i was on 150 mg of effexor xr and have been for the last four years. unfortunately i am soon to be without medical coverage so my doctor tapered me off and my last pill was 12 days ago. since then i have been feeling like i am loosing my mind. severe irritability, crying uncontrollable, no impulse control (whatever i think or feel comes flying out of my mouth), total inability to deal with minor annoyances, hopelessness---i mean, i didn't feel this crappy when he put me on it. i have been throwing up and have the vertigo mentioned by so many others. and ofcourse the doctor said it wasn't withdrawal that it was anxiety. that's bull. how would he know? he's never been on any anti-depressants. i asked. i KNOW my body and have tried to come off it before and that's what it is. when are doctor's going to stop lying to their patients. and how long is this gonna last? will i ever be able to live without this medication? i feel so defeated. i need hope please.