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TigerLily CFS and Effexor


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Hello Everyone!


I was so happy to find this forum, and look forward to reading your stories/experiences. I am 42 years old and married with two children. I have been taking Effexor 150 mg for approx. 10 years now. I was diagnosed with Panic Disorder and Generalized Anxiety Disorder. The Effexor has worked really well for me. There have been times when I have wondered if I needed the AD anymore, and have tried tapering off slowly with the help of my Doctor. I seem to do well for a couple of months, and feel fine, but then I slowly start feeling anxious/low...which has led me/doc to believe that I am relapsing. The last time I decreased my Effexor slowly and then switched to Celexa, hoping it would be easier to wean myself off that, but it didn't work, and I went back on Effexor. After having read some of Dr. Glenmullen's thoughts on this, I am starting to think/hope that maybe I was experiencing withdrawal symptoms after all, and not relapsing. I'm currently struggling with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and would like to come off the Effexor. It would be one less body burden. I have a new Doctor who leans towards naturopathy, and would like to see me off the meds. I guess I need to make sure the time is right. I have to admit that I'm scared, and certainly don't want to feel panicky/anxious/low...but I'm willing to give it a shot with the hope that I can get past those icky symptoms.  I'm going to browse the site, and look forward to chatting with some of you.


Thanks for reading my post,


Tiger Lily

Effexor XR for the last 10 years (started at 75 mg, increased to 150 mg 5 years ago.

Planning to begin tapering very soon.

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Welcome to the forum, Tiger Lily.  When you have time, please put your drug history in the signature area of your profile, like so:




Here are some other topics that may be of interest you regarding how to taper off Effexor and about tapering in general:






My hunch is that long term antidepressant use contributes greatly to CFS if it doesn't, in fact, cause it.  I went off Lexapro way too fast a year and a half ago and the aches and pains I had during steady use and early withdrawal were nearly crippling.


In any event, you'll find lots of solid information and friendly support here.  I'm glad you found us before you started tapering again.

Psychotropic drug history: Pristiq 50 mg. (mid-September 2010 through February 2011), Remeron (mid-September 2010 through January 2011), Lexapro 10 mg. (mid-February 2011 through mid-December 2011), Lorazepam (Ativan) 1 mg. as needed mid-September 2010 through early March 2012

"Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity." -Hanlon's Razor

Introduction: http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/1588-introducing-jemima/


Success Story: http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/6263-success-jemima-survives-lexapro-and-dr-dickhead-too/

Please note that I am not a medical professional and my advice is based on personal experience, reading, and anecdotal information posted by other sufferers.


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Hello! Welcome to the site!


I, along with many other members, are tapering off Effexor currently so you'll definitely find support here.

Tapering Zoloft, Dec 2014

Started Lamictal

Re-started Zoloft mid-Oct 2014, 25-50mg

Stopped Zoloft end of Sept 2014

Started Zoloft July 2014, 50mg

Stopped Prozac from 3mg May 2014

Stopped Effexor Dec '13 Started 10mg Prozac

Reinstated Effexor 15mg on Nov 2013

Stopped from 21mg on Oct 2013
Effexor 112.5mg, since Dec 2012

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Thank you Jemima and Finn for replying to my post. I see my Doctor on Thursday. I'm going to look at the links about tapering, and since you are coming off Effexor, I'll check out your posts too Finn.


Hope you both have a great weekend!


Tiger Lily

Effexor XR for the last 10 years (started at 75 mg, increased to 150 mg 5 years ago.

Planning to begin tapering very soon.

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