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Re: Effexor Withdrawal Nortriptyline Qs sl

Posted by Mitch on May 28, 2001, at 1:14:24

In reply to Re: Effexor Withdrawal Nortriptyline Qs, posted by sl on May 27, 2001, at 20:37:50


Been on nortiptyline-I found it the most tolerable of the tricylic antidepressants. If you were *tired* on Effexor, this might help. If it doesn't I would ask about some Desipramine or Wellbutrin (that is if you don't have anxiety troubles!).

> > > The withdrawal isn't supposed to start for a couple days, but my teeth have been tingling and I've got no energy and...blech.
> > It sounds to me that you may have gone off of it too fast. My doctor did tell me it can take 3-4 weeks to come off of it. I wonder why Effexor is so hard to come off of???
> I probably DID come off it too fast. But as soon as my mood went downhill, I knew I needed to get off it ASAP so I could start the new one that much sooner. I'm miserable, mentally and physically, and I need to start the new meds but I can't til Effexor has been done for a week.
> The physical withdrawal symptoms are worse now, I haven't taken any Effexor since Thursday. I'm nauseous, dizzy, headachey, and twitchy. And so scatterbrained my friend told me he thought I should be on Ritalin. :P
> But I've also read on here about people who took it all slow and stuff and STILL wound up miserable, so I might as well go faster if I'm going to feel lousy ANYWAY.
> And my [wonderful] pharmacist told me it'll take 3 weeks for my brain to go back to "normal". :/
> I have no idea why Effexor is so much worse to come off than other drugs, by the way, it really doesn't SEEM like it should be that much worse.
> I'm taking St John's Wort and Evening Primrose Oil to try to blunt the mood-crashes and side-effects too....and a week from tomorrow I start Nortriptyline. *shiver*
> Can anyone give me a quick crash-course in Nortriptyline? What'll happen if I drink on it, does it cause any weird side effects that might not be in the literature, etc?
> Thanks...
> sl




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