Effexor, it ***** coming off!! I was on for more than 12 years, at 175mg at max dose. I weened off very slowly using the ball counting method (more than 6 months), which worked well. Now I have been off for more than a month and I am all over the place emotionally. From thoughts of suicide to deep sadness to deep depression. I would love to know how long other people feel it has taken them until these effects lessen. I understand that life is always happening, and it is a strong effect on my emotions, I am just feeling so unstable that it seems like much of it is the drug. I am starting to see a therapist next week so that may help, but after such a long struggle I am wondering if I should just go back on. I went off because I had not had deep emotions in years and it felt like the drug was not working well anymore. Please share your thoughts. Louis
I've never taken Effexor, but I read your post and I wanted to let you know that I've went through similar feeling after stopping other medications. I don't know, maybe your doctor will want to try a different medication, or a smaller dosage of Effexor. I hope you feel better soon.
I've been on Effexor for 5 years and turns out I stopped it because of the physical harm it does to the body (especially the heart) and then I felt like you felt-all over the place and incredibly depressed. I then went on Zoloft which 9 months later doesn't work now! The Effexor worked for me but I can tell u, I really found it v v hard to get off of and I was on half the normal dose. Good luck with it. Maybe there's something you our take to help like diazepam to help you get off the withdrawal symptoms?
Have a read of the comments above where there are over 800 experiences of withdrawing from Effexor. I am slowly weaning off. Before I went cold turkey, and was fine after 2 weeks, but had to go on to it again. This time, with my doctor's help, I am withdrawing from 150mg daily over a year, as I am told, the slower the better.
Hope you feel better soon. I am told what you are feeling could be withdrawal. When I stopped before I was well for a year, and then had what I thought was depression returning. I am now told it could have been withdrawals, even after all that time. this time I will ride it out for longer. I don't know how we can tell which is withdrawal symptoms and which is the return of depression. Seems they both feel the same.
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