I am so glad I stumbled upon this forum as it definitely has made me feel like I’m not alone. I tried getting off this medicine and the withdrawls were so bad. Hi all! The nightmares and the nausea have ceased but the brain zaps and the dizziness are still here – although somewhat better. Last week I was down to less than 20 mg (half of a 37.5 mg pill). Although your psychiatrist may consider withdrawal to be easy or a simple process, he or she did not take the medications so really has no idea what’s going on internally – within your mind and body. More than half (56%) of people quitting antidepressants experience withdrawal symptoms.2 The experience is different for everyone, with some people experiencing mild symptoms while others have symptoms severe enough to interfere with daily life. I’ve been off Effexor for a little over 3 months. Don't want to scare anyone, many people withdraw successfully and feel better as a result but don't mess around with this stuff it can can absolutely cause long term injury or disability, even death in some cases. Stay strong. Again, this really affects my sleep as I feel like I can’t get enough oxygen. I also kicked synthroid, stains and HBP meds. I’m also so incredibly ANGRY at my doctor for prescribing me this for my anxiety and depression without giving me any information on how difficult it would be to withdraw. While I still had the drug in me, withdrawal symptoms were pretty mild, mostly brain zaps, dizziness, restlessness and mild anxiety. effexor, depression, anxiety, nausea/vomiting, generalized anxiety disorder, venlafaxine, withdrawal, anxiety and stress, symptom, ssri I have been on Effexor for 2 years (started off on 37.5 and finished on 150 mg). I did find exercising helped, get your heart rate up even if just for a short time each day. Glad I’m not the only one. I have taken Effexor XR 75 mg for 17 years. Antidepressants like Prozac are among the most commonly prescribed medications in America. The nausea and dizziness were almost unbearable for the first week and a half. So after a serious breakdown, my doctor and I agreed to wean off and change antidepressants. TIME. Enough said I think. My doctor actually told me to just stop taking it so I tried that for a couple days and realized that wasn’t going to work I felt like I was having a 9.5 magnitude earthquake in my head. Using Aromatherapy To Overcome Anxiety And Stress, Pantoprazole (Protonix) vs. Omeprazole (Prilosec), Lexapro (Escitalopram) vs. Prozac (Fluoxetine), Pregabalin (Lyrica) vs. Gabapentin (Neurontin). It's only been day 2 (insurance cancelled) of withdrawal & so far I've been feeling as though when I'm walking to whatever destination, my body arrives but my brain delays its arrival. Xx. If you can make it through this drug withdrawal, you can do anything. I went from 150mg to 10mg over those 10 months so I would not get any withdrawal symptoms. I hope I won’t be back in a month asking for another antidepressant. I’d rather deal with panic attacks and OCD than this. I had the nightmares for over a year, I thought they would never go. Trintellix - How long does is take for the nausea to go away? The reason for this is Prozac’s long half-life. Also unsteady and kinda foggy at times. It prevents the physical symptoms of anxiety, so it doesn’t escalate to panic. How long do Effexor withdrawal symptoms last? Night Terrors is a massive understatement…. Then everything kinda stabilizes. It hasn't been great, but I am persevering through the withdrawal symptoms. Obviously cold turkey is much tougher on your body and brain’s readjustment compared to a gradual taper. They may offer you new information that helps you decide what to do going forward. For some it's weeks, for others it can be months or longer. I understand what you are going through. Hope this passes soon. Sleep is still an issue but also improving. I was 150mg Effexor daily for 10 months, and I knew by reading posts on here that it is a very difficult drug to withdraw from. Now I actually can and do feel cold. Started feeling like crap. I'm weaning off Paxil from 20mgs down to 10mgs while starting effexor (venlafaxine) at the same time 37.5mgs a day having withdrawals how long does this last? The recommendation that seems to work the best is to reduce by 5-10% of your current dose and to remain at the new dose for at least a few months or until any symptoms you're experiencing are alleviated. Try to remain calm and healthy. I started by taking 1 at a time, at first just slightly longer than 12 hours apart, then longer and longer until I got fairly close to taking it once/day. Abused it for 66 years. It’s only been 2 & 1/2 weeks since my last pill 37.5 so I know I have along road ahead yet. I’ve been playing it by ear and taking a small amount when I experience discontinuation symptoms, and it makes all the difference. This is the most widely discussed topic on this site I think. There should be some kind of reduction/coping strategies in place for this kind of withdrawal, and GPs should be advising patients of this. If you naturally aren’t really affected from antidepressant withdrawal symptoms, you may not be hit as hard with Effexor. I use TDCS. Suicidal feelings 3. Late reinstatement apparently doesn't work for everyone, the sooner you can do it the better chance you have of a good outcome so I was pretty lucky in that respect, I'm just left with visual snow, vertigo, sexual dysfunction and involuntary movements/ seizures. Hi Marine Mom, I’m so sorry for your loss! Almost a year later, I finally was Effexor free. Staying busy and social helps me. As someone who has taken Effexor XR (venlafaxine HCl), I know all too well what the withdrawal symptoms of this medication are like – they can be pure hell. While the nightmares and nausea are gone, I am still bothered by brain zaps, confusion, depersonalization, and dizziness – although in lesser and lesser amounts. It had become empty symptoms. My doctor said my BP and the migraine are not related to the Effexor withdrawal but I think she may be wrong…. You must first know about a drug’s half-life, which is the time taken for the plasma concentration to reduce to half its original value. Psychosis4 If you experience worsening anxiety or depression during withdrawal, and these s… Learn how your comment data is processed. Thank you to everyone who’s left comments here. I cannot express how ANGRY I am with my gynecologist for putting me on Effexor for hot flashes. I was beginning to fear that this was my true self and have been horrified. 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