The Effexor withdrawal paired with the extra spiky Monday-on-Adderall-after-the-weekend-hol
t_rex mentioned that some folks use Prozac to help wean off Effexor as it often diminishes the side effects--which makes total sense on a pharmacological level--and it's much easier to get off Prozac. Since I'm becoming less functional rather than more, and I've got leftover Prozac, I'm putting myself on a 20mg/day dose for a week and seeing how that works out. It's either that or going on an every other day taper with the Effexor, and I want to avoid taking any more of that stuff ever, ever again. *wobble* Sheesh.
Trying to get caught up here, and I just about fell over when I read that you went completely cold turkey with Effexor. I thought you were weaning off and had just reached the end of it- must have misunderstood!
If you ever need to do one of these meds again and it's on your formulary, consider Cymbalta. I've had the luxury of seeing what withdrawal is like now cold turkey, and it's not perfect (slight mood swings), but the worst mind mess issue is that you feel like your mind is dozing off the first day but you're wide awake. You just don't want to drive for a day or two if you go off of it, but that's it.
when i miss doses of Effexor i get these weird electric shock-type jolts through my brain. and i also feel just generally disoriented and off-kilter. from what i've heard and read, it seems to be pretty common for most anti-depressants as far as withdrawal goes. which is why your doctor is DUMB for telling you to just stop taking it all at once. every doctor i've ever had, even my general practitioner, has always told me to taper off if i do stop taking it without asking them first. as if they'd have to tell me, haha. so, yeah. bad doctor! i don't know if you were taking the tablets or the XR capsules, but you can get the capsules in 37.5 mg, for tapering-off purposes...
37.5 mg/day is what I was taking originally. I'm not sure how much of a taper I can do from such a low dose. I suppose I could take 37.5mg every other day or something, but I was on a non-effective dose before (I was having such a good month I decided not to increase my dosage as I was instructed to when my p-doc switched me to Effexor). If it's this hard for me to get off it after only a month on 37.5mg/day, I can't imagine how terrible it's got to be for folks taking an actual effective-dose amount long-term. Jeez.
Babe, wondering why you haven't said anything when I posted something here: http://www.livejournal.com/users/angeldove/489617.html
found out that I accidentally LOCK my post ot PRIVATE, LOL!!!!!! Oh well. Anyhoo, just wanna acknowledge you and to say THANK YOU for sending me a lovely Christmas card. *muah*