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.
Hi! Your doctor's right ~ a few people will have withdrawal symptoms from every antidepressant. That doesn't mean everyone will and it doesn't mean that it will be severe.
I took Effexor for nearly five years and had to stop cold turkey. No discontinuation syndrome at all.
The majority of people who take antidepressants are able to discontinue quite comfortably on a reducing dose schedule.
Many people who have clinical depression/anxiety find that their symptoms return after stopping their medication.
So it becomes a matter of are you miserable enough to take a chance at a happy life? Even if it's as simple as taking a pill everyday?
Best wishes and the best of luck to you! Wildcat
Hi Rbeccamae: I have tried all of the antidepressants that you have mentioned here. Unfortunately, with effexor I was having a problem with withdrawals. So my doctor had to put me on a different antidepressant (AD) in order to wean off of effexor to help alleviate the serious side effects I was getting from effexor withdrawal. It was unpleasant for me.
With that being said, I am currently taking wellbutrin SR. It has given me relief from anxiety/depression for many years. For me, it has the least amount of side effects, and the most benefit. It also gives me energy and motivation. I have never had a problem when it was time to wean off of wellbutrin (that I know of). I have even quit cold turkey from it with no repercussions. I have taken wellbutrin sr on and off many times throughout the years, more on than off. Sometimes I like to take an AD vacation. It seems to be a way to keep it effectively working without getting AD poop out. Everyone is different. Just some suggestions to give you food for thought. Hope you feel better.
No one can guess the probability that taking a pill will produce a happy life. I think you have valid concerns with the withdrawals of Effexor. If you can try another antidepressant why not? I had bad withdrawals from Effexor after just two months on it.
All antidepressants taken long enough have the potential for withdrawal symptoms even with a step down program. Some are just harsher than others. Effexor is a drug you love to hate. Love it because it can work and hated for it withdrawal symptoms. Wellbutrin is an option, but can increase anxiety and be too exicatory for some. But has a low profile for withdrawals if it does not work out.
Ask your doctor about your options.
No one can know how you will react with medication. I tend to be very sensitive but if it helps Effexor changed my life for the better after being very ill. I am still on it at a higher dose and tolerate it well but I can't tolerate some of the others mentioned. So good luck but give it time..it took a few weeks to kick in and for any side effects to subside for me but has been worth it x
Hi :) . I completely understand your trepidation regarding effexor. Please give it a little more time. I have people on the same dose and at the beginning it is uncomfortable, including my own daughter. But she is being removed from Prozac and being switched to Effexor and that is what is causing her discomfort. After 3 weeks she wants to increase her effexor from 37.5mg. If there is one thing I know for a fact, if and when at all possible, do not read about meds on line. They will terrify you. After years of Paxil then to Prozac then to Effexor (over a 20 year period also!), patients seem to have a more positive result from effexor. Please ask me additional questions that are more specific, I will be happy to answer them for you. Please do not worry. Also, I can totally relate to your ''not wanting to get in too deep''.
I've just come off this drug after been on it for over 7years. If you forget a dose you feel like your blood pressure drops so dizzy! I actually can't function. Now that I have a son I couldn't have another dibilitating epsiode. I would not recommend it. The withdrawals are extreme! Hope things have worked out for you
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