I'm on my 5th day without effexor. I have been taking it since Feb. 2011 at 75.5 mg (for anxiety). I decided to go cold turkey. The effexor did help with my anxiety, however, the 30 pound weight gain is not helping me at all.
So far, the symptoms have been the brain zapping, interesting dreams, and joint/body aches/pains. Some tiredness. Apart from that I have not experienced nausea or any bowel problems. My appetite is just fine. I don't think I am irritable, nor am I experiencing any crying jags.
I'd say the worst thing is the brain zaps. They are worse if I am walking around. Oh, and I have an occasional mild headache - more like a pressure behind my eyes (I find taking an aspirin takes care of that).
Should I expect worse things to come? How long does the brain zapping last?
Have a look at the Effexor withdrawal comments where it states "How Long Does Effexor Withdrawal Last" - over 830 replies - and this gives you an idea how the withdrawal time varies from person to person. I withdrew cold turkey and was OK after two weeks, but others take much longer. This is the most widely discussed topic on this site I think.
So difficult to predict how long anything lasts with each individual person.
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