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Re: weaning off effexor after 3 years at 300 mgs

Posted by boatsie on June 2, 2004, at 16:49:56

In reply to Re: weaning off effexor after 3 years at 300 mgs, posted by Jiggitykid on June 1, 2004, at 10:18:34

I am lying on my couch with this horrid headache and trying to remember if I re-upped my Effexor to 300 (i had been down to 150 for two days and at the same time cutting back on ativan and lorazepam). I am 53 and have been on medication for 9 years. My psychiatrist recently went to a seminar at Stanford in which the report was that NO ONE who has suffered a severe psychotic break can hope to live free of medication ...!! (Yes, i pointed out to her that ONLY the drug companies are doing research now and how many patients does she have who are trying to get off meds now... and this is a psy that i trust but she has her vision .... )
I read all your postings after rising from couch -- brain zaps, the hampster dance in the chest (is this that cortisone rush thing?), the fear of going to sleep, the hallucinogenic nightmares, thought disorders...... ALL the symptoms we treated and which start to reapear when i try to lower ativan...

Yesterday, I had the beginnings of this incredible headache, weakenss in arms and hands and legs, depression, long sleep,

Noone ever told me about effexor's short life..... I don't know what to address first, the effexor or the ativan/lorazepam .....
Has anyone received support from a doctor? Is there any professional out there that has done the research on withdrawal....
And is there hope for leading a normal life after withdrawal. I am so frightened.
Can someone please respond?




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