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Oct 26, 2018 · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

Pristiq is essentially the same medication as Effexor. It has a half life of 11 hours. I can only surmise that withdrawal from Pristiq might be just as difficult as withdrawal from Effexor. It has been nearly 1 year since completely stopped taking venlafaxine and I still have physical and emotional issues from withdrawal. ie anxiety, fatigue, problems maintaining blood sugar levels (too low), intermittent depression, problems sleeping. Some of these symptoms are probably related to my grief due to the loss of my daughter. It has been a night mare.

Apr 13, 2018 · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

I completely stopped taking effexor at the end of November, 2017. I tapered doe over 9 months. I still had severe withdrawal symptoms. While these symptoms have subsided, I am still left with anxiety and extreme fatigue. I have experienced insomnia, depression, fluctuations with blood sugar and high cortisol levels at night. I don't know if this is a continuation of withdrawal or caused by some other physical problem. Of course I have not gotten any help from conventional medical doctors. Have had different blood tests done with the outcomes being in the "normal" range. I have been referred to an endocrinoligist, but that appointment is nearly 2 months in the future. In the meantime, I continue to live with this. At times, I can barely take care of myself and at other times it seems like I am finally starting to heal. I have an appointment next week with a holistic/functional doctor & I hope that I will get some insight into what's going on with me. What concerns me is the possibility that my long term use of effexor has permanently affected my body and that I will never be normal again. I took effexor for 12 years or more. Never once did the doctor suggest that it was time to stop taking this drug. Little did I know at the time, how antidepressants can effect your health. There is not enough information available to educate the public regarding the dangers of these medications. Someone should be held accountable.

Apr 4, 2018 · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

How long did your symptoms last before subsiding? I am starting to feel better very gradually. I still have to rest about 3 hours in the afternoon and avoid much of any activity after 6:30PM. It is a long healing process and I never want to go through anything like this again.

Apr 4, 2018 · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

I had the same experience with Wellbutrin. Of course the doctor insisted that it wasn't the cause of my panic like attack. They wanted to blame it on a ministroke. All of the testing done after did not identify a medical problem. I have had reactions to other prescription drugs in the past as well, but conventional doctors take my complaints as being a figment of my imagination. I am so sick of having drugs thrown at me to mask the symptoms and never identify the root cause of the problem. In my opinion, antidepressants, in some cases cause more problems than they solve. The horror of withdrawal doesn't sink in until it happens to you.

Mar 28, 2018 · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

That is way to fast to withdraw from Effexor. I withdrew over a period of 9 months & I still experienced extreme emotions, crying, anxiety, panic attacks. Plus, I was never on anything larger than 75 mgs. Everyone is different, but I strongly suggest that you taper much slower than what you are currently doing.

Mar 27, 2018 · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

Through a saliva test, I was found to have gluten intolerance. I have eliminated all wheat products from my diet and I have noticed that I no longer have heartburn or indigestion. There is a ton of information on the web that is helpful and that's where I've gotten my information. Your public library should have numerous recipe books on that topic that will help you as well.

Mar 27, 2018 · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

I'm so sorry that you are having such a difficult time & I understand how debilitating all of this is. I just wish the medical community would take a closer look at the health consequences caused by these powerful drugs and question why they continue to prescribe them. If I knew for certain that I would be back to a more normal life in 6 months to a year then I could probably survive this. Its the uncertainty of it all and the possibility of being like this the rest of my life that weighs me down. Please continue to update your progress via this forum & let us know how the CDB oil works. I think I may check into that as well. God Bless.

Mar 26, 2018 · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

It will be 4 months at the end of March that I completely stopped Effexor. I continue to suffer from extreme fatigue, hypoglycemic like symptoms, anxiety and shakiness. My cortisol is high at night which interferes with a good night's sleep. I have eliminated wheat from my diet, high carbohydrate foods and sugar. My diet is good and I am eating vegetables, seafood and other foods that provide protein. I rarely eat red meat. I don't know if these symptoms are a result from withdrawal from Effexor or caused by Adrenal dysfunction. Has anyone else experienced these side effects? If so, how long do/did they last in this withdrawal process?