Originally Posted by emmajoy
Im currently on 300mgs of effexor xr im also in recovery from drug and alcohol abuse i go to narcotics anonymous and alcoholics annonymous meetings and i have ten months clean time im just a bit worried about being able to stop taking the effexor cos everytime ive tried ive gotten sick dizzy shaky and pretty mentally messy im wondering how long the "detox" is or how long until i feel better after taking them. i also wanted to know if anyone may think that this drug is addictive. i dont get high off it but i get sick not taking it. it really reminds me of alcohol detox with the sweating ect. thanks if you can help
These drugs are addictive but only in the physical sense, which is properly termed "dependancy", not actual "addicition ",which technically must include drug-seeking and compulsive behaviors.
The brain does becomes dependant on the drug. It also trys to defend itself, aka tolerance, which causes the antidepressant poop out and need for higher doses or additional drugs/switching later on.
The drug needs to be withdrawen slowly and even then some people may experience withdrawal type symptoms for awhile after as the brain tries to recover and function without drugs. This recovery period with symptoms is commonly mistaken as return of original or emergence of new conditon.
Getting high, or euphoria, is thought of as extreme, but "safe' prescription serotonin drugs can still cause a "high", or euphoria....only it's a mild form of euphoria compared to the extreme. In the actual definition of euphoria, happiness and feeling of well-being is used as examples.
So yes, you are addicted to Effexor.... just not in the drug-seeking, compulsive way. ...it's purely physical, not psychological.
You would get very sick if you just quit it cold turkey, so do not do that.
Best to taper off. Effexor has many health dangers such as to the liver and others. Effexor recycles both norepinephrine and serotonin. Serotonin is a powerful vasoconstrictor, which causes blood vessel narrowing and more stress on the heart to pump blood through if one has too much of it. Norepinephrine, if you follow the defintion trail, is basically adrenaline. Both vasoconstriction and adrenaline have their place, but I really doubt having them constantly in an artificial way (stimulated by drugs) in our systems is healthy at all.