I am withdrawing from Effexor XR. I have scoured the Internet looking for answers on how to stop the horrific brain zaps. So far this combination of supplements is working GREAT: EPA Xtra made by Nordic Naturals (I took two capsules in the morning and 1 before bed), Energizer One multi vitamin made by Rainbow Light and 5-HTP (Hydroxytryptophan 100 mg) made by Jarrow Formulas. I started them today and have not had the first brain zap. Hope this helps!!!! EFFEXOR SUCKS!!!! If you have never taken it, don't start. If you're trying to come off....don't give up!!
Thank you for this post. I have been weaning myself off of Effexor now for months and I am finally off of the drug completely. It's been weeks and the brain zaps are still excruciating. In my weaker moments I even consider going back on the drug to make them stop.
I was wondering if you had any updates? I have been searching the web but can't seem to find any type of range of time for the withdrawal effects to stop completely. I will definitely try the supplements but I am really looking forward to eradicating the brain zaps completely.
Ok, So that is what you call it, I get the same think when i lost my job and had to stop taking Paxil, which does the same thing to me. And trying to explain to the doc the assume its nerve damage. But its not!!! I did the same on Celexa, Paxil and the worst one of them all was cymbalta. As for me when i get them is to stay in bed. (easier said then done when you are a single mother of children). If it gets to bad (which prevents me from driving) then i go to the hospital for the meds. once in my system usually next morning the (Zap's) are gone.
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.
The opinions expressed in WebMD Communities are solely those of the User, who may or may not have medical or scientific training. These opinions do not represent the opinions of WebMD. Communities are not reviewed by a WebMD physician or any member of the WebMD editorial staff for accuracy, balance, objectivity, or any other reason except for compliance with our Terms and Conditions. Some of these opinions may contain information about treatments or uses of drug products that have not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. WebMD does not endorse any specific product, service or treatment.
Do not consider Communities as medical advice. Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your doctor or other qualified healthcare provider because of something you have read on WebMD. You should always speak with your doctor before you start, stop, or change any prescribed part of your care plan or treatment. WebMD understands that reading individual, real-life experiences can be a helpful resource, but it is never a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment from a qualified health care provider. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or dial 911 immediately.