Do not drive. Do not drive. Got it yet? Don't drive. You will have an accident if you continue as you are feeling the bad stuff I'm afraid.
I had about 3 months of effects from coming off Effexor although the only effect that lasted more than a couple of weeks was this spacial/visual distortion thing. Hard to describe but I couldn't look right or left when driving, truly couldn't move my head out of fear of this effect. So stopped driving and it passed. Sort of like watching things through strobe lights. Only seeing every third frame or so, sort of. Weird effect. And scary too.
The thing you are trying to describe in your head I think is what I called "electric shocks". It felt like sudden mini electric shocks and was really offputting and made me feel afraid I was dying or something.
I wasn't and neither are you. That is the main withdrawal effect. It's your brain missing the connections made using Effexor and, bad as it feels, is not major. Just feels like it. Max a couple of weeks but my recall is it was much shorter than that. I recall feeling it more often when I misssed a few days of doses while still on it which told me to take it again.
I don't like this going on to another while coming off Effexor at all. The problem here is you don't know what's causing what and the new med certainly cannot and does not counter the down side of effexor weaning.
Additionally, after 10 years, the come off period is way too quick. Bad doctor!! Truly, dumb advice. Why wouldn't he warn you? Usually because they don't know. It's on;y experienced pdocs who know this stuff. And us of course. Too late now to go back on as you've had the worst already. It will last a bit longer but then drop except possibly the visual thingy.
My advice? Stop the new med now and wait out the Effexor withdrawal. If you are stopping Effexor to become potent etc again then all I can say is good luck. I do know things pick up after you stop but for me they never were the same again.
What many of us forget though is it's not just the meds that reduce our desire and enjoyment. It's the depression too. So both together is a recipe for eunuchs isn't it?
I would suggest to you that choosing depression meds based on their ability to allow you to have sex enjoyably is a fools paradise. The problem is those that let you enjoy most do little for your mental state and that will prevent much happening either won't it?
But I must say do try as staying on Effexor for 10 years plus is a certain monks holiday. Rather, I'd suggest periods on and off it although you'd probably rather fight tigers than try FX again. I'm on my third time now and second time coming off I felt nothing. First time, like you.
Ahh yes, the wonderful world of Effexor discontinuation syndrome.
Feels like **** doesn't it? I had the exact identical symptoms when I tapered off my 375Mg a day Effexor dosage. Pristiq is very hard to stop also. (Pristiq is almost exactly like Effexor)
I have good news and bad news. The good news first... Don't panic because it will fade in about 5 to 6 weeks off the medication. Bad news.... It ***** hard core and you will feel like road kill for the next 5 weeks.
As far as your doctor telling you that it is the Welbutrin... BULL ****! He is either dead wrong or just telling a lie. My psychiatrist is one of the best in the region and he told me that discontinuation syndrome with SNRI's like Effexor is a documented and scientific fact.
Kind of feels like your brain is all mushy doesn't it. I also love how when you move your eye balls around it makes your brain feel like it just got zaped with high voltage.
The worst is when you are walking and you look at the ground and the raise your head up and it feels like your brain is swurling in your skull. The nausia is horrible too.
Yep, thats Effexor discontinuation syndrome for sure. It will pass but it will take time.
Hi Friend and thanks... I'm glad to hear the worst may be behind me? almost there? I know what you mean about the whole libido thing... damned if you do damned if you don't. Humph. why does life have to be so damn hard!
So what AD drug do you plan to start to replace the Effexor?
5-6 weeks!!!!!??????? OMG
thanks hensley. YOU KNOW!!!!!
I'm sorry, I wish I could tell you just two weeks, but it almost always takes longer than that. In three weeks it will feel better, but still be there probably.
They say that by doing that slow taper that it helps, but you know I did a slow taper and it really didn't help much.
I hope the Welbutrin alone is enough to keep your depression at bay.