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Re: effexor xr 5 days off

Posted by Bunkie on June 16, 2003, at 11:35:48

In reply to Re: effexor xr 5 days off Bunkie, posted by CherC68 on June 13, 2003, at 21:42:03

> I've been off for 5 days now. The side effects are decreasing. I have a bit more anxiety and I am so unbelievably crabby. During Effexor I didn't sleep well, night vivid dreams, scary even, but I woke up at 5:00 - Now, I still wake up at 3:00 for a 1/2 hour or so, but...I can't wake up and when I do I'm pissed at the world! Zoloft didn't work - and Effexor didn't help. Now I'm afraid I'm sinking back into that same old trap. Cher

I have an appointment this week with the "Integrative Medicine" folks at UA (Andrew Wyles' group)to talk about multiple physical problems and bipolar. I am taking many meds and it becomes hard to know what is what. Which medication is causing what. Day seven and I am still experiencing dizziness when I turn my head quickly. I was actually feeling mean this weekend and dreaming mean dreams. Of course that translated into being cranky. I tried to remind myself that I am under the influence of a drug, even if it is withdrawal from the drug. I really worked on trying not to be so reactive but not always successful. The positive side of this is that I am reacting to things that I judge to be good to react to. I am seeing that on Effexor I was pretty laid back about most everything - including gaining too much weight (25 lbs over a year's time) and accepting that things weren't important enough to give my input and have it mean something. So...I move along and see what integrative medicine has to offer to someone with bipolar, elevated cholesterol and blood pressure, airborn allergies and a few other things.




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