I am on 40 mg's of Valium per day and have been for 8 years now. My Dr has a 2 year plan to get me off of the Valium and has giving me a prescription for Effexor. His plan is to stabilize my anxiety with the Effexor as he lowers my Valium. I have severe anxiety which includes panic attacks, sweating and so forth. I am afraid to take this medication. I have read the reviews and I see that it is very hard to come off of, but I see people with a lot of positive feedback. I have also read the side effects which scare me. I am taking my first pill right now. 75 mg's. HELP!!!