I was just prescribed venlafaxine 37.5mg by my doctor for anxiety and depression. I have only taken it for 2 days and now I'm thinking I'm going to stop before I get myself in too deep. I have read everywhere online that the withdrawal symptoms from this drug are not worth the benefits and I do not want to be stuck taking medication for the rest of my life. I have tried Celexa and Lexapro in the past and neither one of those have worked for me. Does anyone have any suggestions of what I should try instead of Effexor? Or should I give it a try even knowing the horror stories of withdrawing from it? I called my doctor about it and told him I'm basically scared to start this medication and he told me every antidepressant is going to have withdrawal symptoms but Effexor seems to have way worse symptoms than most, at least from what I've read online. Does anyone have advice about where to go from here? Thank you.