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    effexor and its effects and withdrawal
    nellieg915 posted:
    Effexor is the worse drug to take and also try to withdraw from. I have b been on it for years and am trying to come off it. It gives me the worse nightmares and screaming dreams all the time, which is why I want off, but now coming off the dreams and screaming are worse. My head feels like it is full of cotton, and no matter what dose I try to reduce, the awlful feeling of dizzy and aches are still there. I am now down from 300mg to 30 mg [or so> I empty capsules slowly, My boyfriend has to come and wake me, some nights I am screaming so loudly in my sleep. Right now I am having trouble holding my head upright. Do not let your Dr. talk you in to taking effexor, you are better off depressed or try something else for episodes for anxiety. I would give anything not to have started this awlful drug years ago. I think there should be a total recall, there is some way this drug messes up the chemicals in your brain, and I am afraid I will never be back to thinking clearly, or having my sleep natural.
    missxmonroex responded:
    I'm currently withdrawing from this medicine, 225mgs... flat out no meds. I moved states and my insurance here wouldnt cover it, its been days now, and I can get it tomorrow. I've been feeling literally like I'm not going to wake up, I know that sounds crazy, but I spend every night shaking and crying, my head hurts terribly, and I found it sooo hard to wake up today (probably just from lack of sleep and feeling so miserable) I'm now stuck with the choice of starting it again and going through the side effects of starting it, or keeping up this horrible withdrawel process, just wanted to say, I know your pain, and you're not alone. ugh.
    Patricia Farrell, PhD responded:
    I can see that it has been very difficult for you and I hope it does get better as you wean off this med. I also hope your doc is helping with this.

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