possible side effects? i currently have been without my effexor for about 4 days, would nausea be a side effect... how long does it usually last?
I came off Effexor cold turkey and I warn you the withdrawal is pretty bad. You will suffer a lot of things including nausea. It took me two weeks of staying indoors and lying almost still, with brain zaps and flu like symptoms. If you can get through the first couple of weeks you will hopefully feel OK after that. It is not recommended that you stop Effexor suddenly but taper off if you want to come off it.
Some people suffer withdrawal symptoms for quite a long time. I feel I was lucky.
Let us know how you get on. Do you really want to stop?
It is not recommended to come off effexor cold turkey, my doctor had me to do it saying that he saw no problem with it but believe me there are many side effects including nausea, brain zaps, flu like symptoms and dizziness. There should have to be a warning that comes with the drug concerning withdrawals they can be debilitating.
Hello..I am stopping taking effexor all together. I started about two and a half months ago taking the 37.5 and felt nothing. Then my doctor upped me to the 50 mg a day for anxiety and I have been feeling horrible ever since almost a month ago. I was taking it twice a day but when I got really sick with a stomach issue (which now I am thinking was directly related to the freaking effexor) a few weeks ago I decided to only take it once a day. I thought that might help my stomach issues. Well the nausea,lightheaded dizzy feeling seems to be with me 24/7 now. I have still continues to get really sick and can't drink anything with caffeine as it makes symptoms much worse. I have been feeling horrible. This drug seems very dangerous and I wish I would have known all this crap before I started taking it. I haven't had any for a couple days and I am really lightheaded constantly. The nausea and inability to keep anything down seems to be subsiding thank God. Fingers crossed.
I just started a new job and have to be on my feet moving around quiet a lot. Im really worried because of how bad ive been feeling not being able to work efficiently. People have been telling me I don't look well because I look sick and have lost weight because of the severe nausea associated with this drug. Does anyone know how long these horrific symptoms last? I am really hoping and praying this stops soon because it is horrible!!! I was a healthy person before all this...
I stopped taking my Effexor Dec. 1, 2016 and the withdrawal side effects were interesting to say the least. This is not recommended as I didn't even hit the tip of the iceberg when compared to others withdrawal stories.
First the headaches started but they were not severe.
Second were the extremely nauseating dizzy spells. These lasted for about one week.
Third was the depression and anxiety. This wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. Knowing what I'd felt before I started the medication helped.
Now I feel fantastic! I suggest weaning yourself off.
This was very helpful for me. I am on day three due to a finanicial goof up. I was considering toughing this out but now I can see it is better to go slow and steady. I have been on it as part of a chronic pain protocol and it is my final med to go off of. I was using a fetnyal patch for 15+ years and getting off that was easier than this!
- Effexor Information for Consumers
- Effexor Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Effexor (detailed)
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