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Re: Effexor withdrawal - very bad news

Posted by pandareina on July 12, 2004, at 16:33:07

In reply to Re: Effexor withdrawal - very bad news, posted by lorily on July 11, 2004, at 16:09:44

Thanks! I actually could not take it anymore and took a 75 mg pill - and within the hour i was sooo much better. I am going to decrease it slowly, very slowly - because the pain was too great to handle. I will keep you posted. I will use the capsules and take pellets out until there are none! :)

Thanks for the support!

V.


V. Based on that site I mentioned in a post "look what I found" a few days ago, half life of effexor sr 75 mg takes about 5 days to get out of your system completely. But, the things you are feeling is your brain trying to do what the effexor was doing and not being able to correctly. This I did not make up. The reason we have these feelings on effexor is due to the short half life, it sends our brain into the "do it yourself mode" right away. Zoloft etc can stay in your system for MONTHS, allowing your brain to learn how to do the work on its own, slowly. That's why they reccomend taking one of the other ADs while coming off the effexor. My suggestion is to just take a little bit to curb those feelings. I know you must want to get off it ASAP, I know I did, but I cut from 75 to 37.5 for i guess 5 weeks had bad feelings the first day, so I stayed there and you may have read my other posts and I'm doing great. I feel that taking a small dose to help your brain adjust is absolutely not a bad thing, we have to remember that we have problems we need help with and you don't want to send yourself into a relapse of the depression. Take it easy and don't push yourself to do something you may not be ready for. Feeling worse as the days go on seems like your brain needs a little help for a little bit
> Good luck

 

Re: please be civil annesand dizzzzy

Posted by Dr. Bob on July 12, 2004, at 16:41:02

In reply to Re: Going through Effexor Withdrawl now Frisky_Cat, posted by dizzzzy on July 12, 2004, at 16:01:36

> Why the nastiness?
>
> annesand

> I think that you should keep your hostile opions to yourself...

> You seem to be a VERY hostile person
>
> dizzzzy

Please don't post anything that could lead others to feel accused or put down. Even if they started it. Try to be patient and not to let them push your buttons? Two wrongs don't make a right.

If you have any questions or comments about this or about posting policies in general, or are interested in alternative ways of expressing yourself, please see the FAQ:

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or redirect a follow-up to Psycho-Babble Administration.

Thanks,

Bob

 

it does get better

Posted by snake on July 12, 2004, at 18:00:47

In reply to Re: please be civil annesand dizzzzy, posted by Dr. Bob on July 12, 2004, at 16:41:02

just a few words of encouragement, i've beeb off of effexor for 25 days and i'm feeling better. i took bendryl for the nauesa and just suffered with the rest. on a scale of 10 being the worst time i've had a 3 today,thank God.be so glad to be normal again if i know what normal is. now i'm a little anxious it will come back. you guys just hang in there. there is life after effexor. cece

 

Re: it does get better

Posted by lorily on July 12, 2004, at 19:23:28

In reply to it does get better, posted by snake on July 12, 2004, at 18:00:47

Congrats! Today I did not have any effexor. Felt a little off kilter. Did have a bit of emotional topsy-turvys, but I feel these are due to menstruasion.

 

Re: Effexor withdrawal - very bad news

Posted by lorily on July 12, 2004, at 19:27:18

In reply to Re: Effexor withdrawal - very bad news, posted by pandareina on July 12, 2004, at 16:33:07

V. I'm glad to hear you're feeling better today. If you can't find that link I mentioned, let me know, I have it on my favorites at work and will be happy to post it again. It sucks to try to do this without all the information and that was a big help to me. It also has a schedule for cutting down from i think 75 to 0 is 60 days. That's on the capsule form. Let me know if you can't find itl.

 

Re: Worm - Antidepressants and suicide

Posted by lorily on July 12, 2004, at 19:29:56

In reply to Re: Worm - Antidepressants and suicide worm, posted by dizzzzy on July 12, 2004, at 15:58:39

Dizzzy, Congrats!!!! Today was the first day with NO EFFEXOR for me, I felt not too bad, not really zaps, just disoriented here and there. Mostly going to and coming home from work.

