I was put on Effexor Xr 75 mags in an inpatient setting. I immediately noticed my anxiety spike but thought it was other drugs. I feel less depressed overall but my body feels strange and I feel numb and emotionless. I was not educated about the serious withdrawal symptoms while I was in the hospital and now I am not sure I want to continue a drug that can cause such horrible withdrawal symptoms down the road. I would have refused this drug if I were more educated by the prescribing psychiatrist. I am considering switching as soon as possible. I am looking into Lexapro. Is it possible to experience withdrawal in such a short period of time? Would it be wise to cross taper? Might I add this is for Major Depression and Anxiety.