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2 days ago · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

I take either 25 or 50 mg seroquel for sleep depending on how many hours I can get. In other words I only take 50 if Im going to bed early or can sleep in. My problem with it is similar to what I experienced with ambien which is sleep internet shopping and sleep eating. But with ambien I did not gain weight. With seroquel since December I have gained 20 pounds and I can't blame it all on the extra food, its also a side effect of the med. @secretwhitepop have you gained? I take adderall which should help keep the weight off. I'm taking vraylar which makes all my muscles hurt making it harder to want to exercise (of course the extra 20 pounds doesn't help my body either). Its horrible because I've never struggled with my weight before and it adds to anxiety and depression for me. And it frustrates me because psychologically I'm doing much better than I was than being in wd and now its like my body won't cooperate! I'm also back down to 75 mg effexor and looking forward to eventually being off. I think the vraylar will take care of mood stabilization, so if I can do the prozac bridgewheb I reach 37 5 of effexor I'm hopeful I can stop. The good news is that I have a psychiatrist and a psychiatric NP who are both very helpful. It took a long time to find them.
I look back at how I was last summer and its honestly hard for me to see how I even survived those days. I was a comoletely different person then. My father put it well, he said that now its like Im waking up.

2 days ago · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

And you're having good days because of the work you are doing. Good for you that you haven't needed the ativan.

2 days ago · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

I think its probably ok. I think it works on different receptors. I'd rather be on trazadone for sleep than on effexor lol. Keep up the great work!

Sat, Mar 21 12:30pm · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

They should know, especially if psychiatry is their specialty since they have less medications to keep up to date on (obviously they need to know contraindications with nonpsych meds, but thats just general info). But they don't. I'm a nurse and it offends me.

Sat, Mar 21 10:59am · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

I got off and said I would never go on it again no matter how bad withdrawal was. That someday withdrawal would be over. After six months if windows and waves I had to begin effexor again. I went on 75 and now to 150. At 75 I was begging for something else to add to take the edge off, because I did not want to increase again (because I want to be off of it someday). I got no relief and started taking half dose of 10 mg ambien at about 4 pm because I was ready to kill myself after a day of withdrawal. I never went over 10 mg of ambien a day but knew I was abusing it, using it as a benzo to treat the withdrawal. I begged so many doctors to give me something to help so I would not be abusing the ambien. I got no relief from buspar or hydroxizine. I finally have a psychiatric NP who gave me seroquel to sleep and is on board with a slow taper from effexor when I get stable. I mentioned my mood swings and that I felt maybe I could be bipolar. She thought not but handed me the questionaire and it turns out to be the case. I began taking vraylor which I'm sure will turn out to have its own set of side effects, but I feel my moods are stable now. Or else I'm just more aware of them. Either way its a win. I'm way more positive and clear headed. I also began taking adderall again ( not prescribed for adhd but for energy, however I see I am ADHD as well). I'm now slowly tapering by dumping some beads from the 150 mg capsules and changing my rx to 4 37.5 mg capsules daily to assist in the bead counting. I actually had no problems the first time I tapered effexor, going from 150 to 75, which I know is not recommended but it was fine for me. When i get my 37.5 capsules I may try a 37.5 decrease. We'll see. Anyway, thats my convoluted story for today and I hope it helps someone on this forum if only to help you realize you are not alone, crazy, or irresponsible in this quest.

Sat, Mar 21 10:38am · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

1. Ego related. They get their panties in a wad over patients who do research. 2. They dismiss patient concerns because, after all, we are crazy enough to need a psychiatrist, so our concerns stem from our diagnosis. 3. Big pharm gives kickbacks. 4. Laziness to research new information unless it can help their financial situation. 5. They usually have their own, untreated diagnoses, which is why they chose that profession.

Sun, Mar 15 4:34pm · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

I would compare it to benzodiazepine withdrawal as it affects the CNS in a similar manner and results in waves and windows during the withdrawal stage.