My Effexor hell

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Don't even know where to start!!

I'm 26 and have been on Effexor for about 6 years. I went to a doctor after struggling through a bout of depression and was told here take this 75mg Effexor

I took it on and off. Wasn't overly reliant on it

At age 22 again, struggling with a bout of depression hoping to get some bulk billed counselling sessions I was instead prescribed 150mg of Effexor. At this stage I was super stressed and my weight plummeted to 49kg. I questioned the dose the doctor told me it was fine..

About 2 years ago I dropped down to 75mg.. Slowly weaned and we all know the withdrawal symptoms are HELL you literally just want to not exist and experience the withdrawals anymore

Today has been a sh*t day. I work 12 hour shifts so I couldn't fill my prescription yesterday..

I'm normally up at 5am for work so that's when I take my tablets

Today I slept in, got busy and around 2pm when I started to feel awful is when I realised I hadn't taken my tablet and went to the chemist

It's now 8:20pm and I still feel cloudy, irritable, tired, teary... I literally want to punch my partner for simply touching my arm

I'm so irritable

These symptoms happen regularly even if I've taken my tablets early

Have I built up a tolerance?

I don't feel depressed but I do have occasional low days. What human doesn't ?

Has anyone had an effective alternative to Effexor?

I'm always tired. All I ever want to do is sleep.

I remember when I first started taking this toxic crap it would make me feel awake and alert

Ideally I'd like to get off it all together however I just can't cope with the withdrawals

I start to withdrawal so quickly.. ( taking it at 5am for a few days in a row, then I might not take it till 11-mid day the next day and withdrawals already kicking in )

Please help.

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    Hi there. Sorry you are having a hard time. I was on it for 4 yes highest dose at one point was 300 mg. I lost my ins. And ran out of pills. I was also on a low dose of klonipin. My panic attacks are so severe my bp was up to 160/105 at er the other day. They gave me 12 klonopins to help. And it has a little. Not a lot. But if things get too bad go to er or call your doc. Wish you luck. This isn't easy.

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    Dear Kayteenoelle,

    Sorry you are feeling this way, unfortunately going cold turkey causes severe withdrawal symptoms, and yes you need to take this medicine roughly same time everyday to avoid them, if you want to get off this drug you have to ask yourself the following:

    1. Am I ok now ? no depression anymore?

    2. or you I am still depressed but I hate this drug

    if you think you are well and dont need it then gradual weaning with support from health professionals including counselling is the answer,

    If you still depressed then see your doctor to consider switching to another medicine knowing that all drugs will have some sort of side effects

    hope this helped.

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