Posted by girlie on November 4, 2001, at 18:37:23
In reply to Re: 4 Weeks off Effexor » Cam W., posted by Kristi on November 3, 2001, at 11:06:15
I am now 2 days off of Effexor XR...from 300mg/day. I weaned off very slowly, staying steady at 75mg for a few weeks until after my wedding/honeymoon. My last dose of 37.5 was on Friday.
Yesterday went pretty well, just a very mild case of the brain swooshes. Today I'm doing a little worse. I feel like crying for no reason and, the first time I let go and cry, I couldn't catch my breath on the "intake sob". My husband was with me and didn't know what to do as I gasped for breath. I was scared which, of course, made me cry harder, which did NOT help trying to catch my breath. Once I calmed down I was weepy for a few hours and eventually fell asleep. My appetite has decreased (NOT a BAD thing, since I've gained weight since being on this drug!) and when I do eat I feel nauseated. The brain swooshes are worse today, as well as the "electric shocks".
The only thing I didn't count on in the withdrawl process was the shortness of breath, which scared me to death! The other stuff I anticipated.