 

to worm- how long

Posted by snake on July 13, 2004, at 8:15:03

In reply to Re: Chemist's Warm Welcome to Frisky_Cat, posted by worm on July 12, 2004, at 19:47:40

hey worm how long have you been off effexor?when do most of the systoms go away? we all need tp hear words of encouragements. thanks for yours. i want to be normal again. i'm not sure what normal will be. anyone have help on coming off wellbutin? on 200mg. twice a day.day 26 off eff.article in self magazine was good.wish i had read it sooner,like 2 years ago.
God bless all of you. thanks cece

 

Re: to worm- how long

Posted by worm on July 13, 2004, at 12:17:42

In reply to to worm- how long, posted by snake on July 13, 2004, at 8:15:03

Of course, that's the whole issue here - what is "normal"? It's different for everyone, which is why I can only speak for myself. I did the phasing-0ut thing for about a week, emptying out half the capsules. (I was on 150 XR) Then I decided to go "cold turkey", and took a leftover Prozac if the symptoms got bad. This lasted about 2 weeks, with just 1 or 2 Prozacs needed the first couple of days. I still had residual symptoms up until about 4 months, but just occasionally - Brain zaps, dizziness, tiredness, moodiness, and foggy brain. Most of these were gone in the first month, but I feel like my brain has only cleared up recently. Names of people and places I should know are coming back to me faster. I was really worried about getting Alzheimers or something, I really couldn't think of very common words. It helps to time it so you can be on vacation, so that you can sleep around the clock if you want. I did a lot of sleepiung. Also, I kept up on my vitamin regimen - multivitamin, vitamin C, E, and a calcium supplement with vitamin D. Don't know if it helps, but couldn't hurt. If you are into herbals, there are some people here with very detailed herbal regimens, that they claim help a lot.

Hope this is helpful. Good luck!

 

Redirect: posting policies

Posted by Dr. Bob on July 13, 2004, at 17:25:38

In reply to Re: blocked for week Frisky_Cat, posted by Dr. Bob on July 12, 2004, at 16:30:06

> If you have any questions or comments about this or about posting policies in general ... please ... redirect a follow-up to Psycho-Babble Administration

Here's a link:

http://www.dr-bob.org/babble/admin/20040527/msgs/365752.html

Thanks,

Bob

 

Re: Going through Effexor Withdrawl now SLS

Posted by Larry Hoover on July 13, 2004, at 20:29:11

In reply to Re: Going through Effexor Withdrawl now, posted by SLS on July 11, 2004, at 7:35:21

Hey Scott. How ya doin', buddy?

> These are powerful drugs eliciting unpredictable effects on a brain that we have very little understanding of. Many drugs produce depression as a frequent side effect. Drug manufacturers are required to include this fact in the packaging of their products. It makes for a long list of very diverse drugs. Antidepressants are not teleologically exempt from producing undesirable mood alterations because they have some sort of biological "safety" that permits only antidepressant effects and precludes depressogenic effects.

Anybody who can work "teleologically" into a sentence, with skill, has my support.

> For any given individual, there may be certain antidepressants (or any other type of drug) that will exacerbate the clinical depression and induce suicidal states. Prozac has, and will continue to cause suicides as long as prescribing physicians continue to think like you do.

There are particular windows of vulnerability to suicide, which require more effective medical management. Suicidal induction is not novel with respect to SSRI antidepressants. It is a well-known phenomenon since the introduction of the tricyclics. One of the driving forces in the development of the SSRIs was to provide an antidepressant which itself was not generally fatal in overdose, as the tricyclics are.

I've been studying the literature, and plan to write a review article on the subject of antidepressants and suicide. Overall, suicide rates are declining, while SSRI prescription rates are increasing. There are two distinct effects, but the summary statistic is that suicides are reduced by SSRIs, notwithstanding temporary increases in susceptibility.

