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Switching to EMSAM from Effexor

Posted by Donna Louise on April 19, 2006, at 19:27:01

In reply to Re: EMSAM side effect info, posted by linkadge on April 19, 2006, at 17:47:10

Ok, my insurance will pay, I have the rx. Now the pdoc wants me to do a 2 week washout from the effexor. I have read that only one week is necessary. What do you guys think? I do not want to be in withdrawal hell one second longer than necessary. Also, before I have been able to avoid this in the past by switching to another seratonergic drug. Since the mechanism of effect is so different, do you think that once I am on the EMSAM the withdrawal will stop or will I have to endure withdrawals for god only knows how long??? I am down to 75mg from 225 and I can tell you I have had withdrawal with each dose reduction so this is going to be a nightmare. She wants me to do a week of 37.5 but I want to just get it over with because it is going to be awful anyway. Any body experience this yet or have an idea what I can expect once I start the EMSAM? Don't you think a week's washout is long enough?? Please, any and all feedback here would be ever so greatly much appreciated!!! I have been waiting years to start this drug.





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