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Effexor withdraw symptoms How long can this last??
An_253572 posted:
Still withdrawing from Effexor after 3 weeks of weaning off of it. After taking it for years, I decided I didn't need it any more. My Dr. gave me a half dosage and instructions. I went from 75 to 37.5 mg for a month and then every other day, every 3rd day, and then cold turkey. I can't wait to get this drug out of my system.
I haven't had the brain zaps that I've seen reported but I already take Omega 3's & exercise a lot. I do have the brain fog, memory & concentration problems, nightmares, vertigo, depression, suicidal thoughts, irritability, and aching. I also gained a lot of weight while taking this medication. I have also been crying constantly while detoxing. It's very tempting to take another dose but I will not prolong this nightmare.
Suggestions that I've read are taking Omega 3's, ibuprofen, and eliminating sugar. It's also tempting to ask my Dr. for a month of prozac because it makes this easier. I wonder if the patients that go directly to another antidepressant have these issues? Any other advice would be greatly appreciated!
This withdraw has been the hardest thing I've ever done. I feel like an addict. Life, since withdrawing from Effexor, has been like being under water. I feel like someone is holding me under and shaking my head back and forth constantly.
My main question is how long will this go on??? I can't take much more of this.

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