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Hi, first of all sorry for my english grammar , it is not my first language.


after being diagnosed with mild depression and fibromyalgia, I was prescribed with Effexor 37,5. I have to say that my doctor always took the time to listen to me and to explain how things should work from her perspective and I trust her.  The point is that some symptoms of fibromyalgia can overlap with those from withdrawal like foggy brain and fatigue and I am a little confused on how to tell one from the other.


I've been on Effexor for 6 months, it was the first time in my 44 years I was using an antidepressant and I think it did help. Through the whole process of those six months,  I was suffering secondary effects as impotence , insomnia and tiredness. I temper my way out of the meds for two months following my doctor's instructions, starting by taking the capsule every other day (first month) then taking it every other 2 day  during 3 weeks and I can't remember if I took one every three days for only a week or  for two.  


The first two weeks out of the Effexor I was feeling great, the only problem was the insomnia. The third week i started with migraines, dizziness and lightheaded, also I was feeling  very upset on my stomach. This last week I got to sleep without sleeping pill for the first time, on Wednesday, but i am extremely tired with swing moods - I am a very patient person and now I find myself irritated and angry  for whatever simple thing that doesn't go my way. The migraines are less strong but the lightheaded is still there at its fullest and some days I have hard time to focus my attention.


I just want to know if this is just a matter of time and endurance. Because if that is the case I am ready to push through it but i was wondering if I need to ask my doctor if there is a chance of some sort of damage produced by stoping or starting the intake of this medication. 



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Welcome oksebasok,


I'm sorry you have been having symptoms since stopping effexor. How did you feel while you were tapering? We don't recommend the skipping doses method because it can be very destabilizing to the nervous system. 


During the last month, would you say your symptoms have got better, worse, or stayed about the same?


You will recover, but its difficult to know how long it will take. Over time, these drugs change your nervous system. Their effects on your nervous system change as well.  These changes are temporary, but the CNS does take quite a while to right itself after the drugs are out of the body.


Its a good idea to rate your symptoms daily to help you keep track of how you are doing. Withdrawal symptoms can distort our memory and make it difficult to accurately recall how we felt days and weeks ago. Here are some tips on how do do this:  


Rate symptoms daily to track patterns and progress


Keep notes on paper


Dr. Joseph Glenmullen's withdrawal symptom checklist


Reinstatement of a small amount of the drug can often work well to alleviate withdrawal symptoms. According to medical knowledge, reinstatement is the only way to alleviate withdrawal. Reinstatement is best done immediately upon appearance of symptoms. The more time that passes, the less likely it is to work. Once you have stabilized on a low dose of the drug, then a slower, safer taper can be started. Here is some information about reinstatement to help you decide if its something you would like to try:  About reinstating and stabilizing to stop withdrawal symptoms


If you would like to try reinstatement, please let us know and we will help you decide on a dose to try.


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You can use this thread as your ongoing journal to track progress, write about symptoms, ask questions and communicate with the community, add to it whenever you want. Its a good idea to bookmark it or follow it, so its easy to find again.


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I'm not a doctor.  My comments are not medical advise. These are my opinions based on my own experience and what I've learned. Please discuss your situation with a medical practitioner who has knowledge of tapering and withdrawal...if you are lucky enough to find one.

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8 hours ago, oksebasok said:

but i am extremely tired with swing moods - I am a very patient person and now I find myself irritated and angry  for whatever simple thing that doesn't go my way


This is also same with me. Though I am much younger but patience was once a virtue. 

Now its all lost.

08/13 - 01/14
Olanzapine, petril MD (Clonazepam ), Dicorate ER (divalproex). Soza 10 (Zolpidem)

02/14 - 05/14
Flunil ​20mg , Divaa OD 250 mg(divalproex), Amisulpride 50mg (1-0-2), zolfresh 5 mg , Quetiapine
05/14 - 08/14 Venlafaxine 75 xr ( 1-0-1), zapiz 0.25
10/14 Zaptra 12.5mg , Oxetol xr 150mg (0-0-1)
11/14 - 08/15
Paris CR 25 (paroxetine) , Oxetol xr 600 mg (0-0-1), nitrest 5mg , Quetiapine for a month.
09/15-11 Venlafaxine XR 75 ( 1-0-1), Mirtazipine 15, Respiredal 0.5, Lamitor 25, zillion 10.
12/15-02/16 Off Meds (C.T)

03/16-Mid April Sertraline, Aripropazole, Quetiapine, Etizolam.

After that : CT and on OTC supplements (Roadback), now on Ayurveda
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Today im having an appointment with my doctor and I will evaluate the reinstatement option


im a little scared because I don’t know what to expect 


I think that I’m order to think about it I would like to know your recommendation for reinstatement


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