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Getting off Effexor XR (if I can)!!!

Posted by kataklysm on January 18, 2003, at 5:44:32

In reply to EFFEXOR personal warning to you, posted by Cirafly24 on January 17, 2003, at 22:53:25

I posted this up top (I'm a newbie to this forum) under another topic but it will better serve here people here, so I'm pasting it.

My younger brother and I both have had anxiety problems throughout our lives. I tried Paxil when I was 19 and didn't like the way it made me feel/act, so I got off of it within 3 months.

Well, my brother told me about this Effexor XR that he's been on for two years (I'm 26 now) and says "it works awesome."

I decided that I would try it and the effects were almost instantaneous!!! My feeling of anxiety almost completely disappeared; it seemed like a miracle drug. This came at the cost of a few minor side effects, like most drugs. I get the weird dreams, sweating, drowsiness (sometimes), and tremors when I'm falling asleep, but the pros still outweighed the cons.

Well, my brother just decided that he was going to see what life was like now without the drug and he slowly tapered himself off (honestly, probably rushed a little) within a week. Well, that was 3 weeks ago and he's had migrane headaches ever since and has been iratable and not himself. This guy's normally a teddy bear! He went to the doctor again and they're going to try a different way to get him off.

Anyway, the end of my siloquy here (sorry), he did some research on the adverse effects that Effexor may have on people and he sent me a link on it. I've only been on it for about 6 months and I'm cutting my losses. Somebody posted before about the way this drug makes people react differently (side-effects etc.)... Makes you wonder what it really IS doing to your brain.

Please check out this link! I'm not trying to scare anybody; I just want people to be weary.





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