I am currently taking 150mg of Effexor XR. If I skip a day or lord forbid 2 days, I have severe symptoms. These range from the body/brain shock sensation, sensitivity to noise, dizzy, mental confusion, speech slurring, changes in body temp and severe agitation. Also have GI issues with nausea, gas, etc.

I spoke with my doctor about this and she said she has NEVER heard of anyone having these symptoms. Obviously, after reading these testimonials, I know that other people are experiencing this too.

I am afraid of the long term damage this drug may be causing me and I would like to get off it but I am really afraid of going through these withdrawals symptoms.

Does anyone have any advice?