> > The most logical explanation for the fact that sometimes people who take antidepressants commit suicide is
> > 1. Coincidence
> > 2. the antidepressants give them enough energy to commit suicide.
>
> Both of these explanations are absolutely valid. However, I would appeal to you that you leave open your mind to the possibilities of a third, especially if you are in a position to influence the medical treatment of anyone suffering from depression.
>
> By the way, statistics do demonstrate that antidepressants cause suicide.

I'm not convinced. Most of the data were collected for purposes other than that to which they have been put. Clinical trial data are not generalizable to the population at large, in my opinion. When you look at the epidemiological data, the government records of suicide, compared to prescription rates, and examination of post mortem toxicology, there is no obvious SSRI-suicide signal. Short-term clinical studies may happen to coincide with one risk window.

> It is statistics that are fueling the whole uproar regarding the use of SSRIs in pediatrics. I am sure that the statistics are there for adults too. We just need an expert like you to look for them once the trial data becomes public.

I'm not an expert statistician, but I am trained in methodology. I reviewed the pediatric paroxetine study, the full clinical dataset (over 500 pages).....the one where paroxetine was said to have a six-fold greater suicide risk than placebo....that conclusion is misleading, and is unsupported by the data.

It is a statistical fluke, combined with stringent adherence to protocols, which produced that disturbing statistic. For example, "emotional lability" is the category these events were collected under. Only four of the six incidents of emotional lability in the paroxetine group were "severe", and fully documented. One "severe" paroxetine case is due to one subject taking one or two extra tablets per week (b.i.d. dosing), over two consecutive weeks. Instead of taking fourteen tablets, she lost count and took fifteen or sixteen (out of 20 provided at a time), three weeks in a row. By protocol definition, and only because it was two (or more) consecutive weeks, that was a priori a case of severe emotional lability. The only true suicidal act occurred in the placebo group. They're comparing apples to oranges. Here's a link to a summary of my analysis:

http://www.google.ca/groups?hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&selm=oToAc.33651%24nY.1081511%40news20.bellglobal.com&rnum=10

I copied the actual case reports of the severe emotional lability incidents from the study appendices. Here's a link:
http://www.google.ca/groups?hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&selm=zWEAc.39179%24nY.1241628%40news20.bellglobal.com&rnum=23

Paxil is being framed, in my opinion.

> On a more anecdotal note: The following drugs made my depression moderately - severely worse. Reboxetine and moclobemide in particular induced a suicidal state.
>
> amoxapine
> bupropion
> donepezil
> idazoxan
> mirtazapine
> moclobemide
> protriptyline
> reboxetine
> triiodothyronine
> valproate
>
>
> Best wishes,
>
> - Scott

I'm sorry you've had such a struggle with meds. Lithium made me suicidal, as did Serzone.

Lar

 

Re: Effexor withdrawal side effects

Posted by KaraS on July 13, 2004, at 20:46:32

In reply to Re: Effexor withdrawal side effects, posted by lorily on July 10, 2004, at 21:28:48

Lorily,
I cut back to half a pill last night and not a single problem yet. Yeah!!
- K

 

Re: to worm- how long

Posted by itsrick on July 13, 2004, at 22:06:31

In reply to Re: to worm- how long, posted by worm on July 13, 2004, at 12:17:42

> Of course, that's the whole issue here - what is "normal"? It's different for everyone, which is why I can only speak for myself. I did the phasing-0ut thing for about a week, emptying out half the capsules. (I was on 150 XR) Then I decided to go "cold turkey", and took a leftover Prozac if the symptoms got bad. This lasted about 2 weeks, with just 1 or 2 Prozacs needed the first couple of days. I still had residual symptoms up until about 4 months, but just occasionally - Brain zaps, dizziness, tiredness, moodiness, and foggy brain. Most of these were gone in the first month, but I feel like my brain has only cleared up recently. Names of people and places I should know are coming back to me faster. I was really worried about getting Alzheimers or something, I really couldn't think of very common words. It helps to time it so you can be on vacation, so that you can sleep around the clock if you want. I did a lot of sleepiung. Also, I kept up on my vitamin regimen - multivitamin, vitamin C, E, and a calcium supplement with vitamin D. Don't know if it helps, but couldn't hurt. If you are into herbals, there are some people here with very detailed herbal regimens, that they claim help a lot.
>
> Hope this is helpful. Good luck!
>
>
>

how about claritan? i heard that helps with the symptoms?

