I have been on Effexor XR for 2 years now. I have tried getting off of it a year ago with no success. I couldn't take the withdrawal symptoms and function in my daily life. I decided to stay on it despite the 30 lbs that I had gained since being on it. I initially was given Effexor for my Anxiety. It seemed to have helped, but I couldn't handle the weight gain and loss in sex drive. I have been trying to get off the meds for about 5 mos now and it's been hell. This past week has been the worst. I have weened down to about 37.5 every other day, but that is even hard. I am very moody, feel like crying all the time, feel like I have no control over anything and have no desire to be around anyone and not to mention my EXTREME irritability and drunken feelingness.
Is there anything to take the edge off of these horrible side effects?? I have taken the week off to help cope with these side effects, but they are making me feel like I'm crazy.