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Scared to Stop Effexor XR--HELP

Posted by CaliGirl22 on April 17, 2004, at 13:34:30

In reply to Re: beginning to wean hopefully losing weight, posted by Putford on April 15, 2004, at 16:45:37

I am new to the board. I just recently found this and I can relate to almost every post. I have been on EffexorXR for about three years. I am up to 225mg a day. I have wanted to quit for about a year now. Before I started the medication I was a size 3 and could eat anything from a large pizza, to cake, to anything and not gain an ounce. Since I have been on this medication I have gained 50 pounds and up to a size 11. I am freaking out and can not stand the weight gain and self conscious ever since. I don't even eat like I used to. I eat salad, fruit, healthy food and I exercise. I still continue to gain weight. I am sick of taking three pills a day. If I am late even two hours I can feel side effects. I sweat more than I used to and have to switch deodorants.

I want off, and I do not know how to do it. I see everyones response and let me say if I had known... I would NEVER have agreed to take it. Ive taken Wellbutrin and Zoloft. I dont remember why I stopped those and switched to this. I will see my Dr. Soon, but I am a full time student and I work full time. I can NOT let it affect my schedule. What should I do? How long is the process to eventually having tolerable side effects? Weeks? Months? I have this quarter off from school, so I want to get the worse part over with before I go back. I don’t want to freak out from the side effects around co-workers or friends. I know I will say something I shouldn't. What should I do? Thanks.




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