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Anderz 88: stopped using Effexor after 1 week


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Hello everyone!

On March 16th (2019) I started taking Venlaflaxine (Effexor) 37.5mg in the morning. Unfortunately, the side effects are too much for me to handle, so this morning (April 2nd) I did not take it. I'm here to seek support and answers as I have no clue what will happen with my mind/body now that I stopped.

Venlaflaxine - 37.5mg - 03/16/2019 to 04/01/2019 // C/T - Barely remember the withdrawal except for the first 2 weeks.

Citalopram - 30mg - 07/25/2019 to 01/??/2020 // C/T - Barely noticed the withdrawal because I never thought of it but obviously there were signs and symptoms there.

Benzo - Diazepam 5mg nightly - 12/2020 to 01/16/2021 // C/T

 

Now In PAWS from A/D and C/T Withdrawal from Benzo.

 

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To give members the best information, we ask them to summarize their medication history in a signature -- drugs, doses, dates, and discontinuations & reinstatements, in the last 12-24 months particularly.
 
 

In terms of dependency, according to the medical literature, anyone that's been taking an antidepressant for more than a month is at risk for withdrawal symptoms.  Since you were only on it for a little over two weeks, you should be fine with respect to dependency-related withdrawal symptoms.

 

However, I want to mention that if the effects you experienced were an adverse reaction to the drug as opposed to side effects, you could be in for some withdrawal symptoms. Adverse reaction is defined in the first paragraph of the following link.  

 

But I only took it for a Week

 

Adverse reaction symptoms closely mirror withdrawal symptoms.  Here is some information about withdrawal:

 
 
 
Please keep us informed on how you're doing, so that we may be of help to you if needed.
 

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Lexapro 20 mg since 2004.  Begin Brassmonkey Slide Taper Jan. 2017.   

End 2017 year 1 of taper at 9.25mg 

End 2018 year 2 of taper at 4.1mg

End 2019 year 3 of taper at 1.0mg  

Oct. 30, 2020  Jump to zero from 0.025mg.  Current dose: 0.000mg

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I am not a medical professional and this is not medical advice, but simply information based on my own experience, as well as other members who have survived these drugs.

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What is an adverse reaction? 

To make the story short, I went to the ER with a huge anxiety attack and after 5 minutes with me the Dr concluded I needed antidepressants. We never talked about my medical history or even if anxiety is usually an issue. He prescribed "the lowest dose" he said. So I started taking them. Then I started getting more anxiety every day. It stopped for 4 days then out of the blue I woke up with an anxiety attack. 

Venlaflaxine - 37.5mg - 03/16/2019 to 04/01/2019 // C/T - Barely remember the withdrawal except for the first 2 weeks.

Citalopram - 30mg - 07/25/2019 to 01/??/2020 // C/T - Barely noticed the withdrawal because I never thought of it but obviously there were signs and symptoms there.

Benzo - Diazepam 5mg nightly - 12/2020 to 01/16/2021 // C/T

 

Now In PAWS from A/D and C/T Withdrawal from Benzo.

 

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Hi Anderz88, 

 

How are you doing now?💚

Been on antipsychotics, benzos, antidepressants and painkillers for chronic pain. 

Been cold turkeyed and put on and off all sorts of things. Was suicidal n ended up in a psych ward because I had akathisia from withdrawals. Can’t remember what I was put on but when I was released was in the same predicament with severe akathisia n was suicidal again.

Back to the ward and was given different meds. Tapered off one and have been trying to taper off Seroquel since. It’s been many, many years of tapering so far.

I’ve  tapered from 300mg of Seroquel to 7.5mg./ March 10 2019=7.25mg / 17th of April=7 mg / June 5th=6.75mg/ July 14th=6.50mg/ August 28=6.25mg/ 10th of Oct= 6.20mg/ October 21=6mg/ December 16=5.80mg/.   January 21 2020=5.60mg/April 2=5.40g/ May 29=5.20mg/ August 14= 5mg/ September 29=4.80mg/ Jan 31, 2021=4.60 mg/

 

I AM NOT A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL. These are my own views based on what I’ve experienced myself.

 

 

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Well..

The first 3 days were aweful in terms of anxiety and headaches but other than that it has been  a small battle. Im hopeful I will feel more like myself in the next few days.

 

Thanks for asking ❤️

 

PS: Quitting CT, no matter how long you've been taking it... BAD IDEA. I just didn't have any other option.

Venlaflaxine - 37.5mg - 03/16/2019 to 04/01/2019 // C/T - Barely remember the withdrawal except for the first 2 weeks.

Citalopram - 30mg - 07/25/2019 to 01/??/2020 // C/T - Barely noticed the withdrawal because I never thought of it but obviously there were signs and symptoms there.

Benzo - Diazepam 5mg nightly - 12/2020 to 01/16/2021 // C/T

 

Now In PAWS from A/D and C/T Withdrawal from Benzo.

 

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