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Re: Effexor withdrawal symptoms!

Posted by kananee on September 1, 2004, at 10:06:25

In reply to Re: Effexor withdrawal symptoms!, posted by Anandia on August 31, 2004, at 23:16:57

For all us (most of us) who have been confronted by the skepticism of our pysdocs, GPs and therapists about the hideous effects of coming off Effexor, here's a bit of irony:

"During marketing of other SSRIs and SNRIs (serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors), there have been spontaneous reports of adverse events occurring upon discontinuation of these drugs, particularly when abrupt, including the following: dysphoric mood, irritability, agitation, dizziness, sensory disturbances (e.g., paresthesias such as electric shock sensations), anxiety, confusion, headache, lethargy, emotional lability, insomnia, hypomania, tinnitus, and seizures. Although these events are generally self-limiting, some have been reported to be severe."

This is excerpted from official literature published by Lilly on 8/3/04. Why? Because Lilly just got FDA approval for its own Effexor-type drug, Cymbalta. Supposedly as effective as Effexor for MDD but without the horrible side effects.

See for more information. The excerpt is from an 18-page .pdf file on the Cymbalta site.




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