Results from Withdrawing from Effexor XR Antidepressant

It’s now December 18, 2010 and I’ve been weaning myself off Effexor for over a month and my milligrams are down to 30 mg.  For the first two-three weeks it wasn’t so much fun.  There’s was a pattern of its effects it been time released. 

My mornings start with a cup of coffee, checking my blood sugar, and taking my Bipolar, high blood pressure, antidepressants, including Effexor.  After about 2 hours taking Effexor I would get nauseous, along with a sudden feeling of fatigue.  Where ever I was at the time, I would have to stop and take time out and then after a while, I would try to get home.  Once home I’d hit the bed an sleep  for a few hours.  It seemed the medicine would kick in again in the evening, but this time with a spurt of energy sometimes with anxiety.  I would stay up until late – sometimes 3 or 4am. I would have to take a anxiety pill, Lorespam.  I hated it.

Each week I would take a granule out lowering the dosage.  Today, I’m at 30 mg and I think that’s where I’ll stay.  When I tried to go lower I would have memory problems, confusion, etc. In fact, I felt like my bipolar was worse.   My memory is getting worse, but I’m not sure from what.  I have parents, grandparents, Aunts, and Uncles who all had Alzheimer’s/Demenaiaa. When you have so many issues going on it’s hard to single out what disease is causing the problem.  That is so frustrating to me.

I’ll keep trying to make this antidepressant work, because it does work you just have to find the right dosage.  I think if I went off of it completely it would be a bad idea.  Maybe one day.  I’ve hard some horror stories and I don’t want to b e one of them.  So, I’ll continue counting out the tiny beads and take my dosage, but I’ll save the leftovers just in case.  I don’t have insurance and this medicine is expensive. 

Why do we need to have pills to function our lives?  I’m so tired of it!  My genetics have played a role in most of my illnesses and disease.  Something that I’ll take with me to my grave, but that won’t be soon.  I still have a lot of life in me to play with my grand children who are an important factor in my life.  I’ll keep trying to live and not lay down to die.

Bipolar: Side Effects of Effexor

II’ve been reading about the side effects of the antidepressant Effexor XR. I wasn’t very impressed.  In fact, it scared me.  I stopped abruptly taking Zoloft, because the pharmacy would not refill my prescription until I saw my doctor, and I wouldn’t be seeing her for about 9 days.  Gosh, I was so mad about that!  How could they allow me to stop cold turkey. It’s dangerous!  The withdrawals were terrible!  I had dizziness as if my brain was turning over and over even when I was driving.

This is how I felt!

I got an appointment with the doctor and I told her about the Zolft, and she was a little pissed off.  She immediately call the pharmacy.  She told me she was taking me off the Zoloft since I’d been off of it any way, and to try Effexor.  I wasn’t told about any side effects or what would happen if I got off of it.  Then I read other people’s view on Effexor.  I was horrified!  However, I must say it effects every one differently. I’ve had more energy, positive attitude, more mentally challenged, less appetite, creative, and I’m exercising.  Another side effect I’m having is insomnia.  I just don’t want to go to sleep.  I’ll keep a close watch and write in my blog when I have different side effects.

 My little dog had made a terrible mess of himself.  In other words – he stunk!  I put him in the tub and this was very hard on me. I had to sit on my knees, and I have bad knees. Hurt!  Boy do they hurt!   I was getting so out of breathe and started to feel shaky.   When I stood up I became disoriented my hands and body were trembling.  I had to sit down and put my head between my knees – I was feeling faint.  It took a lot for me to get to my bed.  I was deep breathing and still trembling all over.  It was scaring me.

 The time was 1:00 pm and realized I hadn’t taken my medication.  I called out to my mom for help and asked for some orange juice.  I thought my sugar may too low. I’m a little over the diabetic number.  I drank some orange juice and took my medicine and laid still for a few minutes.  I also took an anxiety pill.  I heard anxiety could cause the shaking.

After about 30 minutes I started to feel a little better, but I have know  idea what it was.  Was I having side effects from Effexor, anxiety, stroke or a heart attack?  All I know right now is I’m alive.  I’ll continue taking the Effexor and hope it wasn’t the axe that fell on me. It’s taken so long to find the right combination.  I pray this will be it.

 I’d like to hear from others who are or have taken Effexor