 

Re: Going through Effexor Withdrawl now Larry Hoover

Posted by SLS on July 14, 2004, at 7:06:34

In reply to Re: Going through Effexor Withdrawl now SLS, posted by Larry Hoover on July 13, 2004, at 20:29:11

Hi Larry.

> Hey Scott. How ya doin', buddy?

Crappy. :-) Thanks for asking. I think I'll stop by the Alternative board more often to pay visits.

> Anybody who can work "teleologically" into a sentence, with skill, has my support.

I've been keeping that one in my back pocket for a special occasion.

> I've been studying the literature, and plan to write a review article on the subject of antidepressants and suicide.

I look forward to reading it (as much as my depression will allow). Where will you be submitting it?

> Overall, suicide rates are declining, while SSRI prescription rates are increasing. There are two distinct effects, but the summary statistic is that suicides are reduced by SSRIs, notwithstanding temporary increases in susceptibility.

I know. Even if antidepressants do exacerbate depression in vulnerable individuals, the net effect of their use in the general population is, thankfully, a reduction in the rate of suicide. However, beyond the bottom line of the *interpretation* of statistics is the fact that these drugs do lead to the commission of suicide in certain individuals who would not have done so were they not to have been treated with a provocative medication. Everyone *must* recognize the fact that there exists such a thing as IATROGENIC SUICIDE. Hopefully, this can be accomplished without using any one drug unjustifiably as a scapegoat.

This would be an interesting use of statistics: Treat 500 people with Prozac and 500 people with placebo. In the active treatment arm, take the number n of non-responders as a group and determine the rate of treatment-emergent suicidal-ideation. Now, take the same number n of randomly chosen non-responders to placebo and compare the rates.

I am very glad to see that you have chosen to come back. I only wish that I could read the volume of the posts you write.


- Scott

 

Re: it does get better

Posted by LynnPerley on July 14, 2004, at 7:23:03

In reply to Re: it does get better, posted by lorily on July 12, 2004, at 19:23:28

Today is day #2 without Effexor XR for me. I previously posted that I came down from 300mg gradually. I went down an increment (37.5.mg) at a time for a week each except I remained at 150 mg for a month and at 75 mg for a month. When I was at 75 mg and wanted to go further my psydoc said there was no sense remaining on 37.5 mg (for me). She gave me the 1 week sample strip of 37.5 mg and I took it last week.

The only really bad time I had was from 75mg to 37.5 mg - I had some annoying diarrhea for a few days and some headaches and brain zaps. Yesterday I was a lot more irritable than I had been, but I don't think it was any more irritable than a "normal" non medication state. I am using the techniques I learned from my counselor to deal with the irritability.

I mentioned before that I have some ritalin tablets from when I was on the 300mg dose. My psydoc confirmed to me over the phone that the ritalin dosage may be helping reduce any other potential discontinuation side effects. I am taking one or two 5mg ritalin tablets every morning at the smae time I used to take my effexor xr. If I am feeling a little queasy or if I feel a few weird brain feelings I take an additional dose about 5 hours later. I was unable to take prozac because I had unbearable bruxism, so taking a prozac to relieve side effects is not available to me.

 

It does get better-I'm living proof

Posted by KimberlyDi on July 14, 2004, at 7:45:21

In reply to Re: it does get better, posted by LynnPerley on July 14, 2004, at 7:23:03

Psycho-Babble was my lifeline going through Effexor withdrawal. Even when I was finally off Effexor, I still had the weird dizziness to deal with when I turned my head too quickly. Now, I don't have them at all. Ordeal over.

