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Re: Effexor withdrawal - very bad news

Posted by sp on January 23, 2005, at 19:17:32

In reply to Re: Effexor withdrawal - very bad news sp, posted by dancingstar on January 23, 2005, at 19:04:58

> Did you read this link? You ARE DEFINITELY NOT ALONE :-):
> "Date: Fri, 31 May 1996 22:20:42 -0500
> From: (George Davidson)
> Subject: Antidepressant discontinuation reactions
> "I see all sorts of strange complaints from stopping SSRIs too soon. These include mood disturbance, psychotic features such as illusions or frank hallucinations, extreme agitation, and severe malaise.
> "Irritability and "over-reacting" don't suprise me in the least, and I find the story as you present it quite consistent with SSRI sudden-withdrawal syndrome. Having learned the hard way how terrible the effects of suddenly stopping SSRIs and venlafaxine (Effexor) can be I now routinely urge all my patients to come off these drugs gradually. I have seen the worst reactions from paroxetine (Paxil), but I have seen them in all the SSRIs. It is claimed that they ar more frequent in drugs with a short half-life -- certainly it doesn't seem to happen with fluoxetine (Prozac), to my knowledge. I have seen the withdrawal sydrome at low doses, like Paxil 20 mg and even Zoloft 50 mg.
> "If in doubt that a symptom is due to SSRI withdrawal, just give a test dose and see if the symptoms soon disappear. It has been said on Psychopharmacology Tips that one dose of Prozac, due to its long half-life, can stop the SSRI withdrawal syndrome. The one time I tried this, it did not work, and I needed to give the Prozac daily for a week, then once every 2 days, etc."
Thank You! I read that but apparently missed the delusion and hallucination part. I guess I'll just keep on every day and give my brain time to heal. It does seem that every day gets a little better. To be honest, I think I'm feeling sorry for myself. And, I think I have the right to feel this way with what I am ( and all of you other luckies)are going through. I have to say that when I was taking the Effexor, things seemed ok and I NEVER would have guessed this to happen. S




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