Mar 03, 2009
My psychiatrist put me on Effexor about a year ago. He had me taking 150 mg twice a day. At first, I thought that it was a great drug and that I finally found something to help my depression. However, about a couple weeks after I was on it, I started having horrible side effects. I googled "effexor side effects" and this is what came up: "nausea, dizziness, sleepiness, sweating, dry mouth, gas, abnormal vision, nervousness, insomnia, loss of appetite, constipation, confusion, agitation, tremors, yawning, palpitations, and increased cholesterol."
I had all of those side effects. I lost 20 pounds in 2 weeks. I was wanting to lose weight, but not in that kind of way; that couldn't be healthy at all. I would twitch constantly and just be very awake. If I did not my daily dose at the same time every day, I would have withdrawal symptoms. I also googled "withdrawal symptoms," and this is what came up: "dizziness, dry mouth, fatigue, major headaches, nervousness, tremors, vertigo, vomiting, agitation, abdominal pain, confusion." Also, I found this: I even read on a website that effexor has a half-life of 5 hours. That might be why I had withdrawal symptoms while I was still taking the medicine. "The 'zzt' you can feel in your head, an electric sort of vertigo, and it often reverberates in your hands and fingers." The 'zzt' feeling that was talking about would be classified under the tremor part of the withdrawal symptoms. That was the worst part of the withdrawal symptoms for me. Like I said, I would feel all of these symptoms even when I was on it. The worst were the brain tremors like I said, extreme sweating, nervousness and weight loss. Needless to say, I asked my doctor to take me off of it. He never warned me of the side effects/withdrawals. He put me on Cymbalta, which wasn't much better. I then went on Lexapro, which didn't help at all. Right now, I am taking Prozac. I have had depression for about 8 years, and have taken numerous medications for it, and the only one that seems to help is Prozac. A couple weeks ago, I started to feel normal again. It had been about 6 months since I stopped taking effexor. In those 6 months, I thought that I would never feel like myself again, and that I was going crazy and just had the worst depression I've ever had. I am so glad that it has gone away. I read about people saying it took them months for the withdrawal symptoms to go away, and I hated that and just never thought that I would get better. However, I am feeling great now. My advice for anyone going through as bad of withdrawals as I was on is that it does eventually get better. It may take months to a year, but it does get better. I never would kill myself, but I had the worst suicidal thoughts in my withdrawal symptoms. I have read that this medicine works for some people, but I feel like it needs to be taken off the market. I feel it does more people bad than it does good. I would rather be depressed anyday than go through those withdrawal symptoms again. If anybody knows of any kind of petition there is to take this off the market, please let me know by email: ***@****. Anyway I have been wanting to let that off my chest for a while, but for the record I hate effexor!