I have been reading lots on the board about the horrible side effects to weaning off these meds. I added in Effexor about 6 weeks ago for Migraine Syndrome, and although I don't plan to go off this drug for awhile, I have been a bit nervous in adavance!!! I just read this in my local paper and wanted to share.
A doctor told his patient that he could have a local cutom pharmacy make up "gummies" (like the kids candy). Each week or two the pharmacy would put a little less of the drug until it got down to a minute amount. It took weeks, but it helped lessen the side effects.
The response to this article was: Having the doctor prescribe a gradually decreasing dose for the compounding pharmacist to include in gummy candy is an innovative solution to a thorny problem.
I was just wondering how the Effexor is working for you...have you noticed a difference? I remember you were trying the 5htp and then you stopped that and moved on to the E. I hope you're seeing some benefits!
Interesting idea. The easiest way to dump an SSRI is to have a ton of patience and go SLOWLY. And beause we have dizzy problems to boot, we really have to take it easy. It took me about 6 attempts to finally get off Cipramil. Very tough it was but I haven't been on it now for about 3 months. It IS doable. I may go back onto another one however. Not certain just yet. It'll either be a low dose of lexapro or effexor. I like the Effexor idea because if I decide to drop the dose, I can weigh out the beads in the lab! A pain but easier in some ways than hacking pills up with a knife.
That sounds great! I am very glad to hear it. I am also doing better; doing some new VRTs and meeting with someone about the possibility of migraine meds. I'm sure I'll be posting on that with questions if it turns out I need to start them. I am just reluctant b/c of the pregnancy issue...it seems like the worst timing for this dizziness! I'm in my mid 30s.
Anyway, thanks for catching up with me! It's great to hear that you have almost left the dizzies behind.
There is also a protocol for switching over from any of these meds to prozac, which has the least withdrawl problems, then you wean down the prozax, but I don't know the exact protocol. Something to look into though
I was on Zoloft for 4 years then it stopped working and I was put on Effexor for 4yrs. After 8yrs I decided enough was enough. I was on it for "depression" but both drugs made me feel like a zombie. My best friend said in 8yrs I hardly ever smiled until I was off of them for good. IMHO, it keeps you from getting depressed because it suppresses your ability to care. I didn't like that feeling. Anyways, I had high co-pays and couldn't afford to get a script and doc had no samples. So, I ended up having to stop, cold turkey. It was ugly for the first few days, but gradually it all went full circle and I was fine. I was taking 225mg a day (75mg/3x). I'm not saying it was the best idea to stop cold turkey, but im saying it can be done. It's doable.