I have a question for anyone who might be able to relate.
I developed a problem with panic attacks about 9 months ago related to a neurological condition called a Chiari Malformation that I recently had surgically corrected.
Back in the fall I saw my doctor and he placed me on 5mg of Lexapro. Initially it worked, but it led to new and worsening depression after about 2-3 months of being on it. When I told my doctor this, he put me on 75mg of Effexor. Initially I felt better, which I'm assuming was a combination of the effexor and weaning off the Lexapro, but after a few short months, I had a similar reaction as I did to the Lexapro. Worsening depression, insomnia, twitching, strange thoughts, mood swings, etc.
Since I haven't had a panic attack in quite some time and my neurological condition has been corrected, my doctor agreed to take me off the Effexor without replacing it with any other antidepressants. I've been off it for three days now, and days 2 and 3 have been really tough. I'm having really intense mood swings and get episodes as if I feel my sanity has decided to hang out in left field for a bit. Almost a sensation as if I'm losing touch with reality for a brief period of time. It's a truly awful feeling.
Has anyone else had similar troubles with/weaning off Effexor? And if so, about how long did it take before you felt normal again?
Thanks so much!