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Am I going through Effexor Withdrawal?
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DeniseB1975 posted:
I was on Effexor for a few months, 2 37.5 mg in the morning and 1 37.5 at night. It has been 3 months since my doctor yanked me off of Effexor because my skin began breaking out in hives. I still have the hives so I now know that the medication was not the issue. I suffer from really bad anxiety but since I stopped taking Effexor I have been experiencing what I learned is "brain shivers", bouts of anger and I am crying about everything. I just feel my anxiety is worse the last few months since I have stopped taking Effexor. So I am wondering if I am still going through withdrawal.

My question here is how long can this withdrawal last? I just started a new job and it is beginning to affect my ability to focus. I need help. Any help would greatly be appreciated. Thank you!
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Patricia Farrell, PhD responded:
Many people on this medication have discussed their withdrawals from it and you can find many, many responses on this website.

Medications sometimes take longer than we'd like and your sx. sound like they may be withdrawal related, but I would suggest that since I am not an MD, you should discuss this with whoever prescribed this med for you. You should also discuss if something, temporary, might help you since you are on a new job and having some difficulties that could cause problems.

Don't hesitate to call your prescriber. This med is well-known to have difficulty in withdrawal.


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