You will have withdrawal which may include vivid, violent dreams, suicidal thoughts, homicidal thoughts, increased anxiety, etc.
If this medication is giving you mania, then you're doctor might take you off of it immediately. If you're thinking about going off of it without the supervision of a doctor, I would not recommend it.
Why are you thinking about coming off of it? Maybe we can talk and I can give you some advice.
How long have you been taking effexor? I believe if it's a very short time, you may not have problems. BUT, if you have been on it for a while you will experience withdrawal. To what extendt I cannot say. We are all so different.
I agree that getting your doctor involved is the best way to go, titrate off of your medication, or taper down.
Good luck to you,
it is best not to stop these types of meds on your own without doctors care for each persons reactions r differant from the other, when I first started on antidepressants, of course I didn't no to much and was nervous and didn't ask enough ?'s, I tried one time coming off of 1 after maybe 4 mths of being on and it wasn't pretty, my depression got worse, my head was going crazy meaning dizzy spells and head spins, nausea and vomiting u name it... in my opinion if u didn't already try and r just asking cause u r thinking of doing this, please take my advice and talk to your doctor about what is going on, why do u want to stop??? if u don't mind me asking, and if the answer is because u think ur depression is better, that is the meds, once u get off u will be much worse...
or if it just isn't helping u, well then that's easy, talk to doc and tell him it's not helping and either u need and increase, decrease or change of med completely... please get the doc to taper u off i don't want u to have to go what i went through cause i was to afraid at the time to say it wasn't working, no i am finally after opening my mouth on meds that do help... best of luck to u, and like i said don't do this alone... GOD BLESS...
You will have severe withdrawal symptoms, including brain zaps, suicidal thoughts, cryings, trembling, nightmares. hallucinations. The makers of this drug do not tell the patient the withdrawal symptoms of this drug or warn you that suddenly stopping this medication can produce such severe effects. I have been there and I know, it is awful. The best way to get of this drug is to slowly taper off, through medical supervision.
Hi, my sister did this with effexor and paid dearly... Brain zaps all day long and got very bad withdrawls.. its a drug you need to slowly wean off of or have your doctor help you get off of it or get on another drug if this one no longer working for you.. ive known 5 people you were on effexor and all of them had nothing but bad issues with it and getting off of it was hard.. Hope i could be of some kind of help.. God Bless! Mickey
I have stopped 150mg Effexor cold turkey. I had all the symptoms described by the other people here, and after two weeks I was well.
After a year, depression came back, and I have been on same dose of Effexor for 3 years now.
Recently my doctor says she wants me to taper off Effexor slowly so I don't get all the withdrawal symptoms. For the last two weeks I have alternated with 150mg Effexor XR one day and 75mg the next. I can do this for as long as IU like, and then go back to doctor for the next stage. She says depression should n ot return if I follow her instructions.
Everyone read what blackeye101 said again. The Dr stop her treatment abruptly. She need a new Dr. What Dr would do that because of a call? There are two sides to every story and she did not wait until she heard what Blackeyed101 had to say. Bad Business. Blackeye101 if you have PCP they can write the prescriptions for you until you can find another. Some Dr are not caring enough to the needs of their patients. But their are some good ones out there. I'm having to look for another psychiatrist because he will not take my insurance. He said he will not accept that little bit of money. My two fragile x syndrome adult children and myself has to change after 12 years. Thanks to my PCP Dr he wrote our prescriptions. Just found a new Dr will see him in February. Hang on in there Blackeye101
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