Forgot to add this to my previous comment. My behavior at work has been less than stellar. I have been called to the manager office and told to quit complaining about everythng and everyone. This is a first for me in my 45 years of employment I blame if all on effexor. I can't seem to calm down and keep my mouth shut--I HAVE NEVER NEVER BEEN LIKE THIS!
hang in there. the withdrawal will go away. i hate this drug too. i was on it for 5 years and had many side effects that i thought were caused by something else.and getting off it was just terrible. take care. remar
In contrast to your experiences, Venlafaxine helped me through a very difficult period of my life with virtually no side effects (just a little bit of constipation).
I reduced from 150mg per day to 75mg per day with no side effects.
When I reduced from 75mg to 37.5mg I was sick once.
effexor helps me it has made my anxiety go way down i have depression but not severe but my anxity is ba i think its great .dont prevent all attacks but most and it helps alot
I have been on effexor for about 12 months for Anxiety. The celexa was no longer working for me. My MD advised me to see a physciatrist. I did and he put me on fthe effexor. I went from 75 mg to 300 mg. Thought I would fell great but didn't. He eventually but me on lamactal, that made me worse after on it for 3 months, Noticed I had brain fog more than i had ever had. Was loosing the ability to spell and write. I was an excellent speller, I had won a few spelling bees in elementary school 100 years ago. but my spelling was still pretty good. Now I have to back space alot and bring up the dictionary on my pc. Anyway bottom line. I decided to tell my Doc that i wanted off the medicences. I had written a list of pros and cons and believe me there were no pros on the list. He was perterve that i wanted to come of the medications. But I felt it was my body, and my mind was telling me No more, something wasn't wright about this medicine, They were not working for me. I was still Getting anxiety. along with alot agression. Anger at anything or anyone. ( no bueno).
The Doctor try weaning me of from 300 to 175mg for 0ne month. Felt sick all the time with nausea, dizzness and headache with this swooching sound in my head. It would come and go. Off the lamactol, spelling improving so was the brain fog. I was getting so sick from the effexor that I decided to decrease it myself, I wanted off this medication soon. I reduced it to 75mg for 3 weeks. I was getting so sick. My family was so worried about me. I was so upset at the doctor for not telling me about the side affects, I had decided never to go back to him again. That's when I went off it completely. It was at the point of no return, I educated myself about the withdrawls and how bad they might get. They were RIGHT. My family called the ambulance because i was so sick, I was vomitting and could not keep my balance from the dizziness. I couldn't even fight back. Really I thought i was going to die. The ER doctor did ct, blood work xrays to make sure nothing was being missed .Everything was negative. The MD hydrated me gave me nausea medication and gave me a dosage of valium. i refused the rx for it . I didn't want another problem. The doctor told me I would have to deal with the sypmtoms or go back on the effexor. I said NO WAY never again. I went home feeling better but the syptoms got worst again, the very next day. Well I've learned to live on nausea medication or on dramamine for a while. I kept myself hydrated and slept alot. It's now 19 days since coming off effexor. Felling much better. I could function now and do my daily chores. I am still relapsing. Sometimes really bad, but it doesn't last as long. Thanks for dramamine , It helps me get throught it, the nausea , vomitting, severe headaches brain swooches, dizzness, the lightheadeness, the unsteady gate. I almost feel like i am drunk all the time, not because of the dramamine, but because of still withdrawing from the effexor. Let alone the exhausting feeling I experience, my legs and whole body just want to buckle from under me. But for the most part Iam feeling better. No thanks to the effexor. I am dealing with my anxiety, staying busy and listening to the inspirational books like the Secret. Taking it one day at a time.
I am back to my deep cleaning . Clean , clean clean..that's all i do . I've found a hundred projects,but that's okay, that's my old me coming back. I liked the old me, It's the anxiety that I didn't like or the the sharpness with my mouth. I just have to work harder to control it. My sex life is alot better, I felt completely dead before. Just went through the motions. I can't believe I have but myself through all of this to help my anxiety. I probably could have found other ways to help myself.. I don't know If I will ever fell 100 percent. This medicine has definetly done some damage to my brain. I fell .it. Well cant't dwell on it. Just gotta move on make things well again.