Hey there, I’ve been on Effexor, it has particularly nasty withdrawal effects. I’ve tried 6 or 7-ish antidepressants in my lifetime to find the best one for me, and going off Effexor was the worst. I can’t remember the dose I was on. But I do remember having one day of just incredible rage (not normal for me at all), and one day of really awful depression. I had confusion and irritability too. This was years ago, so I can’t say exactly how long I had lingering side effects after completely quitting. Maybe a week (it’ll be different for everyone). Just remember – the side effects WILL go away. Hang in there!
I don't have as pessimistic of a view of doctors and have had good experiences. What about, though, taking that low dose of Effexor every other day for a bit? Sometimes that extension can help. Remember, for MOST, withdrawal happens and is uncomfortable but goes away. As time goes on, it gets better and better. Hang in there.
First, this is not a recommended period of tapering even by mainstream psychiatrists who don't treat each person as an individual. That's usually 6 weeks. But you've done what you've done. For now, your symptoms are pretty standard, and will hopefully go away soon. How long can't be predicted, because everyone is different. Some sail through, some have a bad couple of weeks sometimes called the Paxil flu, and others have a very hard and long time of it. The worst withdrawals are when you develop emotional problems you never had before you started the med, and when you have prolonged insomnia. You don't report those so actually, so far so good. Some have reported that taking fish oil helps with the brain zaps. The most important thing is to relax with it and be patient, but not too patient. If the symptoms stay bad for awhile, that's a sign you tapered off too quickly for you -- we're all different, and docs who use a one size fits all regimen can lead to problems. If that happens, the choice will be to stick it out and hope you come out the other side in a reasonable amount of time or go back on the med at the last dose at which you felt fine and taper off as slowly as you need to, at a pace that suits you and not your doctor. But again, what you're feeling isn't yet the things that denote a really really bad one, so I think you're going to be okay. Eat well, stay active, exercise, and sleep enough. I think you're going to be fine.