Unfortunately, I went thru the same withdrawal off of effexor. I quite because it made me feel tired all of the time. It will probably go on for about7 days. I even had brain shortages or flashes. It is part of the withdrawal. Are you going to replace it with something else?
Yeah, I missed two days of my Effexor XR, forgot to take it on my trip. ANd WOW...what two days can do. By night two, I could only sleep for an hour and a half and would have vivid crazy dreams, so real. I would wake up bc my hand was numb. I could touch my hand and not feel my hand touching anything! I could go right back to sleep to yet another crazy dream and wake up in a couple of hours and do it all again.
I did that off and on all night. Got up Sunday, and was dragging. Still so sleepy! Which is very unusual for me. I actually turned the tv off and got back in bed at 10:30 in the morning and slept until 12 when the phone rang. It was the deepest sleep I think i ever had. I still felt very tired and unmotivated all day. Craving carbs like crazy. Geez, I won't skip again anytime soon. I too worry about the day when I need to come off this drug. It has seemed to help with my depression and anxiety though.
I talked to my aunt who is a nurse the other day and she advised me to consult my doctor again and have him prescribe me the lowest dosage ( I think the 37.5 or something). Her daughter (my cousin) is going through the same thing with Effexor XR, and what she is having her do and told me to do was take the lowest dosage for about two weeks, then go everyother day, then every two, and so on until by body starts to be able to produce what is lacking when im off Effexor or function in a normal manner. It will take longer, but I have a life to get on with and I can't be stuck in these withdrawls. I trust her obviously and I will see how it goes and hopefully come back with advise if it work or, heaven forbid, if it didn't.
Oh, and no Im not replacing it with anything else....hopefully!
my bf has electric shocks thru his body...weird hey?