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Re: My Effx withdrawel with no side effects!

Posted by Arhian on October 8, 2004, at 11:14:33

In reply to My Effx withdrawel with no side effects!, posted by meds4life on October 7, 2004, at 22:30:02

Hello from a newbie who is SO glad to find all of you!
I came off Effexor XR from 150 to 0 about 18 months ago, with horrid withdrawal symptoms lasting about a month that my GP hadn't heard of - he thought it unlikely to be the drug! About last Christmas, I was having a really bad time and went back on the treatment, which does do the trick for me, but yet again, if I missed a day, I had all of the nausea, dizziness and general hideousness - I notice someone posting here compares it to a "Star-Trek virus", and I think that describes the wierdness really well.
I decided to come off again, and try it slowly. I've got down from 150 to 75 a day, taking about a month and feeling less bad after about 2 weeks. Now I'm trying to take a 75 every other day, but I'm all over the place! I try to take a tablet just on the days I work really late, but some days I feel so very sick, I end up giving in and taking one when I've planned not to. My life is going so much better at the moment, but ironically, it's my treatment that's holding me back now! To cap it all, this week I've had real flu as well as the flu-symptoms of withdrawal! I KNOW I can do this as I've done it before, but I'm starting to wonder if I should have just gone cold turkey as I did last time - at least I was feeling almost normal a month later.
Glad I've been able to share this with people who know what it's like! Good luck to all of you.




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