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Effexor Withdrawal: Should I just restart it??!

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It's only Day 2 with no Effexor. I was taking 37.5mg for months, and then added Prozac 10mg for over 2 weeks. Then pdoc told me this was plenty of buffer time to stop it....

I'm feeling super tired, MAJOR irritability, no appetite, nausea, all over body aches, some brain zaps. I had really hoped that my ridiculously slow taper (with Prozac) would eliminate this....Now on total lockdown, this is not helping the situation or my relationship!

I know people are just trying to help here (with telling me other med combos to try) but honestly, after 25 years and 30+ medications I have no hope of anything being much better than this. I wanted to stop Effexor because of the apathy & sexual dysfunction, but I guess I can't get away from these side effects.

Should I try to just endure a few more days or should I write my pdoc already and go back to taking 37.5mg?   I am so upset....I just want to be off these poison meds, they only numb you to where you eventually don't enjoy anything or care about anything. Then you become completely dependent & f'd up trying to taper off.

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i hear your frustration and hopelessness, and i'm sorry it's so hard right now. like you said, you're only on day two of no effexor. even with the prozac bridge, your body is still noticing that the effexor is gone and trying to adjust for its absence. i know it's awful, but i really think the withdrawal will ease with some more time.

i do think its a good idea to write your pdoc and let them know that you're having a really hard withdrawal. 

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I found benzo's stop the shocks for me. I've used 1 mg Ativan.

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6 hours ago, notloki said:

I found benzo's stop the shocks for me. I've used 1 mg Ativan.

Thanks all. I'll give it more time, already been 2 days... Feeling less achy this morning.

I'm curious to know what other supplements might help? Magnesium upsets my stomach...I only have Xanax and Valium on hand, plus I hate to take anything that makes me MORE tired, I'm already wanting to sleep all day.

I guess I need to go on Amazon and order some supplements as I'm completely out, maybe Omegas, B-12, Gaba? I'm also out of NAC, which I felt was sort of helping my energy when I was taking it... I hope I'm making the right move switching to Prozac, I guess only time will tell?

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