Skip to content


    Exciting News for WebMD Members!

    We've been busy behind the scenes building new message boards for you. You'll have new and easier ways to find messages, connect with others, and share your stories.

    And, this will all be available on your smartphone or other mobile device!

    What Do You Need to Do?

    The message board you're used to will be closing in the coming weeks. While many of your boards will be making the move to our new home, your posts will not. Want to keep a discussion going? Save posts you want to continue (this includes your member profile story), so that you can re-post them in the new message boards.

    Keep an eye here and on your email inbox, we'll be back in touch soon to give you all the information you need!

    Yours in health,
    WebMD Message Boards Management

    Includes Expert Content
    Cold turkey after being on Effexor 75mg last 6 months!!!
    GramTam52 posted:
    Hi All,

    This is day 4 for me and I am feeling pretty good. My balance is off today a little bit; vertigo and feeling kinda anxious. I sleep great, crazy dreams but I have also had those even before I was on this medication.
    I have high blood pressure but also have learned that Effexor will increase your blood pressure too. I am hoping for a pill free 2013. I was having hot flashes due to menopause so this medication also created more of that hot feeling!!!!

    I know these withdraws will go away soon. I did read a post about Kava Kava so I am going to purchase that next week if I am still feeling a little off.

    But so far so good and I AM NOT GOING BACK ON THIS!!!!
    Exercise is the best medicine by far to help fight depression and I will beat this!!

    Good Luck Everyone~
    Patricia Farrell, PhD responded:
    It does sound like it's been a bit rough, but you are doing well and have the determination to help yourself.

    One word on your decision re kava kava. Please do a search on the side effects of this preparation because I believe there may be things you should know. Nothing is without some side effects and this, too, has them.

    Good Luck with your resolution for the New Year.

    Featuring Experts

    Reid Wilson, PhD is an international expert in the treatment of anxiety disorders, with books translated into nine languages. He is author of Don...More

    Helpful Tips

    Successfully beat Effexor withdrawal - Here is how I did it:
    This is a Success Story and Instructions on Beating Effexor Withdrawal. I spent hours reading these forums and found that there were many, ... More
    Was this Helpful?
    14 of 14 found this helpful

    Related Drug Reviews

    • Drug Name User Reviews

    Report Problems With Your Medications to the FDA

    FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.