I am two weeks into the process of coming of effexor completely. My background is that in 2000 I was diagnosed as a severe clinical depressive and was put on a treatment schedule. This started with a 12 month course of CBT. After about 6 months I was prescribed fluoxetine which I was on (with varying dosages) for three years.
During a period when I was considered to be better, my doc was trying to help do without the meds and reducing things, my wife (now my ex) decided to request a divorce as she didn't understand me any more etc etc (after some 14 years of marriage and 3 kids).
This brought on the onset of another depressive episode and my psychiatrist proscribed Venlafaxine as fluoxetine seemed not to work. I have been on 150mg pd since 2004 and after another session of CBT, a divorce, my company going bankrupt, moving towns, finding a wonderful woman who loves me as I am and starting a whole new life I am coming off the tablets.
The regime has been 75mg twice a day for 1 week then 75mg am and 37.5mg pm and I am about to start on 37.5mg twice a day for 2 weeks then 37.5MG pd and then back to the doc hoefully for the all clear and no more tablets.
Withdrawal symptoms so far:- Dizziness - I fainted for the first time in my life (I am 46), flu like symptoms, my knees ache and occaisionally I get a "woolly" feeling in my head.
I would be most grateful for any comments, suggestions and help from other members as I am very keen to enjoy my new life as a normal person (allthough some of friends would say fairly rude things at this point - but only in jest).