we make during the course of a day. In other words, to totally avoid any shocks, I would have to be in a completely familiar environment with a comfortable dose of tunnel vision or some kind of 'lock-jaw' of the eye muscles.
Hopefully, this is making some kind of sense to those of you who think you are getting away with taking more Effexor XR than are being prescribed, and are curious about any others who are like you and going through this.
P. S. I have no more sweats and , believe it or not, I have MORE energy than I did before I stopped taking this.
E-mail me if you have something to say about any of this, good, bad, or indifferent. (no judgementals, please--been there...etc...)




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