I tapered off Effexor XR on August 15th. Since then I'm experiencing a tremor in my left arm and leg and some spasming on my left side. I had an MRI but it came back normal. I'm wondering if it could be withdrawal from the medication. Has anyone experienced anything similar?
Could withdrawal symptoms from Effexor XR include a tremor and spasms?
- 10 Oct 2015 by cathy979
- 17 October 2015
- effexor, effexor xr, muscle spasm, withdrawal, tremor, symptom
Added 12 Oct 2015:
I had been up to 225 mg about a year ago but slowly tapered down to 75 mg and stayed at that level for 6 months before dropping to 37.5 for two weeks and then off completely. I didn't have the "brain zaps" too badly - mostly flu-like symptoms for the first week. Then I had a week where I felt great before the tremor/weakness/spsms kicked in. That has been gradually getting worse ever since.
Hi, the following listed potential withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (that could explain what you are experiencing) are considered 'SERIOUS': Sensory disturbances (including shock-like electrical sensations), Impaired coordination, and Tremor. Unfortunately it can take a long time for these to ease up. If you stopped the medication 'cold turkey' or very quickly, the withdrawal symptoms can be more intense. If it's been a while since you last saw your doctor, i would advise making another appointment to see if they can advise you...
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