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Re: STOPPING Effexor made easy

Posted by calico cat on May 12, 2004, at 16:51:58

In reply to Re: STOPPING Effexor made easy, posted by cbogus on May 11, 2004, at 16:40:25

Dear Cbogus,
Good luck to you. I am still weaning, and it has been 2 months. I am now doing 37.5 of effexor every other day. I am at the end of day 2, and I feel an uneasiness and a funny feeling in my ears. I don't know how you did this so quickly, but I think that may explain the severity of your symptoms.

I take a lot of ibuprofen on day 2 to try to balance myself.

It sure isn't easy, is it?

 

Re: STOPPING Effexor made easy

Posted by ku4ns on May 13, 2004, at 15:35:52

In reply to Re: STOPPING Effexor made easy, posted by calico cat on May 12, 2004, at 16:51:58

I think that i'm around six weeks out from my last effexor. I used the prozac 20mg to help stop the effexor and it worked very well for me. Now i'm stopping the prozac without any difficulty. If you are experiencing problems stopping effexor, try to use a different drug in conjunction so not to have the severe withdrawal symptoms. john

 

Re: STOPPING Effexor made easy cbogus

Posted by KimberlyDi on May 13, 2004, at 16:40:11

In reply to Re: STOPPING Effexor made easy, posted by cbogus on May 11, 2004, at 16:40:25

I've been Effexor-free for several months. What I've called the brain-shivers, the tingling feeling in the tips of my fingers, etc. etc., took several months to go away even AFTER I was Effexor-free. I've heard you can take Benedryl for relief of the vertigo. Sadly, I think there is no cure but time.

Good luck!
KDi in TX


> I'm just entering week 3 of Effexor withdrawls, and I'm still experiencing a host of symptoms. I was weaned, albeit quickly, since I am in a situation where I need to have it on my record that I'm med free as soon as possible. (Insurance companies deny my application, and the FAA won't let me enter flight school.) I'm experiencing muscle spasms, nausea, indigestion, anxiety, and a LOT of vertigo. The thing that scares me is that these symptoms have remained the same intensity for about 10 days now. I can't help but feel that this is how things will stay for a long time. Is this the usual course, or am I supposed to see them lessening?

 

Re: STOPPING Effexor made easy

Posted by jon0667 on May 14, 2004, at 7:59:33

In reply to Re: STOPPING Effexor made easy cbogus, posted by KimberlyDi on May 13, 2004, at 16:40:11

I'm new to Effexor (3rd day all at 150 mg) but no side effects so far. Was on 60 mg Celexa previously, no side effects ever from that either. Curious if those who had bad withdrawing from Effexor also had bad side effects when they started? Sorry, a bit selfish of me, but hoping easy on==>easy off (someday).

 

Re: STOPPING Effexor made easy

Posted by tmott on May 14, 2004, at 9:07:30

In reply to Re: STOPPING Effexor made easy, posted by jon0667 on May 14, 2004, at 7:59:33

I had no problems going on Effexor, but serious issues going off! It was a very bad thing for me.

 

Re: STOPPING Effexor made easy

Posted by GradPsychStudent on May 14, 2004, at 9:35:56

In reply to Re: STOPPING Effexor made easy, posted by tmott on May 14, 2004, at 9:07:30

> I had no problems going on Effexor, but serious issues going off! It was a very bad thing for me.

I've been forced to come off because i failed a drug screening, and my Dr. will not represcribe until I attend outpatient rehab which I believe is once a week, hopefully not more. Obviously I could find a new Dr. to hook me up, but after many years of abuse and failed attempts at going clean, I will attend because Im now 25, and have school and life to attend to. With that said I was at 225mg to help me from going cold turkey on marijuana, cocaine, percocets, and a number of other stuff. I know many people who take well more than 225mg a day. I was told to take one a day till I run out , which is 75mg instead of 225mg. Initially I was irritated alot because of either withdrawal from effexor xr, and/or the drugs, or my generalized anxiety disorder/depression I have dealth with all my life. I dont think it is a symptom of withdrawal from the med. (I hadnt used for 3 weeks prior to coming off , so it wasnt hard drug withdrawal, because I was clean for 5 months and learned what that withdrawal was like.) I was irritable and hard to get motivated for a few days, I began working out everyday and I feel like a champ. I didn't get the "brain zaps" or extreme fatigue I thought I would get. Coming off hasnt been that bad, and its been similar to coming off of SSRIs like prozac, celexa, lexapro, zoloft (I will not include Paxil because the non controlled release form causes significant problems coming off, which has turned into a class action lawsuit against them). I am going to continue working out, and holdoff going on effexor again, hoping the gym is the cure. Although, I am sure I will still need my trazadone for sleep. Take your time coming off of it, even if u need a couple of months. Also, your chances of staying off are significantly higher if u have been or are willing to see a psychologist. Its amazing what can be learned, even I learn, a Psych student working towards my PhD. Good luck

