Category Archives: anti-depressant

One Step Beyond

It has been 17 days since my last Effexor. The brain-zaps, though not changing in frequency, have lessened in intensity, giving me some relief. The physical side of the equation is coming into line. This week’s change is on the … Continue reading

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Frustrated About Frustration

A Keen Observation by My Wife: During a discussion the other day, my wife said that she has noticed me getting frustrated about being frustrated (when I get frustrated). This is a very astute observation: I get mad at myself … Continue reading

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F*** Effexor

I’ve been reading about Effexor withdrawal today. I am not alone… The “Brain Zaps” are the worst. I saw it described as “having a piece of sheet-metal in my head that is constantly being hit.” Here is a description from … Continue reading

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Oh Yeah, I Remember This!!

I am in the final stages of coming off Effexor, now taking 37.5 mg every 48 hours. I am on my 3rd round of 48 hours. The second round was the worse so far, contributing to my going home sick … Continue reading

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This Sucks (YOU CAN DO IT!!)

I wanted to post a quick update on my journey to becoming anti-depressant free. Here is the synopsis so far: Step 1: drop from 150mg of Effexor to 75mg for 4 weeks: slight headaches and dizziness the 1st week, then … Continue reading

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AN UPdate on Stepping DOWN

I am now 5 weeks into stepping off Effexor. I am taking 1/4 the dose I was before. Last Saturday I started phase 2 (the 1/4 dose). Although I did suffer some headaches and dizziness, which are to be expected, … Continue reading

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And Away We GO!!

I am three days into a 9-12 week journey to come off Effexor. I detail the issues involved here. I am taking 1/2 my previous dose, and will do so for 2-4 weeks when my dose will 1/2 again.  The … Continue reading

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