Effexor discontinuation symptoms: Missed 2 days (150 mg)

Posted by behrouz @behrouz, Aug 19, 2020

My son, who is 17, has missed 2 days of his Effexor (150 mg) and is now experiencing anxiety. He has already started taking the medication again, which apparently takes a while to build up again. In the meantime, what can be done to relieve some of his symptoms? He does not like taking OTC sleeping aids as he says it makes him more agitated. Any thoughts or suggestions?
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@doorman

.5 mg/twice a day for Klonopin, or 5-10mg. /day for Valium. Twice a week. That’s the best I can do. Mirtazapine has been a godsend for me.

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You only take the Valium or klonopin twice per week? I know mirtazapine is great for anxiety. I took it for two months. Even with dosage adjustments it made me too lethargic.

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@sears

You only take the Valium or klonopin twice per week? I know mirtazapine is great for anxiety. I took it for two months. Even with dosage adjustments it made me too lethargic.

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I take the Mirtazapine 1.5 hrs. before bed. It helps me sleep 6-7 hrs. Doesn’t do much for depression. It’s sedating quailties are wonderful. But not to be taken full dose in the a.m. Never makes me tired the next day. Been on it 2 yrs. now. The benzos, quite frankly, scare me. I’m experimenting with two times a week….in a row. 5 days off…..sometime even two weeks. Hoping to not reach any tolerance…..or dependence. We’ll see how it goes.

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@doorman

I take the Mirtazapine 1.5 hrs. before bed. It helps me sleep 6-7 hrs. Doesn’t do much for depression. It’s sedating quailties are wonderful. But not to be taken full dose in the a.m. Never makes me tired the next day. Been on it 2 yrs. now. The benzos, quite frankly, scare me. I’m experimenting with two times a week….in a row. 5 days off…..sometime even two weeks. Hoping to not reach any tolerance…..or dependence. We’ll see how it goes.

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Thank you so much for your replies.

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@sears

Thank you so much for your replies.

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Let’s talk again.

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@behrouz, how is your son doing?

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@texasduchess

I agree with @doorman about getting a short-term prescription of Valium, or Xanax to get past this temporary, but frightening episode. Both drugs work fairly quickly although Valium is slightly faster and stays in the body longer.

When I was regularly taking Effexor, if I missed a dose (I was on 25mg, regular-release, once a day), I would get a tremendous headache—a headache that was quite distinct from any others. Aspirin was my choice to deal with it, but your son can use whatever headache remedy he finds effective.

GABA supplements can improve sleep, ease anxiety, decrease muscle tension and boost mood. It is the brain’s main inhibitory neurotransmitter—it calms neurons (brain cells) and keeps the brain from getting overexcited.

Ben*dryl is an OTC antihistamine, but can be used as a sleep aid. I don't know if this is one of the OTC sleep aids your son found anxiety-inducing, but I took a 25mg Ben*dryl to ease the definite, shaky/"squiggly" feeling in my chest that I think was an adrenaline rush—that fight/flight reaction is quite bothersome and inexplicable when you know you're not in any danger.

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Xanax is the quickest acting benzo. That’s why they’re so helpful for panic attacks

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@sears

Thank you so much for your replies.

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I’m afraid of ALL physch meds. They’re all dangerous and have long and short term side effects. It’s such a catch 22. Damned if you take them, damned if you don’t!

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@sears

I’m afraid of ALL physch meds. They’re all dangerous and have long and short term side effects. It’s such a catch 22. Damned if you take them, damned if you don’t!

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With all due respect, you shouldn't be afraid of all psych meds. Granted, it takes some tweaking to find the ones that work for you. But they are out there. If it had not been for the work I've done in the past 30 years, I would not have found the combination that allows me to live a life today. I've accomplished quite a bit in my life. I held down a job for 40 years, I went to Afghanistan for two years with the DOS, I helped raise an amazing son (he was a captain in the army deployed to Iraq first with a tank platoon and then with a sniper platoon and now he is an FBI agent – perhaps he is the reason I was put on this earth; he has made a significant contribution to society), I started playing the piano when I was six, and I play moderately well – not Carnegie Hall mind you, but enough to satisfy me. Despite the pain, the depression, the anxiety, the family-of-origin PTSD, I've had a life thanks to my meds (and thanks very much to my husband of 46 years who has never turned his back on me). Don't lose hope; find a psychiatrist and psychologist you trust and work with them to find your answer. Keep you head up.

