Reading so many other postings, I feel encouraged and discouraged at the same time. Have been taking antidepressants for 20 years, and Effexor for 16 of those years. Adverse effects were getting pretty bad that I knew I had to get off Effexor. Have weaned myself off over the last 2.5 months, with the last mg taken 10 days ago. Don't wish this whole withdrawal process upon anyone. The body aches I can handle, the brain zaps too, even the cold/hot thermostat issues, but now I've moved on to the acute anxiety part. This I don't do well with, as it brings back too many memories of anxiety/panic attacks. Does anyone have experience as to how long this could take? Will it improve each day? Any encouragement is greatly appreciated!
As with any medication withdrawal, for each person they are body will determine how long it will take or how short it might be until the withdrawal is over. Some medications are stored by the body in bone and body fat and gradually allow it to be released.
Whoever was prescribing this medication for you should be able to offer some advice regarding what would be the best way to handle the particular type of withdrawal syndrome you are having now. There might be some short acting medication which you could take for a brief period of time and which might help, but your PCP has to be the one to discuss this with you.
I hope things do improve for you very soon and that some of the advice provided by other people posting on this board proves helpful as well.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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