I start getting withdraw symptoms very fast I take 150 mg. Sorry I ever took these. Does anybody else out there get electric shock withdrawals, sick stomach, irritability?
Yes, I had all the withdrawal symptoms. It sucked! I was only on it 1 month. It is a difficult med to come off of if you have been on it a while. It is a 'B" if you have noticed the withdrawals if you are late taking it.
Best if you are going to come off of it to do it very slowly with a taper schedule from your doctor if he has one. Some doctors will prescribe Prozac to help because it has a long half life and is easier to quit once you are past the Effexor withdrawals. It is shame more doctors do not warn their patient of the potential of a harsh withdrawal. Like you I wish I had never taken it.
I empathize with you situation.
Sean; Guess I am a little confused Yes it is very important to take this MEDICATION or any in the same class at close to the same time each day. Some people notice the withdrawals of it very fast and that brain zap just does not cut it. But if you are thinking of coming off of it, you really need to talk to the doctor and get a lower dose capsule and very slowly go off there is no rush so take your time and as Janie has said if the doctor does not you tell the doctor that you would like to switch to the other drug Prozac, to finish off with the coming off of the medication. But anyway all the things you have listed are without a dought withdrawals from the Effexor when your not getting the next dose in you within the 24 hour period. Good luck in whatever you decide but make sure your ready to come off prior to starting it's really not fun so weigh out if the medication is helping you more than hurting and that your stable and just make sure you take it at the correct time.
Gosh, I have to admit I'm scared to continue taking this. I took Effexor about 8 years ago and it worked great, I went off for pregnancy, I switched to another med/ Zoloft with no problem at all so I guess I was just lucky??? I had no problems. Now, I have started it again and am on day 2 and a little concerned when I read things like this.
- Effexor Information for Consumers
- Effexor Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Effexor (detailed)
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