Posted by hemingwaykitten on October 18, 2009, at 1:15:22
In reply to Re: HELP! 10 years on Effexor XR - now it quits on me! » hemingwaykitten, posted by psych chat on October 17, 2009, at 18:27:24
It's been...odd. Effexor had definitely given up the ghost--the only way I know I used to take Effexor is finally my muscle tension is gone! The few times I missed my dose of Effexor, I would often figure it out because I could actually relax enough to take a nap that day.
The Prozac is taking up the slack serotonin wise--I forgot how SSRIs make you soooooooo fatigued and sleepy! Now I remember why I started Wellbutrin in the first place, to combat the SSRI fatigue. The last combination I had was Prozac and Provigil, which worked well until Effexor rocked my world.
I've been wallowing around the house over fall break at school. I've kind of been desperate for norepinephrine and dopamine, to tell the truth. I went to GNC and got a big bottle of L-Tyrosine, the amino acid supplement which is made into nor/dop. I'm taking 2000mg before bed, and I have felt better over the past week. More ambitious than watching TV!
My psych was afraid of what Effexor withdrawal would do, I believe. Its not a party, but so far it hasn't been bad. At this point I have titrated down from 450mg Effexor to 150mg/dy, simultaneously going up from 20mg Prozac to 60mg/dy. The Prozac is working, my brain is screaming for nor/dop, but the L-Tyrosine seems to be helping that. I just have to hang on long enough to get the Effexor OUT!!!
Psych won't prescribe 2 stimulant based meds (Wellbutrin and Effexor) at the same time so she insists I be free of Effexor before I get the Wellbutrin. Private psychs are not so cautious, but I see the one from my university student health center. The only ones MORE CAUTIOUS are the psychs in subsidized public health--which I understand, they get so many drug seekers.
Thanks for letting me ramble (no focus or organizational skills here yet) and thanks very much for asking after me. I appreciate it.