 

Re: STOPPING Effexor made easy

Posted by jon0667 on May 14, 2004, at 9:49:19

In reply to Re: STOPPING Effexor made easy, posted by GradPsychStudent on May 14, 2004, at 9:35:56

Thanks for the feedback. My Psych says "dont worry, you'll be staying on it indef" but I'm trying to think positive. I do see a therapist, accupunture and get some exercise, and if I do someday try to wean then yeah, it will be slooooowwww.

 

Re: STOPPING Effexor made easy

Posted by Zarry on May 14, 2004, at 11:34:59

In reply to Re: STOPPING Effexor made easy, posted by jon0667 on May 14, 2004, at 9:49:19

As we have all seen, everyone experiences different affects to their body - some exercise, some take other drugs, some in different states of depression, but over all, our bodies/mind/soul needs help in one form or another.

I am 6 wks now off Effexor, was put on Wellbutrin 3 wks after going cold turkey off Effexor - guess what - I think I'm allergic to Wellbutrin and now am trying to get rid of the hives I have. I think the side effects of Effexor are better than the hives. Sometimes I feel I can't win for losing, but I'm persevering.

As the doc said, pills don't solve the problem of depression, just helps you cope with it. One needs to delve into the reason.

Good luck to you all and my hopes for me is that I can manage w/o any type of AD. I definately don't want hives again.

 

Re: STOPPING Effexor made easy

Posted by GradPsychStudent on May 14, 2004, at 13:25:14

In reply to Re: STOPPING Effexor made easy, posted by Zarry on May 14, 2004, at 11:34:59

>>Wellbutrin 3 wks after going cold turkey off Effexor - guess what - I think I'm allergic to Wellbutrin and now am trying to get rid of the hives I have.

Bro, contact your wellbutrin prescriber IMMEDIATELY, or even another Dr.! A hive reaction is a very bad response. What is your dosage????

 

Re: STOPPING Effexor made easy

Posted by Zarry on May 14, 2004, at 19:05:28

In reply to Re: STOPPING Effexor made easy, posted by GradPsychStudent on May 14, 2004, at 13:25:14

<< Bro, contact your wellbutrin prescriber IMMEDIATELY, or even another Dr.! A hive reaction is a very bad response. What is your dosage???? >>


I'm in close contact with my doc - we don't know for sure on the exact reason for the hives, but the timing sure hits the mark - I'm not sure what the next step is, but I see the doc next week for a follow-up.

I WAS on 150 mg twice a day

 

Re: STOPPING Effexor made easy

Posted by calico cat on May 14, 2004, at 20:28:33

In reply to Re: STOPPING Effexor made easy, posted by jon0667 on May 14, 2004, at 7:59:33

Only take effexor if you plan on being on it forever. It is so hard to get off, it is not worth feeling good for a while.

When I started effexor, I had an awesome experience which continued until I started the pill for medical reasons.

Unless you want to have a lifelong attachment, try another drug.

 

Re: STOPPING Effexor made easy

Posted by GradPsychStudent on May 15, 2004, at 2:01:00

In reply to Re: STOPPING Effexor made easy, posted by calico cat on May 14, 2004, at 20:28:33

Im just using an analogy about what u said. Your experience w/ effexor means all on effexor are same way. Its like saying "I got robbed by this person of _____ color. (That is the analogy I came up with, I am not implying you believe that, I just dont want people to fear coming off of it, plus most message board posts about meds are to complain, not to praise, it biases them, and may effect how well they think their med works, which is the key ;))They all must be like that." Everyones different, Im doing fine coming off of it, its easier to sleep which is a bonus, however, there is a variable which is I bodybuild every day , and 30 min of cardio, and i feel amazing. Good luck!

> Only take effexor if you plan on being on it forever. It is so hard to get off, it is not worth feeling good for a while.
>
> When I started effexor, I had an awesome experience which continued until I started the pill for medical reasons.
>
> Unless you want to have a lifelong attachment, try another drug.

