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I HOPE THESE POSTS HELP EVERYONE THAT READS THEM as much as one of the contributors posts helped me. A post a couple of years ago on this site from Terri truly validated my side effects from Effexor and I learned from her that I definitely didn't want to go off the Effexor "cold turkey". Hopefully my 21 day withdrawal blog/daily diary will help someone else out, the way hers helped me.
Stats: I am a 47 year old female, in shape, 5'5", 145 pounds beginning the three week withdrawal from Effexor (150mg. 1/day) to zippo in three weeks.
Reason: I am one of the less than one percent of patients who has had problems with tendinitis beginning around the time I moved up to my maximum dosage, 150mg. a day.
Backstory: Horrible bouts of crying and unable to sleep. Went on Effexor. The positive side effects: I've been in a really good mood, I only cry when warranted, my sleeping improved from 4 hours a night to 8 hours a night and I experienced weight loss. The negative side effects: I am unable to exercise due to tendinitis in my Achilles, left thigh, left arm, left wrist and jaw/neck and ears. My sleep went from 8 hours of peace to being 8 hours of what the hell is that...
January: Tenderness in both Achilles tendons
Bizarre dreams, but I was able to go back into sleep mode if I woke up.
February: Major pain in tendon in left thigh. Feels like a pull. Crazier dreams.
March: Sore Achilles, left leg, tendon adjacent to bicep in left arm, left wrist, neck and horrible ear and head aches.
Verdict: My PCP and Psychopharm did not know/believe that these symptoms may be a result of taking Effexor BUT, when I told the ENT doctor what my symptoms were and how I felt they were all related..he verified that every part on my body that I mentioned being sore is a TENDON. If you are wondering how tendinitis effects your ear canals...It is simply that there are tendons fanning out all around each ear. When the tendons became inflamed, I ended up with an ear ache sensation and a sore jaw/neck/head giving me headaches.
In addition to withdrawing from the Effexor, I am taking an anti-inflammatory three times a day with soft food only for TWO WEEKS!
One day, I mean THE NEXT DAY after I started the anti-inflammatory the pain in my arm was reduced by 75%..really. So the ENT doctor asked me to weigh out the positives against the negatives with Effexor..Bye bye Effexor.
DAY ONE of the withdrawal.
150 to 112.5 for one week. I feel fine. No nausea. No brain zaps or tremors. No headache. I'll blog about my sleep tomorrow.
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