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Re: Effexor side effects and withdrawral

Posted by Eileen on July 17, 1999, at 23:21:23

In reply to Re: Effexor side effects and withdrawral, posted by sharon on July 6, 1999, at 20:52:52

> Hi Catherine.....I was on Effexor for 2 yrs. and thought that all the sweats, shivers, etc. etc. etc. was just peri-menopausal, until "I really found out what was going on".
> My last dose of Effexor was 6/21, and it has been pure "hell" since than. Everything everyone has written about under "effexor withdrawal" is true...Believe it or not....I break capsules open, divide out 9 "balls" equal in number between the sizes of lg, med, small. In roughly 1 hour they'll kick in and usually take me through the day. My MD suggested I go back up to 37.5 mg., but this Effexor withdrawal is scary and I just want the stuff out of my system.
> Let me know how and what you're doing???
> Sharon

Hi Catherine,

I have been on Effexor for 1 year, and decided to taper off.
From 150 mg:
75mg/day for 1 week
37.5 mg/day for 1 week
25mg/day for 1 week
12.5mg and 10mg Prozac/day for 1.5 weeks
10mg of Prozac for 1.5 weeks

If you taper down low, and add Prozac, you will not experience dizziness, or vomiting. At least I haven't.
I have only been free of drugs for 3 days, but while I was just on 10mg of Prozac,I started to feel depressed again. I feel depressed in the morning, but getting out of bed to brush my teeth or taking a shower helps me. Try exercising, or meditation to help ease the depression during the day. I usually break out of it by the afternoon.

I have read on the internet that you can feel anxiety, and or depression for 2-3 weeks after stopping. I'm trying to figure out if I'm experiencing withdrawal, or if I'm relapsing into depression again.




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