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Old 08-05-2012, 07:19 AM   #1
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msfroggy HB User
getting back to 'normal'.

Hi i have an anxiety disorder which has plagued me for about 4 years. I suffer with panic attacks and irrational fear of everyday things, driving etc.
I was on effexor and reduced my dosage over time to the lowest dose, 37.5 mg.
Thing is i dont want to take them anymore and want to face my demons myself and maybe with the help of more CBT. I tried to stop taking them but am suffering with severe brain zaps, dizziness, My eyes wont even focus and im seeing double. I went to the doctor and he said its because im not ready to come off it, thing is, I know deep down these are just nasty withdrawel effects, So he gave me prozac to ease the withdrawels, but am i not prolonging this whole thing by taking prozac??, will i have withdrawels from this when i finish the months course he prescribed me??? Any advise welcome

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Old 08-05-2012, 04:02 PM   #2
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Re: getting back to 'normal'.

I agree with you (and disagree with your doc!) there are quite often side effects when coming off of medications like this, it isn't "your body not being ready" it's the drug!

I am going to assume that the 37.5 mg of effexor you were taking was 1/2 of a tablet? If I were you I would follow a schedule like this for weaning off:

- take 1/4 of a tablet every day for a week, and if all goes well, start taking 1/4 of a tab every other day for 2 weeks, if all goes well, take 1/4 tab every 3rd day, and so on, until you are down to 1/4 tab once a week. The idea being that if symptoms come up with any of the tapers and are unbearable, you give your body a bit more time to adjust (say 4 weeks at that dose instead of 2).. That way it's not as much of a shock to your system. Also, I think it might be really helpful to get yourself enrolled in CBT while you are coming off of the medication - it could really help some of the stuff you are feeling.

I feel for ya! I came off of lexapro a few years ago, and it isn't fun! But I promise, your body does eventually readjust, and things do get better. Hang in there!


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