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@vickimurray

With all due respect, you shouldn't be afraid of all psych meds. Granted, it takes some tweaking to find the ones that work for you. But they are out there. If it had not been for the work I've done in the past 30 years, I would not have found the combination that allows me to live a life today. I've accomplished quite a bit in my life. I held down a job for 40 years, I went to Afghanistan for two years with the DOS, I helped raise an amazing son (he was a captain in the army deployed to Iraq first with a tank platoon and then with a sniper platoon and now he is an FBI agent – perhaps he is the reason I was put on this earth; he has made a significant contribution to society), I started playing the piano when I was six, and I play moderately well – not Carnegie Hall mind you, but enough to satisfy me. Despite the pain, the depression, the anxiety, the family-of-origin PTSD, I've had a life thanks to my meds (and thanks very much to my husband of 46 years who has never turned his back on me). Don't lose hope; find a psychiatrist and psychologist you trust and work with them to find your answer. Keep you head up.

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My story is much like yours. I had a physchiatrist who told me I needed Xanax and Paxil for over 25 years. I suffer from debilitating anxiety and panic. No known reason. I’m 67. Last year when the Xanax “turned on me” the best way I know how to put it, LOL, I expressed my desire to discontinue and begin tapering. To make a long story short my doctor totally abandoned me, refused to take my phone calls, office staff was hanging up on me, etc. etc. I had no prescriptions left and even though I live in a very large city couldn’t find a new doctor willing to take on another doctor’s benzo addict. I wound up in the hospital and was put on all kinds of crazy physch meds when in actuality I was in withdrawal from the abrupt cessation of the Xanax. No physchiatrist at a very well known hospital here would acknowledge or admit I was in withdrawal. Another long story short after leaving the hospital with about 5 different meds making me horribly worse I did find a compassionate, caring doctor who is now helping me out of this mess. This has not been a good year! Thank God I have a loving husband of 48 years and two great sons. Doing pretty darn good now.

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@sears

My story is much like yours. I had a physchiatrist who told me I needed Xanax and Paxil for over 25 years. I suffer from debilitating anxiety and panic. No known reason. I’m 67. Last year when the Xanax “turned on me” the best way I know how to put it, LOL, I expressed my desire to discontinue and begin tapering. To make a long story short my doctor totally abandoned me, refused to take my phone calls, office staff was hanging up on me, etc. etc. I had no prescriptions left and even though I live in a very large city couldn’t find a new doctor willing to take on another doctor’s benzo addict. I wound up in the hospital and was put on all kinds of crazy physch meds when in actuality I was in withdrawal from the abrupt cessation of the Xanax. No physchiatrist at a very well known hospital here would acknowledge or admit I was in withdrawal. Another long story short after leaving the hospital with about 5 different meds making me horribly worse I did find a compassionate, caring doctor who is now helping me out of this mess. This has not been a good year! Thank God I have a loving husband of 48 years and two great sons. Doing pretty darn good now.

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That sounds horrible! What’s wrong with some doctors! Glad you are doing better. You should stay away from benzos if you can. Good luck.

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@doorman

That sounds horrible! What’s wrong with some doctors! Glad you are doing better. You should stay away from benzos if you can. Good luck.

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My goal is too be completely off Benzos. I was doing really well with a switch over from Xanax to diazepam
and then beginning a complete taper off the diazepam as it is a longer acting benzo and for a lot of people much easier to taper. I’m taking much less now. My doctor put my taper on hold due to Covid. My anxiety is through the roof.

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@sears

My goal is too be completely off Benzos. I was doing really well with a switch over from Xanax to diazepam
and then beginning a complete taper off the diazepam as it is a longer acting benzo and for a lot of people much easier to taper. I’m taking much less now. My doctor put my taper on hold due to Covid. My anxiety is through the roof.

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Hi
Not sure why a doctor would put you on hold for tapering. Hopefully is working out. I am new to this process
and I am off tapering off Xanax and Lortab. Seems Xanax is the most difficult. I have gone from 8 Lortab per day to 1 and 3 MG or 3 Xanax per day to 1 or 1 mg. The withdrawal is so difficult at this point. I would like to know a few things since I am new to all that is involved. How do you find a good doctor to help you through this all ? Is anyone using cannabis for withdrawal? I am finding it helps especially at night to aid in sleeping.
I am only at 7 weeks of tapering and I am at the very painful point. I understand this will be a long process to going off Benzo’s. I am open to all suggestions and encouragement

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