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Re: Horrible Withdrawal Effects from Effexor Rey

Posted by CJ Nightowl on July 11, 2003, at 0:10:09

In reply to Horrible Withdrawal Effects of Effexor, posted by madpoet11 on July 10, 2003, at 15:30:05

Hi Rey,
I just came on tonight for the first time in a couple months because I started Prozac 3 weeks ago and don't like it. I was looking for an alternative when I came across your posting. I thank God that I read this because I had forgotten why I didn't like the Effexor. I was on it 2 years ago and although I don't remember why I wanted to go off of it, I do remember (now) the horrible time I had with the withdrawals. I too had the numbness in the upper lip, as well as my tongue. I was so dizzy that I couldn't even stand up. This went on for days and days, to the point where I was ready to go to the emergency room. My husband finally realized that I was really in bad shape, so he got me in to see my internist. She gave me an Effexor right there on the spot and made me take it. She said that I could not come off of any anti-depressant cold-turkey. I tried to tell her that I was not doing it that way, I had been gradually tapering off for a period of 6 weeks or so. When the symptoms subsided within a few hours, I knew I had to seek some real professional help and that's how I ended up with a pdoc for the first time in my life. He started me on Celexa and the Effexor every other day and finally I was able to get off of the horrid stuff. I did feel residual dizziness for a couple more months though. If there is a class action law suit pending, I would definitely like to know about it. Good luck to you. It will stop, with the help of an SSRI.




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