I just wanted to add that I had the best success tapering off with a planned schedule of varying dosage changes. I posted it several times months ago if anyone wants to try it. 2 steps forward, 1 step back. :)

Good Luck!
KDi in TX

 

Re: It does get better-I'm living proof

Posted by lorily on July 14, 2004, at 9:53:38

In reply to It does get better-I'm living proof, posted by KimberlyDi on July 14, 2004, at 7:45:21

Kimberly,
Please do let me know how long that head turning syndrome lasted for you. I've cut down my effexor nice and slowly, yesterday and the day before I had none, but today I did feel too uncomfortable with that head thing and a headache during this time. So, I just took a VERY small amount, maybe 6 granules from the capsule this morning. I have that lightheaded feeling now, so, I guess it's a side effect from taking it, not not taking it :)
What do you mean 2 steps forward and one back?
I would love to get over this but am trying to be patient and avoid pain and don't want to push my brain too much.

 

Re: Effexor withdrawal side effects

Posted by lorily on July 14, 2004, at 10:04:28

In reply to Re: Effexor withdrawal side effects, posted by KaraS on July 13, 2004, at 20:46:32

Kara, good for you! yest and the day before I had none, but this morning I was too uncomfortable with the feeling of dizziness when turning my head, and I felt very emotional and have been having a headache. I took about 6 granules and have added light-headedness to my repritoir (SP?)

 

Re: it does get better

Posted by justjustine on July 14, 2004, at 10:38:20

In reply to Re: it does get better, posted by LynnPerley on July 14, 2004, at 7:23:03

it got a lot worse for me before it got better, for about a month i was sick. but i researched, and from what i read it seemed likely that a slower taper would have mostly kept me sick longer, although not so violently ill as i was for that long month.

unfortunately, i feel that i have been permanently changed by this drug. i'm acting out in ways i never did before. it's more like borderline symptoms than just 'depression' or 'anxiety' or even 'ptsd'.

 

Re: it does get better

Posted by Ultramundane on July 14, 2004, at 13:11:28

In reply to Re: Effexor withdrawl symptoms, posted by John2222 on November 7, 2003, at 22:33:18

Well, quite frankly I felt like I was going to die when I stopped taking effexor XR. I had been taking 300 MG for only two years and my doctor had decreased my dose from 300 to 150 for one week and then to 75 for a week. Did no good.

Headaches, could not sleep, racing heart beat.

I started taking Sam-E 300 MG twice daily for one week and after third day felt absolutely great. Ran out and felt like crap again. So, I am taking Sam-E now and I feel way better than I was taking Effexor. And, Sam-E is good for your liver and joints (supposedly).

For me, Sam-E 300MG 2x/daily completely got rid of withdrawl symptoms. Also, I have a sex drive back, and I am losing weight (Effexor decreased by metabolism and made me fat). In addition, my sleep is down from 10 hours to 7 hours and I feel much more aware.

Bye.

 

Re: it does get better

Posted by itsrick on July 14, 2004, at 13:26:26

In reply to Re: it does get better, posted by Ultramundane on July 14, 2004, at 13:11:28

> Well, quite frankly I felt like I was going to die when I stopped taking effexor XR. I had been taking 300 MG for only two years and my doctor had decreased my dose from 300 to 150 for one week and then to 75 for a week. Did no good.
>
> Headaches, could not sleep, racing heart beat.
>
> I started taking Sam-E 300 MG twice daily for one week and after third day felt absolutely great. Ran out and felt like crap again. So, I am taking Sam-E now and I feel way better than I was taking Effexor. And, Sam-E is good for your liver and joints (supposedly).
>
> For me, Sam-E 300MG 2x/daily completely got rid of withdrawl symptoms. Also, I have a sex drive back, and I am losing weight (Effexor decreased by metabolism and made me fat). In addition, my sleep is down from 10 hours to 7 hours and I feel much more aware.
>
> Bye.

hi, what is sam-e exactly?

