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Re: withdrawal effects - effexor xr

Posted by jerz on May 28, 2001, at 23:05:58

In reply to Re: withdrawal effects - effexor xr, posted by KatieGinger on May 25, 2001, at 3:50:05

> < < well this is an update on my withdrawal - i have now gotten down to taking 9mg every other day. i started this week. so far it is going okay. i am also still gaining weight which is depressing me. has anyone had success in weight loss after the weaning process is over? does anyone know how long this medication remains in you after you stop taking it? thanks for all the help. > >

Hi. I've only posted a few other times, so I'll repeat some of what I've said before. I stopped Effexor XR on April 23 after tapering over 2-3 months. It wasn't fun, but it wasn't as bad as some folks have had it, based on what I've read here. My withdrawal symptoms lasted about 2 more weeks, off and on, after that last dose (I had tapered down to approx. 5 mg/day for about a week, then stopped).

I gained about 20 pounds during the tapering and have only lost about 4 since then. I'm sure I gained the weight because the tapering made me crave carbs like never before. The cravings are gone now, but my appetite, in general, is bigger than it ws while on the drug.

All I can say is good luck and hang in there. Jerz
> This withdrawal stuff is scary . . . I've been on/off Effexor for about . . . 2 years now. I never have any nasty side effects, except for the extraordinarily large pupils. But the glassy effect that makes me look like I'm on LSD fades.
> But I was off Effexor for almost an entire year and my pupils were still huge. That's the only long-standing effect I've come across. I guess I'm pretty lucky not to have gone through the scary withdrawal stuff . . .
> =KatieGinger=




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