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    Effexor XR withdrawal
    Anon_231125 posted:
    I haven't read all the posts here, but I want to mention my experience with this. I had been on 75mg for 10 years and decided I wanted OFF of it. I started because of depression from chronic pain, and stayed on it because I was encouraged by several doctors that it would help with peri-mental-pause & menopause. It did keep night sweats & mood swings away, and also helped with sleep, but I had no idea what the trade off would be with trying to get off of it.
    All mental health professionals I have seen the past year have told me that this is the HARDEST of all antidepressants to get off of. With that in mind, I cut my dose in half for 4 months, then took it every other day for the next 3 months, then every three days for one month. I thought I was home free, BUT THEN..... brain zaps, anxiety, sleep loss, appetite loss, and all the other fun stuff kicked in. It was VERY tempting to get back on it, but I didn't want to go there.
    Currently I'm trying to combat all the above with fish oil and other supplements. It's not easy, but I'm determined! Other important things to throw in are exercise, sunlight, and meditation.
    So for those of you trying to get off this difficult drug, stay positive and seek out a lot of support ~ it's one of the hardest I've done, but if I can do it then anyone can!
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    Caprice_WebMD_Staff responded:
    Thank you for sharing your experience with the members here.

    I hope your symptoms ease soon for you.
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