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21-03-2004, 21:12
is there any real danger from stopping effexor xr immidiatelly, not tappering the dose. im on 300mg and stopped a few days ago. i experience these pulsating feelings in my body, which also happens to my sight and hearing. so , as i said, is there any real danger besides the uncomfortable withdrawls? thanks

21-03-2004, 22:40
DO NOT stop taking your effexor. Especially if you have been on it for a while. and ESPECIALLY on the dose you're on...

You need to be tapered off.

I am currently on 150mg/ 2X daily Effexor XR.

21-03-2004, 23:18
i would but my doctor wont take me off it, so i have no choice. now to my question, is it dangerous?

21-03-2004, 23:31
wheelchair oh so very dangerous. you will plummet like no other. ease yourself off.

21-03-2004, 23:55
it is, like you see, very uncomfortable and dangerous... set up your own tapering program dont just stop

22-03-2004, 00:13
Yes it is dangerous. You need to taper.

22-03-2004, 00:39
you can force your doctor to, if he wont do it go to another doc who will if you're dead set on getting off of it, but you also might want to consider why your doctor wants you to stay on and rethink the whole thing

22-03-2004, 14:11
I sincerely insist you do not stop taking that stuff suddenly. The worst withdrawl I have ever experienced was from Efexor - with the most horrible symptoms. I was told to taper off 225mg within about a week because I had such nasty side effects and the withdrawl was still there 3 months after my last dose. Horrible stuff - worked for a while though I must admit but not long term.

22-03-2004, 15:00
Taper off. You can do it slowly over a fortnight or so, you'll not have any bad withdrawls, possibly something will seem slightly odd but not the crash people find Effexor gives them.
After that just don't take your medication if you don't want to.

Since noone has asked, I will :
What are you given the Effexor for and why won't your doctor let you stop? If you want to swap to another anti-depressant then your doctor should be okay with that. If its something else then you need to talk to him/her and explain the situation fully, afterall he/she is a trained professional and is only looking out for your well-being :)

22-03-2004, 17:54
im on effexor for social anxiety disorder, and the doctor wants me to wait untill i have a break from school, so the withdrawls wont keep me from going. thanks for the reply's

23-03-2004, 10:33
i quit effexor cold turkey. i had withdrawal for about 2 weeks. i had swetting, depression, i would suddenly begin crying for no appararent reason a few times a day. i also had nausea and fatique. i smoked a lot of weed and it helped a lot and made quitting pretty easy.

24-03-2004, 00:35
I quit celexa (20mg) and seroquel (300 mg) cold turkey, with no "withdrawals".

what makes effexor a "withdrawal" hazard?

24-03-2004, 01:57
Taper that motherfucker! I'm on Effexor 300mg/daily and haven't attempted to taper it yet but I abruptly stopped taking Paxil a long time ago. Holy shit! An experience as UN-HOLY as benzodiazepine w/d. I didn't want to move cause my body just felt weird, I was an angry lil bitch, flashing mood swings, jolts up my body, anxiety, spasms....ick. I hate anti-depressant w/d's. Wellbutrin has got to be the worse for me...no, not good times.

24-03-2004, 02:05
Take it from someone who knows this all too well, and has experienced it 10+ times: Taper, Taper, Taper. The three T's.

Withdrawl symptoms include irritability, moodswings, depression, flu-like symptoms, and in my experience, the worst of all, brain shocks.

Though these have been explained in a different thread, take my word, these make living nearly unbearable.

In my experience, whenever energy is exerted (ex. I stand up, I reach for a glass of water, I type...) an electrical 'shock' is sent through my brain, back to front and then back again. The most accurate description is that, though you may be standing perfectly still, it will feel as if your head just lurched forward while at the same time you were hit on the head with a baseball. It's fuckin intense. Check the health forum for a thread detailing all of this though.

24-03-2004, 02:07
I stopped Wellbutrin cold after being on 300mg a day for a year. I didn't have a single withdrawal symptom.

I wonder what makes it bad for some people? I've read about others having a hard time with withdrawls from Wellbutrin and Effexor, so I thought I would experience the same. I didn't feel a thing. It was like I never quit.

Someone with some knowledge on the chemistry of anti-depressants should chime in and enlighten me to the reasons some of us have no withdrawl symptoms with these drugs.

24-03-2004, 02:35
wellbutrin withdrawal is easy.. you're kinda groggy for a couple days.. effexor is the devil though.. i know it works quite well for some people, but i've yet to encounter anyone who had an easy time going off it (including myself.. nasty, nasty)..

03-07-2004, 07:23
Why didn't you figure out that you can cut down the dosage of Effexor yourself (just open the gell caps or crush the pills)?

03-07-2004, 08:17
I been off effexor xr for about 2weeks. had lsd like nightmares, and the brain zap thingys. i only took it for about a month. quit 150 cold turkey. wasn't hard at all.

03-07-2004, 08:23
I can't stand those electric shock type things. I also get extreme anxiety - hence the reason for me tapering over nine weeks.

Personally, I have a feeling that effexor blunted my emotions, reducing my ability to experience pleasure as well as pain.

03-07-2004, 08:38
i stopped taking 200 mg per day cold turkey. i found it pretty easy to quit because marijuana relieved the withdrawal symptoms so well. but when i ran out of weed for a couple days it was very hard, i i felt nausea, sweating and shakes. when i got some weed it quieted all these symptoms as well as the depression.

