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  1. I don’t know if I’ll ever heal or experience even a little bit of relief from this hell. I suffer from dizziness, anxiety and electric like surges when falling asleep and I have been off ADs for 26 months. Doctors have pretty much thrown me to the curb because they have no idea what to do. I’m not experiencing improvement. I fear permanent damage. Is there anything I can do?
  2. Hello, I was not drug free for a long time. I got depressed again a so ended on drugs again. Did not know what else to do. Doing quite poorly now. I have a lot of anxiety and trouble sleeping. Currently, on 50mg sertraline and 25mg agomelatine. Weird thing is that even when I am in a good mood and anxiety is at bay I wont be able to fell asleep. Whenever I feel my brain is slumbering off then "zzap" and I wake up. I think it is the sertraline, that is preventing me from sleep. I'm just in a bad place mentally and cannot try to discontinue the drug as I'd than sp
  3. I was forced on to medications when I was hospitalized for postpartum depression and anxiety and I was put on some of apparently the worst medications to get off of. I am currently taking 75mg Effexor XR, 5mg 3x of Buspar, and 100mg of Trazadone. I am feeling incredibly anxious about about tapering. Right now my plan is to start tapering the Effexor first, then Buspar, then Trazadone. I am really having a hard time thinking about being on all these medications for so long to do a slow taper. Is it possible to taper multiple drugs at the same time? Does anyone have encouraging stories about get
  4. SEE ALSO: identity-crisis creating-a-new-self-after-withdrawal Today I saw my therapist, who is very wary of my desire to go off of Prozac. She reminded me of how much I suffered the last time I withdrew from an SSRI. She reminded me that I cried every day, felt incompetent at work, and couldn't find joy in any of the things I normally find joy in. One of the driving forces behind my wish to be free of antidepressants once and for all is my strong sense that I am not my true or "real" self when I am medicated. I find myself thinking t
  5. Hi All, I've been reading up on the forum for the last few months and decided i might put a post in as would be keen to hear your thoughts and also share my experience. I've been on Effexor XR for around 10 years in total. Original condition was OCD - obsessive thoughts about food poisoning and my food being drugged - didn't help that i would feel strange after eating food & then become anxious / paranoid about it. This resulted in depression along with inability to function in social settings and a downward spiral. Originally was on Paxil in the beginni
  6. Hello, my name is Danielle. I am new to this site, but have been reading it for quite some time now. My parents put me on effexor xr when I was 6 years old for severe anxiety and childhood phobias. It worked great for years. I had very little side effects and life was hunky dory. I am now 24 years old and the medication is no longer working. I stupidly tried to come off of the Effexor over the coarse of 3 months under directions from my psychiatrist. Obviously, I crashed and I have been desperately trying to get my life back for the last 10 months. During those months, I was under the impressi
  7. Hello Surviving Antidepressant friends Around 18 months ago I posted this thread desperately seeking help for tapering gone wrong. I had been on a treatment dose of 300mg of Effexor, which I had reduced around 80%. I went to a psychiatrist to seek advice on tapering and bridging and he told me the amount I was on was almost nothing and there would be no issue if I tapered off over a couple of weeks. That caused the worst withdrawal I have ever had, including what felt like 48 hours of suicidal panic attacks and inability to sleep. My memory from that time is blurry.