 

Re: it does get better

Posted by Ultramundane on July 14, 2004, at 13:36:09

In reply to Re: it does get better, posted by itsrick on July 14, 2004, at 13:26:26

> > Well, quite frankly I felt like I was going to die when I stopped taking effexor XR. I had been taking 300 MG for only two years and my doctor had decreased my dose from 300 to 150 for one week and then to 75 for a week. Did no good.
> >
> > Headaches, could not sleep, racing heart beat.
> >
> > I started taking Sam-E 300 MG twice daily for one week and after third day felt absolutely great. Ran out and felt like crap again. So, I am taking Sam-E now and I feel way better than I was taking Effexor. And, Sam-E is good for your liver and joints (supposedly).
> >
> > For me, Sam-E 300MG 2x/daily completely got rid of withdrawl symptoms. Also, I have a sex drive back, and I am losing weight (Effexor decreased by metabolism and made me fat). In addition, my sleep is down from 10 hours to 7 hours and I feel much more aware.
> >
> > Bye.
>
> hi, what is sam-e exactly?


Here is a website which will describe the drug better than I can. How much information the site posts is valid? Not sure, but I feel great. :)

http://www.health-pages.com/se/

 

Re: Going through Effexor Withdrawl now

Posted by SLS on July 14, 2004, at 15:11:21

In reply to Re: Going through Effexor Withdrawl now Larry Hoover, posted by SLS on July 14, 2004, at 7:06:34


I'll make this the last post along this thread involving antidepressant-induced suicides. It is off topic here.

> This would be an interesting use of statistics: Treat 500 people with Prozac and 500 people with placebo. In the active treatment arm, take the number n of non-responders as a group and determine the rate of treatment-emergent suicidal-ideation. Now, take the same number n of randomly chosen non-responders to placebo and compare the rates.

This is actually a pretty dumb idea. Not far off, but... never mind. I'll think about this some more. I'm sure with sufficient numbers, statistics with power can be teased out of trial data to unmask antidepressant-induced iatrogenic suicidal ideation. Someone smarter than me - or at least not so cognitively impaired by depression - should design a study to elucidate this. We know it's there. It's just a matter of using the right tools to produce the resolution necessary to prove it unequivocally.


- Scott

 

Re: Effexor withdrawal side effects

Posted by KaraS on July 14, 2004, at 15:34:56

In reply to Re: Effexor withdrawal side effects, posted by lorily on July 14, 2004, at 10:04:28

> Kara, good for you! yest and the day before I had none, but this morning I was too uncomfortable with the feeling of dizziness when turning my head, and I felt very emotional and have been having a headache. I took about 6 granules and have added light-headedness to my repritoir (SP?)

You're funny - at least you can laugh about it. If you have to go a little slower, that's ok. You're almost there!

 

Re: It does get better-I'm living proof

Posted by itsrick on July 14, 2004, at 16:55:51

In reply to It does get better-I'm living proof, posted by KimberlyDi on July 14, 2004, at 7:45:21

> Psycho-Babble was my lifeline going through Effexor withdrawal. Even when I was finally off Effexor, I still had the weird dizziness to deal with when I turned my head too quickly. Now, I don't have them at all. Ordeal over.
>
> I just wanted to add that I had the best success tapering off with a planned schedule of varying dosage changes. I posted it several times months ago if anyone wants to try it. 2 steps forward, 1 step back. :)
>
> Good Luck!
> KDi in TX

please post again

 

Re: to worm- how long

Posted by LynnM. on July 15, 2004, at 14:23:55

In reply to Re: to worm- how long, posted by worm on July 13, 2004, at 12:17:42

I am completely off the Effexor now, and I guess I can expect to feel all these above effects for a while. Still getting the brain zaps, moodiness, tiredness, inability to think clearly or think of common words/places/people. But, slowly getting my energy back, and the WANT to do something again.

My reason for the Effexor to start with was mild depression. I can definitely live without the med., and I look forward to getting back to "normal", whatever that is.

Good luck, everybody. It's not easy, being on it, or coming off of it. But, I really believe I'm better off without it. To feel euphoric all the time (and not caring about anything else) is just not how I want to conduct my everyday life.


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