anxiety, insomnia and had resigned myself to the fact that i would most likely have to take it for the rest of my life. As a matter of fact, i am afraid to go off of it. But after reading some of the info on this sight, i don't know if i want to continue this medication. I don't know what the long term effects are, if any, and i am afraid that if i stop, i will become depressed again. This med does not make me feel "drugged", but somewhat normal, i guess. Has anyone stopped taking this med after a bout with depression? Will the depression reoccur? And what are the side effects/withdrawal symptoms? Is it safe to just continue taking it? I too have gained quite a bit of weight. I don't want to continue it if i can stop. I have missed a dose or two at times, and if that happens, i cannot sleep at all.