  8. Until July 2017 I was an active, healthy female (58). I'd been extremely fortunate in that, the only health problem I'd ever encountered had been anxiety/low grade depression. At least that's what the doctors diagnosed 20 years ago. I was put on Effexor 75mg and then, some years later, reduced the dosage to 37.5mg. In January 2017 I started tapering off my medication and by July was off Effexor. I did experience the odd brain zap but could easily go about my daily business. Suddenly at the end of July, I started having what I thought to be panic attacks (but which were, in actual fact, heart a
  9. Hi, Just joined the group. I suffer from chronic depression and anxiety. Have been on a range of antidepressants for many years. Have had a number of major breakdowns and been in some very dark places. Half way through 2020 I began to notice that Effexor 360m was not working for me. I was experiencing withdrawal symptoms- without withdrawing - nausea, vision issues, stomach aches, increased anxiety and depression. i got bloods etc done, all good. The doctor took me off Effexor and put me on Setraline. After a couple of weeks I felt terrible. Constant nausea, dizziness, fati
  10. Moderator note: link to uncomfortablynumb's Benzo Forum thread Hi Everyone, About 9 years ago I jumped on the psych med-i-go-round. It was my last year in university studying human kinetics - I was really stressed, not getting much sleep, not eating very well and consuming way too much caffeine. I pretty much crashed and burned with anxiety and depression over probably a 4 month period. It was possibly due to years of stress and not knowing exactly what I wanted to do after graduation (to continue studies or find work). I was rock bottom, not being able to focus on
  11. Hi I am new to this forum and this is my first post . I am currently on 30mg mirtazapine and 200mg of pregablin , I have been on these mess for about 3 to 4 months . I have just cut my mirtazapine from 30mg to 15mg and in the space of 4 days I have have horrible side effects , anxiety through the roof , shaking , lack of appetite poor sleep crying spells and the general feeling of feeling crap . The reason I have started to withdraw from the mirtazapine is that after 3 months I feel no benefit only get awfull side effects . No help with my anxiety and depression if anything it's made me more d
  12. Hi. About 5 years ago I was prescribed Effexor 75mg for mild GAD. It seemed to work ok, but I was never really that bad to begin with. To make a long story (sort of) short, in July of 2010, I quit the effexor cold turkey. Shortly after I began having panic attacks which I now know was from withdrawals, and also head zaps. These seemed to of disappeared in August 2010. Then in September of 2010, I had a hair transplant. Minor surgery, but was given large doses of Keflex, and had local anasthesia injected that contained adrenaline to prevent excess bleeding. This made my heart race, but its a no
  13. Hi I was on citalopram for 12 years, it wasn’t working anymore & I was on the highest dose, doc told me to decrease over a 2 week period then start duloxetine omg I’ve never felt so ill on duloxetine, came off that ended up taking nothing really ill , then I tried sertraline 150mg down to 100mg due to headaches & now I’m coming off these aswel cos I don’t find they are helping at all down to 50mg for 2 weeks then venlafaxine my heads a mess, my stomach is in bits have had diarrhoea all week is this normal withdrawal?
  14. Dear all, This has been put off for all too long. I am a 40-year-old male living in Scandinavia. Over the last twenty years I have been prescribed various SRI’s mainly to counter anxiety that debuted as a major panic attack in my early twenties during a stressful time in my life. It is like this experience opened a door that I have never been able to shut again. The anxiety has been there in varying degrees since that day. I am sure some of it is fueled by the fear of anxiety, but it feels like something broke that day. The switching between different drugs over the fir
  15. Hi and thanks for reading. I am 39 years old male from Pennsylvania, USA. I was prescribed Prozac and then Effexor in 2003 while I was a senior in college. I had a developed depression, GAD, and panic disorder a few months prior due to a health issue that affected my balance. I was always anxious as far back as I can remember so I think the tinder was ready to light due to some trigger eventually. Prozac made me feel like I was going psychotic within a few days. I was then prescribed a “new” medication called Effexor. The Effexor had some side effects but they were tolerable. Th
  16. Hello, Thank you so much for this site. It is really a lifesaver. I am trying to taper off of Effexor XR (Venlafaxine) after 17 years of use. In the past I unsuccessfully tried to get off of Effexor XR. My doctor attempted to taper me off in only one month. The withdrawal symptoms were so horrible that I went I back on the drug and the symptoms immediately stopped. I finally got up the courage to try to taper again. This time I tapered 4 times as slow as before, but clearly not slow enough. I was desperate to find relief from the severe anxiety attacks and insomnia side effect that I
  17. Hello Everyone, I'm a new member of this forum and since I've been warned by AltoStrata, I start a topic to introduce myself I have been on medication since February 2017, initially on Seroplex 10mg which was gradually increased to 20mg. In Novemeber 2017, i quitted cold turkey Seroplex and felt horrible for about a month when i decided it was time to reinstate. A month later, in spite of reinstatement symptoms would not seem to alleviate so GP put me on Effexor 75mg. I took both Seroplex 20mg and Effexor 75mg for nearly 4 months before my symptoms went a
  18. Hi! I wanted to introduce myself and ask for advice. In November 2018 I started taking Escitalopram, then 6 months later Mirtor* 15 mg. 3 weeks ago I was put on Effexor 75 mg in place of Escitalopram. I started reading about Effexor and I really want off of it. Do I still have to taper so slowly? I've never had any problems with antidepressants, but I'm scared that if I taper by 10% it will only make things worse. I know antidepressants take some time to work so maybe I don't have that much damage done? My psychiatrist recommended taking 37,5 mg for 2 weeks, then according to how I feel,
  19. Hello, I am a 50 year old woman with a history of depression. Here is my story and it is a long one, be warned - if you aren't in the mood for a long history, skip this now LOL! I'm one of those people whose family relations have also had histories of depression, and depression became an issue for me from maybe 10 years old and up, though no one really recognized it. I became bulimic at 16 and remained so for much of my adult life until about eight years ago. My adult-hood has been one of perfectionism, low self-esteem and under-performing, with all the self-hatred that that generates.
