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Quick Advice On Cold Turkey Efflexor Clonazepam

Posted by BillyP123 on July 12, 2005, at 1:54:36

Due to economic reasons my wife and I have had to stop several meds cold turkey. I have quit 150mg Effexor and 0.5mg Clonzapan (depression,restless leg syndrome) in the past few days. After having lots of typical symptoms (from this website)I have re-ordered Efflexor by mailorder. My question is: should I wait the additional 5 - 7 days for it, or take 100mg Zoloft I already have in the interrim time? Or should I at this point,continue cold turkey? If I am over the worst, I would like to stay off it. I am assuming most of my symptoms are from the Efflexor rather than the Clonzapan though both have pretty bad side effects.I am disabled and on a fixed income and my wife just retired as a children's pastor and gets no retirement or benefits. My deductables on meds just went sway up and we were in a tight spot. I know I could probably get answers by reading here further but I am hoping for a faster answer. I am very impressed with this site and am a first-time visitor.

Thank You!
BillyP123

 

Re: Quick Advice On Cold Turkey Efflexor Clonazepam

Posted by carolina on July 12, 2005, at 11:27:27

In reply to Quick Advice On Cold Turkey Efflexor Clonazepam, posted by BillyP123 on July 12, 2005, at 1:54:36

> Due to economic reasons my wife and I have had to stop several meds cold turkey. I have quit 150mg Effexor and 0.5mg Clonzapan (depression,restless leg syndrome) in the past few days. After having lots of typical symptoms (from this website)I have re-ordered Efflexor by mailorder. My question is: should I wait the additional 5 - 7 days for it, or take 100mg Zoloft I already have in the interrim time? Or should I at this point,continue cold turkey? If I am over the worst, I would like to stay off it. I am assuming most of my symptoms are from the Efflexor rather than the Clonzapan though both have pretty bad side effects.I am disabled and on a fixed income and my wife just retired as a children's pastor and gets no retirement or benefits. My deductables on meds just went sway up and we were in a tight spot. I know I could probably get answers by reading here further but I am hoping for a faster answer. I am very impressed with this site and am a first-time visitor.
>
> Thank You!
> BillyP123

-hey BillyP123 i know that a pharmacist could xplain 2 u the differance between the effexor and zoloft RE: the chemical makeup. i had a similar problem arise b4 and my doc told me that since they r both 4 depression and anxiety that "I" could substitute for a few days to keep the levels balanced so that the meds. were not completely out of my system and i didnt spiral downhill again. i 2 am on clonzapam and that is mainly 4 the anxiety and i have stopped taking it sev. times and the only side effects i had were my severe anxiety came back....just 4 ur info i would call ur previous doc or a pharmacist and get professional advice b/c each person reacts differently to meds.hope all goes well-take care and let me know how things work out. PS- FYI u can always look into state aid for medicaid and/or medicare for help w/ docs and meds. most states have help when it comes 2 mental illness. it would be in ur gov. section of ur phone book. its worth a try b/c meds r sooooo expensive and there is still no generic for effexor. good luck

 

Re: Quick Advice On Cold Turkey Efflexor Clonazepam BillyP123

Posted by 4WD on July 13, 2005, at 23:23:51

In reply to Quick Advice On Cold Turkey Efflexor Clonazepam, posted by BillyP123 on July 12, 2005, at 1:54:36

> Due to economic reasons my wife and I have had to stop several meds cold turkey. I have quit 150mg Effexor and 0.5mg Clonzapan (depression,restless leg syndrome) in the past few days. After having lots of typical symptoms (from this website)I have re-ordered Efflexor by mailorder. My question is: should I wait the additional 5 - 7 days for it, or take 100mg Zoloft I already have in the interrim time? Or should I at this point,continue cold turkey? If I am over the worst, I would like to stay off it. I am assuming most of my symptoms are from the Efflexor rather than the Clonzapan though both have pretty bad side effects.I am disabled and on a fixed income and my wife just retired as a children's pastor and gets no retirement or benefits. My deductables on meds just went sway up and we were in a tight spot. I know I could probably get answers by reading here further but I am hoping for a faster answer. I am very impressed with this site and am a first-time visitor.
>
> Thank You!
> BillyP123


Hi Billy,

I would go ahead and take a tiny bit of the Zoloft to get you through the next few days without too much withdrawal. As far as how long the Effexor withdrawal is likely to last, it's different for everyone. If you are one of the lucky ones, you will feel like you have the flu for a week or two and then be okay. If you are one of the unlucky ones, you may not feel normal for months. It may also depend on how long you were on the Effexor.

It's hard to say what symptoms are from which med since you don't describe what you are experiencing. I didn't experience any withdrawal effects from d/cing Klonopin except a return of my original anxiety.

Hope this helps.

Marsha

 

Re: Quick Advice On Cold Turkey Efflexor Clonazep

Posted by Enigma on July 17, 2005, at 13:40:55

In reply to Re: Quick Advice On Cold Turkey Efflexor Clonazepam BillyP123, posted by 4WD on July 13, 2005, at 23:23:51

I tapered Effexor and went through 2-4? months of withdrawal. I felt horrible. Kinda like a bad hangover that wouldn't go away.

I could barely bend over to pick something up off the ground.. if I did this, I had to sit down for 10-15 minutes so I wouldn't throw up. It was horrible.

You couldn't pay me enough to even look at effexor again!


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