 

Re: effexor side effects/withdrawl Zarry

Posted by happytailsintx on May 17, 2004, at 23:34:19

In reply to Re: effexor side effects/withdrawl, posted by Zarry on May 5, 2004, at 20:05:02

Ohmigosh!! This site is awesome! I quit Effexor cold turkey about a week ago and I thought I was going nuts. I have been on Effexor for about a year and out of necessity (no money) I've had to quit. I have been so dizzy and the "brain zaps" (thank you to whomever put a name to this phenomenon) are terrible. I have also been very tearful, easily aggitated and sleeping seems like the only relief from the symptoms. I know one isn't supposed to cold turkey it, but since I don't have any other choice, I have to continue this course.

My question is...when do these symptoms stop? Is there anything I can do to ease them (besides sleep)? I read some others are taking other meds to help the weaning process. I have an old bottle of Zoloft...does anyone have an opinion about using this? I also have about 4 remaining Effexor pills (150mg). Should I start trying to wean by dividing these up? I can't afford my Rx plan copay or for that matter, a dr's visit copay (college life is a poor life), so going to them for help isn't an option. Any advice out there?


wolfsongs, I've been off Effexor for a month now (cold turkey) and the worst was probly the first week. As most ppl have stated here, one shouldn't go cold turkey, but wean off. I think ppl still get the brain zaps no matter how they do it.
>
> Hang in there.

 

Re: effexor side effects/withdrawl

Posted by GradPsychStudent on May 18, 2004, at 0:00:45

In reply to Re: effexor side effects/withdrawl Zarry, posted by happytailsintx on May 17, 2004, at 23:34:19

Are they 37.5 Effexor XR, or just Effexor. If XR, take one a day until done. If not XR (non gelcap) cut them into 4's. One when you wake, and one in evening. Should last ya 8 days

 

Re: effexor side effects/withdrawl GradPsychStudent

Posted by happytailsintx on May 18, 2004, at 0:19:25

In reply to Re: effexor side effects/withdrawl, posted by GradPsychStudent on May 18, 2004, at 0:00:45

The Rx is for Effexor XR 150mg-taken once daily. Can I still divide them?

 

Re: effexor side effects/withdrawl happytailsintx

Posted by GradPsychStudent on May 18, 2004, at 4:23:36

In reply to Re: effexor side effects/withdrawl GradPsychStudent, posted by happytailsintx on May 18, 2004, at 0:19:25

I just wrote the longest reply it got erased, lemme sum it up.
Try to back on it through ur insurance, check the fees again. Explain your situation. Im sure they have a person who handles ur school.
Do not open your XR gelcaps to take a smaller dose. No matter what u hear.
Uve gone 2 weeks without, keep going.
Have a coffee (not too late before bed , unless coffee makes u very edgy, dont)
#1 EXERCISE hit some weights man, and do some running or fast walking. Do u have a school gym?
Good luck

> The Rx is for Effexor XR 150mg-taken once daily. Can I still divide them?

 

Re: effexor side effects/withdrawl

Posted by ku4ns on May 18, 2004, at 9:14:47

In reply to Re: effexor side effects/withdrawl happytailsintx, posted by GradPsychStudent on May 18, 2004, at 4:23:36

Try to get prozac (it's cheap)to help you wean off of the effexor if you are still having trouble with the withdrawal. Prozac worked very well for me in the weaning process and is inexpensive. The prozac is also easy to stop or change doses unlike the effexor. John

 

Re: effexor side effects/withdrawl

Posted by cbogus on May 18, 2004, at 15:50:34

In reply to Re: effexor side effects/withdrawl, posted by ku4ns on May 18, 2004, at 9:14:47

Good news, guys: there is light at the end of the tunnel! It's been a week since I last posted, and the symptoms I described have all but subsided. It wasn't easy, and my Dr. doesn't even believe they were real. But as you all know, they are very real, and I just want you to know, they're also temporary. I think my case was better than most, and I feel lucky. I was on 150mg once a day for about a year and a half. I stepped down to 75 mg for three days, then 37.5 for three days. (I have to be SSRI-free for 90 before the FAA allows me to pilot solo, so no other drugs were used to help me off, and we did it rather quickly.) Best of luck to all of you, my hopes and prayers are with you!

 

Re: STOPPING Effexor made easy

Posted by Vittoria on May 21, 2004, at 8:53:06

In reply to Re: STOPPING Effexor made easy, posted by jon0667 on May 14, 2004, at 7:59:33

My goodness! Guys! You frightned me to death!
I've been on 75 mg. Effexor for about 3 months: the last 2 weeks I've been feeling lethargic and nauseous and I decided to go off.
I started yesterday and my doctor put me on 37.5 mg.for 1 week. Then 1/2 tablet for another week and then I can discontinue it.
I hope I will not have to go through all the withdrawal symptoms you described!
Is anyone there which had a smooth sailing through this????
I never been on any psychiatric medication before and I was put on Effexor because of anxiety symptoms related to pre-menopause syndrome.
I am healthy and well balanced and I normally do not take ANY medication!
What should I realistically expect?
Will I be able to normally carry on with my life?
I have a family which I love very much and I do not want to disrupt our harmony because of some medication: is absurd!!!
Please, some helpful suggestions...

