I have 10 pills left and am living in Mexico. I would like to stop taking this medication if possible. I have been taking it constantly since 2007. Will I need to get more pills here in Mexico to wean myself off of it, and should the dosage amount be reduced? How many days would it take to get off the drug? What are the Side effects of withdrawal that I should expect?
You can expect some pretty aweful withdrawal effects if you stop abruptly from 75mgs such as headache, nausea, diarrhea and "brain zaps" which are strange electrical like sensations in your head. Best to reduce dosage slowly. If you can obtain 37.5 mg pills, reduce to this for at least 2 weeks then reduce again by taking every other day for 2 weeks before stopping. If you can not obtain 37.5mg pills, take the 75mg pills evey other day for 2 weeks, then try and stop. May still have withdrawals, but less. Why may I ask are you wanting to stop?
Good advice from Laurie! Personally I don't think I'll EVER stop my Effexor again. I had to stop it twice in hospital; the withdrawals were bad enough, but the rebound depression was so terrible that the second time I ended up in a psychiatric hospital.
Some people can stop it if they've been taking it for a situational depression, but those with clinical depression of ten have to take it for life.
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