I am not familiar with Effexor but I do know with any SSRI you shouldnt just stop cold turkey you need to taper off of it. I take Paxil and if I miss more than one day I start getting those brain zaps. Perhaps you can speak to him about tapering to eleviate your discomfort.
Best of luck!
Effexor is an snri, not an ssri, so taking prozac won't necessarily work the same as it would with a pure ssri, which prozac is. Some people use prozac to take people off other ssris because it has a longer life in the body, but you still have to taper off it, too, but since Effexor also targets norepinephrine receptors, not just serotonin as prozac does, I don't know if this works. As for your shrink saying it doesn't sound like withdrawal, they almost always say that. They really are clueless on withdrawal. This sounds like classic withdrawal. Nobody can tell you how long it will last, but frankly, compared with most reports of Effexor withdrawal, if this is your only symptom, you're doing great and will probably be fine in a couple of weeks. In the meantime, try a healthy dose of fish oil daily -- it's said to help with brain zaps, though what you're reporting sounds more like disorientation that is also a very common withdrawal effect. If it stays intolerable, the protocol is to go back on the last dose of Effexor at which you felt fine and taper more slowly, though that's no guarantee that will work. I'd say if this is all that's bugging you, just ease through it and it should work out fine.
Why don't doctors listen to us? It's so frustrating! We are the experts on these drugs they are prescribing. It must be all about $$, because we as they patient go to them for HELP... Not more problems. But then again that's my take on the whole doctor patient relationship, we go with one problem we leave with drugs that give us 20 more. Last time I visited my psychiatrist I was sitting there RIGHT in front of him suicidal, he didn't have time to listen to me. I was so confused & sick couldn't concentrate fast enough to tell him of my concerns. And effexor didn't help the intrusive thoughts, excessive washing of hands, paranoia, ect. I can't even see what I'm typing, great now I get one more doctor an eye doctor. How I miss the days when I didn't have to swallow pills just to get by, poison creating havoc In my body- very few drugs offer me anything- fat hair loss bad breath zombie mood swings- that's not what I go to doctor for, none of us go for that. Anything they don't understand or even BELIEVE gets put in the "she's crazy file" so basically the f);:& you file.