 

Re: STOPPING Effexor made easy- Vittoria

Posted by headachegirl on May 21, 2004, at 9:02:58

In reply to Re: STOPPING Effexor made easy, posted by Vittoria on May 21, 2004, at 8:53:06

Don't let us scare you. As you probably noticed many of the posts with the heavier side-effects are from those of us who took it upon ourselves to go cold turkey or wean ourselves off.

Once I remembered that I eased on the stuff and went the route of easing myself off, I did fine. Minor side effects but nothing all that disruptive. You're doing it the best way, with your doctor. I really don't think you'll have too much trouble.

 

Re: effexor withdrawal IS FINE

Posted by Vittoria on May 21, 2004, at 9:13:12

In reply to effexor withdrawal IS FINE, posted by catri on June 25, 2003, at 9:50:04

> Hi, I just wanted to say that if done properly, effexor withdrawal is problem free, if supervised correctly..... Here's my story - I've been on effexor 75mg for half a year and before that, prozac for another half year. This summer I had decided that if there was at all a time to be myself again and come off the meds, then now is it. First of all, my doc lowered me onto 37mg a day for (get this) a month, followed by another month of 37mg on alternate days. Toward the end of this month I begin to feel as if enough was enough and actually just quit. The first week med-free the only withdrawal symptons I got were a weird 'whoosey' sensation if I turned my head too fast, and that has since long gone. I'm posting this as a reassurance to people out there who are scared of withdrawing, that its fine done in a controlled (by the doc) and tapered way....and also for people who are scared to go on the drug because of the withdrawal effects. Perhaps its a bit different in England where I live, because we have free healthcare, so its no expense at all having these long withdrawal periods. And I guess that everyone is different, so perhaps I was just fortunate. Good luck to anyone coming off, no matter how easy or difficult they find it. Now I have to cope with the anxiety I had before instead, but I want to give it a go using natural methods (exercise, diet) rather than meds.

Thank you! Your message was really encouraging!
I've just started the 37.5 mg. week and I confess: reading many of those posts scared me!

 

Re: STOPPING Effexor made easy- Vittoria

Posted by Vittoria on May 21, 2004, at 9:14:40

In reply to Re: STOPPING Effexor made easy- Vittoria, posted by headachegirl on May 21, 2004, at 9:02:58

> Don't let us scare you. As you probably noticed many of the posts with the heavier side-effects are from those of us who took it upon ourselves to go cold turkey or wean ourselves off.
>
> Once I remembered that I eased on the stuff and went the route of easing myself off, I did fine. Minor side effects but nothing all that disruptive. You're doing it the best way, with your doctor. I really don't think you'll have too much trouble.

Thank you! :-)

 

Re: STOPPING Effexor made easy

Posted by Zarry on May 21, 2004, at 10:18:36

In reply to Re: STOPPING Effexor made easy, posted by Vittoria on May 21, 2004, at 8:53:06

Vittoria, my suggestion, as others have posted, is to get your doc to prescribe Prozac. I personally didn't take Prozac, but now I'm Effexor free, after going cold turkey. Even though I did, I wouldn't recommend it to anyone - I wouldn't want to go through the affects again.

Good luck, and again, get some prozac, it seems to help others.

 

Re: STOPPING Effexor made easy Zarry

Posted by happytailsintx on May 21, 2004, at 10:37:50

In reply to Re: STOPPING Effexor made easy, posted by Zarry on May 21, 2004, at 10:18:36

I am fealing much better these days...If you remember, I quit cold turkey 2 weeks ago...the first week was really rough..day 7 was the worst, but then it started getting better. Today is day 14 and the brain zaps are almost completely gone, I don't want to injure anyone anymore (:-)..really the only symptom left is dizziness and that is getting better each day. Thanks to all who wrote back...I was panicking, but now I'm much better!

 

Re: STOPPING Effexor made easy - happytailsintx

Posted by Zarry on May 21, 2004, at 11:42:47

In reply to Re: STOPPING Effexor made easy Zarry, posted by happytailsintx on May 21, 2004, at 10:37:50

Glad to hear you're doing much better and hopefully nobody got injured :o) in the process.

Wouldn't it be nice if our bodies would cooperate and we wouldn't need all this medication?

Gee, what would we do with all the money we would save from not buying meds? hmmmmmm


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