Today is my 2nd day of NOT ingesting anymore Effexor XR and I am feeling like I just want to die. Getting thru all the lower doses through my doc's directions, it was terrible, now, it's back to just plain demonic! The brain zaps, fatigue, nausea,vomiting, I can't deal with this anymore! Lost 4 lbs. in the last couple days. Don't want to eat and the hot and cold bouts are too much for me. Also with a husband who doesn't understand any of this, I just suffer in silence. He does not have a compassionate bone in his body, but, being a dry drunk, he wouldn't. I did these antidepressants for approx. 6 yrs., and I will never do this again. It was to help fix me and maybe our marriage. Well, I know now, I am NOT the one who needs fixing. I just want to get rid of this bad experience, and get on with my life, if I can. I would never recommend these antidepressants to anyone! I attend alanon and they have helped me more than these stupid drugs. Any natural remedies out there to get rid of the fatigue and nausea feeling? Just to combat that would be a blessing, the brain zaps, well, I don't know. I think a visit to my doc is in order. NO DRUGS PLEEZ... is what I will tell my doctor...Thanks for all the support on this community.View Thread
Oh yes, I so totally agree! This should not be meant to give to people and should be taken off the market! It has been 2 months and 3 weeks since I have been off of this poison, and I am glad to say, I feel sooo much better! I am thinking clearly, making decisions, and standing by them! I refuse any kind of pill. I hesitate to take ibuprofen! Only, and only when I really need to. Anyone trying to get off of Effexor XR,PLEASE do it with a dr.'s help!Even though it will be hell, you cannot do it alone. I am a survivor, and will never touch another antidepressant ever again! There are other ways to deal with problems than with drugs.View Thread
I just want to say, it has now been about 2 weeks now, that I am finally starting to feel somewhat human. NO MORE DRUGS!!! I am able to function as normal, and will never forget this horrible experience as long as I live. I have been back to my Zumba dance classes to sweat out all these impurities and having fun which is what I need. The natural "high" I get from these dance classes is way beyond any drug induced feelings. I hope people out there will be careful when stopping any drug. Make sure a dr. helps you through it. All in all, it's been quite an experience from Effexor XR. There are other natural ways to get through anxiety.View Thread
All through our marriage, it's been tough. My husband drank when we married, later in life, he went to get sober, and suceeded. Now, he lives without alcohol, but is not sober. The stinkin' thinkin' is very real, he refuses AA meetings. I have been on antidepressants, counseling, now Alanon to help myself. I know I can't make him do AA meetings, but, it's a challenge for me living like this. His socio/narcissitic behavior is too much. Any help appreciated.View Thread
Attended my alanon meeting today. It was, as always, a wonderful time. The learning never stops. I am really doing better on focusing on myself and getting through my days as I see fit for ME. If I keep putting my faith in other people to do that for me, there will always be disappointment. Therefore, I know, in my heart, I am doing the right thing by trying to live my life for me and to learn to make myself happy. I can't allow anyone to take my joy away from me. My boundaries are more focused and limited. To me, I am in recovery as well as any one else with addictions. It's a struggle, but, we have to catch ourselves when we fall back and learn to pick up the "steps" again. I learn to thank God each day now, for all my blessings and for my tough moments and how I handles them. I just feel sorry for my husband who lives a life in deniel and depression. He is always right and the world is all wrong.View Thread
I did finally go back to my dr. I tried to be as caln as possible. Explained all that I had mentioned here, and at first, she was going to suggest we re-start on the Effexor and try again to weine off. I said, "NO!" I told her, no more drugs! She understood. We have a good relationship. I asked for some "natural" ways to get through this. Couldn't sleep, eat, think, or even move! Anyhow, the suggestions were of Soy, Black Cohosh, B complex, peppermint for the awful nausea, and melatonin for sleeplessness. So far, these things have helped. I just can't get over the overwhelming lethargy I have through out the day. I am hoping that, too will go away. Otherwise, am happy to report, I am getting there. I went back to my Zumba, and worked out like there was no tomorrow. that can also help mentally. Just waiting to feel somewhat normal like I should. I warn people to not just 'stop' this medication. It's so much safer to follow your dr's orders. It will be very tough, but that, I think is the only way to do this.View Thread
Thank you so much for your words of encouragement. You touch on a lot of issues, or past issues that I have already been through. Through the years, we have been to counseling, I, myself, have been in & out of counseling for me alone, and none of these have had any positive results. I cannot try and work with him on any issues, especially ones that I feel are hurting me. He is very good at manipulations, and is excellent on turning things around to make "me" the one with the problem. Been down that road way too many times. Now, that I am trying to get better after getting off these antidepressants, which, I am feeling so sick going throught this, he has no words of kindness, no compassion, no help whatsoever. It is of no surprise to me. Whenever I hurt, am sick, or have had surgery...no compassion or help for me. His life is all about him. I have learned so much about dry drunk's "stinkin thinkin" that he could be the dry drunk of 2012 and win the purlitzer prize! I don't mean to sound so bitter, but, I am trying to get "myself" better because, I am done with the false expectations I have fallen for all through my life. I must take care of me. I am having a very hard time right now, but with the help of God and the 2 good friends I have, I hope to make it through. I just want to be free of antidepressants, and free of trying to think I can fix things. I can't. I wish you luck too in your life and blessings that all will work out for you.View Thread
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