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    Old 08-09-2012, 10:51 AM   #1
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    Withdrawl issues with Effexor and Prozac and tingling legs

    I'm new to these boards today and hoping someone out there will be able to relate to my situation and offer some advice. I'm a 36-year-old male that had been on Effexor for about 9 months, with dosage of up to 150 mg per day at its peak.

    A few months in, I started experiencing a creepy-crawly feeling in my legs (or a tingling I guess, don't know how to describe it) that I initially blamed on my anxiety, but it was a 24-hour-a-day thing no matter how I was feeling, so I began to realize it was probably something else that caused it. I saw a few doctors and quickly ruled out pinched nerve issues in my back, restless leg syndrome (those meds didn't help) and diabetes.

    The only other thing they can think of was it is somehow a symptom of the Effexor even though I didn't see anyone who took the drug complaining of that symptom. So I began a long process of weaning off the Effexor. I got myself down to 25 mg per day, then to 12.5 per day, then stopped taking it. I soon got a bad case of the brain zaps and headaches that so many people experience, so I got back on the drug after about a week and a half (I couldn't deal with it anymore). My doctor has since weaned me onto Prozac and off of Effexor, which has been successful so far.

    I've been off of Effexor for about 3 weeks now and I'm taking 20 mg of Priozac a day. I still have that constant tingling feeling in my legs (and my feet too for that matter). I am weaning down to 10 mg per day on the Prozac and will soon wean off of that completely so I can find out once and for all whether these medicines are causing the tingling feeling in my legs and feet.

    My question is this: Has anyone else experienced a tingling feeling like this in the legs and feet as a result of taking an SSRI? I don't want to go through another weaning process if the drug is unlikely the cause of the tingling. However, it's basically the ONLY possibility for why I'm experiencing that symptom that hasn't been ruled out already.

    Thanks for any advice and guidance anyone can provide!

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    Old 08-11-2012, 01:24 PM   #2
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    Re: Withdrawl issues with Effexor and Prozac and tingling legs

    Hi! I'm only a teenager and I've never had any anxiety medicine yet, but I have felt what you feeling which is the tinglyness in your legs. I've felt tinglyness everywhere even in my mouth. When I went to the ER they just told me it was my anxiety which caused me to hyperventilate which caused the tinglyness. I am unsure if this is your case but you cold of had an anxiety attack and started to hyperventilate without even noticing it. Best of luck to you!

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