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Re: Effexor Withdrawal Highly Overrated

Posted by jtc on March 30, 2003, at 21:36:10

In reply to Re: Effexor Withdrawal Highly Overrated, posted by dongerue on March 30, 2003, at 15:38:56

Hi all,
Has anyone had any problems with going off Effexor XR? I am having serious withdrawal. Today is my third day of no Effexor at all. I tapered down from 75 mg to 37.5. Took the 37.5 for about two weeks daily then every other day for about two weeks and now am into third day of no Effexor. I am completely crazy. I have crying spells and my two little girls, ages 8 and 3 don't know what has happened to their mom and my husband, well he just completely does not understand. This is really scary and I would not recommend this medication to anyone, however it did help me. I have taken it for about 10 months and have much weight gain so my psychiatrist and I decided I should try to go off of it since it is Spring and things start to get a little better for those of us who have depression (or so my psychiatrist says) but I also have anxiety. If I had known it was going to be like this I would have never started taking it. I should have stayed on Luvox. The withdrawal is so not worth the help it gave me. My 8 year old is also taking Effexor XR 37.5 mg but I am taking her off of it when school is out in May (or maybe sooner). I just hope she does not experience the same symptoms I have. I am going to watch her really closely though. I have flu like symptoms, shortness of breath, headache, nausea, irritable bowel syndrome, irritability, depression and I feel like I am becoming manic depressive and also bipolar. Thank goodness I am still taking Klonopin. I just hope this gets better. If anyone has any advice please please send it to me. I really like this posting board and it is very helpful. Thanks so much and God Bless us all....jtc

> >Hello:
> Well I finally succeeded in getting off of the effexor. But about 4 days later I began to feel so low, I would have to look up at a snake. So I started taking some Effexor xr (75mg)with my 300mg a day of welbutrin. I seem to be doing ok with this dosage. I still have some energy and the other problems seem better.
> Don
> > I am thinking of switching to Welbutrin (I have depression and anxiety, mostly anxiety). I am now on 225 mg of effexor and taking a ambien (a sleeping pill at night). How is it going now? Do you recommend switching?
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> > > > I recently switched from Effexor to Welbutrin. Had no problems with withdrawal. The Dr. Had me ramp down. I switched due to sexual side effects. That was the only side effect I had, otherwise the Effexor was working great. Wish I could say the same for the Welbutrin.
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> > > It may have been no problem with you but it is a purple bitch for me. I tapered off reducing dosage at the rate of 37mg per week. I then quit and I felt nausiated, headaches, general malaise, ringing in the ears, with sudden sharp disturbances in ears and eyes. I quit and switched to welbutrin for the same reason you mentioned, but as of now, I have been off all effexor for two weeks and I still feel awful. I don't know the answer yet but I will let you know. Any help would be appreciated
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