03-07-2004, 08:47
That's interesting. Once when I ran out of pills when I was sick and couldn't see my doctor over the weekend, I found that taking GHB made the withdrawals go away completely.

GHB seems ideal for the withdrawal symptoms of many drugs (benzo's, opiates, nicotine etc.).

09-07-2004, 08:54
I was once on Effexor for a week and then stopped taking it...I actually went into a "brief reactive psycosis" and had to be hospitalized for a week in the crazy ward. It was intresting to say the least....That stuff is not to be messed with!!

09-07-2004, 13:39
I am withdrawing from effexor now. I was on 150mg ED. I would recommend using the slowest taper your doctor will allow. I went from 150mg to 100mg ED (will do this for three weeks before I lower the dosage again) and haven't had any 'discontination symptoms' yet (those awful electric shock sensations you get when you miss a dose). Speak to your doctor and perhaps ask to go down to 225mg for three weeks (each increment should be taken for approx. three weeks).

I wouldn't recommend effexor to anyone unless they absolutely need it. I hate that shit (too many side effects for it to be worth it, not to mention the fact that I can't use certain rec. drugs safely).

09-07-2004, 13:42
You can taper yourself if you're taking one capsule per day (modified release, in the form of small beads inside a capsule). Open the capsule and devise a method for estimating the dose e.g. make a line and remove one quarter. Be consistent and accurate and don't be impatient. I would recommend allowing at least nine weeks (maybe more for 300mg ED) to come off.

Your doctor has NO RIGHT to keep you on a medication you don't want to be on. That is wrong. Let him know (politely) how you feel and insist that he allows you to taper off.

09-07-2004, 13:44
I would recommend something a little more innocuous, such as wellbutrin.

11-07-2004, 12:57
I'm supposed to be on effexor, 150mg a day. I took it like I was supposed to for about 3 weeks then I had to stop. Maybe I didn't take them long enough to take full effect or something but once I started taking them I felt all screwed up, i just didn't feel like me and they made me feel worse than i did before I started taking them. After 3 weeks I couldn't take it anymore, so I stopped taking them. I was supposed to be on them for my anxiety and postpartun depression, but i would rather deal with them on my own than feel that kind of screwed up again. It was almost scary. This happen to anyone else?

11-07-2004, 13:14
i dunno, it was during my time on effexor that my habits changed from restrained to barely responsible. effexor gave me this weird pleasant, but irritating high. it was like there was something neat going on in my brain that i couldn't acces. it also upset my stomach and i was in college/uni at the time so i need stimulation but the collegiate drug of choice coffee was too hard on my stomach.. so i started taking a lot of ephedrine, and then i started smoking a lot, and then i found i needed a lot more pills when i went out, and then i found i felt too high-strung from those pills so i needed to drink a lot more, and then the next day i needed a lot more weed to settle down.

i mean, that's just anecdotal, and reflects more on my personality than on effexor, but considering why i was prescribed effexor, it does have a bearing on why i consider it the worst antidepressant. at the same time as it gives you a window into what it's like to be away from all those things you want to change, it magnifies those same undesirables at the same time. it's a weird drug.

28-09-2004, 16:48
Well I was on a 75 mg dosage because iI had a anxiety disorder.

Lowered the dose to 35 mg after 2 months of 75 mg (which is already a low dosage).

After another 1,5 month lowered it to 20 mg (lower than treshhold according to erowid).

Stopped with the efexor 3 days ago and still experiencing electric feelings in my brain and body (epecially hands...).

GHB in the evening works like a charm but I can't take GHB while working, so I have to wait 'till it fades away.

Also catched a cold which doesn't leave my body for 4 weeks...

I will never turn to any AD anymore.

Does anyone know how long the withdrawal from efexor (20-30 mg) take in average?

(sorry for my bad English, I'm from holland)


28-09-2004, 17:09
Does anyone get the shocks particularly when they move their eyes about?

28-09-2004, 18:21
I tried and when I move my eyes the shocks get very intense!

28-09-2004, 22:02
welcome to hell trying to get off that shit

i hate pharmacutical companies

29-09-2004, 19:55
Effexor has been linked to people going on sudden and severe alcohol binges -- even in people who do not normally drink at all. I definitely noticed that side effect when I took it.

06-10-2004, 00:05
Originally posted by SacredNaCl
Effexor has been linked to people going on sudden and severe alcohol binges -- even in people who do not normally drink at all. I definitely noticed that side effect when I took it.

LOL. Where on earth did you hear that?!

06-10-2004, 00:15
Originally posted by SacredNaCl
Effexor has been linked to people going on sudden and severe alcohol binges -- even in people who do not normally drink at all. I definitely noticed that side effect when I took it.

That might of just been you.

06-07-2009, 22:17
w/d bump save

04-05-2012, 04:28
Sorry for bumping a old thread but I myself have been there.
Effexor is a terribly weird drug, I totally agree with that. I myself was on it for up to about 6+months a couple years back.
I experienced terrible mood changes and swings not to mention the so called "depression" and "anxiety" were actually getting worst while on effexor.
sometimes Id randomly start crying and freaking out to be manic happy a minute later. Damn doctors telling me I needed something that, now that I look back,
dont think I ever really needed to begin with. Oh and don't think I ever blacked out from drinking so fast.