I feel so anxious and depressed, having nightmares, ramped up anxiety and need xanax to relieve the anxiety ... MD doesn't want to deal with my changing meds and I'm starting anew soon with another psychopharmacologist. What can relieve these symptoms and has anyone been successful with going off of Effexor? Have read terrible posts from folks who had a miserable time of it and weren't able to do so. Effexor has affected my memory and eyesight as well .. a bad drug all in all.