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Re: How long does withdrawal from Effexor last?

Posted by cpallen79 on March 18, 2004, at 14:47:06

In reply to Re: How long does withdrawal from Effexor last?, posted by slinky on March 5, 2004, at 6:53:03

I want to tell you all how much I feel for you. i took a very small dose of effexor for about 13 months. i tapered off by removing roughly 50 pellets from each capsule and then taking the rest for about a month, then i went cold turkey. I still went through withdrawal hell (anxiety, brain "shocks", etc...). I was ok for about a month or two (occasional brain shocks) but then I became very sensitive to the world around me and have been suffering from severe anxiety. Alot of it is due to life changes at a VERY VULNERABLE POINT (only a month off effexor when the life events occurred- your brain is still like mush at this point). I am going to try Buspar to take the edge off my anxiety for awhile... I haven't had much luck with it before as it gives me dizziness... (by the way if anyone has suggestions for countering that dizziness I'm all ears!). If the Buspar doesn't work, It's back to an SSRI, but one with a much longer half life and without norenepherine properties. I'm hopeful the buspar will get me through this anxiety hoop as I've only ever had one major anxiety episode in my life of a comparable nature, that being when i was 17 and was under extreme duress (identity crisis- kind of like what I'm going through now). It took Xanax and therapy to get me through that. I have faith that this will pass and I'll get the life back that I love!

> Hi Rainy
> You shouldn't feel a loser for going back on it, I failed many times to quit.
> Yesterday feels like a very bad dream
> I'm getting waves of dread can't do anything...crazy.
> If it wasn't for the weird physical stuff I could try and take my mind of things...can't even listen to music , feel trapped in myself.
> Hopefully the mornings anxiety will settle down a bit.
> Take care , be kind to yourself.




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