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Old 07-02-2005, 03:15 AM   #1
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uggghhhhhhhhh well the psych cut down my dose from 225mg to 75mg. over the course of 4-6 weeks as recommended? noooo - as if! in his wisdom he cut it down over FOUR DAYS. if that wasnt bad enough i am now on 75mg every other day, yesterday was my 1st day with no meds at all. The dizzy brain shocks are hideous and got worse as the day went by. i ended up going to bed cos i started feeling sick and the dizziness was so bad, sleep seemed the best option.

got another four days of alternating 75mg and nothing, then 3 days with nothing at all, then i start on seroxat instead. eeerrrrrkkkkkk does tom cruise REALY think we do all this for the hell of it??

Sorry theres not actually a point to this post, i am just feeling sorry for myself!

mm xxx

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Old 07-02-2005, 04:27 AM   #2
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Re: Effexor withdrawal - horrible!

You are not feeling sorry for yourself! I have heard the withdrawl from Effexor is hell. I am still on my 225 mg a day so I don't know yet. But I have read about people who have gone through it. Maybe the Pdoc can slow it down a bit. I hope you get to feeling better. Don't worry, you guys will hear from me when I have to go though it. Best wishes, Sondra

Old 07-02-2005, 09:56 AM   #3
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Re: Effexor withdrawal - horrible!

I went through EXTREME Effexor withdrawal a couple years back. I was on another board back then, and I just thought I would post what I had to say what I was going through and I hope it provides you some comfort and gives you some knowledge of what steps to do next.

This is my 9th day without and it still feels hopeless. In August of 2001 I was admited into a psychiatric center and I was such a wreck that they put me on 300mg of Effexor XR all at once! And I have to say, you'd think being put on that high of a dosage all at once would be the worst thing you'd experience. But I feel even worse now than I did when I was put on it. Since then I was moved down to 225mg, then to 75mg for about a year. I feel like I've had these last two years of my life stolen from me. I knew in my heart it wasn't me, but there was nothing I could do about it, because I had no clue. I put all my trust in my psychiatrist, which I will never do again. I'm 20 years old now, and I know that may sound young to most of you, but I had so much ambition after graduating highschool. Then I suffered a bad breakup that caused me to be out on Effexor. I thought once I got over the breakup I would feel like myself again. But it never happened. I'm a very creative person. I love to put my thoughts and feelings into tangible forms. Thats what I lived for. But for the past two years that part of me has been dead. I have no self with this drug. They say antidepressants cant change the person you are, but they can take things away from you. The bad, as well as the good. All this time I've been waiting to feel myself creep back. I have a new boyfriend now, he's wonderful to me (and has been unbelievably supportive through this withdrawal), I'm doing excellent at school...but I couldn't get rid of that empty feeling I had. There was simply nothing there. I was going through the motions, and every emotion I put forth to others had to be forced. My sister had a baby, and asked me to be the godmother, but I felt no joy. I got on the deans list last semester, but I felt no satisfaction. Its as if my desire is dead, in every which way. So I decided, which was better, to experience highs and lows now and then, or to live in a constant mediocrity. So I decided to go off the Effexor. Looking through my journals it just seemed like everything went back to that. I was weaned off on 37.5mg for 5 days before going off completely. The first 2 days Effexor free I could reletively get by. I could tell that it was leaving my system, but I thought thats about as worse it was going to get an only last a couple more days. On the 5th days I started getting dizzy, and hot sweats, and getting sick everytime after I ate. Again, I thought that was as bad as it was going to get, and only last a couple more days. By the 6th day, I hit rock bottom. I was at school in the computer lab studying for a test, and I was reading the same line on the computer screen over and over again for 15 minutes because I couldn't make sense of what I was reading. I became frustrated, and went into the bathroom and couldn't stop crying. Its such a long story after that point. I've already rambled enough so to keep it short, that night I had to go to the emergency room because I couldn't stop shaking or crying. I felt like I was going to die, without even knowing how or why. They put me on an IV drip and gave me Ativant. I got home, and as soon as I did I began to vomit uncontrolably. This continued on into the 7th day. I couldn't even drink water. On the 8th day I still was crying and went back to the ER. But there was nothing they could do. There was no psychiatrists on hand. So they sent me home. Its now the 9th day and I had to travel 75 miles to get help. Still couldn't find it but got close. I'm going back tomorrow to talk to someone but not about my meds. I'm terrified to go to sleep because the feeling is unbearable as soon as I wake up. I begin balling immediatly. I'm crying now just thinking about it. I\'m so afraid to face another day like this, and I dont know how much more school I can miss. I tried to go, but it seems like I cant go through an hour without crying. My eyes hurt so bad. I'm constantly depressed and my stomach hurts constantly as well. Although I can keep food down now. The thing is though, I'm still on 200 mg. of Wellbutrin SR, I've been on if for over a year, its not doing anything. I'm also on 25mg. of Lamictal, which isn\'t doing anything either. I could understand feeling this way and not having anything in your system, but I'm on two other meds and this has been the hardest thing I've had to go through. I'm just wondering if anything can help me because of this. Its gonna be ten days, I dont see improvement. I'm terrified. I cannot express the fear I feel from this. I also fear driving everyone away because of what this is doing this to me and how it makes me react. I'm so paranoid I'll be alone. Even though mentally I know I'm not, emotionally I feel abandonned. I'm so scared. I've been to the ER twice, no one can help me. And I fear that I'm not as st rong as I once was before I went on this drug. It took away my will. And now there's nothing left to combat its departure. Its eating me alive even when I'm not taking it anymore. I cant stop crying. I'm just asking for any help I can get. Anything. Anyone can email me who is currently going through this, or has had these affects. The hardest thing to do is act like everything is ok when everything feels like its wrong.

Best of Luck for ya, and email me if you need any support, I know this subject all too much and want to help, [ please read and follow the posting rules - no emails ] . All my love

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Old 07-04-2005, 01:36 AM   #4
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Re: Effexor withdrawal - horrible!

hi all,

this is f***ing hellish.

brain shocks awful, headache appalling, vivid nightmare dreams scary, irritability with eveeryone and everything high. aggressive urge to beat the ***** out of anything i look at - extreme.

madmummy x

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