I've been reading the Effexor withdrawl symptoms with great gusto because I know EXACTLY what you all mean. It's like everything goes white for a microsecond and all you hear is static. I am trying not to drive right now because it interferes with my ability to see. Those microseconds are happening every 2-3 seconds at times. My doctor has stated I have a high sensitivity to medications. I've not been able to tolerate more than 75 mg.
I was not in a critical place when I started taking Effexor. My dx is PTSD, and we were trying to relieve anxiety. I think Effexor should be used like morphine: with great caution and in the most dire of circumstances. I feel this way because I, a completely healthy woman w/o ANY history of circulatory/immune disorders, had a heart attack. It was due to virally induced pericarditis. One of the side effects of Effexor is a reduced immune system. There is NO way any of you can state that a reduced immune system is "all in my head." If you want, you can see the chest x-ray of my swollen heart. If Effexor caused this kind of problem in the short run, I'm concerned about the future: possible cancer. I understand you all want to help, but LISTEN to your patients. I was a very unusual case in the ER. The doctor didn't make snap judgements like "35's too young", or "this isn't typical for a female", or "the chest pain is psychosomatic." The tests he ran showed I had the enzymes of myocardial infarction. My blood pressure had dropped to 90 over 50. I have not been believed on more than one occasion simply because a doctor knows I have a history of anxiety. One even told me to see a psychiatrist regarding menstrual pain w/o running tests. It turned out I needed surgery for an ovarian cyst. I don't get hysterical. I am a very logical person when describing what's going on. I even came in with a calendar that tracked my symptoms to my gynecologist. He didn't shut up long enough to look at it to see the patterns. There is no excuse for being treated this way just because of a history of depression.
Thank you for letting me vent.
Jan 25, '04
I agree that Effexor must be stopped slowly...do not stop cold turkey. My suggestion is to get a presciption for 37.5mg capsules, take 2 every day for a week, then 1 every day for a week, then 1 every other day for a week...really takes the edge off the withdrawls.
Effexor is a very expensive drug and my theory is that if you are not getting the full benefits of the drug (all three chemical effects) than you are on the wrong drug.
Last edit by fiestynurse on Jan 25, '04