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Re: Effexor withdrawal - very bad news

Posted by Nancyk on January 24, 2001, at 9:50:00

In reply to Re: Effexor withdrawal - very bad news, posted by lissy on January 23, 2001, at 7:47:07

> > Unfortunately, your doctor should have reduced your dosage more gradually. He should have brought you down only by 25%, taking a 75mg and a 37.5mg. IF I had ever forgotten to take a 150 mg before bed I would have very serious physical side effects by the time I got up the next morning. Reducing by 25% at a time so far has not given me this effect. Maybe you should talk to your doctor again. I hope this helps.
Good luck.
> >
> > Reduced 150mg to 75 mg- 1 wk later I was very depressed, headaches, anxiety, muscle and bone aches, and I wanted to sleep all day!
> > My doctor gave me Tylenol 3 then Vicoden. I ended up with such anxiety that I had the shakes. He the put me on Alprazolam and back to 150mg. Feel better all the way around except I realized tonight I have been taking 300 mg instead (2 pills instead of 1)
> >
> > My doctor is now telling me "You are going to have to be on this medication for the rest of your life" This scares me! This all started because I want to quite smoking. That medication should be combined with Effexor. I don't want 2 addictions. And thats exactly what this is.
> I had all that too and it took about 3weeks of being off it completely before I felt better so just stick w/it and you can make it thru even though it does feel like you are going to have a breakdown (I hated everyone except my kids but they sure irritated the heck out of me) I don't feel hateful anymore or achy or teary eyed. And that was w/out any sedatives to get me thru except benadryl since my doctor was never one to believe in giving sedatives which is what I wanted instead of a.d.s since it was just for pms but that is for a different thread. Good Luck you will make it thru.




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