I have been in the process of getting off Effexor. I have taken Effexor for a long time. How long, I cannot say. I was taking 225mg every evening. But, recently, I decided it was not helping, and since I am on a charge to get rid of any drugs that do not work, out it goes! However, I have discovered that getting OFF of Effexor is much more difficult than getting ON Effexor!
The Neurologist, gave me a plan t taper off of the drug. I dropped to 150mg for a week, and now 75mg for a week, and then NONE! The first ten days was TERRIBLE!! The withdrawal symptoms included a pressurized feeling in my head that was horrific. But today is the 11 day of the draw down and I feel almost normal! I have more energy and I have some zip in my step. I do not see any increase in my depression so my estimation that the drug was not doing me any good may have been correct. We will save the final verdict until I am completely off of Effexor for a week.
Do anti-depression drugs work? I think so and some people need them. I may have needed them in the beginning, but I do not want to take them anymore. I do have a prescription for a different anti-depressant if I need it, but my hope are that I can stay away from that type of drug. We will see.