Posted by Bob on March 14, 2010, at 17:18:21
In reply to Re: Venlafaxine Suspension » evenintherain, posted by detroitpistons on March 14, 2010, at 16:32:51
> The easiest drug to come off of for me was Lexapro, but it still wasn't a cakewalk. Lexapro was also more convenient and practical to taper because it's a tablet and you can break it into halves and quarters.
> Some people are more sensitive than others, and that's why the medical community should take this more seriously. There are a few people who can just stop, and I envy them. A have a friend who can just quit taking Effexor with no bran zaps, nothing. It's incredible.
That is incredible. We may never know the true reality of what withdrawals are like statistically in severity, duration, and frequency per patient, and the drug companies are extremely motivated to not look into these issues, or not call any attention to what is already know. Doctor's can't be expected to know what it's like if there was never a palpable effort to educate them, much less the victims.
I've often been told when I try to describe my withdrawal problems about how there are other people don't have problems. Because severe withdrawals are a minority percentage they are basically ignored. I'm not sure this will change in our lifetimes.