  20. Hi all,[/size] My name is Lisa, I am a 30 year old female and I believe I've experienced protracted withdrawal. I plan on starting to taper off Effexor XR in July. Here is some of my history: [/size] Starting in 2005, I began taking Lexapro after my father got cancer and passed away 4 months later as I started having panic attacks. I am not sure when I went off Lexapro, but I know I was put on Celexa for a while as Lexapro stopped working and I have now been on Effexor XR for 6 years. In the past, when I go off an SSRI/SNRI, I end up going back on after some time because my panic attacks c
  21. Hey everyone, This has been the most informative and useful website I have found thus far, so I was inclined to register. Kudos to the site Administrator and moderators for their hard work and time spent helping others while we collectively try to get through this nightmare. I have been on 150mg of Effexor XR for about 7 years now, for anxiety. I am 28 years old and I would like to be fully weaned off by the time I am 30. I want children in a few years, and I refuse to have this poison in my body during pregnancy. This is the only anti-depressant I have ever been on, originally on
  22. Hi all, thanks for having such an amazing and helpful forum!!! I was prescribed Venlafaxine (Effexor) for anxiety and depression (moderate in my opinion). I started taking it. I'm so stupid... I had read about withdrawal symptoms, but I wasn't imagining it as so awful. After 5 days I got bleedings from the uterus, even though my period wasn't due. They were about as strong as a normal period, but more painful. The GP (doctor) made me stop Effexor. After 2 days I started to have the symptoms everyone reports: Crying, suicidal, self harming, fits of rage, nausea, dizziness, h
  23. Hi all I'm on day 3 of tapering off venlafaxine XL 37.5, only 2 beads out at a time,I will get a scales soon because It will only get harder the more I have to count out the beads .I am going to take it extremely slowly this time.I did a taper in march 2016 and it lasted till the june and i didn't go beyond 5 beads out each day before going back to 37,5. Its been a very tough time , I have extreme anxiety,extreme iratibillaty ,intrusive thoughts,. to name a few. What I have learned since that time is to have compassion for ones self and b very patient when doing the taper . My
  24. I tapered from effexor 150 mg over 12 days, 11 weeks ago. I experienced nearly every acute side effect eg. derealisation/depersonalisation, euphoria, vertigo, tremor, intrusive suicidal thoughts, akathisia, blurred vision, crushing pressure in head, pins and needles in forehead etc. 2 weeks ago I started to feel increasing numbness in my forehead and cognitive problems with working memory etc. consistent with chemical lobotomisation. As of 10 days or so ago I am experiencing nausea, extreme intermittent confusion, memory loss, sweating, restless legs, heart arrythmias and tachycardia. I'm very
  25. Hi guys I just wanted to start by saying thank you so much for putting this site together. I can't begin to tell you how much it has helped and educated me in a short time. Im roughly 23 weeks cold turkey from 37.5mg effexor, I was on that for maybe 5 years before that 75mg for roughly 12 years. I don't have any medical history records available and can't remember the exact times because my memory is so screwed. I honestly could be years off when estimating the dosage changes. I stopped cold turkey because I initially forgot to take it and didn't feel as though it was of any therapeutic
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