I was feeling physically and mentally bad for quite some time. Recently I decided to ask my Neurologist to get me off of Effexor. I had become convinced that Effexor was no longer benefiting me. I knew the withdrawal would be difficult, but that was an understatement.
As we started the decrease in the dosage from 225 mg, to 150 mg, to 75 mg, and now to zero, my issues have increased. Now, I have been without Effexor for two days. The headaches and head pressurization, whack became terrible when I coughed, sneezed, or tried to blow my nose, have passed. I still suffer, (and suffer is the correct word) from numerous Electric Zaps in my brain and ears that sound like gun shots!! I also have extremely LOUD ringing in my ears. Now, my ears have had ringing since I was on the USS Mullinnix (DD 944) in 1969!! But this makes it difficult for me to hear. Since the Internet says all of the Effexor will be out of my system Wednesday night, I have hopes these issues will pass. In a nutshell, I am in misery.
Add to that misery the fact that we have been busy with the High School graduation of our youngest Grandson and the departure of our middle grandson to Boot Camp, and some responsibilities here at Azalea Trace, and you can see that I have not been able to hibernate like I would like.
I think, based on my personal experience and research, that Effexor is a adequate drug to treat depression in the beginning. But, like all SSRI drugs, it requires increases in dosage. And at some point, looses it's effectiveness. Getting off Effexor is a long, painful process that has not yet subsided. I pray I will start getting back to something that feels like "Normal" soon!!